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Airtronic USA Develops American RPG-7: Meet the Amerikansky Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher

By David Crane
defrev at gmail dot com
April 13, 2009
Updated on 4/26/09.
My good friend and professional contact, prolific infantry small
arms/machine gun designer Jim Sullivan (a.k.a. L James Sullivan), has
complained to me quite a bit about U.S. military infantry warfighters
not having an American version of the Russian RPG-7 / RPG-7V
shoulder-launched, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade weapon system
(recoilless rifle) at their disposal to match our current and potential
future enemies’ RPG-7s / RPG-7Vs. The advantages of the RPG-7 anti-tank
weapon system are several.
First, the size of the RPG-7’s
warhead/projectile is not limited to the size of the launcher tube, so
you can use variable-size warheads that carry more payload and greater
penetrative capability than an M72 LAW
(Light Anti-Tank Weapon a.k.a. Light Anti-Armor Weapon) 66mm HEAT
warhead. Second, the RPG-7’s reloadable/reusable aspect allows the user
to carry a quiver of different types of RPG rounds (i.e. standard HEAT
warhead, dual-HEAT warhead, and thermobaric rocket-propelled grenades)
on his back and quickly choose the best one for the job, load it, fire
it at the target, and then reach back and grab the next one in the
quiver (or have his buddy grab it for him), load it, and fire it again,
which may offer some tactical advantages over carrying multiple
disposable rocket launchers on his back. And third, both the the RPG-7
and enhanced-armor-penetration-capable RPG-29 Vampir (Vampire)
recoilless rifles’ respective launcher tubes, ammunition (grenade
rounds), and training requirements are significantly less expensive
than the U.S. military’s closest equivalents, the M3 Carl-Gustaf 84mm Recoilless Rifle / Multi-Role Man-Portable Anti-Tank Weapon a.k.a. M3 Carl-Gustav Recoilless Anti-Tank Rifle made by Saab AB a.k.a. Saab Bofors Dynamics and the Shoulder-launched Multipurpose Assault Weapon (SMAW) MK153 Mod 0, which is an 83mm multi-purpose recoilless rifle.
The M3 Carl-Gustaf
is, no doubt, an excellent weapon system, but it is cost-prohibitive
(i.e. too expensive) for many armies to procure it in large numbers.
The M3 Carl-Gustaf’s relatively high cost (launcher, ammo, and
training) has even contributed to its relatively limited numbers in the
U.S. military inventory. The U.S. version is designated as the M3 MAAWS
(Multi-role Anti-Armor Anti-personnel Weapon System), and is primarily
in use with U.S. military Special Operations Forces (SOF) under USSOCOM
a.k.a. SOCOM.

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Enter the good folks at Airtronic USA, Inc. who have recently developed an American-version a.k.a. Amerikansky RPG-7 / RPG-7V
with a couple of M4/M4A1-Carbine-type features that U.S. military
infantry warfighters should enjoy (see features below), and it’s about
time somebody did. Quite frankly, an American-made RPG-7 / RPG-7V
system is long, long overdue.
Airtronic USA RPG-7 Features:
- Mil-Std-1913 Quad Rail System for mounting combat opics (optical
sights), flip-up BUIS (Back Up Iron Sights), aiming
lasers/illuminators, tactical white lights, and vertical foregips
- Flip-Up BUIS
- AR-15 Carbine-type Vertical Foregrip
- AR-15/M16 Pistol Grip
- M4/M4A1 Carbine Collapsible/Telescoping Buttstock.
Airtronic USA RPG-7-USA Press Release (MS Word Format)
Airtronic USA RPG-7-USA Spec Drawing (PDF Format).
Airtronic USA RPG-7-USA Multiview Drawings (PDF Format)
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Airtronic USA calls their Americanized RPG-7 / RPG-7V the RPG-7-USA.
The Airtronic RPG-7-USA reloadable and manportable (unguided)
shoulder-fired anti-tank weapon is an exciting new development and a
potential game changer for U.S. military infantry warfighting
capability, particularly in urban warfare environments, if it’s adopted
in large numbers. Another plus is that it’s made right here in the USA
(Chicago area) to American manufacturing precision and quality
DefenseReview is curious as to whether or not it’s possible to integrate a Spike multi-role, fire-and-forget guided missile-type
low-cost projectile-guidance system into the RPG-7-USA launcher and
ammo in order to create an enhanced-capability fire-and-forget guided
version RPG-7 that doesn’t miss. The Spike guided multi-role missile
costs only about $5,000 ($5K) per round (as of 2006-2007 time frame),
which is the least expensive multi-role guided missile system of which
Defense Review is aware. A low-cost reloadable multi-role guided-rocket
system that would allow U.S. military infantry warfighters to
accurately engage armored ground vehicles, low-flying, slow-moving
aircraft (like helicopters), and structures–the urban warfare target
trifecta–would be a definite and very-serious game changer for them,
whatever form it takes (Spike or RPG-7-Guided).
Defense Review would also like to see Airtronic or some other U.S.
manufacturer(s) develop U.S. versions (i.e. copies) of all the
currently existing foreign-developed RPG-7 rounds, including
the Russian PG-7VL standard HEAT (High-Explosive Anti-Tank) warhead rocket grenade round, the Russian PG-7VR
tandem HEAT warhead (a.k.a. dual HEAT warhead) rocket grenade round for
killing enemy tanks outfitted with explosive reactive armor (ERA)
tiles, the Russian TBG-7V or Bulgarian GTB-7G thermobaric warhead rocket grenade rounds for killing enemy combatants inside structures and caves, and the Russian OG-7V / OG-7VE anti-personnel HE-FRAG (High-Explosive Fragmentation) warhead rocket grenade round.
Perhaps Airtronic could subsequently develop an Americanized RPG-29 / RPG-29N Vampir (Vampire)
launcher with 105mm tandem HEAT (High Explosive Anti-Tank) PG-29V
tandem-charge-warhead grenade round. The standard-version American RPG-29
could then be followed by a fire-and-forget guided version. Who knows,
we may have to go up against China and/or Russia at some point in
all-out conventional nation-state warfare, and a relatively inexpensive
guided-rocket RPG-29 light anti-tank weapon would be a nice thing for
our troops to have.
Anyway, the above are just a couple of ideas that we think are
perhaps worth pursuing. In the meantime, the Airtronic USA RPG-7 should
do just fine in its current state–assuming the U.S. military gives it a
shot (pun intended), that is.
Mid-Atlantic Training Resources (MATR) has published an interesting full-color, high-end RPG-7 Operator’s Manual called the Practical Guide to the Operational Use of the RPG-7 Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher
that looks pretty good and is definitely worth checking out for anyone
interested in the RPG-7 / RPG-7V system. The book is currently
available through Blackheart International Gear (BHI Gear) for $39.00 USD.
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