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AGS-17 (Avtomatischeskyi Granatmyot Stankovyi - Automatic Grenade launcher, Mounted)has been started USSR during in 1967 by the OKB-16 design bureau (now it is famous
KBP- Instrument Design Bureau, located in the city of Tula). Most
probably, its development was inspired by the Soviet-Chinese border
clashes of late 1960s, as well as initial experience with several US
automatic grenade launchers, learned from North Vietnamese troops who
often were on receiving end of these formidable weapons.It was through
that the automatic grenade launcher is one of the most effective
infantry support weapons against typical Chinese "human wave" attacks.
This lightweight weapon was to provide infantry with close to medium
range fire support against enemy personnel and unarmored targets like
trucks and other such equipment. First prototypes of new weapon entered
trials in 1969, and mass production commenced in 1971. At the same time
frame, the special heliborne version AG-17 was developed for
installation on Mi-24 Hind gunship helicopters. Never used against
Chinese, AGS-17 was widely used by Soviet troops in Afghanistan as
aground support weapon or as a vehicle weapon on improvised mounts
installed on armored personnel carriers and trucks. It is still in use
with Russian army as a direct fire support weapon for infantry troops;
it is also installed in several vehicle mounts and turrets along with
machine guns, guided rocket launchers and sighting equipment. A special
airborne version AG-17A was installed in door mounts of several Mi-8 Hip
combat transport helicopters, and on gun pods used on late model Mi-24
Hind gunships; this weapon had thick aluminium jacket on the barrel and
used a special mount and electric remotely controlled trigger.

AGS-17 may look inferior ballistically to its major rival, American Mk.19mod.3
grenade launcher, as it has somewhat lighter grenade with smaller
muzzle velocity and slightly shorter range; the selection of available
ammunition is also much less versatile as the only mass-made 30mm rounds
for AGS-17 are VOG-17 and improved VOG-30, fragmentation antipersonnel
grenades with lethal damage /kill zone radius of about 7-9 meters.
However, in ready to fire position AGS-17is almost two times lighter
than Mk.19 mod.3 and thus can be easily moved and maneuvered across the battlefield by the crew of two men.

AGS-17 is manufactured in Russia by the Molot Engineering Plant JSC, as well asin China by state factories and in Serbia (former Yugoslavia).

AGS-17 is aircooled, belt fed, blowback operated grenade machine gun /
launcher. AGS-17 firesfrom open bolt and uses non-disintegrating steel
belts with open pockets. Upon the closing movement of the bolt, fresh
round is pushed forward into the barrel from its loading position; empty
cases are ejected to the bottom. AGS-17 is fed from special belt drums
that hold 30 linked rounds. Loaded belt drum weights about 14kg (31
lbs). To reduce rate of fire and decrease dispersion, bolt of AGS-17 is
fitted with hydraulic recoil buffer. In its infantry applications, gun
is controlled by two horizontal spade grips with the trigger between
them. T-shaped charging handle is located at the rear of the receiver
and is linked to the bolt by the steel cable and special carrier; handle
does not move when gun is fired.Standard sight is 2.7X magnification
PAG-17 optical; it has a range-finding reticule,and top cover of each
gun has a ballistic table for both direct and indirect fire. Standard
mount is SAG-17 (official designation 6T8); it is a tripod with
adjustable height and traverse and elevation mechanisms, including fine
adjustment elements. For transportation and carry tripod can be folded
and carried as a backpack using supplied slings. The AGS-17 gun also can
be carried in a special backpack; this allows the complete weapon to be
transported"on foot" by the crew of two men. Assembled weapon also can
be carried trough battlefield for shorter ranges.

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Added: Mar-5-2012 
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