Look, friends, this is really pleasing. While searching for a proper video to illustrate the performance of an anti-aircraft gun, we have come across this one. A while ago, in 2016, we transferred three vehicles to the Marines of the 503 Battalion headed by Vadym Sukharevskyi: these were three powerful Fords slightly rearranged to fit the realities of military job. Eventually, the guys decided to remodel one of the vehicles into something else, so mounted a potent anti-aircraft gun ZU-23-2 onto its chassis. As a result, the Badgers got not only a convenient means of transportation but also an opportunity to cruise along the front line and regularly emerge in its hot spots to neutralize the most active terrorists.
Obviously, we have initiated the conversation about an anti-aircraft gun not by chance. This gear makes a potent mobile weapon that allows to effectively solve certain issues arising in the course of a combat. A relatively accurate double gun of the 23mm caliber is something more than just a wonderful means of anti-aircraft defense..It also allows to suppress any hostile fire activity at the distance up to 2km, keeping fairly in line with both the Minsk agreements and the truce provisions.
Turned to be that one of the subdivisions whom we have been actively supporting for some time, chose to deploy this very kind of an anti-aircraft gun. The guys move their ZUs throughout the hottest spots of their sector of defense, and anytime when the terrorists start firing, provide an immediate response using these guns, disassembling the enemy’s firing points to atoms. As regards this unit, it is worth mentioning that our military operate in pretty smooth cooperation during which all the troops including scouts, aerial reconnaissance, snipers and artillery, always have a distinctive view of the entire operation including definitive target maps, which leads to their maximum possible effectiveness.
Still there is one thing in which we may prove useful to them. It is about technical features of the ZU guns. TSometimes the guys need to conduct their military operations in the night time. Actually, when in action, an anti-aircraft gun produces quite a visible torch of flame 1.5-2m high after each shot, which can be seen from a huge distance. Naturally, this immediately draws the enemy’s attention and results in focusing its fierce firepower on this spot. As a proof:
A group of Kharkiv engineers have found a solution to this issue. They designed and manufactured a special barrel nozzle able to dissolve the outcoming flame which allows to keep a gun’s position in secret. In turn, this diminishes the risks for our servicemen’s lives. In addition, the engineers developed a gun front armor kit which does not affect the mobility of the system while ensuring a considerable level of protection against bullets and shrapnel for a gun operator. Look how the nozzle works.
Hence, the main goal we pursue is to protect the lives and health of our guys who effectively transform the enemy into a rosy dust. These elements of equipment do not belong to the government-budgeted military expenditures so our army men applied to us, volunteers, seeking assistance. Cost of work for manufacturing and installment of the flame suppressing nozzle makes about 11 thousand hryvnias, and for the armor kit — about 12 thousand. We need to buy two suppressors and two kits in general, so the total sum for collection in which we will definitely need your affordable support, makes about 46 thousand UAH. We are going to process this fundraising within the Rapid Response project, at the expense of which we usually cover the operative needs of our military fighting in the forefront. Friends, please join in as the war is still here. Right, the amount we need to raise is rather big. Still, the cost of our defenders’ lives cannot be calculated in any amounts, can it?