Type 23-2K (23 mm)

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The 23 mm Type 23-2K is a Chinese autocannon armament fitted to Q-5s, replacing the 30 mm from the J-6s. The weapon is functionally identical to the Soviet NR-23.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

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Available ammunition

  • Default: AP-I · FI-T
  • Armored targets: FI-T · AP-I · AP-I · AP-I
  • Air targets: FI-T · FI-T · FI-T · AP-I
  • Stealth: AP-I

It is possible to achieve penetration of American MBT's roofs (Abrams, MBT-70) with the AP-I round, although this task can prove to be difficult.

An FI-T hitting the inner wing or central fuselage will act like a "mini-flak shell" and can cause fuel leaks, oil leaks, engine damage, and inner-wing damage.

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 29 26 20 16 14 9
Armored targets 29 26 20 16 14 9
Air targets 29 26 20 16 14 9
Stealth 29 26 20 16 14 9
Belt details
Belt Velocity
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Stealth 710 0.2 N/A N/A N/A 47° 56° 65°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

This weapon makes for a fairly dangerous encounter, whether for you or your enemy. The slightly above average rate of fire of 900 RPM allows for long-range tap firing or long bursts. The largest issue is that despite the large calibre, it lacks enough punch to ensure each hit will cripple the target, yet it still tends to come with a sparse supply of ammunition. Trigger happy pilots beware! Precise aim is required!

Pros and cons


  • Decent damage per short burst of shells
  • High fire rate for a gun of this calibre


  • Low velocity
  • One or two shells usually won't cause a critical or destroy an enemy (two may impact performance for a follow-up)
  • Occasional sparks
  • Generally low ammunition supply


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See also

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External links

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China aircraft cannons
20 mm  AN/M2 (USA) · B-20E (USSR) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · Ho-3 (Japan) · Ho-5 (Japan)
  M39A1 (USA) · M39A2 (USA) · M61 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · ShVAK (USSR) · Type 99 Model 1 (Japan)
23 mm  NR-23 (USSR) · NS-23 (USSR) · NS-23K (USSR) · Type 23-2K
30 mm  Type 30-1
37 mm  Ho-203 (Japan) · N-37D (USSR)