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Black Shark (Chyornaya akula)

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Black Shark
(Chyornaya akula)
Chyornaya akula poster.jpg
Film poster
Country RUS.jpg Russia
Directed by Vitaliy Lukin
Release Date 1993
Language Russian
Studio Roskomkino
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Andrey Gusarov Valeriy Vostrotin
Green Oleg Martyanov
Catrine Nelson Carey Schofield
Karahan Yuriy Tsurilo
Capt. Rastorguev Aleksandr Belov

Black Shark (Russian title: Чёрная акула; Chyornaya akula) is the Russian 1993 war action movie. The story is set in late 1980s, right after the Soviet–Afghan War. The leader of the Mujahideen, named Karahan, create the secret drug manufacturing plant. Soviet and American special troops unsuccessfully try to find and destroy it. Soviet commanders send for it the latest development af the Soviet military designers, the combat helicopter Kamov Ka-50 aka Chyornaya akula (Black Shark).

Note: most actors are non-professionals, including actual soldiers of Spetsnaz, combat pilots (including cheif pilot of Kamov Design Bureau), and aircraft designers.

The following weapons were used in the film Black Shark (Chyornaya akula):


Makarov PB

Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin) and Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) both use Makarov PB pistols during the raid on Karahan's drug facility.

Makarov PB with integral suppressor - 9x18mm Makarov
Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin) charges his pistol. Note: Valeriy Vostrotin is the real Soviet–Afghan War veteran and Hero of the Soviet Union.
Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) fires.
Pistol in the hands of Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov), disguised as mujaheddin.


Harry (Valeriy Pogrebenkov) fires M1911A1 in several scenes.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Harry (Valeriy Pogrebenkov) fires.
Chyornaya akula pistol 2 2.jpg
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Several mujahedeen, as well as Soviet soldiers can be seen armed with the AKMS rifles.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
Soviet soldiers with the AKMS. Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin) holds an AKS-74 at the far right.
Soviet soldier fires his rifle.
AKMS near the killed Soviet soldier.
Catrine Nelson (Carey Schofield) fires AKMS during the film climax. Note: Carey Schofield is the real life British freelance journalist.


Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin), Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov), several Soviet and American soldiers uses AKS-74 rifles. Another AKS-74 can be seen using by several mujahedeen and mercenaries. Some of them are new versions with AK-74M synthetic furniture.

AKS-74 - 5.45x39mm
AKS-74 with synthetic furniture - 5.45x39mm
Closeup of the rifle in the hands of Soviet soldier.
Soviet soldiers fires during the training.
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Two mujahedeen with the rifles. These AKs are fitted with blank firing adapters.
Mercenary with the rifle.
Another mercenary with the rifle.
Chyornaya akula rifle 3 4.jpg
Close view of the rifle.
Mujaheddin fires. Blank firing adapter is seen.


Most of American soldiers were armed with the M16A1 rifles. Captured M16A1s can be seen in the hands of several mujahedeen and mercenaries.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Mujaheddin with the captured rifle.
Mercenary fires his rifle at the American soldiers.
American soldier fires at mujahedeen.
Chyornaya akula rifle 4 4.jpg
American commander fires at the mujahedeen.

SVD Dragunov

SVD Dragunov can be briefly seen in the hands of one Soviet soldier.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle - 7.62x54mm R
Soldier caver with his rifle...
...but, a second later, he was killed by explosion.

Machine Guns

PKM Machine Gun

Both Soviet soldiers and mujahedeens use PKM Machine Guns. They are fitted with late flash hiders.

PKM with latest version of Flash hider - 7.62x54mm R
Chyornaya akula machine gun 2 1.jpg
Soviet soldier fires. Note the belt feed.
Mujaheddin fires.
Chyornaya akula machine gun 5 2.jpg
The belt box is seen.

Browning M1919A6

The Browning M1919A6, mounted on a tripod, can be seen in mujahedeen's ambush. This gun had never fire.

M1919A6, post-WWII manufacture with conical muzzle booster - .30-06 Springfield
Machine Gun at the right.


KPVT Heavy Machine Guns are mounted on Soviet BTR-80 APCs.

KPVT heavy machine gun - 14.5x114mm
Good view of the muzzle.
Barrel is seen.

NSVT heavy machine gun

Several mujahedeen uses NSVT heavy machine guns, mounted atop tank turrets.

NSV-T heavy machine gun mounted on a Ukrainian T-84 - 12.7x108mm
Chyornaya akula machine gun 4 1.jpg
Chyornaya akula machine gun 4 2.jpg
Chyornaya akula machine gun 4 3.jpg

Grenade Launchers


A kid Seryozha (uncredited), son of an officer, fires AKMS with GSN-19 grenade launcher at the target at the opening scene.

GSN-19 grenade launcher with unfired round - 30mm
Close view of the launcher in Seryozha's hands.
Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin) holds the launcher attached AK.


Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin) and Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) uses GP-25s during the raid.

GP-25 grenade launcher - 40mm
Chyornaya akula launcher 1 3.jpg
Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) takes a few 40mm grenade ammoes for the raid.

Missile Launcher


Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) carry RPG-18.

RPG-18 - 64mm
Chyornaya akula RPG 1 1.jpg
Good view of the gun.
Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) prepairs to use his launcher.

Type 69 RPG

Type 69 RPG can be seen using by mujahedeen.

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
Chyornaya akula RPG 2 1.jpg
Chyornaya akula RPG 2 2.jpg
Perfect view of the launcher.

Type 65 Recoilless Rifle

Type 65 recoilless rifle is used by mujahedeen.

Type 65 recoilless rifle - 82mm
Recoilless rifle at the left.

Hand Grenade

F-1 Grenades

Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin) and Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) both uses F-1 hand grenades during the raid

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Major Andrey Gusarov (Valeriy Vostrotin) loads his grenade.
Capt. Rastorguev (Aleksandr Belov) hanged the brenade on his belt.

Heavy weapons

Shipunov 2A42

A genuine Ka-50 Chyornaya akula helicopter appears in the film. It is armed with the Shipunov 2A42 autocannon.

Shipunov 2A42 automatic cannon - 30x165mm
Perfect view of the muzzle.
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Chyornaya akula cannon 1 3.jpg

2A42 autocannons are also mounted on BMP-2 AIFVs.

Chyornaya akula tank 1.jpg

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30K

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30K was mounted on Karahan's (Yuriy Tsurilo) Mi-24P (Hind-F).

Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-30-2 30mm automatic cannon with unfired rounds - 30x165mm
GSh-30K is placed in fixed side-mount.
Mi-24 2.jpg
GSh-30K fires with a great muzzle flame.


S-60 AA cannon

Mujahedeen uses 57mm S-60 AA autocannons.

57mm S-60 AA autocannon in Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Good view of the guns.
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Chyornaya akula cannon 2 4.jpg
Mujahedeen fires at the helicopter Chyornaya akula.


Mujahedeen uses several BMP-2.

Mujahedeen in ambush.
Chyornaya akula tank 2.jpg

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