BAU-23 Overhead Weapon Station

07.09.20
BAU-23 Overhead Weapon Station

The BAU-23 (BAU-23-2, BM-23-2) is an overhead weapon station intended for installation on the light armoured tracked and wheeled vehicles and for modernization of the in-service BTR-60/70/80 armoured personnel carriers.

Developer: State Enterprise (SE) "Kharkiv Machine Building Design Bureau named after O.O. Morozov" (KMDB)

Manufacturer: SE "Malyshev Plant", Kharkiv

The BAU-23 (БАУ BAU-23 Overhead Weapon StationБаштово-Артилерійська Установка) combat module has been developed since the mid-1990s, has been mass-produced since 2001 and is exported.

Бойовий модуль БАУ-23 (БАУ-23-2, БМ-23-2)


Tactical and technical characteristics (specifications) of the BAU-23
Weight together with ammunition (t) – 1,09
Crew – 1
Overall dimensions (mm):
    • gun turning radius – 1720
    • width – 1400
    • height from the adjacent – 962
Armament:
    • 2×23mm 2A7 (2A7M) autocannons
    • 7,62mm KT-7,62 coaxial machine gun (PKT analogue)
    • smoke grenades: «Khmara» 902B
Rate of fire of th egub (rds/min) – 850
Depression/elevation angles (degrees) –  -4...+55
Sight – 1PZ-7-23
Sighting device – NVKT-71
Effective range, m:
    • autocannon – 2 000
    • machine gun – 1 500
Ammunition for the guns (rds) – 400 (2×200)
Ammunition for the machine gun (rds) – 2 000 (8×250)
Auxilliary systems: cooling system for autocannon barrels, liquid coolant, forced circulation (18 L)


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Model of the BM-23-2 combat module (is an upgraded version of the BAU-23-2)1:

BM-23-2 combat module (is an upgraded version of the BAU-23-2) BM-23-2 combat module (is an upgraded version of the BAU-23-2) BM-23-2 combat module (is an upgraded version of the BAU-23-2) BM-23-2 combat module (is an upgraded version of the BAU-23-2)) photo credit: The creative workshop 'Architecton'


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Sources:
1 MODELS OF BM-23-2 WEAPON STATION // www.architektonix.com
• Харьковское конструкторское бюро по машиностроению им. А.А. Морозова / А.И. Веретенников, И.И. Расказов, К.В. Сидоров, Е.И. Решетило. – Харьков, 2007. – С. 48-49.