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M1992

30-mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun

M1992 SPAAG

The North Korean M1992 SPAAG may have improved performance over the ZSU-23-4

 
 
Entered service ?
Crew ~ 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 20 t
Length (gun forward) ?
Hull length ~ 6.5 m
Width ~ 3.1 m
Height ~ 3.6 m
Armament
Main gun 2 x 30-mm
Machine guns -
Projectile weight ?
Maximum slant range 3 km
Maximum firing range ~ 3.5 km
Rate of fire 1 600 rpm
Elevation range - 5 to + 85 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun ?
Machine guns -
Mobility
Engine V-6P1 diesel
Engine power 280 hp
Maximum road speed 50 km/h
Range 400 - 450 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.1 m
Trench 2.8 m
Fording 1 m

 

   This self-propelled anti-aircraft gun is based on the ZSU-23-4 Shilka chassis. This vehicle was first observed in 1992. It was developed as a replacement for the older twin 37-mm SPAAG. It is worth mentioning that in the 1980s North Korea produced a significant amount of self-propelled artillery, mating towed artillery tubes with chassis already in service. Unlike most North Korean adaptations, the M1992 may have improved performance over the original type. This anti-aircraft artillery system was produced in quantity, however it is unknown how many of them were built.

   The M1992 SPAAG spots a noticeably taller turret, comparing with the Shilka. It is fitted with two 30-mm automatic guns. Maximum rate of fire is 800 rounds per barrel. Estimated effective range against air targets is about 3 000 m. The M1992 uses HEI-T rounds. This self-propelled anti-aircraft system can also be used against ground targets.

   Fire target surveillance radar and fire control system remains from the ZSU-23-4. It has a tracking range of 6-10 km, depending on the target's altitude.

   Armor of the M1992 protects occupants from small arms fire and artillery shell splinters.

   It is suggested, that this SPAAG has a crew of four, including commander, gunner, radar operator and driver.

   Vehicle is powered by a V-6P1 diesel engine, developing 280 hp. It is also fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is turned off.

 

 
M1992 SPAAG

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