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ZU-23-2 - 23x152mm

The ZU-23-2, also known as ZU-23, is a Soviet towed 23 mm anti-aircraft twin autocannon. ZU stands for Zenitnaya Ustanovka - anti-aircraft mount. The weapons are also seen quad-mounted in the ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (though some western films will use various machine guns such as the Browning M2 to stand in for these weapons).


General characteristics

  • Overall dimensions in firing position

o Length: 4.57 m (15 ft) o Width: 2.88 m (9.44 ft) o Height: 1.22 m (4 ft)

  • Weight: 0.95 tonnes (2,094 lbs)
  • Armament: two 2A14 Afanasyev-Yakushev 23x152mm (.90 in) autocannons
  • Barrel length: 2 m (6.5 ft)/ 87.3 calibers
  • Muzzle velocity: 970 m/s (3,182 ft/s)
  • Projectile weight: 186 g (6.27 oz)
  • Rate of fire

o Cyclic: 2,000 rounds per minute o Practical: 400 rounds per minute

  • Effective range: 2-2.5 km (1.24-1.55 mi)
  • Effective altitude: 1,500-2,000 m (4,921-6,562 ft)
  • Ammunition

o BZT Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer (API-T) rounds o OFZ High Explosive Incendiary Tracer (HEI-T) rounds

  • Crew: 6


Title Actor Character Note Date
Mercedes Gets Away from the Chase ('Mersedes' ukhodit ot pogoni) Soviet soldiers Anachronostic 1980
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) ZSU-23-4 Shilka 1989
Afghan Breakdown Mounted on pickup truck 1991
The One That Got Away Iraqi troops 1996
9th Company Soviet soldiers 2005


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
I Have The Honor! (Chest Imeyu!) Russian paratroopers 2004
The Storm Gate Russian Soldiers 2006
The Storm Gate Anatoliy Pashinin Senior lieutenant Doronin 2006
Midsomer Murders Seen on RAF base; "The Incident at Cooper Hill" (S18E02) 2016

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Notes Release Date
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004
Battlefield 2 Chinese Type 87 copy, mounted on PGZ-95 AA vehicle 2005
Project Reality Chinese Type 87 copy, mounted on PGZ-95 AA vehicle 2005
Project Reality ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2005
Joint Task Force ZU-23-2 2006
World in Conflict ZU-23-2 and ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2007
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames "Scorpion" 2008
9th Company: Roots of Terror ZU-23-2 in static and truck mounting & ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2009
ArmA II ZU-23-2 in static and truck mounting & ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2009
Medal of Honor ZU-23-2 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 mounted alone and on BMD-3 chassis 2010
GoldenEye 007 2010
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon ZU-23-2 & ZSU-23-4 Shilka, non-playable 2011
Medal of Honor: Warfighter ZU-23-2 2012
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 2012
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2013
ArmA Tactics 2013
Battlefield 4 Type 87 copy, mounted on PGZ-95 AA vehicle 2013


Title Character Note Date
Cowboy Bebop / "Jupiter Jazz" 1998

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