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30×173 mm rounds

30 mm rounds

The 30 mm caliber is a specific size of autocannon ammunition. Such ammunition includes NATO standard 30×173 mm and 30×113 mm B rounds and Soviet 30×165 mm rounds which are widely used around the world.


The depleted uranium penetrator of a 30×173 mm round used in the GAU-8

30 mm ammunition is typically not used against personnel, but rather as an anti-materiel or armor-piercing round. Rounds of this size can be effective against armored vehicles as well as fortified bunkers.

The Armed Forces of the Russian Federation use their 30 mm weapons in a variety of vehicles, including the Su-25 attack aircraft, Mi-24 helicopter, Mi-28 attack helicopter, Ka-50 attack helicopter, and the BMP-2, BMP-3, and BTR-90 infantry fighting vehicles. The most modern anti-aircraft gun systems in use by Russia are in 30mm. The U.S. military uses 30 mm weapons in their A-10 Thunderbolt II and AH-64 Apache helicopter. It was going to be used in the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle until the project was cancelled.

Types of 30 mm ammunition[]

30 mm ammunition generally comes in three varieties: armor piercing (AP), high explosive (HE), and training rounds. Armor piercing and high explosive cartridges usually also possess incendiary characteristics.

Examples of weapons using 30mm ammunition[]

30 × 113 mm rounds being loaded into an AH-64D Apache Longbow

30 × 90mm RB

30 × 92mm RB

30 × 113mm B

30 × 114mm

30 × 122mm

30 × 150mm B

  • 30M791 revolver cannon (France)

30 × 155mm B

30 × 165mm

30 × 170mm

30 × 173mm

30 x 184mm B

30 × 210mm B

30 × 250mm Caseless

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