Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-30

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GSh-6-30 rotary gun - 30x165mm
GSh-6-30 (AO-18) rotary gun in an AK-630 naval installation - 30x165mm
Twin GSh-6-30 (AO-18K) rotary guns in a Kashtan naval installation - 30x165mm

The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-30 is a heavy 30mm rotary gun used on the MiG-27 aircraft, and fitted to some Su-25TM (Su-39) ground attack aircraft, later replaced with the Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2. In naval use it is known as the AO-18; this variant uses water cooling and has longer barrels, and is used in the AK-630 CIWS installation (an air-cooled version, the AK-306, is used on smaller ships), while the improved AO-18K is used as the gun armament of the Kashtan CIWS system.

The aircraft version is infamous for damaging aircraft it is mounted to, with the first 25-round burst from a testbed MiG-23BM resulting in the shutdown of all avionics and MiG-27s returning a series of horror stories about engine failures, smashed landing lights, jammed landing gear doors and even in-flight explosions.

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Specifications

(1964-present)

Type: Rotary gun

Calibre: 30×165 mm

Capacity: Varies depending on mounting

Fire modes: Auto (4,000-6,000 RPM)

The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-30 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Incident at Map Grid 36-80 (Sluchay v kvadrate 36-80) AK-630s mounted on Soviet Kiev aircraft carrier 1982
The Detached Mission (Odinochnoye plavanye) AK-630s mounted on Soviet Navy ships 1985
Loaded with Death (Zaryazhennye smertyu) AK-630s mounted on Soviet patrol ships 1991
22 Minutes (22 minuty) AK-630s mounted on Russian Admiral Krylov destroyer 2014

Video Games

Game Title As Character Notes Date
Dark Sector AK-630, seen on Lasrian patrol boats 2008
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon AK-630 and Kashtan, seen on various Russian warships 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 AK-630, seen on Osa II-class missile boats and Slava-class cruisers 2011


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