YAKUSHEV-BORZOV YAK-B 12.7 X 108MM FOUR BARREL GATLING GUN

The Yakushev-Borzov YakB-12.7mm is a remotely controlled 12.7×108mm caliber four-barrel Gatling gun developed by the Soviet Union for the Mil Mi-24 attack helicopter gunship and low-capacity troop transporter, with 1470 rounds.  This weapon can also be mounted in GUV-8700 machine-gun pods with 750 rounds.  It has a high rate of fire and is also one of the few self-powered guns of the Gatling type.

 On the Mi-24 D attack helicopter, the gun is mounted in the VSPU-24 chin turret and has an azimuth of 60° to either side, an elevation of 20° and a depression of 60°.  The gun is slaved to the KPS-53AV under-nose sighting system with a reflector sight mounted in the front cockpit.

Specifications

Type:  Gatling Gun
Origin: Soviet Union
Manufacturer: Instrument Design Bureau
Weight: 45 kg
Cartridge: 12,7 x 108mm
Barrels: 4
Rate of Fire: 4 000 to 5 000 Rounds per Minute
Muzzle Velocity:  810 m/s (2 657ft/s)

The example on display is still mounted onto the VSPU-24 chin turret housing and was removed from an Angolan Air Force Hind-D shot down by UNITA forces using a U.S. manufactured FIM Stinger man-portable Surface-to-Air Missile.