RPG used in Mohali blast? Things to know about the shoulder-fired weapon | Latest News India

Punjab is on excessive alert after a suspected rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) was fired at the third ground of the extremely guarded constructing of the state police’s Mohali-based intelligence wing headquarters on Monday night. The Punjab Police on Tuesday, nevertheless, stated it has leads and can resolve the case quickly.

Director basic of police (DGP) VK Bhawra after a meeting with senior officers advised reporters {that a} projectile had hit the constructing and the explosive used in it appears to be TNT (trinitrotoluene). No one was injured in the incident.

“There was nobody in the room when this incident occurred. The impact was on the wall,” the DGP stated.

What is an RPG?

A rocket-propelled grenade or RPG is a shoulder-fired, anti-tank generally used explosive projectile weapon, used by many armies throughout the world. They play a serious half in up to date warfare and are extremely used amongst rebel and terrorist teams.

The Soviet-era made the rocket-propelled grenade launcher fires a rocket out of a tube.

These warheads are affixed to a rocket motor and stabilised in flight with fins. Some sorts of RPG are reloadable, whereas others are single-use. RPGs, with the exception of self-contained variations, are loaded from the muzzle.

Types of RPGs

The origin of the RPG dates again to World War 1. Western army powers have developed a number of such weapons. But specialists imagine that the RPG is the most prolific one and it’s used in virtually each main insurgency or terror affected area throughout the globe.

There have been Soviet weapons previous the rocket-propelled grenade which have been additionally designated with the “RPG” acronym (RPG-40, RPG-43 and RPG-6) however these have been anti-tank hand grenades and never launchers. The projectile of RPG launchers is equally designated PG, (PG-7, and many others.), which equally stands for “anti-tank grenade”.

According to the National Museum of the US Air Force, the RPG-7 has turn out to be a weapon of alternative amongst terrorists and insurgents. Somali militiamen used RPG-7s to down two US Army helicopters in Mogadishu in 1993. The RPG-7 is often used by enemy forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, who make use of them in opposition to automobile convoys, checkpoints and helicopters.


Reports point out that the Mohali attackers could have used an RPG-22, as assessed from the ammunition head. RPG-22 is a one-shot disposable Soviet anti-tank rocket launcher that propels a 72.5 mm fin-stabilised projectile that may be ready to fireplace in round 10 seconds, and may penetrate 400 mm of armour, 1.2 metres of brick or 1 metre of strengthened concrete.

Back to top button