The AGS-17 grenade launcher was first developed in the 1930s, but due to the Second World War, a first prototype was only completed in 1969. The production of the AGS-17 started in 1971 and ceased in 1989, but numerous units and variants are still in use today. The weapon gained prominence when it was widely operated by Soviet troops in the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s. The AGS-17 and its successor, the AGS-30, may be used by infantry, though they are often mounted on helicopters and other vehicles.
Russian Contractor: JSC Vyatska-Polyansky Machine-Building Plant Molot
Similar model: AGS-30, 30 mm, automatic grenade launcher produced by KBP Instrument Design Bureau (RUS).