23mm Type 80

     Notes:  This appears to be a reverse-engineered version of the Russian ZU-23-2.  The differences between it and the Russian weapon are few and mostly to suit local manufacturing methods and materials.  The sight is 3.5x instead of the 2.5x of the ZU-23-2.

Weapon

Ammunition

Crew

Set Up Time

Weight

Price

Type 80

23mm ZU-23

3

2 Minutes

950 kg

$86209

 

Weapon

ROF

Magazine

Range

Round

Damage

Penetration

Type 80

20

50 Belt (x2)

550

API

5

3/3/3/2

 

20

50 Belt (x2)

410

HE

C1  B5

-4C

 

20

50 Belt (x2)

660

HVAPI

5

4/4/3/2

 

20

50 Belt (x2)

550

HVHE

C1  B5

-4C

 

25mm Type 85

     Notes:  This is basically a ZU-23-2 with the 23mm autocannons replaced with 25mm autocannons of local manufacture.  The Type 85 is externally very similar to the Type 80 23mm AAA gun and can be easily mistaken for it at first glance.  The Chinese are not as yet using this new weapon; it appears to have been built expressly for export.

Weapon

Ammunition

Crew

Set Up Time

Weight

Price

Type 85

25mm KBA

3

3 Minutes

1500 kg

$91329

 

Weapon

ROF

Magazine

Range

Round

Damage

Penetration

Type 85

10

50 Belt (x2)

420

AA

C1  B8

-4C

 

10

50 Belt (x2)

560

APFSDSDU

6

14/12/10/7

 

10

50 Belt (x2)

560

API

6

5/4/3/2

 

10

50 Belt (x2)

420

HE

C1  B5

-3C

 

37mm Type 55/65/74/74SD/P793

     Notes:  The genesis of these designs is the Russian M-1939 37mm antiaircraft gun.  The Type 55 is, in fact, little more than a Chinese copy of the single-barreled M-1939, while the Type 65 is a copy of the twin 37mm version of the M-1939.  Type 74 has the ability to be hooked into an existing antiaircraft system and placed under its radar control, has a slightly higher rate of fire (no effect in game terms), and a telescopic sight.  The Type 74SD replaces hydraulic manual controls with electrical servos.  The P793 can be equipped with standard or long barrels; the rate of fire is further increased; the unit has its own 5.22 kW generator; the telescopic sight’s magnification is increased to 5x; and an image intensifier is supplied. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Crew

Set Up Time

Weight

Price

Type 55

37mm M-1939

3

3 Minutes

2100 kg

$131299

Type 65

37mm M-1939

5

4 Minutes

2699 kg

$241929

Type 74

37mm M-1939

5

4 Minutes

2835 kg

$240817

Type 74SD

37mm M-1939

4

4 Minutes

2693 kg

$246837

Type P793 (Standard)

37mm M-1939

4

3 Minutes

3100 kg

$247137

Type P793 (Long Guns)

37mm M-1939

4

3 Minutes

3300 kg

$263449

 

Weapon

ROF

Magazine

Range

Round

Damage

Penetration

Type 55

3

5 Clip

490

API

8

6/5/4/3

 

3

5 Clip

370

FRAG-HE

C2  B15

-1C

 

3

5 Clip

490

HVAP

8

7/7/6/4

Type 65/74/74SD

6

5 Clip (x2)

490

API

8

7/6/5/3

 

6

5 Clip (x2)

370

FRAG-HE

C2  B15

-1C

 

6

5 Clip (x2)

490

HVAP

8

9/8/7/4

Type P793 (Standard Guns)

10

5 Clip (x2)

490

API

8

7/6/5/3

 

10

5 Clip (x2)

370

FRAG-HE

C2  B15

-1C

 

10

5 Clip (x2)

490

HVAP

8

9/8/7/4

Type P793 (Long Guns)

10

5 Clip (x2)

510

API

8

7/6/5/3

 

10

5 Clip (x2)

380

FRAG-HE

C2  B15

-1C

 

10

5 Clip (x2)

510

HVAP

8

9/8/7/4

 

57mm Type 59

     Notes:  This weapon is a close copy of the Russian S-60 and differs from that weapon in only minor respects.  Most of these differences are concessions to local manufacturing methods.  However, the ammunition used by the Type 59 normally uses steel cases instead of the copper cases used by the Russians.  The Type 59 is normally radar-directed by rotating bar-type radar known as the GW-03. 

Weapon

Ammunition

Crew

Set Up Time

Weight

Price

Type 59

57mm S-60

8

2 Minutes

4780 kg

$428765

 

Weapon

ROF

Magazine

Range

Round

Damage

Penetration

Type 59

3

4 Clip

510

APFSDS

13

41/36/31/20

 

3

4 Clip

510

APHE

C3  B10

17/15/13/8

 

3

4 Clip

390

HE

C5  B15

2C

 

Norinco Giant Bow AAA System

     Notes: While this may seem like a simple ZU-23-2 with power movement and computer control, you need to zoom out and see the big picture.  The ace up the sleeve of the Giant Bow is that truck (could be one of several models) parked up to 50 meters away is the Battery Optoelectronic Commander’s Vehicle.  Up to six Giant Bows may be wired in to the BOCV, and the BOCV can be used to detect and to an extent, help the gunners aim the guns and feed computer coordinates of aircraft to the Giant Bow’s computer.  In of itself, the Giant Bow has a fire control computer an image intensifier, and an optronic rangefinder; the BOCV adds a FLIR, 2nd generation image intensifier, advanced computers that can track, aim, and predict target tracks.  A laser rangefinder and a TV camera with 6x magnification complete the sensors.  The BOCV has a crew of four.  The images from the BOCV’s FLIR and image intensifier can be fed to the Giant Bow’s viewfinder, and fire coordinates fed to the gun’s computer.

     Of course, while the BOCV is a nice perk of the system, the Giant Bow does not have any need for the BOCV to be an effective weapon.  The BOCV simply allows for more accurate, coordinated fire.  The Giant Bow is basically a ZU-23-2, with a widened crew platform to allow for a gunner and observer/computer operator, and techy enhancements are added that gives it accuracy and abilities that a standard ZU-23-2 doesn’t have.  It otherwise is a two-wheeled trailer with a folding undercarriage and a heavy-duty articulated tow bar.

Weapon

Ammunition

Crew

Set Up Time

Weight

Price

Giant Bow

23mm ZU-23

2

4 Minutes

1.25 tons

$51581

 

Weapon

ROF

Magazine

Range

Round

Damage

Penetration

ZU-23

20

2x50B

550

APDS-T

5

8/7/6/4

 

20

2x50B

550

API

5

5/4/3/2

 

20

2x50B

410

HE

C1  B5

-4C

 

20

2x50B

550

HVAPI

5

6/5/4/3

 

20

2x50B

550

HVHE

C1  B5

-4C