The Trophy has excelled in real combat, being able to intercept well against enemy anti-tank weapons, including the RPG-7
If not equipped with an active defense system, every tank is in danger once attacked by this weapon, the RPG-7. Easy to use and maneuver, RPG-7 is often used for ambushes to shoot at weak points of the tank. Previously, an RPG-7 shell was enough to destroy an American tank. Today’s tank defenses require more than one shot to completely neutralize them.
Equipped with the Soviet army since 1961 and fought for a long time since then, no one can doubt the reliability of this dangerous RPG-7 shoulder-fired anti-tank gun. Over the past half century, an estimated 9 million RPG-7s have been produced, with various variations. The simple and easy to use mechanism is the biggest advantage that makes the RPG-7 the world’s most reliable and popular anti-tank weapon.
With a wide range of ammunitions from 40 to 105mm in diameter, the RPG-7 can neutralize most modern tanks and armored vehicles today. Not only that, this weapon can destroy enemy fortifications and infantry from a range of over 300m. RPG-7’s strength is its upgradeability, simply by increasing the size and type of warhead to increase overall combat performance. Upgraded variants such as RPG7V2 and UP-7V are capable of fighting not inferior to modern anti-tank weapons.
Since its launch, RPG-7 has been present in almost every conflict in the world. The US is the country that suffers the most from this weapon. During the Iraq War, half of American tank losses were caused by RPG-7s. Surprisingly, Russia is also the country that suffers terrible damage from the weapons they manufacture. Currently RPG-7 is being used in the Syrian battlefield and continues to damage T-90 tanks.
RPG-7 uses the principle of balanced aerodynamic launch, completely different from the launch method of the RPG-4 anti-tank gun generation. The warhead of the RPG-7 also has improvements that are far different from the previous generation. The launcher is reloadable and based around a steel tube, 40 millimetres in diameter, 95.3 centimetres long, and weighing 7 kilograms. The middle of the tube is wood wrapped to protect the user from heat and the end is flared. Sighting is usually optical with a back-up iron sight, and passive infra-red and night sights are also available.
As with similar weapons, the grenade protrudes from the launch tubes. It is 40–105 millimetres in diameter and weighs between 2 and 4.5 kilograms. It is launched by a gunpowder booster charge, giving it an initial speed of 115 metres per second. The grenade is stabilized by two sets of fins that deploy in-flight: one large set on the stabilizer pipe to maintain direction and a smaller rear set to induce rotation. The grenade can fly up to 1,100 metres. Currently, more than 50 countries use this weapon. They have been present in most of the wars and conflicts from its inception to the present.