Includes two ZSU-57-2 Self-propelled Anti-aircraft guns
The ZSU-57-2 was a Soviet-built self-propelled anti-aircraft gun that first came into service with the Red Army in 1955. The acronym ZSU stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka, which when translated means anti-aircraft self-propelled mount; 57 designates the caliber of the weapons and 2 states the number of gun barrels.
Built on the chassis of the T-54 tank, the twin S-68 57mm cannons were mounted in an open-topped turret which only offered the crew inside a minimum level of armour protection.
Manned by a crew of six (driver, commander, gunner, dedicated sight adjuster and a pair of loaders), the ZSU-57-2 was limited to only engaging aircraft that the crew could actually see. Once an aircraft was spotted, the sight adjuster had to correctly calibrate the gun sight before the target could be engaged, making the vehicle virtually useless during night-time operations.
Like other Soviet vehicles of the period, the ZSU-57-2 was exported to countries outside of the Soviet Union. These included nations of the Warsaw Pact, North Korea, North Vietnam and counties in the Middle-East including the United Arab Republic, who placed an order for 100 vehicles in 1960.
Used in both the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, its high rate of fire was not only deadly to aircraft, but the high-velocity rounds could easily punch through lightly armoured vehicles.
Designed by Evan Allen
Painted by Casey Davies
The ZSU-57-2 AA Company in Fate Of A Nation
Unit Cards for the ZSU-57-2 AA Company are contained in the Egyptian Unit Card Pack (AAR901)…
Unit Cards for the ZSU-57-2 AA Company are contained in the Syrian Unit Card Pack (AAR902)…