This is a weird coincedence, because we've discussing this grenade on another forum that I visit.
Here's some interesting stuff regarding the RKG-3.....the following is the first official report of a RKG-3 penetrating the armour of a heavy M-1 Abrams tank in Iraq:
Jackson, a 24-year-old Brundidge, Ala., resident was serving as a tank commander with 2nd Tank Battalion and was wounded in Fallujah, Iraq, Feb. 7. Jackson’s face, hands and arms were severely burned when a RKG-3 anti-tank grenade hit both of his tank’s 120mm ammunition magazines causing 34 rounds to ignite from the intense heat
I don't know anything about weapons, so if someone could elaborate.
It's effective against armoured vehicles and even against modern tanks IF used properly. It takes a bit of skill to be effective against tanks. It has to be thrown to hit the top of the cupola. A small chute is opened so that the warhead impacts on the armour at a 90 degree angle.
The warhead is what is known as a shaped charge (or hollow charge) type.
About 2/3 of the top volume of the warhead is empty. This is a common design feature of shaped charge warheads, where the hollow cone shape of the explosive "focuses" the blast energy in a concentrated forward direction.
To explain it in simple terms:
-- The interior of the hollow is lined with a metal that has a low melting-point (usually copper).
--- The open end of the cone faces the target
-- The explosive is detonated, compressing the copper into a jet of hot speeding metal
-- The formed jet moves at hypersonic speeds and can cut through just about anything, including thick metal.
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