NR-30 (30 mm)

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The Nudelman-Rikhter NR-30, also known as the Type 30-1 on Chinese vehicles, is a 30 mm cannon used by Soviet fighters of the mid to late '50s, with its most notable use on the MiG-19S. The two primary Soviet fighter jets that preceded the MiG-19, the MiG-17 and the MiG-15, had used a 37 mm N-37 plus two 23 mm NR-23 cannons as their primary armament, which had different ballistic profiles, velocities, and effectiveness against enemy aircraft. The NR-30 was designed to bridge the gap between the two, offering a faster velocity than the 37 mm cannon while packing a deadlier punch than the 23 mm cannon.

For its brief service period, primarily mounted on the MiG-19 and MiG-21, the NR-30 served as a highly potent weapons platform with considerable muzzle velocity and effective ammunition for anti-aircraft roles.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Jet fighters  MiG-19PT · ◊MiG-19S · MiG-21F-13
Strike aircraft  Su-7B · Su-7BKL · Su-7BMK
  Su-17M2 · Su-17M4
  Su-22M3 · ◔Su-22M3 · ◊Su-22UM3K · ◊Su-22M4

General info

The NR-30 fires 30 mm rounds at 1,000 RPM, with a muzzle velocity of 800 m/s. Thanks to the calibre of the gun, as well as the explosive mass of the HEF-I shells, the NR-30 is very capable of killing opponents in only one to two direct hits, especially to the wings. However, aircraft equipped with the NR-30 only hold reserves of 70 rounds per gun, which combines with the rate-of-fire of 1,000 RPM to punish players with a poor aim and lacklustre trigger discipline. These factors cause the NR-30 to demand moderately high skill to use but rewards successful use with reliable critical damage or even swift target destructions.

Available ammunition

  • Default: HEF-I · AP-T · HEF-I · APHE
  • Armoured targets: APHE · AP-T · HEF-I
  • Air targets: APHE · HEF-I · HEF-I · HEFI-T
  • Armoured targets (MiG-19PT): APHE · APHE · APHE · AP-T
  • Air targets (MiG-19PT): AP-T · HEF-I · HEF-I · HEF-I
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 48 47 40 33 27 22
Armoured targets 48 47 40 33 27 22
Air targets 37 36 31 26 21 17
Armoured targets (MiG-19PT) 48 47 40 33 27 22
Air targets (MiG-19PT) 48 47 40 33 27 22

Comparison with analogues

Though firing a fair amount slower, the NR-30's closest comparisons are the British ADEN and French DEFA cannons, both 30 mm cannons with similar ballistics and destructive capabilities. Both guns are very capable of killing opponents in one to two hits, though planes equipped with ADENs and DEFAs tend to have the advantage of a far larger ammo supply; where the MiG-19S only carries 210 rounds for three NR-30s, the Hunter F.1 carries 600 shells for four ADEN cannons; the difference in endurance is clear.

Usage in battles

The NR-30 finds its use well in high-angle deflection shots, with great muzzle velocity allowing it to easily hit opponents who are crossing the user's nose. Try to position your fighter so that enemies will fly past your nose, even if only for a brief moment, as the NR-30's destructive power causes even brief exposure to end in a lethal encounter with their rounds.

Pros and cons


  • High muzzle velocity (800 m/s)
  • Excellent damage capabilities
  • Good potential for multirole use, with APHE able to penetrate up to 50 mm of RHA
  • Burst mass, per gun, exceeding that of even ADENs and DEFAs
  • Relatively high rate-of-fire (1,000 RPM)
  • Notably accurate out to long ranges, even when not upgraded


  • Tracer rounds found in every belt choice
  • Extremely poor ammunition reserves punish poor trigger discipline


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See also

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Germany aircraft cannons
15 mm  MG 151
20 mm  MG 151 · MG C/30L · MG FF · MG FF/M
27 mm  Mauser BK27
30 mm  MK 101 · MK 103 · MK 108
37 mm  BK 3.7
50 mm  BK 5 · Mk.214a
75 mm  BK 7.5
20 mm  Hispano Mk.V (Britain) · M24A1 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · ShVAK (USSR)
23 mm  GSh-23L (USSR) · NR-23 (USSR) · VYa-23 (USSR)
30 mm  DEFA 552 (France) · GSh-30-1 (USSR) · GSh-30-2K (USSR) · NR-30 (USSR)
37 mm  N-37D (USSR)

USSR aircraft cannons
20 mm  B-20E · B-20M · B-20S · ShVAK
23 mm  GSh-23L · NR-23 · NS-23 · NS-23K · PTB-23 · VYa-23
30 mm  2A42 · GSh-6-30 · GSh-30-1 · GSh-30-2 · GSh-30-2K · NR-30
37 mm  N-37 · N-37D · NS-37 · SH-37
45 mm  NS-45
20 mm  Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · MG 151 (Germany)
37 mm  M4 (USA) · M10 (USA)

Italy aircraft cannons
20 mm  TM197B
30 mm  Hispano HS 825
37 mm  Breda Model 39 37/54
102 mm  102/35 mod 14
20 mm  B-20E (USSR) · B-20M (USSR) · B-20S (USSR) · Hispano 404 (France) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · Hispano Mk.V (Britain) · M24A1 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · MG 151 (Germany) · MG FF (Germany) · MG FF/M (Germany) · ShVAK (USSR)
23 mm  GSh-23L (USSR) · NR-23 (USSR) · NS-23 (USSR)
27 mm  Akan m/85 (Sweden) · Mauser BK27 (Germany)
30 mm  DEFA 552 (France) · GSh-30-1 (USSR) · GSh-30-2K (USSR) · MK 103 (Germany) · MK 108 (Germany) · NR-30 (USSR)
37 mm  BK 3.7 (Germany) · N-37 (USSR) · N-37D (USSR)