30 mm caliber

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30×173mm rounds
30 mm rounds

The 30 mm caliber is a specific size of autocannon ammunition. Such ammunition includes NATO standard 30×173mm and 30×113mmB rounds and Soviet 30×165mm rounds which are widely used around the world.

Usage[edit]

The depleted uranium penetrator of a 30×173mm round used in the GAU-8

30 mm ammunition is typically not used against personnel, but rather as an anti-materiel or armor-piercing round. Rounds of this size can be effective against armored vehicles as well as fortified bunkers.

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation use their 30 mm weapons in a variety of vehicles, including the Su-25 attack aircraft, Mi-24 helicopter, Mi-28 attack helicopter, Ka-50 attack helicopter, and the BMP-2, BMP-3, and BTR-90 infantry fighting vehicles. The most modern anti-aircraft gun systems in use by Russia are 30 mm caliber. The U.S. military uses 30 mm weapons in their A-10 Thunderbolt II and AH-64 Apache helicopter. It was going to be used in the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle until the project was cancelled.

Types of 30 mm ammunition[edit]

30 mm ammunition generally comes in three varieties: armor-piercing (AP), high-explosive (HE), and training rounds. Armor-piercing and high-explosive cartridges usually also possess incendiary characteristics.

Examples of weapons using 30 mm ammunition[edit]

30×113mm rounds being loaded into an AH-64D Apache Longbow

30×90mmRB

30×92mmRB

30×113mmB

30×114mm

30×122mm

30×150mmB

30×155mmB

30×165mm

30×170mm

30×173mm

30×184mmB

30×210mmB

30×250mm Caseless

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