ShVAK (20 mm)

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There are 3 variants of the Shvak. The 'standard' Shvak, the 'early' Shvak that lacks API and FI bullets, and the Shvaks which is just the standard Shvak synchronized to fire through a propeller(thus lowering its rate of fire).

The turreted Shvak has the same charateristics as the standard Shvak.

Vehicles equipped with 'early' Shvak

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

I-153P Chaika · I-16 type 28 Ishak · I-16 type 27 Ishak

Vehicles equipped with 'standard' Shvak or turreted Shvak

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Fighters  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · Yak-1 · Yak-1B · ▀Yak-1B · Yak-3 · ▄Yak-3
  Yak-7B · Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9U
Twin-engine fighters  I-29 · Pe-3bis
Attackers  IL-2 (1941) · Yak-2 KABB
Bombers  Pe-8 (defensive) · Tu-2 · Tu-2S  · Tu-2S-44 · Tu-2S-59
  Yer-2 (ACh-30B) /E (defensive) · Yer-2 (ACh-30B) /L (defensive)

Vehicles equipped with Shvaks

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

La-5 · ▀La-5FN · La-5FN · I-225 · I-185 (M-82) · I-185 (M-71) · MiG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7 · La-5F

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


  • Fast firing at 800RPM
  • Good accuracy


  • Poor explosive effect compared to 20mm shells of other nations
  • Slow muzzle velocity
  • Useless at defeating armor


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See also

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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)