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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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