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Pre-war M1939 still in service: Soviet anti-aircraft gun in service in Indonesia


On the northeast coast of Sumatra, the Indonesian marines conducted exercises aimed at improving the combat skills of personnel.

In general, the routine course of maneuvers was "decorated" with one of the "relics" of the pre-war era - the 37-mm automatic anti-aircraft gun М1939 (61-К). This product was actively used by the Red Army throughout the Second World War. In the Wehrmacht, which used the captured weapons, it received an index of 3,7 cm Flak 39 (r).

Several types of weapons were developed, which were installed on ships and self-propelled ground vehicles, in particular on the ZSU-57. The standard production of 61-K was discontinued in 1945. In Russia, you can now find it at exhibitions or as monuments.

М1939 continues to be in the ranks of a number of the world's armed forces. Indonesia is one of the "havens" for the Soviet anti-aircraft guns.

Many Marine Corps units use a 1939mm M37 cannon [...] In one exercise, Yonmarkhanlan I [one of the battalions] used a 37mm cannon to paralyze enemy air attacks

- writes the publication Defense Studies.

The relevant materials were posted by the Indonesian ILC.

Pre-war M1939 still in service: Soviet anti-aircraft gun in service in Indonesia
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  1. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 27 July 2020 08: 05
    Good barrel, good shell. If you can use it, why not?
    1. And Makarov
      And Makarov 27 July 2020 08: 28
      They apparently produce ammunition themselves. Well, not from the war.
  2. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 27 July 2020 08: 11
    Touches: camouflage net and red flame extinguisher. repeat belay
  3. PN
    PN 27 July 2020 08: 15
    The tires are still standing. Is the rubber still dry?
    1. Dikson
      Dikson 27 July 2020 10: 07
      There is a very humid climate ..))
  4. Yurahip
    Yurahip 27 July 2020 08: 18
    Redeem back to the museum!
  5. svp67
    svp67 27 July 2020 08: 28
    What they have and use ... maybe they will agree to change it for something new, and our columns of equipment from the Great Patriotic War at the Victory parades will increase recourse .
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 27 July 2020 14: 39
      They are strange guys, they buy from everyone a little, while the old is not written off. To replace the old zoo, they have already purchased 23/35 / 40mm options:

      By the way, there is generally fun on MANPADS:
      RBS70 / 2 with Giraffe
      Chiron (this is a South Korean MANPADS)
      QW-3 is a Chinese MANPADS
      Needles of different versions
  6. Kot_Kuzya
    Kot_Kuzya 27 July 2020 08: 40
    What? Good weapon. A powerful projectile that knocks down any modern, even heavily armored helicopter. Of course, it is useless against planes, but as an anti-helicopter tool it is still good.
  7. dgonni
    dgonni 27 July 2020 08: 55
    Author! the designation ZSU-57, as it were, hints at the caliber 57mm, or not?
  8. Lontus
    Lontus 27 July 2020 09: 14
    Oh, how there was not enough 61-K (and especially ammunition for them) in the troops in the summer of 1941 !!!!
    With sufficient saturation, most of the losses could have been avoided and the course of the war could have been radically changed.
  9. Strashila
    Strashila 27 July 2020 09: 21
    What can I say, Krasmash drives, grandfathers did when they were boys in their time. They did not perform badly in Korea and Vietnam. The author is clearly confusing, this is a 37 mm automatic cannon, in the ZSU-57 it costs 57 mm.
  10. prior
    prior 27 July 2020 11: 17
    The TT pistol is also not a little old, but how did he work in the nineties ...
  11. pereselenec
    pereselenec 27 July 2020 12: 33
    Such automatic cannons are no longer very valuable in the form of air defense, but for work on ground from gantrucks, as the Syrian experience has shown.
  12. vladimych
    vladimych 27 July 2020 12: 33
    Quote: PN
    The tires are still standing. Is the rubber still dry?

    She turned to stone.
  13. geologist
    geologist 27 July 2020 13: 04
    I saw it in the Vladivostok museum when he was still in the building of the former Lutheran church, near the "Ocean" tavern. Struck by the fact that the staff automatic sight is similar to that installed on the more modern post-war AZP-57. In my opinion, it was designed for a speed of no more than 300 m / s, i.e. subsonic