Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Ukraine unveils new Taipan combat module with twin-barrel 23 mm cannon

The new Taipan combat module with twin-barrel 23 mm cannon developed by SE “Spetstehnoeksport” ( part of the GC “Ukroboronprom” ) displayed  at  the ADEX-2016 international exhibition in Azerbaijan.

The premiere took place at the international exhibition of arms «ADEX-2016″, in Azerbaijan. Combat module of domestic production is mounted on the armored vehicle of «AZCAN» company, a joint project of Azerbaijan and Canada.

Installed system of backlash planetary gearboxes and ac converter-fed motors,  provide precise targeting at ultra slow and high speeds make combat module “Taipan” unique. “Taipan” provides automatic targeting, keeps armament prearranged position regardless repositioning of the combat vehicle while driving, provides automatic tracking of a target. The automatic command-guidance system – with allowance for weather conditions, types of projectiles, types of arms, angular velocity and target range – is installed into the combat module. Sight system can be adjusted both to the line-of-sight and horizon line.


Currently, “Taipan” is equipped with a rapid-fire cannon caliber double-barreled 23 mm, the effective range of which reaches 1.8 km. Other combat module modifications can be equipped with a machine gun 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm, and 30 mm grenade launcher with a separate elevation drive unite.

Remote controle of the combat module is carried out at a distance of 500 meters with 3 hours battery life. The minimum weight of the combat module is 350 kg.

“Together with our Ukrainian partners we have created combat module technical characteristics of which will arouse Ukrainian armored vehicles producers’ interest. Moreover, all the electronics and software are designed by Ukrainian specialists.This combat module can compete with international companies, and it already is at “ADEX-2016”, – said director of SFTE “Spetstehnoeksport” Pavlo Barbul.

Azerbaijan holds second international defence exhibition «ADEX» under the patronage of the President. The expo is dedicated to Land Arms, Air Force and Navy.

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