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Anti-Aircraft Guns

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 7/30/2015

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.

100mm KS-19
Before the arrival of surface-to-air, anti-aircraft missiles, nations depended on simple artillery-based guns to protect airs...
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12.8cm FlaK 40
The 128mm FlaK 40 was one of the largest anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by the Germans in World War 2. Design of the t...
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12.8cm Flakzwilling 40
The double 12.8 cm (128mm) "Flakzwilling 40" was a variant of the very successful 12.8 cm FlaK 40 that was designed to replac...
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120mm Gun M1
The advent of aircraft as effective tools of war in World War 1 prompted the need for ground-based artillery to track and ult...
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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 Soviet military to counter the...
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20mm Oerlikon
The birth of the storied Swiss Oerlikon 20mm automatic anti-aircraft cannon was actually in Imperial Germany when it was debu...
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25mm Air Defense Gun 72-K (M1940)
The Soviets had signed a secret non-aggregation pact with Nazi Germany on August 23rd, 1939 that came to be known as the "Tre...
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2cm FlaK 30
The manufacturing automotive and defense firm of Rheinmetall-Borsig was given a defense contract by the German government to ...
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40mm Bofors
Along with the Swiss 20mm Oerlikon, the Swedish 40mm Bofors became one of the most successful light anti-aircraft weapons of ...
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5cm FlaK 41
During World War 2 (1939-1945), ground-based Anti-Aircraft (AA) defense ranged across several established "layers" and guns o...
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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 to blame by the victorio...
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8.8cm FlaK 41
Leading up to World War 2, no other nation was seemingly on the same technological edge as the Germans who spent years prior ...
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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 such, air defense forces of ...
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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 original M1939 platform ...
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AZP S-60
The S-60 was designed primarily as a 57mm single-barreled, towed, anti-aircraft defense system. The gun was developed in the...
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M167 Vulcan
Requiring a voluminous fire, light-class towed anti-aircraft defense system, the U.S. Army adopted the M167 "Vulcan" in 1967....
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NORINCO P793 (M1939)
The modern Chinese military is influenced by its partnership with the Soviet Union during the Cold War years. Much of its equ...
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Type 55 (M1939)
The M1939 37mm anti aircraft weapon system is based on the Bofors 25mm Model 1933 gun system of 1935. It saw extensive action...
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Development of the ZPU-1 began after World War 2 in 1947. The ZPU-1 was nothing more than a single-barreled version of the su...
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Experience in World War 2 (1939-1945) led the Soviet Army to developing small, portable anti-aircraft gun systems centered ar...
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The ZPU-4 anti-aircraft gun was developed in the post-war Soviet Union, seeing official operational service beginning in 1949...
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ZU-23-2 / ZU-23
The ZU-23-2 is a light, towed anti-aircraft / air defense system developed by the Soviet Union in the 1950s. Design work bega...
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