The U.S. Multipurpose Grenade Launcher PSRL-1 is Copied from RPG-7 Expert Says

MOSCOW, the Russian Fedderation ( – PSRL-1 multipurpose grenade launchers handed over by Washington to Kiev and tested by the Ukrainian national guard for the first time were copied from the Russian grenade launcher RPG-7, learned, according a source statement in the Russian defense industry.

“PSRL-1 grenade launchers tested by Ukraine are unlicensed copies of the Russian RPG-7 grenade launchers and were manufactured without full conformity to the production process. Thus, this specimen of weapons cannot supported stated characteristics in full scope,” the source says.

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The launcher lifetime is one of key characteristics of the grenade launcher, the source notes. “The RPG-7 launcher is designed for one thousand firings and can actually operate by 20-30% more. Certain doubts arise in respect of announced durability of the PSRL-1 because its launcher is made of lighter materials,” he adds.

As distinct from the RPG-7 and its modifications, the US grenade launcher is fitted with the Picatinny rail (MIL-STD-1913), but such a solution is not reasonable, the Russian defense industry’s representative says. “Both optical and collimating sights for grenade launchers with such recoil should undergo a lengthy and a complex package of tests. It is not possible to mount any sight on such weapon because its attachment will be quickly broken down by strong recoil. Therefore, fitting the PSRL-1 with the Picatinny rail is just a tribute to fashion,” the expert says.

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The Ukrainian national guard informed on Saturday about tests of the PSRL-1 grenade launcher developed by the US-based AirTronics USA.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avrakov was asked by a journalist: “Is it not better to use the Russian RPG-7 manual, because in addition to changing the color and the Picatinny rail, this grenade launcher is an old RPG-7, but more expensive?”

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Sources: TASS, Weapon News