The RPO-A Shmel is a rocket launcher used by the Russian Military. The weapon is classed as a flamethrower, however, it is actually a rocket launcher firing an incendiary, smoke, or thermobaric warhead.

The thermobaric round is a type of round that releases a fine mist of fuel, before igniting it, creating an explosion with a powerful blast wave and intense heat, easily leveling small structures and killing enemy troops in the blast radius, which is roughly equivalent to that of a 107mm artillery round. The weapon has a range of up to about a kilometer, though it is, like all rocket launchers, only accurate at shorter ranges.


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