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Weapons: The Russo-Jordanian Super RPG
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December 31, 2011: A factory in Jordan has begun production of a new, Russian designed, portable anti-tank weapon called the RPG-32. The design was paid for by Jordan so the new weapon could be produced in Jordan. The RPG-32 will also be produced in Mexico, Argentina, and Russia. The RPG-32 has two components. One is the non-disposable sight and sleeve for insertion of the rocket launcher container. The sight module weighs three kg (6.6 pounds) while the 105mm rocket (stored in and fired from its cylindrical container) weighs seven kg (15.4 pounds). This rocket has a max range of 700 meters and can penetrate 750mm (30 inches) of armor. The old RPG-7 launcher weighed 8.2 kg (18 pounds) and each 85mm rocket propelled warhead weighed 2.3 kg (5 pounds). With a range of 200 meters the warhead could penetrate 300mm of armor. An improved (and slightly heavier) tandem warhead for the RPG-7 could penetrate 600mm of armor.

The design of the RPG-32 was based on the earlier Russian RPG-29. This was a late 1980s design that consisted of a 4.55 kg (ten pound) launcher that fired a 105mm 6.7 kg (14.7 pound) rocket out to 500 meters. The warhead could penetrate 700mm of armor. The launchers cost about $500 each and the rockets $300 each.

 

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heraldabc       12/31/2011 8:16:47 AM
December 31, 2011: A factory in Jordan has begun production of a new, Russian designed, portable... anti-tank weapon called the RPG-32. The design was paid for by Jordan, so the new weapon could be produced in Jordan. The RPG-32 will also be produced in Mexico, Argentina and Russia.
 What the HELL does Mexico need with a terrorist weapon?
 
 
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bikebrains       12/31/2011 10:20:54 AM
@Heraldabc:  Good point.   Considering the furiousness of the narco war in Mexico and the weapons available to the narco gangs, an RPG of this quality is, unfortunately, justifiable.  Eventually the RPG will make its way to a terrorist organization so, @SP, what impact would this weapon have if the Talib got it?  
 
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CJH       12/31/2011 7:11:07 PM
I am a little curious as to why a factory in Jordan is making these RPGs.
 
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JFKY    It ain't the Taliban I'd worry about   12/31/2011 7:34:25 PM
so much as the Zeta's and the Sinaloa Cartel getting their hands on the RPG-32.
 
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VisigothCAS       1/1/2012 10:27:19 AM
That's my concern as well. How long before the drug gangs get them and they end up aimed at US targets.
 
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tomasb       1/1/2012 3:22:50 PM
OK,
maybe narco gangs will get some RPG-32, but I think they already have capability to hit US targets..., if they want, they can..., but they didn´t, yet... Why they should give US an excuse for larger involvment in Mexico?
 
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heraldabc       1/1/2012 5:35:48 PM
Because we are being invaded/
 
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maybe narco gangs will get some RPG-32, but I think they already have capability to hit US targets..., if they want, they can..., but they didn´t, yet... Why they should give US an excuse for larger involvment in Mexico?

 
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JFKY    TomasB   1/1/2012 7:01:24 PM

Why they should give US an excuse for larger involvement in Mexico?Why they should give US an excuse for larger involvement in Mexico?

 I don't think that criminal gangs worry much about "greater US involvement in Mexico."  I think they worry about large explosions and impressing one another.  I don't think the Zeta's are going to "target" US installations, just each other, or banks, or US Border Patrol or the Federales....

 

 
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tomasb       1/2/2012 1:02:01 AM
Yes, if they get this new toys they will defiitely use them, I just don´t believe that it would be some big change for Mexico, but who knows, maybe time will show that I am wrong...
 
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JFKY    Big Change?   1/2/2012 10:05:28 AM
No, probably not, but just bigger explosions....Mexico will continue to be an anarchic, corrupt state, possibly on the verge of failure.  I don't claim the RPG-32 is going to change that or speed the dissolution.
 
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