Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-23

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Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-23
Tula State Museum of Weapons (79-54).jpg
Second from the left GSh-6-23
Type Rotary cannon
Place of origin Soviet Union
Production history
Designer Vassily P. Gryazev and Arkady G. Shipunov
Manufacturer KBP Instrument Design Bureau Tula
Weight 73–76 kg (161–167 lb)
Length 1.4 m (4 ft 7 in)
Height 18 cm (7 in)

Cartridge 23×115mm AM-23
Caliber 23 mm
Barrels 6
Action Gas-operated
Rate of fire 6,000–8,000 (standard)[1]. 9,000–10,000 rpm (alleged maximum) [2][3].
Muzzle velocity 715 m/s (2345 ft/s)
Feed system Belt or linkless feed system

The Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-23 (Russian: Грязев-Шипунов ГШ-6-23) (GRAU designation: 9A-620 for GSh-6-23, 9A-768 for GSh-6-23M modernized variant) is a six-barreled 23 mm rotary cannon used by some modern Soviet/Russian military aircraft.[4]

The GSh-6-23 differs from most American multi-barreled aircraft cannon in that it is gas-operated, rather than externally powered via an electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic system.

The GSh-6-23 uses the 23×115 Russian AM-23 round, fed via linked cartridge belt or a linkless feed system.[5] The linkless system, adopted after numerous problems and failures with the belt feed, is limited.[6][better source needed] Fire control is electrical, using a 27 V DC system. The cannon has 10 pyrotechnic cocking charges, similar to those used in European gas-operated revolver cannons such as the DEFA 554 or Mauser BK-27.

The rapid rate of fire exhausts ammunition quickly: the Mikoyan MiG-31 aircraft, for example, with 260 rounds of ammunition (800 rounds maximum), would empty its magazine in less than two seconds.

The GSh-6-23 is used by the Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft, the MiG-31 interceptor aircraft, and the now-obsolete Sukhoi Su-15 among others. However, after two Su-24s were lost because of premature shell detonation in 1983, and because of some other problems with gun usage (such as system failures), usage of the GSh-6-23 was stopped by a decision of the Soviet Air Force Command. At present all aircraft in the Russian Air Force are flying with fully operational guns.[7]

It is also used in the SPPU-6 gun pod, which can traverse to −45° elevation, and ±45° azimuth.[8]


  • Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-23M; a modernized version.

See also


  1. ^ Gordon, Komissarov, Yefim, Dmitriy. "Flight Craft 8: Mikoyan MiG-31: Defender of the Homeland". Google Books.
  2. ^ Fillipov, Alexei. "Nobody Does It Better: Russian Aircraft Cannons Outgun America's". Sputnik International.
  3. ^ Skaarup, Harold. "Canadian MiG Flights". Google Books.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "From 20mm to 25mm - The Russian Ammunition Page". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Untitled Document". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Untitled Document". Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  8. ^


  • Rapid Fire, Anthony G. Williams, Airlife UK, August 2000
  • Koll, Christian (2009). Soviet Cannon - A Comprehensive Study of Soviet Arms and Ammunition in Calibres 12.7mm to 57mm. Austria: Koll. p. 162. ISBN 978-3-200-01445-9.

External links

  • KPB Tula (designer/manufacturer)
  • Izhmash (Archive copy of manufacturer's page, in Russian)
  • Gsh-6-23M (9-A-768) (automatic translation of the above)
  • (Animated gif of operation)

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