USSR's anti-tank gun Rapira

The 2A29 (MT-12) "Rapira" Anti-Tank gun is a further development of the 2A19 Anti-Tank Gun. It was developed in Soviet Union by Jurge city plant's No.75 Design Bureau at the end of 60-ties. Artillery unit was serially produced at the same plant since 1970

New anti-tank gun had the main design features of the 2A19. It has improved mount which fits better 100-mm gun requirements, than mount was similar to the D-48 85-mm Gun's carriage. New carriage distinguishes increased durability.

It's chassis are completed with ZIL-150 truck wheels. Wheels have torsion suspension, fitted with hydraulic absorbers that block wheels during firing. This feature increases gun's stability and fire accuracy as well.

The 2A29 "Rapira" can be fed with all projectiles developed for the 2A19. Among 20 projectiles carried by a transport vehicle, 10 of them are anti-tank, 4 - high-explosion fragmentation and 6 cumulative projectiles. The "Rapira" is fitted with a new 9M117 "Kastet" 100-mm Anti-Tank Guided Missile fired from the gun as an ordinary projectile. Missile guidance system is based on a laser sight.

Such system's equipment is mounted on the gun. It has a range of fire in 100 - 4 000 meters. Missile penetrates 660 mm of armor covered with explosive reactive armor packages.

"Rapira's" standard transport vehicle is an MT-LB Armored Tracked Transporter, which transports it's crew and a part of ammunition as well. Transporter is armed with 7.62-mm PKT Machine Gun, placed in the armored turret.