Gunships, drones and helicopters can be effectively churn out by weapons developed over half a century ago. To this end, the legendary 23-mm ZU-23-2, which is called “zushka” or “rogatka” (slingshot) by the army soldiers, is to be equipped by the missiles and advanced electronics.
Zu-23 / 30M1-3 was demonstrated at the forum “Army 2015”.
The ZU-23-2 is a light, towed anti-aircraft / air defense system developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Design work began in the latter part of the decade and culminated with the system achieving operational status in 1960. Amazingly, the weapon has proven so sound that it is still in operation throughout the world and production continues to this day. To date, tens of thousands of the weapon type have been delivered across the globe and evolved into other useful variants and modernized when possible. The rather complicated designation arrangement used for the “ZU-23-2” is actually quite descriptive when broken down: ZU = Zenitnaya Ustanovka which translates to “anti-aircraft mount” in the Russian while “23” designates the type’s barrel calibers and “2” signifies the number of barrels being utilized in the design.