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AK-230 CIWS

Country of Origin: Russia

description

This gun is a water-cooled, fully automatic, close-in defense weapon that was introduced in the Russian navy about 1960. It is installed in a wide variety of ships. It should not be confused with 30-mm/65-cal Gatling-type guns.

The weapon has been produced in China as the Type 69 (see “Variants,” below).

status

Development began in 1956; this was followed by unsuccessful test-firings in 1957.

A redesign of the system in 1958 led to production in 1959. Initial operational capability (IOC)...

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