Iraqi federal police use Humvee with Ukrainian BAU-23×2 weapon station

Iraqi federal police use Humvee with  Ukrainian BAU-23×2 weapon station taken from a BTR-94 amored personell carrier.

The BAU-23×2 is a remote controlled weapon station  designed in Ukraine by the Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau (SOE KMDB).

he module main armament is two 23-mm automatic guns 2A7M with rate of fire of 850 rounds per minute each, range of fire – 2,000 m and ammunition load of 200 projectiles.
Additionally mounted KT-7.62 (PKT) machine gun with 2,000 rounds.

Module control – manual. Provides for laying in azimuth – 360 degrees, in elevation from -4 to +55 degrees.

The module provides for reliable protection of the gunner up to 12.7 mm ammunition. The gunner is seated inside the hull and, additionally to the armour, he is protected from the upper hemisphere by armament, which is arranged above.

Additional protection is ensured by the smoke screening system, consisting of six 81-mm smoke grenade launchers, three at each side of the module. The smoke screen is set in the gun laying direction.

Weight of BAU-23×2 is about 1 ton only, ensuring the possibility to mount it on light armoured vehicles with weight starting from 6 tons. SE “Kharkiv Morozov Machine Building Design Bureau” has tested it on the chassis of the Ukrainian armored personnel carrier BTR-70 and on the South African armored personnel carrier RATEL.

Iraq received 50 BTR-94’s with  BAU-23×2 donated by Jordan in 2004 for use by the Mechanized Police Brigade.

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