The Medak Gun is 30mm automatic cannon. It is primarily an army gun used on Sarath infantry armoured vehicle. It is based upon the Shipunov 2A42 gun used in the Russian-designed BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle.
The BMP-2 vehicle along with the gun has been manufactured under license by Indian Ordnance Factory Medak as Sarath since August 1987. The Medak Gun is based on a modular and flexible in design. The manufacturer have also installed it in small warships using a modified turret as CRN 91 Naval Gun The original armoured vehicle turret had a two man crew, but it has an automatic version with a day-night electro-optic fire control system which has been developed jointly by the Ordnance Factories Board (OFB) and Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for maritime use.
SALIENT FEATURES :
- Length of the barrel is 3027 mm., one of the longest barrel in comparison with the guns of similar calibre.
- The recoil thrust is 4000 to 5000 kgf (40 to 50 KN)
- The muzzle brake is designed to withstand 40% of the total recoil thrust.
- The gun is stabilised for yaw and pitch with the help of two gyros.
- There is no hydraulic or pneumatic system associated with the gun or its assemblies. Almost all the functions are performed with 27 V DC supply.
- The gun although designed to be cocked manually, provision exists to cock the gun using squib in emergency.
- There are mechanical/electronic limiting switches in traverse.
- The lower part of the turret which houses sensitive electrical/electronic devices are protected in bottom stand with FRP panels.
- Konkurs anti tank wire guided missible and 7.62 mm PKT machine gun can be provided on Upper part of turret.
- The communication system to the turret can be incorporated.
- Fire fighting equipment and temperature sensors can be provided.
- Installation of Medak Gun System on board is easy and simple.
- The gun is easy in its operation, particularly in comparison to all other small calibre guns being used in Navy.
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