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Very pretty carbine.
Alex Caldow’s “ZSU-40-4 Self Propelled Anti Aircraft Gun ‘Tarsier’”
The ZSU-40-4 “Vorishilov” is a lightly armoured, self-propelled , radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG). The acronym “ZSU” stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka (Russian: Зенитная Самоходная Установка), meaning “anti-aircraft self-propelled mount”; the “40” signifies the bore diameter in millimeters; the “4” signifies the number of gun barrels. Its NATO reporting name is ZSU-40-4 “Tarsier”.
Although the “Tarsier” is a modern short-range anti-aircraft weapon, the ZSU-40-4 is still effective for enemy light armoured vehicles, infantry and firing points as an infantry-support vehicle. With its high rate of accurate fire, the ZSU-40-4 can neutralize tanks by destroying their gun sights, radio antennas, or other vulnerable electrical equipment. ZSU-40-4s, especially updated models, have excellent performance and good systems reliability.
The system also boasts four 9M411 (NATO: SA-23) missiles for surface to air operations. The missile has two stages, a large booster stage with four folding fins, which boosts the missile to a velocity of 900 m/s, before falling away. The second stage has four fixed fins, and four steerable control surfaces.
The 360° rotating turret is fully stabilised and capable of firing on the move. Manual aim is used against ground targets. The 24A40M’s multibarreled design creates an intense amount of heat generated by its heavy depleted uranium ammunition. To compensate for the heat the 2A40M is water cooled and can operate in enviroments of -50 degrees C and +50 degrees C. This makes the 2A40M an effective all environment weapon. An armoured plate inside the turret protects crew members from fire explosive gas as well as intense heat during continuous firing.
The RPK-4 “Kursk” also known as the 2RL90 radar operates in the L band and can detect aircraft up to 20 km away. The radar systems on the vehicle, combined with thermal and night vision optics gives the ZSU-40-4 excellent target tracking capability even in low light conditions.Weight32 tonnesCrew4 (commander, driver, gunner, radar operator)Armourwelded steel,11.2 mm turret, up to 15 mm hullMainarmamentSecondary
armament4 × 40 mm 2A40M chain fed auto-cannons, ammunition 4500 rounds
4 × 9M411 missilesEngineV-6R, 8-cylinder 6-stroke airless-injection water-cooled 20 litre diesel280 hp (209 kW) at 2,000 rpmOperationalrange423 km (road), 275 km (off-road)Speed44 km/h (road), 22 km/h (off-road)
[via: Nuthin’ But Mech]
[Alex Caldow’s site]
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