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RS-82 vs ROFS-132 usage

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Historically speaking, how was it determined what was an appropriate ground target for RS-82s and when it was preferred that ROFS-132s be used? I'm primarily looking at rocket usage by Il-2s in this case.

 

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You could load either more РС-82 with less exposive force, or less РС-132 with more explosive force. Direct hit of 82mm rocket could damage/destroy lightly armored vehicles as Pzkpfw ll, Pz-38t, Sdkfz halftrucks etc. 132mm was able to damage/destroy medium and heavy tanks. Such was the theory. Direct hit was required. If rocket near missed and exploded just a meter away, tank didnt take any damage.

РОФС-132 (осколочно-фугасный = fragmentation high exposive) was more precise then standard RS-132 and on top of it still had fragments to do significant damage even rocket missed the target. Fragments could penetrate up to 30mm of armor ( depending on distance and armor angle vs fragment). At the end, due to general lack of precission, all of RSs were used against grouped targets like motorized columns, artillery batteries, railroad marshaling yards, warehouses of all kinds etc.

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1 hour ago, Brano said:

You could load either more РС-82 with less exposive force, or less РС-132 with more explosive force. Direct hit of 82mm rocket could damage/destroy lightly armored vehicles as Pzkpfw ll, Pz-38t, Sdkfz halftrucks etc. 132mm was able to damage/destroy medium and heavy tanks. Such was the theory. Direct hit was required. If rocket near missed and exploded just a meter away, tank didnt take any damage.

РОФС-132 (осколочно-фугасный = fragmentation high exposive) was more precise then standard RS-132 and on top of it still had fragments to do significant damage even rocket missed the target. Fragments could penetrate up to 30mm of armor ( depending on distance and armor angle vs fragment). At the end, due to general lack of precission, all of RSs were used against grouped targets like motorized columns, artillery batteries, railroad marshaling yards, warehouses of all kinds etc.

 

Thanks! So, was it an issue of supply that determined whether RS-82 or ROFS-132 was used? In career mode, ROFS-132s are always loaded (except for anti-tank missions), so I was wondering how well that reflects reality.

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I have only prewar values for production. ~120000 82mm vs ~ 30000 132mm. But one would say that as war progressed, less effective 82mm rockets fell down in favor of 132mm. Moreover all of fighters stopped using 82mm rockets within 1942 by several consecutive НКО (national commissariat for defense) orders.

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