|Place of origin||Soviet Union|
Cambodian Civil War
Laotian Civil War
Third Indochina War
Salvadoran Civil War
First Nagorno-Karabakh War
Tajikistan Civil War
First Chechen War
Congo Civil War
Second Chechen War
War in Afghanistan
2008 South Ossetian War
Syrian Civil War
|Mass||1.4 kg (projectile)|
2.6 kg (loaded)
|Length||705 mm (unarmed)|
1,050 mm (ready to fire)
|Action||300 mm: RHA|
500 mm: Reinforced concrete
1000 mm: Brickwork
|Muzzle velocity||115 m/s|
|Effective firing range||200 m|
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The RPG-18 Mukha (Russian: Муха, romanized: Fly) is a Soviet short-range, disposable light anti-tank rocket launcher designed in 1972.
The RPG-18 fires a 64 mm PG-18 high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead mounted on a small rocket able to engage targets within 200 meters. The warhead self-destructs six seconds after launch, placing a limit on range even if a sight was used that was effective with targets beyond 200 meters. The RPG-18 can penetrate up to 375 mm of conventional armor. However, performance is significantly lessened when the RPG-18 is used against targets protected by HEAT-resistant explosive reactive armour (ERA) or composite armor.
Unlike better known weapons, the RPG-18 requires only one operator because it is not reloadable. Assistant grenadiers are used to help reload the RPG-2, RPG-7 and RPG-16 systems.
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