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Anti-Aircraft Guns

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/11/2015

The anti-aircraft gun - so prevalent during the aerial wars of the 1900s - has been largely replaced by the much improved technology of the guided/homing missile.





There are a total of (23) Anti-Aircraft Guns in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Anti-Aircraft Vehicles are arranged in a separate listing found here. Man-portable anti-aircraft systems are showcased here.




1950
100mm KS-19
Before the arrival of surface-to-air, anti-aircraft missiles, nations depended on simple artillery-b... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 100mm KS-19

1942
12.8cm FlaK 40
The 128mm FlaK 40 was one of the largest anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by the Germans in Wor... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 12.8cm FlaK 40

1942
12.8cm Flakzwilling 40
The double 12.8 cm (128mm) "Flakzwilling 40" was a variant of the very successful 12.8 cm FlaK 40 th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 12.8cm Flakzwilling 40

1940
120mm Gun M1
The advent of aircraft as effective tools of war in World War 1 prompted the need for ground-based a... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 120mm Gun M1

1950
130mm Air Defense Gun KS-30
Developed in the latter part of the 1940s, the KS-30 130mm Air Defense Gun was utilized by the Sovie... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 130mm Air Defense Gun KS-30

1940
20mm Oerlikon
The birth of the storied Swiss Oerlikon 20mm automatic anti-aircraft cannon was actually in Imperial... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 20mm Oerlikon

1940
25mm Air Defense Gun 72-K (M1940)
The Soviets had signed a secret non-aggregation pact with Nazi Germany on August 23rd, 1939 that cam... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 25mm Air Defense Gun 72-K (M1940)

1935
2cm FlaK 30
The manufacturing automotive and defense firm of Rheinmetall-Borsig was given a defense contract by ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 2cm FlaK 30

1932
40mm Bofors
Along with the Swiss 20mm Oerlikon, the Swedish 40mm Bofors became one of the most successful light ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 40mm Bofors

1936
5cm FlaK 41
During World War 2 (1939-1945), ground-based Anti-Aircraft (AA) defense ranged across several establ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 5cm FlaK 41

1934
8.8cm FlaK 18 / FlaK 36 / FlaK 37 (German 88)
After World War 1 concluded in the armistice of November of 1918, the German Empire was held largely... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 8.8cm FlaK 18 / FlaK 36 / FlaK 37 (German 88)

1943
8.8cm FlaK 41
Leading up to World War 2, no other nation was seemingly on the same technological edge as the Germa... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 8.8cm FlaK 41

1939
85mm Air Defense Gun Model 1939 (M1939) (KS-12 / 52-K)
Throughout the 1930s, aircraft development was evolving by leaps and bounds across the world. As suc... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 85mm Air Defense Gun Model 1939 (M1939) (KS-12 / 52-K)

1944
85mm Air Defense Gun Model 1944 (M1944) (KS-18)
The 85mm M1944 air defense gun (or "Model 1944" and also known as "KS-18") was nothing more than the... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the 85mm Air Defense Gun Model 1944 (M1944) (KS-18)

1950
AZP S-60
The S-60 was designed primarily as a 57mm single-barreled, towed, anti-aircraft defense system. The... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the AZP S-60

1967
M167 Vulcan
Requiring a voluminous fire, light-class towed anti-aircraft defense system, the U.S. Army adopted t... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the M167 Vulcan

1979
NORINCO P793 (M1939)
The modern Chinese military is influenced by its partnership with the Soviet Union during the Cold W... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the NORINCO P793 (M1939)

1937
Ordnance QF 3.7-Inch AA
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Thumbnail picture of the Ordnance QF 3.7-Inch AA

1939
Type 55 (M1939)
The M1939 37mm anti aircraft weapon system is based on the Bofors 25mm Model 1933 gun system of 1935... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Type 55 (M1939)

1949
ZPU-1
Development of the ZPU-1 began after World War 2 in 1947. The ZPU-1 was nothing more than a single-b... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ZPU-1

1949
ZPU-2
Experience in World War 2 (1939-1945) led the Soviet Army to developing small, portable anti-aircraf... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ZPU-2

1949
ZPU-4
The ZPU-4 anti-aircraft gun was developed in the post-war Soviet Union, seeing official operational ... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ZPU-4

1960
ZU-23-2 / ZU-23
The ZU-23-2 is a light, towed anti-aircraft / air defense system developed by the Soviet Union in th... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the ZU-23-2 / ZU-23