AG-30 (30 mm)
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Vehicles equipped with this weapon
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Comparison with analogues
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Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Decent rate of fire (400 RPM) in terms of an automatic grenade launcher
- May damage and cripple modules that are important to the enemy, such as their gun barrel and tracks
- Can remove enemy armor plates, especially ERA plates, so that the primary armament will have a better chance of penetrating
- If enemy compartment is open-back or open-top, the crew of the enemy will be eliminated within a single good burst
- Large belt capacity allows sustained fire for longer durations (300 grenades for the BMP-2M)
- Surprisingly, the grenades don't drop that much, so firing at far-away stationary targets won't be that much of a problem
- Launcher has decent elevation angles
- Grenades will almost never penetrate armor directly and hurt the crew inside
- Grenade launcher cannot be selected via the weapon selection controls to be used and aimed independently of other weapon systems
- Grenade launcher does not have access to its own sights to be able to account for the grenade's unique trajectory, requiring the use of the gunner's high velocity gun sight (tip: the 30 km range notch in the primary gun sight is ranged roughly 250 m for the grenade launcher)
- Grenade's low muzzle velocity results in quite a delay from firing to grenade impact
- Time of travel can be ~1 second at 250 meters, and ~3 seconds at 500 meters, and expect even more time needed for targets beyond 500 m
- The very low muzzle velocity will make it a challenge to hit any moving targets beyond 200 m
The AGS-17 adopted in 1971 was improved upon with the introduction of the AGS-30 grenade launcher. The new launcher, which had development started in the early 1990s by the KBP Instrument Design Bureau, was introduced in 1999 as a lighter, more accurate, and farther-hitting grenade launcher compared to the AGS-17,  as well as constructed with 40% fewer parts. This was possible due to changes in the operating mechanism that allows a lighter breech body for firing from an open bolt (compared to the AGS-17's blowback operated closed bolt system), which consequently makes the weapon lighter with a faster firing rate.
The AGS-30 (Avtomatischeskyi Granatmyot Stankovyi Automatic Grenade Launcher - Mounted) was adopted for Russian Army service in 2002, firing the same 30x28B mm grenades as the AGS-17 in belts of 29 grenades. Due to its lightweight construction of 16 kg with tripod included (compared to the AG-17's weight of 18 kg alone, with the tripod weighing 12 kg), the weapon could be easily used and moved by a crew of two soldiers in the infantry support role. The AGS-30 can also be found as vehicle mounts as the AG-30M on AFV and helicopters with a remote-controlled turret.
The AGS-30 is still in service today, alongside the AGS-17 grenade launcher that it was intended to replace.
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- M129 (40 mm) - A similar vehicle-mounted grenade launcher
- Military-Today "AGS-30"
- Popenker "AGS-30"
- Army Recognition 2018
- Koll 2009, pg 239-242
- TASS 2019
- Army Recognition, "AGS-30 30mm automatic grenade launcher." Army Recognition, Army Recognition Group SPRL, 09 Oct. 2018, Website. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021 (Archive).
- Koll, Christian, Soviet Cannon: A Comprehensive Study of Soviet Guns and Ammunition in Calibres 12.7mm to 57mm. Self-published, PDF, 2009.
- Military-Today. "AGS-30" Military-Today, Website. Accessed on 22 Apr 2021 (Archive).
- Popenker, Maxim, "AGS-30." Modern Firearms, Website. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021 (Archive).
- TASS, "Russian arms manufacturer to launch production of AGS-30 grenade launchers in 2020." Russian News Agency TASS, 20 Aug. 2019, Website. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021 (Archive from 08 Nov 2020).
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|30 mm||2A42 · 2A72 · AG-30|
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|76 mm||1902/30 · 3-K · D-56TS · F-32 · F-34 · F-96 · KT-28 · L-10 · L-11 · ZIS-3 · ZIS-5|
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|76 mm||M1 (USA)|
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