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Shipunov 2A42

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Shipunov 2A42 automatic cannon - 30x165mm
Shipunov 2A42 mounted on a Mi-28 Havoc - 30x165mm
Shipunov 2A42 mounted on BTR-90 - 30x165mm
Shipunov 2A72 automatic cannon - 30x165mm

The 30 mm automatic cannon 2A42, also known as the Shipunov 2A42, is a Soviet/Russian 30 mm automatic cannon. The 30 mm 2A42 cannon has a dual feed. One is for HE-T and the other for AP-T rounds. The gunner can select one of two rates of full automatic fire, low at 200 to 300 rds/min and high at 550 rds/min. According to the manufacturer, effective range when engaging ground targets such as light armoured vehicles is 1,500 m while soft-skinned targets can be engaged out to 2,500 m. Air targets can be engaged flying at low altitudes of up to 2,000 m at subsonic speeds and up to a slant range of 2,500 m.

  • Shipunov 2A72 automatic cannon - Is a late Cold War era 30mm autocannon of Soviet origin. It was developed as a less complex and lighter alternative to the widely used 2A42. Studies revealed that the 2A42 was virtually always used at the low rate of fire setting. By modifying and simplifying the 2A42 design it could be produced at lower cost and be used for a wider range of applications. The 2A72 is used both as main armament and as a coaxial weapon for the 100mm 2A70 low pressure cannon.


  • Length: 3,027 mm
  • Weight: 115 kg
  • Rate of fire (sustained): 300 r/min
  • Rate of fire (max): 600 r/min
  • Armor penetration (60° sloping at 1,000 m): 18mm – 25 mm
  • Muzzle velocity : 880 m/s (AP-T) - 1,120 m/s (APDS)
  • Effective range
    • Light armor: 1,500 m
    • Air targets: 3,000 m
    • Ground: 2,500 m
  • Type: Twin feed, gas operated mechanism
  • Calibre: 30 x 165 mm
  • Ammunition: APDS, AP-T, HE, HEI, HE-T, HETP-T, TP

The Shipunov 2A42 and 2A72 automatic cannon can be seen in the following films, video games, and television series used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) Soviet troops Mounted on BMP-2 1989
White Crows (Belye vorony) Soviet troops Mounted on BMP-2 1989
Afghan Breakdown Soviet troops Mounted on BMP-2 1991
Black Shark (Chyornaya akula) Soviet soldiers Mounted on Ka-50 Chyornaya akula helicopter 1993
War (Voyna) Russian soldiers Mounted on BMP-2 2002
He Will Be Left Behind (Arxada qalmis gelecek) mounted on the BMP-2, Seen during the archive footage 2005
9th Company Soviet soldiers Mounted on BMP-2 2005
22 Minutes (22 minuty) Mounted on Russian Ka-52 helicopter 2014


Title Actor Character Note Date
Stormgate Russian Army soldiers Mounted on BMD-2 2006

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Notation Date
Steel Beasts Mounted on BMD-2, BMP-2, & BMP-3, unusable 2001
Ghost Recon Mounted on BMP-2 2001
Conflict: Desert Storm Mounted on BMP-2 2002
Battlefield 2 Mounted on BTR-90, BMP-3, and Mi-28 Havoc 2005
Project Reality Mounted on BTR-80A, MT-LB 6MB, BMP-2, BMP-2M, BMP-3, & Mi-28 Havoc 2005
Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter Mounted on Mi-28 Havoc, unusable 2006
Alliance of Valiant Arms Mounted on BMP-3, unusable 2007
ArmA: Armed Assault Mounted on BMP-2 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Mounted on BTR-90 2007
World in Conflict Mounted on BMP-2 and Mi-28 Havoc 2007
ArmA II Mounted on GAZ Vodnik, BTR-90, BMP-2, and Ka-52 Hokum-B 2009
Splinter Cell: Conviction Mounted on BTR-90 2010
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Mounted on BMP-2 (unusable) and Ka-50 Hokum 2011
Battlefield 3 Mounted on BMP-2M, BTR-90, and Mi-28 Havoc 2011
Battlefield Play4Free Mounted on BTR-90 and Mi-28 Havoc 2011
Shadow Harvest: Phantom Ops Mounted on Mi-28 Havoc, unusable 2011
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Mounted on BTR-80A and Mi-28 Havoc 2011
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Mounted on BTR-90, unusable 2012
Arctic Combat Mounted on Mi-28 Havoc, unusable 2012
Battlefield 4 Mounted on BTR-90 and Mi-28 Havoc 2013
Call to Arms 2A42 & 2A72 2018
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts Mounted on BTR-80 2019
Sniper: Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 Mounted on BTR-80 2021


Title Character Note Date
Resident Evil: Damnation Mounted on BMP-3 2012

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