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The RPG-7 (Russian: Ручной Противотанковый Гранатомёт, Routchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomiot; English: Hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher) is a Soviet, shoulder-launched, anti-tank, propelled grenade launcher designed in 1961 by Bazalt, and is the successor to the RPG-2. A weapon used for decades by Russia and the Soviet Union, the RPG-7 is manufactured in a number of variants by nine countries, and is now the most widely used anti-tank weapon in the world. It saw service during the Vietnam War, and more recently in engagements in the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa. As of now, the RPG-7 is currently used by both the Alliance of Nations, the Axis of Empires, and the Coalition of Independent States, along with independent factions such as Al Qaeda and the Eldar. The RPG-7 and the RPG-2 both have shaped charges to increase effectiveness against armor.