NR-23 (23 mm)

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Write an introduction to the article in 2-3 small paragraphs. Briefly tell us about the history of the development and combat using the weaponry and also about its features. Compile a list of air, ground, or naval vehicles that feature this weapon system in the game.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Jet fighters  La-15 · La-174 · MiG-15bis · ▀MiG-15bis · MiG-17 · Yak-23 · Yak-30
Bombers  Be-6 (Defensive) · Tu-4 (Defensive)
Jet bombers  IL-28 · IL-28Sh · Tu-14T

General info

Tell us about the tactical and technical characteristics of the cannon or machine gun.

Available shells

  1. FI-T
  2. API

The velocity of the API shell is 610 m/s. It is possible to achieve penetration American MBT's roofs (Abrams, MBT-70) although this task can prove to be difficult.

The FI-T Shell is a stealth round, however, will always be matched with at least one API-Tracer shell every 4 shots. (Air Targets Belt) The velocity is 690 m/s. If a hit to the inner wing or central fuselage is scored it will act like a "mini flak shell" and can cause fuel leaks, oil leaks, engine damage, and inner wing damage.

Comparison with analogues

Give a comparative description of cannons/machine guns, that have firepower equal to these type of weapons.

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


  • Higher fire rate than predecessor (NS-23 found on Mig-15 standard)
  • Decent damage per short burst of shells (about four or more shells, a burst of three can work about 50% of the time)
  • 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


Examine the history of the creation and combat usage of this weapon. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ History" (example: and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article.


An excellent addition to the article would be a video guide, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the article about the variant of the cannon/machine gun;
  • references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.

External links

USSR aircraft cannons
20 mm  ShVAK · B-20E · B-20M · B-20S
23 mm  VYa-23 · NS-23 · NS-23K · NR-23 · PTB-23 · GSh-23L · GSh-23-2
30 mm  NR-30 · GSh-30-2K
37 mm  NS-37 · N-37 · N-37D
45 mm  NS-45
20 mm  MG 151/20 (Germany)
37 mm  M4 (USA) · M10 (USA)

Germany aircraft cannons
15 mm  MG 151/15
20 mm  MG FF · MG FF/M · MG C/30L · MG 151/20
30 mm  Maschinenkanone 103 · Maschinenkanone 108
37 mm  Bordkanone 3,7
50 mm  Bordkanone 5 · Maschinenkanone 214A
75 mm  Bordkanone 7,5
20 mm  ShVAK (USSR) · Hispano Mk.V (Britain)
23 mm  VYa-23 (USSR) · NR-23 (USSR)
30 mm  GSh-30-2K (USSR) · NR-30 (USSR)
37 mm  N-37D (USSR)