NS-23 (23 mm)

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A 23 mm gun which can be found on some Russian jets (mainly lower rank jets) that are identical to the NR-23 found on the higher rank Russian jets except fire rate. When concerning fire rate, the NS-23 is like an M2 Browning whereas the NR-23 like an M3 Browning.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters  La-9 · La-11 · Yak-9P (Modification) · Yak-9UT
Jet fighters  MiG-9 · MiG-15 · MiG-15bis ISH · Yak-15 · Yak-17
Attacker  IL-10 (1946)

General info

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Available shells

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Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Lower fire rate (compared to NR-23) can help conserve ammo
  • 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 gun of caliber


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


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See also

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External links

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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)