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ZSU-23-4 Shilka
The ZSU-23-4
ZSU-23-4
"Shilka" is a lightly armored Soviet self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG).Contents1 Etymology 2 History 3 Description 4 Weapons and fire control4.1 Turret and guns 4.2 Ammunition 4.3 Radar 4.4 Limitations and problems5 Deployment 6 Variants6.1 Soviet Union 6.2 Russian Federation and Belarus 6.3 Ukraine 6.4 Poland 6.5 India 6.6 Netherlands7 Combat history 8 Operators8.1 Current operators 8.2 Former operators 8.3 Confiscated9 See also 10 Notes 11 References 12 External linksEtymology[edit] The acronym "ZSU" stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka (Russian: Зенитная Самоходная Установка), meaning "anti-aircraft self-propelled system"; the "23" signifies the bore diameter in millimeters; the "4" signifies the number of gun barrels. It is named after the Shilka River
Shilka River
in Russia
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Self-propelled Anti-aircraft Weapon
An anti-aircraft vehicle, also known as a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) or self-propelled air defense system (SPAD), is a mobile vehicle with a dedicated anti-aircraft capability. The Russian equivalent of SPAAG is ZSU, for zenitnaya samokhodnaya ustanovka, ("anti-aircraft self-propelled mount"). Specific weapon systems used include machine guns, autocannons, larger guns, or missiles, and some mount both guns and longer-ranged missiles (e.g. the Pantsir-S1). Platforms used include both trucks and heavier combat vehicles such as APCs and tanks, which add protection from aircraft, artillery, and small arms fire for front line deployment. Anti-aircraft guns are usually mounted in a quickly-traversing turret with a high rate of elevation, for tracking fast-moving aircraft. They are often in dual or quadruple mounts, allowing a high rate of fire. In addition, most anti-aircraft guns can be used in a direct-fire role against surface targets to great effect
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Syrian Civil War
Hezbollah  Iran   Russia
Russia
(from 2015)Support: Iraq[1] Syrian OppositionFree Syrian Army[a] Turkey[b] (from 2016)Allied armed groupsSupport: United States[c] (2011–17)[2]  Saudi Arabia  Qatar Ahrar al-Sham[e]Islamic Front / SIF (2012–15) Jaysh al-IslamSupport: Turkey  Saudi Arabia  Qatar Tahrir al-Sham[d][e]
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Operation Doogman 5
Egyptian frontBadr Fort Budapest Lahtzanit Ofira Romani Marsa Talamat Tagar Baltim Sinai Mansoura Chinese Farm Abirey-Halev Egyptian Missile Bases Raid 25th Brigade ambush Ismailia Scud missile attack SuezInternational frontNickel Grass Operation Model 5 (Hebrew: דוגמן 5, Doogman 5) is the name of an Israeli Air Force
Israeli Air Force
operation, and the common name for the ensuing anti-aircraft battle, which took place over the Golan Heights
Golan Heights
on the October 7, 1973, the second day of the Yom Kippur War. Model 5 was preplanned as a sweeping operation to destroy all of the Syrian surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries on the Golan front, by using unguided, general-use bombs dropped from a medium altitude near the targets
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Soviet War In Afghanistan
 Soviet Union 40th Army Democratic Republic of Afghanistan Supported by:  India[1][2]   East Germany
East Germany
(1979–1980)[3] Sunni Mujahideen: Jamiat-e Islami[4]Shura-e Nazar Gulbuddin faction[4]Maktab al-Khadamat Khalis faction[4] Ittehad i-Islami (IULA)[4] Harakat-i-Inqilab (IRM)[4] Jebh-e Nejat-e M
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Mujahideen
Mujahideen
Mujahideen
(Arabic: مجاهدين‎ mujāhidīn) is the plural form of mujahid (Arabic: مجاهد‎), the term for one engaged in Jihad (literally, "striving" or "struggling," especially with a praiseworthy aim). In an Islamic context, the Mujahideen
Mujahideen
are holy knights of Allah who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the sake of Allah. Their goals are to defend the weak, uphold justice, vanquish the oppressors and establish peace, order and justice, as well as facilitate the worship of Allah. They have been promised high ranks and status in paradise. Should they fall in battle then their sacrifice is a testament to their faith and belief in Allah
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BMP-1
The BMP-1
BMP-1
is a Soviet amphibious tracked infantry fighting vehicle. BMP stands for Boyevaya Mashina Pekhoty 1 (Russian: Боевая Машина Пехоты 1; БМП-1), meaning "infantry fighting vehicle".[11] The BMP-1
BMP-1
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BTR-60
The BTR-60
BTR-60
is the first vehicle in a series of Soviet eight-wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APCs). It was developed in the late 1950s as a replacement for the BTR-152
BTR-152
and was seen in public for the first time in 1961
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T-55
The T-54
T-54
and T-55
T-55
tanks are a series of Soviet main battle tanks introduced in the years following the Second World War. The first T-54 prototype was completed at Nizhny Tagil
Nizhny Tagil
by the end of 1945.[2] Initial production ramp up settled for 1947 at Nizhny Tagil, and 1948 for Kharkov were halted and curtailed as many problems were uncovered; the T-34-85 still accounted for 88 percent of production through the 50's.[2] The T-54
T-54
eventually became the main tank for armoured units of the Soviet Army, armies of the Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
countries, and many others. T-54s and T-55s have been involved in many of the world's armed conflicts since the later part of the 20th century. The T-54/55
T-54/55
series eventually became the most-produced tank in military history
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T-62
The T-62
T-62
is a Soviet main battle tank that was first introduced 1961[6]. As a further development of the T-55
T-55
series, the T-62 retained many similar design elements of its predecessor including low profile and thick turret armor. In contrast with previous tanks, which were armed with rifled tank guns, the T-62
T-62
was the first tank armed with a smoothbore tank gun that could fire APFSDS rounds at higher velocities. While the T-62
T-62
became the standard tank in the Soviet arsenal, it did not fully replace the T-55
T-55
in export markets due to its higher manufacturing costs and maintenance requirements compared to its predecessor
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Operation Storm-333
Soviet victoryOverthrow and assassination of Hafizullah Amin Installment of pro-Soviet, Parcham-dominated government led by Babrak Karmal Soviet war in AfghanistanBelligerents Soviet Union D.R. AfghanistanCommanders and leaders Capt. Yuri Ivanovich Drozdov Col. Grigoriy Boyarinov † Viktor Fyodorovich Karpukhin Hafizullah Amin †Units involved KGBAlpha Group Zenith GroupGRU154th OSN GRU
GRU
("Muslim" Battalion) Soviet Airborne Troops345th Airborne Rgt Army National Guards Presidential GuardStrengthOfficial total: 661 54 Alpha/Zenith operators 87 Paratroopers 520 "Muslim" BattalionOver 700 KGB
KGB
operators (acc
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Chechnya
The Chechen Republic
Republic
(/ˈtʃɛtʃɪn/; Russian: Чече́нская Респу́блика, tr. Chechenskaya Respublika, IPA: [tɕɪˈtɕɛnskəjə rʲɪˈspublʲɪkə]; Chechen: Нохчийн Республика, Noxçiyn Respublika), commonly referred to as Chechnya
Chechnya
(/ˈtʃɛtʃniə/; Russian: Чечня́, IPA: [tɕɪˈtɕnʲa]; Chechen: Нохчийчоь, Noxçiyçö), is a federal subject (a republic) of Russia. It is located in the North Caucasus, situated in the southernmost part of Eastern Europe, and within 100 kilometres (62 miles) of the Caspian Sea.[13] The capital of the republic is the city of Grozny
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GM Chassis
A chassis (US: /ˈtʃæsi/,[1] UK: /ˈʃæsi/;[2] plural chassis /-iz/) is the internal framework of an artificial object, which supports the object in its construction and use
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Israeli Air Force
The Israeli Air Force
Israeli Air Force
(IAF; Hebrew: זְרוֹעַ הָאֲוִיר וְהֶחָלָל‬, Zroa HaAvir VeHahalal, "Air and Space Arm", commonly known as חֵיל הָאֲוִיר‬, Kheil HaAvir, "Air Corps") operates as the aerial warfare branch of the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces. It was founded on May 28, 1948, shortly after the Israeli Declaration of Independence. As of August 2017[update] Aluf Amikam Norkin serves as the Air Force Commander. The Israeli Air Force
Israeli Air Force
was established on May 28, 1948, using commandeered or donated civilian aircraft and obsolete and surplus World War II
World War II
combat aircraft. Eventually, more aircraft were procured, including Boeing B-17s, Bristol Beaufighters, de Havilland Mosquitoes and P-51D Mustangs
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PT-76
The PT-76
PT-76
is a Soviet amphibious light tank that was introduced in the early 1950s and soon became the standard reconnaissance tank of the Soviet Army
Soviet Army
and the other Warsaw Pact
Warsaw Pact
armed forces. It was widely exported to other friendly states, like India, Iraq, Syria, North Korea and North Vietnam. Overall, some 25 countries used the PT-76. The tank's full name is Floating Tank–76 (Плавающий Танк, Plavayushchiy Tank, or ПТ-76). 76 stands for the caliber of the main armament: the 76.2 mm D-56T
D-56T
series rifled tank gun. The PT-76
PT-76
is used in the reconnaissance and fire-support roles
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9K38 Igla
The 9K38 Igla
9K38 Igla
(Russian: Игла́, "needle") is a Russian/Soviet man-portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM). "9K38" is the Russian GRAU
GRAU
designation of the system. Its US DoD designation is SA-18 and its NATO reporting name is Grouse; a simplified, earlier version is known as the 9K310 Igla-1, or SA-16 Gimlet. The latest variant is the 9K338 Igla-S, with NATO reporting name SA-24 Grinch
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