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ZU-23-2 - 23x152mm
ZSU-23-4 Shilka - 23x152mm
ZSU-23-2 mounted on M-113 APC - 23x152mm
ZSU-23-2 mounted on pickup truck - 23x152mm

The ZU-23-2, also known as ZU-23, is a Soviet towed 23 mm anti-aircraft twin autocannon. ZU stands for Zenitnaya Ustanovka - anti-aircraft mount. The weapons are also seen quad-mounted in the ZSU-23-4 Shilka self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (though some western films will use various machine guns such as the Browning M2 to stand in for these weapons, while some museum piece ZSUs are known to have painted broomsticks as guns).

The ZU-23 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

General characteristics

  • Overall dimensions in firing position

o Length: 4.57 m (15 ft) o Width: 2.88 m (9.44 ft) o Height: 1.22 m (4 ft)

  • Weight: 0.95 tonnes (2,094 lbs)
  • Armament: two 2A14 Afanasyev-Yakushev 23x152mm (.90 in) autocannons
  • Barrel length: 2 m (6.5 ft)/ 87.3 calibers
  • Muzzle velocity: 970 m/s (3,182 ft/s)
  • Projectile weight: 186 g (6.27 oz)
  • Rate of fire

o Cyclic: 2,000 rounds per minute o Practical: 400 rounds per minute

  • Effective range: 2-2.5 km (1.24-1.55 mi)
  • Effective altitude: 1,500-2,000 m (4,921-6,562 ft)
  • Ammunition

o BZT Armor Piercing Incendiary Tracer (API-T) rounds o OFZ High Explosive Incendiary Tracer (HEI-T) rounds

  • Crew: 6


Title Actor Character Note Date
Mercedes Gets Away from the Chase ('Mersedes' ukhodit ot pogoni) Soviet soldiers Anachronostic 1980
The Secret Fairway (Sekretniy farvater) Soviet soldiers 1988
Cargo 300 (Gruz 300) ZSU-23-4 Shilka 1989
Afghan Breakdown Mounted on pickup truck 1991
The One That Got Away Iraqi troops 1996
9th Company Soviet soldiers 2005


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Notation Air Date
I Have The Honor! (Chest Imeyu!) Russian paratroopers 2004
The Storm Gate Russian Soldiers 2006
The Storm Gate Anatoliy Pashinin Senior lieutenant Doronin 2006
Midsomer Murders Seen on RAF base; "The Incident at Cooper Hill" (S18E02) 2016

Video Games

Game Title Appears As Notes Release Date
Conflict: Desert Storm II 2003
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004
Battlefield 2 Chinese Type 87 copy, mounted on PGZ-95 AA vehicle 2005
Project Reality Chinese Type 87 copy, mounted on PGZ-95 AA vehicle 2005
Project Reality ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2005
Conflict: Global Terror 2005
Joint Task Force ZU-23-2 2006
World in Conflict ZU-23-2 and ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2007
Mercenaries 2: World in Flames "Scorpion" 2008
9th Company: Roots of Terror ZU-23-2 in static and truck mounting & ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2009
ArmA II ZU-23-2 in static and truck mounting & ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2009
Medal of Honor ZU-23-2 2010
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 mounted alone and on BMD-3 chassis 2010
GoldenEye 007 2010
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon ZU-23-2 & ZSU-23-4 Shilka 2011
Medal of Honor: Warfighter ZU-23-2 2012
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 2012
Splinter Cell: Blacklist 2013
ArmA Tactics 2013
Battlefield 4 Type 87 copy, mounted on PGZ-95 AA vehicle 2013
Far Cry 6 Oversized, mounted on unusable AA installations 2021


Title Character Note Date
Cowboy Bebop / "Jupiter Jazz" 1998

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