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ZSU-57-2

57 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun

ZSU-57-2 SPAAG

The ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun has a very thin steel armor

 
 
Country of origin Soviet Union
Entered service 1956
Crew 6 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 28.1 t
Length (gun forward) 8.46 m
Hull length 6.22 m
Width 3.27 m
Height 2.71 m
Armament
Main gun 2 x 57 mm
Machine guns -
Projectile weight 2.8 kg
Maximum slant range 4 km
Maximum firing range 12 km
Rate of fire 240 rpm
Elevation range - 5 to + 85 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 300
Machine guns -
Mobility
Engine V-54 diesel
Engine power 520 hp
Maximum road speed 50 km/h
Range 420 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 2.7 m
Fording 1.4 m

 

   The ZSU-57-2 is a Soviet Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (SPAAG). Its development began in the late 1940s. It was officially adopted by the Soviet Army and production commenced in 1956. Eventually the ZSU-57-2 was replaced by a more modern and much more effective ZSU-23-4 Shilka. Despite its age the ZSU-57-2 is still in service with a number of countries today.

   This SPAAG is fitted with two S-68 57 mm guns. It was essentially a twin mount of the S-60 towed anti-aircraft gun. These guns are air-cooled, so after firing 50-60 rounds in rapid mode the guns have to cool down. These guns are fed from magazines. Each magazine holds 4 rounds. The ZSU-57-2 fires fragmentation-tracers rounds against air targets and armor-piercing tracer rounds against ground targets. Direct hit of a single 57 mm round easily destroyed fighter or ground attack aircraft.

   The ZSU-57-2 has got no radar and uses open sights instead. Optical sight is used to engage ground targets. Due to the lack of night vision equipment the ZSU-57-2 it is not effective at night.

   This SPAAG has a very thin steel armor (maximum thickness 15 mm). Open top makes it defenseless against attacks from above. The ZSU-57-2 also lacks NBC protection system.

   Vehicle has a crew of 6, including commander, gunner, assistant gunner, 2 loaders and a driver.

   The ZSU-57-2 SPAAG chassis uses many automotive components of the T-54 medium tank. Vehicle is powered by a V-54 diesel engine, developing 520 horsepower.

 

Variants

 

   Type 80 SPAAG, Chinese copy of the ZSU-57-2, based on China's Type 69 medium tank chassis.

 

 

 
ZSU-57-2 SPAAG

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