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Coordinates of Death (Koordinaty smerti)

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Coordinates of Death (Koodinaty smerti)
Coordinates of Death.jpg
Original Poster
Country SOV.jpg USSR
VIET.jpg Vietnam
Directed by Samvel Gasparov
Nguyen Xuan Chan
Release Date 1985
Language Russian
Studio Gorky Film Studios
Vietnam Feature Film Studio
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ilya Krutin Aleksandr Galibin
Fong Bao Viet
Kate Francis Tatyana Lebedeva
May Van Le
Captain Shukhov Yuriy Nazarov

Coordinates of Death (Russian Title: Koordinaty smerti / Координаты смерти) is a 1985 Soviet-Vietnamese co-production directed by Samvel Gasparov and Nguyen Xuan Chan. Set during the Vietnam War (presumably during Operation Linebacker II in 1972), the film is about a group of Soviet sailors aboard the freighter Chelyabinsk who aid their Vietnamese comrades after their ship is sunk, interspersed with scenes depicting the brutality of Americans towards Vietnamese civilians as seen through the eyes of an actress named Kate Francis (Tatyana Lebedeva) (a Jane Fonda analogue).

The following weapons are seen in the film Coordinates of Death:



Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese militia use SKS rifles throughout the film.

Russian Simonov Type 45 aka the Russian SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm.
A militia woman holds a SKS.
Guerrillas fire SKS rifles at an American helicopter.

Norinco Type 56

Norinco Type 56 rifles with attached "pig sticker" bayonets are used by Viet Cong guerrillas and North Vietnamese Army soldiers.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") - 7.62x39mm
Viet Cong guerrillas fire Type 56 rifles after being ambushed.
Vietnamese militia capture an American airman.
A guerrilla holds a Type 56.


NVA soldiers hold AKM rifles while escorting a group of American prisoners.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
NVA soldiers escort captured American pilots.

M1 Carbine

Vietnamese militia marching along a section of the Ho Chi Minh Trail can be seen holding M1 Carbines.

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine


American soldiers throughout the film wield M16A1 rifles. Viet Cong guerrillas also fire M16A1s when they are ambushed by American helicopters.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm.
A Viet Cong guerrilla fires a M16A1.
A close-up of the M16A1's receiver.
A soldier prepares to kick down the door of a hut.
An American soldier (Uldis Veispals) holds a M16A1 and a hand grenade.
American troops fire M16s from a helicopter.


American soldiers who raid and destroy a Vietnamese village wield CAR-15-type rifles, which appear to be the XM177E2 model with the original flash suppressor replaced by a M16A1 "birdcage"-style flash hider, giving it a slight resemblance to the Colt Model 733. Such rifles were referred to in ARVN service (and continue to be known in Vietnamese service) as the M18 carbine.

XM177E2 Carbine aka Colt Model 629 aka - 5.56x45mm. This was the last variant of the XM177 rifle used in the Vietnam War.
A soldier fires a CAR-15 at a hut.
Another soldier holds a CAR-15.
The soldier fires his CAR-15.

Machine Guns


Viet Cong guerrillas use M60 machine guns to attack American helicopters after they are ambushed.

M60 machine gun with bipod extended - 7.62x51mm NATO
Guerrillas fire a M60.
Another M60-wielding guerrilla takes down an attacking helicopter.

Browning M1919

Browning M1919 machine guns are mounted on American jeeps.

A variant of the Browning M1919 developed during World War 2, this model is designated the M37, with the ability to feed from either the left or the right of the weapon - 30-06.
Soldiers in jeeps enter a village.
The jeeps leave after burning down the village.

GE M134 Minigun

Gunners aboard American UH-1 'Huey' helicopters fire M134 miniguns when they attack Viet Cong guerrillas and citizens. The weapons are not actually fired; rather, the gunners mimic firing the weapons by rocking them and the sounds were added in post-production.

General Electric M134 with first pattern spade grip mount and crosshair sights. Note the lack of flash suppressor and three disked barrel cluster - 7.62x51mm NATO
A helicopter gunner "fires" a M134 minigun.
A gunner fires a minigun at Vietnamese boats while enjoying a beer.
Another angle. The camouflage uniforms worn by the Americans appear to be a Soviet attempt to imitate ERDL camo, similar to American attempts to imitate Soviet camouflage in movies such as Rambo III.


A DShK heavy machine gun is used by Vietnamese soldiers defending the port of Haiphong.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
Vietnamese troops man a DShK machine gun.


M79 Grenade Launcher

A M79 Grenade Launcher is held by one of the American soldiers after they burn down a village.

M79 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
A soldier holds a M79.

M67 Hand Grenade

American soldiers use the M67 Hand Grenade to destroy Vietnamese huts.

M67 High Explosive-Fragmentation hand grenade
A M67 grenade is attached to a soldier's belt.

37-mm AA gun V-11

A V-11, twin naval version of 61-K, is seen mounted on a North Vietnamese Navy ship.

37-mm V-11 twin naval automatic air defense gun - 37x252SR
A ship-mounted AA gun opens fire.

AA Guns

Various anti-aircraft guns are used by the North Vietnamese to shoot at American aircraft.

AA guns fire at American fighter-bombers.

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