The RPG-29 (NATO designation: Vampir) is a Russian rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher. Adopted by the Soviet Army in 1989, it was the last RPG to be adopted by the Soviet military before the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The RPG-29 has since been supplemented by other rocket-propelled systems, such as the RPG-30 and RPG-32 "Hashim". The RPG-29's PG-29V tandem-charge warhead is one of the few anti-tank weapons that can penetrate the frontal hulls of Western composite-armored main battle tanks. 

Class Manportable
Type Rocket Launcher
Manufacturer Secretariat of National Defense (Mexico)
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1989
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) 1989 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Secretariat of National Defense (Mexico) View
Bazalt View

The RPG-29 was developed during the late 1980s, following the development of the RPG-26, and entered service with the Soviet army in 1989. It has recently seen intermittent use by irregular forces in the Middle East theater, including in combat against U.S./U.K. forces during the Iraq War, and the 2006 Lebanon War, when it was used against Israeli forces.

2003 Iraq War

  • The RPG-29 is believed to have been used in skirmishes against U.S. and British mobilized forces during the initial 2003 invasion of Iraq.
  • In August 2006, an RPG-29 round was reported to have penetrated the frontal ERA of a Challenger 2 tank during an engagement in al-Amarah, Iraq, maiming one and wounding several other crew members, but only lightly damaging the tank, which drove home under its own power.
  • On August 25, 2007 a PG-29V hit a passing M1 in the hull rear wounding 3 crew members. On September 5, 2007, a PG-29V hit the side turret of an M1 tank in Baghdad, killing 2 of the crew and wounding 1, and the tank was seriously damaged.
  • In May 2008, The New York Times disclosed that another M1 tank had also been damaged by an RPG-29 in Iraq. The US Army ranks the RPG-29 threat to armor so high that they refused to allow the newly formed Iraqi army to buy it, fearing that it would fall into insurgent hands.

2006 Lebanon War

  • During the conflict, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz stated that the RPG-29 was a major source of IDF casualties in the 2006 Lebanon War. A spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry denied that Russia had supplied arms directly to Hezbollah. Shortly before the end of the conflict the Russian Kommersant magazine acknowledged through anonymous sources the possibility of a weapons transfer between Syria and Hezbollah during the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon.

Type Rocket-propelled grenade
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
In service 1989–present
Used by Russia, Mexico, Hezbollah,Ukraine, Hamas, Syria,Pakistan
Wars 2003 Iraq war, 2006 Lebanon War, Syrian civil war
Production history
Designer Bazalt
Designed late 1980s
Manufacturer Bazalt, SEDENA
Produced 1989
Weight 12.1 kg (27 lb) unloaded (with optical sight)
18.8 kg (41 lb) loaded (ready to fire)
Length 1 m (3 ft 3 in) (disassembled for transportation)
1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) (ready to fire)
Cartridge PG-29V tandem rocket
TBG-29V thermobaric rounds
Caliber 105 mm (4.1 in) barrel
65 and 105 mm (2.6 and 4.1 in) warheads
Muzzle velocity 280 m/s (920 ft/s)
Effective firing range 500 m (1,600 ft)
800 m (2,600 ft) (with tripod and fire control unit)
Sights Iron, optical, and night sights available with ranges up to 450 m (1,480 ft); automated day and day-night sights with laser rangefinder
Blast yield 750 mm (30 in) RHA
600 mm (24 in) RHA afterreactive armor effects
1,500 mm (59 in) Reinforced concrete or brick
3,700 mm (150 in) Log and earth fortification

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