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GShG-7.62


ГШГ-7,62


Overview


GShG-7.62

7.62mm GShG-7.62 gas powered four-barrel minigun.
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Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Minigun
Entered service
1970
Status
In service
Development
1968 - 1970
Developer
Soviet Union - KBP Instrument Design Bureau
E.B. Glagolev, A.G. Shipunov, V.P. Gryazev
Production
1970 - present
Producer
Soviet Union
Russia
Number produced
Several thousand (estimate)
Designations
ГШГ-7,62 (cyrillic)
GShG / Glagolev-Shipunov-Gryazev
9-A-622 (GRAU index)
TKB-621 (industry index)
Notable users
Soviet Union
Russia

Description


Introduction

The GShG-7.62 is a Cold War era minigun of Soviet origin. It is the less known smaller brother of the Yak-B. Even though the GShG-7.62 was reported to be reliable and possessed significant firepower, other helicopter weapons were deemed more effective against a wider range of targets. These include the 57mm S-5 aerial rocket and UPK-23 gun pod.

Design

The GShG-7.62 was developed at the same time as the larger caliber Yak-B and both weapons have many features in common. Unlike most Western minigun designs the GShG-7.62 is self-powered. It is a gas operated weapon with four barrels. Rate of fire is selectable, but perhaps only with physical access to the weapon during preparation. Ammunition is fed from a belt.

Firepower

The GShG-7.62 fires the 7.62x54mm Soviet round. Rate of fire is either 3.500 or 6.000 rpm. It is mostly used in the higher mode.

Platforms

The GShG-7.62 is mainly used on in the GUV-8700 gun pod. This gun pod houses two GShG-7.62 on either side of a single 12.7mm Yak-B. The Kamov Ka-29TB naval assault helicopter is armed with a single GShG-7.62 minigun. While envisaged for use on the Mi-24 attack helicopter the designers settled on using only the 12.7mm Yak-B on the then new Mi-24D variant. Therefore used on the Mi-24 was only in conjunction with the GUV-8700 gun pod.

Details


Facts GShG-7.62
General
Origin
Soviet Union
Type
Minigun
Caliber
Caliber
7.62x54mm Russian
Feed system
Belt fed
Number of barrels
4
Barrel length
0.5 m
Rifling
Right hand twist
Muzzle velocity
820 - 850 m/s
Operation
Action
Gas operated
Fire selector
F
Rate of fire
3.500 or 6.000 rpm, selectable
Dimensions
Length
0.8 m
Weight
18.5 kg
Sights
Mechanical
None

Media


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Kamov Ka-29TB

The Ka-29TB naval assault helicopter is fitted with a single GShG-7.62 minigun which is controlled by the co-pilot.

12.7mm Yakushev-Borzov Yak-B

The GShG-7.62 was developed at the same time as the larger caliber Yak-B and both weapons have many features in common.