Thursday, February 23, 2012

What I was talking about earlier

This video of a ZSU-23-4 anti-aircraft gun being used in a direct fire role in Syria shows just how quickly this thing can be brought to bear in a fight.  I didn't realize that the turret could turn so quickly, or that the gun could elevate and depress so quickly.

You might want to turn down the volume if you're somewhere the sound of gunfire and "Allahu Akhbar!" will turn heads.

7 comments:

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Nice tank, but I sure as hell got tired of Mr Stupid and his allahu akhbar droning. Can't these idiots think of some original material now and then?

BZ

Old NFO said...

Those F'ing things are SCARY... And they can move a LOT faster than one things... They've gotten rounds into everything including A-10s!

ZerCool said...

That is a bad-ass little track ... just read through the Wiki on it. More interesting than anything Clancy wrote. ;-)

850-1000rpm cyclic rate on EACH barrel. 4:1 HE-Frag:AP-T.

Looking at the video though, one guy with a LAW, RPG, or even Molotov on a roof could make for that gunner having a real bad day.

Anonymous said...

What is painted on the front of the turret? Pcitures of Assad? Pin-up girls?

DaddyBear said...

BZ - If you do anything with Mid-Eastern or Central Asian militaries or militia, you'll hear that a lot. For some of them, it's what they do in place of aiming. Send a round down range, say a little prayer, lather, rinse, repeat. You don't get a lot of accuracy out of any individual round, but you make it up in volume.

NFO - Yeah, but for the most part, the A-10 can take it. Apaches? Not so much.

ZerCool - I think the trick would be getting in close enough to attack it without having it or one of its team mates ventilating you. But you're right, that's an AAA platform, not a tank or APC, so if it gets hit, it will probably be disabled or destroyed.

Anonymous - Probably pictures of Assad. I've seen that in the 3rd world a lot. Pictures of Fearless Leader are pinned up or painted on tracks, trucks, or whatever to make sure that A. The people driving it remember whose equipment it is and B. The people on the receiving end know who did it to them. C. Any pictures or video that get played for the populace make sure they know for sure that Fearless Leader is the one with the gun, tank, helicopter, whatever.

Six said...

You know, for all that I've processed thousands of calls for fire on simulated Soviet vehicles during my Cold War Army days I think that's the first time I've ever actually seen one firing. Cool!

MattB said...

Hey DB, It IS an AAA vehicle. You'd kind of figure that really quick traverse/elevation would be a Good Thing[tm] when shooting at all those nasty NATO attack helicopters and jets. :)

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