Rare shot: Slow motion of an RPG-7 shell missing a Ukrainian tank

No doubt: majestic footage of real combat action comes from the front line in Ukraine. BulgarianMilitary.com gives you access to another such footage shot in slow motion and showing the battle through the eyes of an advancing Ukrainian soldier.

The video is believed to have been captured by a camera on the helmet or chest of the Ukrainian soldier operating the light machine gun on the tank’s turret. What is a tank – it is not clear, but it really does not matter much. Because the hero in this slow-motion shot is the unknown and invisible Russian soldier firing his RPG.

In the first few seconds, smoke can be seen coming from the left side of the enemy trench [a Russian trench] and a shell is approaching the tank. This is a projectile fired from a portable anti-tank missile system, the world-famous RPG-7. The projectile whizzes past the right side of the tank, missing and damaging it accordingly. The rocket missed a tank, but what a shot it was.

Rare shot: Slow motion of an RPG-7 shell missing a Ukrainian tank
Video screenshot

A little later, but this time from the right, a second Russian soldier attacked the tank. He also fires his RPG-7, but this time with a higher success rate than his counterpart. The shot hits the lower right part of the tank’s armor [or chains, it’s not clear]. Accurate shot, but is it successful.

‘Odessa’

No, the shot does not stop the actions of the Ukrainian tank. The commander of the tank with the call sign “Odessa” appears in the video. His calm tone of the conversation, somehow radiating not only experience but also officer class, makes a strong impression. “This is war…the tank was hit a bit, but thank God everyone is alive and well,” says “Odessa”.

“Odesa” is apparently a 35-year-old Ukrainian soldier. He and his tank crew serve in the 35th Separate Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Rare shot: Slow motion of an RPG-7 shell missing a Ukrainian tank
Video screenshot

RPG-7’s warheads

The RPG-7 is a reusable rocket-propelled grenade launcher that fires various disposable warheads and missiles, making it a cost-effective and versatile weapon. It commonly uses the PG-7V warhead, designed to penetrate armor, effective against armored vehicles. It can also use the PG-7VL with extended range, and the TBG-7V for fortifications and bunkers. 

RPG-7 can fire missiles like the PG-7VR, designed to defeat reactive armor. This missile can reach up to 700 meters and is guided using a wire system. 

Other missiles compatible with the RPG-7 are the PG-7VM, having an extended range of up to 1,000 meters, and the TBG-7VM for fortifications and bunkers. It can also fire thermobaric missiles that destroy targets in confined spaces.

How does RPG-7 work?

The RPG-7 launcher, made of a steel tube and a single-use rocket-propelled grenade [RPG], operates using high pressure. The RPG is loaded into the tube, secured by a latch, and fired by pulling a trigger. 

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Photo credit: Wikipedia

After the safety pin is removed, the RPG is inserted into the tube and secured. The operator then aims and fires. The rocket motor propels the RPG towards the target, stabilized by rear fins. 

On pulling the trigger, the firing pin ignites the rocket motor, launching the RPG. This simple and reliable weapon is popular worldwide due to its ease of use and effectiveness.

2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine

On 21 February 2022, Russia claimed that Ukrainian shelling had destroyed an FSB border facility. Russia claimed that it had killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers. They tried to cross into Russian territory. Ukraine denied being involved in both incidents and called them a false flag.

On the same day, the Russian government formally recognized the self-proclaimed DPR and LPR. According to Putin not only in their de-facto controlled areas, but the Ukrainian Oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.

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On 24 February 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian Armed Forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion followed by targeted airstrikes of military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering via the Belarus border.

Russia has so far not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”, although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, a “special military operation” can only take place after a UN resolution. There is no such resolution. So this is an invasion and war against Ukraine.

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