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ZU-23 23mm Anti-Aircraft Gun

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The ZU-23-2, also known as ZU-23, is a Russian-made towed 23 mm anti-aircraft twin-barreled auto cannon. It is designed to engage low-flying targets at a range of 2.5 km as well as armoured vehicles at a range of 2 km and for direct defense of troops and strategic locations against air assault usually conducted by helicopters and low-flying airplanes.

The ZU-23 is a highly mobile air droppable system, firing the same ammunition as the ZSU-23-4. The reload time will depend on the proficiency of the crew to manually reload, and it can fire from the traveling position in emergencies.

The ZU-23 can also be used in a ground support role. One drawback of the ZU-23 is its inability to fire anything but automatic fire. Ammunition is fed from box magazines mounted on the outside of each trunnion. Reloading is fast and uncomplicated. The magazines are easily accessible and the beginning link of the new belt attaches to the link of the last old cartridge which automatically interrupts the firing cycle when it reaches the feedway and signals the bolt to remain open.

SPECS:

  • Barrel Length: 87.3mm
  • Overall Length: 4570mm
  • Width: 1830mm
  • Crew: 6
  • Fire Rate Rounds/Min: 2000
  • Elevation: 90mils
  • Traverse: 360mils
  • Weight: 950kg