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"The strange grenade launcher is confusing": abroad about a new product with PG-7 ammunition for the DPRK infantry

«The strange grenade launcher is confusing»: abroad about a new product with PG-7 ammunition for the DPRK infantry
Military parades, held in Pyongyang on special occasions, are one of the few reliable sources of information about the Korean People's Army (KNA) and her ongoing transformation under Kim Jong-un.

KPA says goodbye to its old weapons systems, which were hallmarks of the Kim Jong Il era - T-55 medium tanks and agricultural tractors come to mind - and showcasing new dangerous opportunities. However, some of them are confusing
– celebrated abroad, paying attention to the infantry order, armed with a massive rifle with an attached PG-7 grenade.

As indicated in the 21AAR edition, this ammunition is intended for the Soviet RPG-7 grenade launcher, when fired from which a backward wave is formed with a length of up to 20 m. A rear cone is used to move it away from the operator.. At the same time, in the new North Korean product, a fixed butt and an optical sight are installed instead..

The strange grenade launcher is confusing. How can he shoot, without injuring a soldier?
– asked a question in the publication.

«The strange grenade launcher is confusing»: abroad about a new product with PG-7 ammunition for the DPRK infantry

The assumption is made, that the new product from the DPRK “is a serious attempt to create anti-tank weapons, which can be used indoors and at very close range, up to one hundred meters ". In this case, the PG-7 ammunition may contain a non-standard low-speed charge., effective within one hundred meters, which puts it closer to a sub-caliber grenade, than an anti-tank missile.

As noted in 21AAR, in recent years, various manufacturers have tried to combine short-range 40mm grenades with precision guidance. So, South Korean LIG Nex1 has developed an ammunition with a range of up to 2000 m, Turkish Roketsan - to 1000 m. However, the publication believes, that the PG-7 cannot compare with "smart" ammunition.

Author:Evgeny Lyushilin

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