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ZPU-2 Towed Anti-Aircraft Gun System (1949)

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The ZPU-2 is the two-barrel version of the ZPU anti-aircraft system.

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Specifications for the
ZPU-2
Towed Anti-Aircraft Gun System


Country of Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: State Factories - Soviet Union / China
Initial Year of Service: 1949
Production: 20,000


Focus Model: ZPU-2
Crew: 5


Overall Length: 11.61ft (3.54m)
Width: 6.30ft (1.92m)
Height: 6.00ft (1.83m)
Weight: 0.7 US Short Tons (639kg; 1,409lbs)


Powerplant: None. This is a towed-artillery piece.


Maximum Speed: 0mph (0 km/h)
Maximum Range: 5 miles (8 km)


NBC Protection: None
Nightvision: None


Armament:
2 x 14.5mm heavy machine guns


Ammunition:
2,400 x 14.5mm ammunition


Variants:
ZPU-1 - Single-barrel 14.5mm anti-aircraft machine gun; appearing in 1949.


ZPU-2 - Double-barreled version; appearing in 1949.

ZPU-4 - Four-barreled version; appearing in 1949.

Type 58 - Chinese production version of the ZPU-2

Type 56 - Chinese production version of the ZPU-4


Operators:
Afghanistan; Albania; Algeria; Angola; Bangladesh; Benin; Bulgaria; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cambodia; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Chad; China; Republic of Congo; Croatia; Cuba; Egypt; Ethiopia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Iran; Iraq; Israel; North Korea; Laos; Libya; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Malta; Mauritania; Mongolia; Morocco; Mozambique; Namibia; Nicaragua; Pakistan; Romania; Russia; Sao Tome and Principe; Seychelles; Sri Lanka; Somalia; South Africa; Sudan; Syria; Tanzania; Togo; Uganda; Vietnam; Yugoslavia; Zambia; Zaire; Zimbabwe