What happens when a Russian AAA turret goes haywire? Duck is what!
In Russia, they like to set it off on occasion. They also like really big guns that fire really fast. Well the thing is, these two facets combined recently during a training accident and luckily, for us, we were not there. However, somebody with a camera was...
Let's talk Triple-A
In the gun world, the term AAA, commonly called "Triple-A" does not have anything to do with helping you with a flat tire. It stands for anti-aircraft artillery. Since the first plane flew in combat around 1911, the guys on the other side have tried to swat the thing out of the air. After all, imagine you are a foot soldier, slogging along in the mud and you see some jaunty young man from the other side cruising around a few hundred feet above you without a care in the world? What would you do? Then when you consider that said jaunty young pilot is also plotting to drop fire and steel on you and your buddies as you are staring up at the sky, and you see how AAA came about.
(Like this, but bigger)
Up until the 1960s, guns were about the only way to clear the skies of planes. Then after that time they were steady replaced with missiles of all sizes ranging from loaf of French bread size Stingers and SA-7's to telephone-pole sized SA-2 and Patriots. But there is still a place around for a few guns out there. For years, the US Army used the 20mm VADS system to give the guys a chance on the ground while the US Navy still mounts an automatic remote controlled CIWS 20mm gun for much the same purpose. The Russkis call their current AAA system the...
Designed in the 1970s and first fielded in 1982, the Russian made designated chewer of all things that fly is the 9K22, codenamed "Tunguska" by Moscow and as the "SA-19 "Grison" by NATO. This 34-ton armored beast carries eight small surface to air missiles and a pair of 30 mm 2A38M guns. These guns, cannon really, are so fast that they rip out an *80* round burst in just one second.
Yes, 80 shots in a second. That so impressive that even Kevin De Leon would be amazed. For those of you keeping score at home, that is 5000-rounds per minute, which makes the Tunguska one bad mamajamma on the battlefield.
The Russkis like to get some target practice in to make sure their people know what they are doing. One recent range event went a little...well, watch the video. Pictures say a thousand words.
Russian 9K22 Tunguska Mobile AA turret loses control during a live-fire training exercise
Footage supposedly filmed from the inside of the AAA system
Hey, just because you can build the thing, doesn't mean you can use it, right?