26 Desember 2015

Russia to Replace 2 Anti-Aircraft Artillery With New 57 Caliber Systems

26 Desember 2015

The BMP-3 Dragon fiited with gun mount turret AU-220M armed with a 57mm automatic cannon shown at Russia Arms Expo 2015, it has the capacity to be used against ground and aerial targets as helicopter and drones wit computerized firing control system to increase the accuracyThe 57mm gun with the AP round has a penetration capability of 130mm of steel at a range of 1.000m. (photo : Christopher F Foss)

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia is developing a new 57 caliber anti-aircraft weapon system to replace two existing systems, the commander of the Russian Land Force’s air defense said.

Commander of the Russian Land Force’s air defense stated that Russia is developing a new 57 caliber anti-aircraft weapon system to replace two existing systems.

"A promising new anti-aircraft artillery system with a caliber of 57 mm is being developed to replace ‘Tunguska’ and ‘Shilka’ systems," Lt. Gen. Alexander Leonov told reporters late Thursday.

Oto Melara from Italia in 1987 has developed Otomatic self-propelled anti aircraft gun fitted with a 76-mm automatic gun, maximum slant range is 6 km. The Otomatic fires short 6 round bursts. It uses fragmentation rounds against air targets and armor-piercing against ground targets, a total of 70 rounds are carried. Otomatic is fitted with search and tracking radars, optronic aiming and tracking system and digital fire control system. Radar location range is 15 km against aircraft and 8 km against helicopters. It can track 8 to 24 air targets simultaneously. Vehicle has datalink interface for target acquisition and designation. The Otomatic was never accepted to service. (photo : reddit)

The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" is an all-weather lightly armored self-propelled and radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system that has been in service since 1962.

The tracked 2K22 "Tunguska" self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon armed with a surface-to-air gun and missile system began serial production in 1964 and entered into service in 1982.

Russia is undergoing a $325-billion rearmament program to modernize 70 percent of its equipment by 2020.


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