Тhe 30mm ZTM-1 automatic cannon and the ZTM-2
The State Enterprise Research and Engineering Complex ‘Precision Mechanics Plant’ in Kamyanets-Podilsky has launched series production of a comprehensive range of hand gun and artillery weapons, including the 30mm ZTM-1 automatic cannon (similar in its outlay design and performance capabilities to the Soviet-designed 30mm 2A72 automatic cannon) and the ZTM-2 automatic cannon (Ukrainian designed equivalent of the Soviet-vintage 2A42).
The ZTM-series automatic cannons are designed to engage light armored infantry fighting vehicles [AIFV], dismounted infantry and low-flying aircraft. The cannons are suitable for the installation on light AIFV platforms of various types, such as the BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle [IFV], the BMD-2/3 airborne combat vehicles [ACV] and the BTR80/90 armored personnel carriers [APC].
The range of applications for the ZTM-2 cannon additionally includes the Russian helicopters Kamov Ka-50/52 and the Mikoyan Mi-28N. The ZTM cannons can be reconfigured for integration with combat platforms of other types. The cannons can operate in repetition-fire or automatic-fire modes using an electric trigger.
The weapons are controlled mechanically or remotely (in the latter case, using, again, an electric trigger). The cannons deliver high-explosive [HE] or armor piercing rounds loaded from belt magazines stored in two ammunition boxes. Each of the automatic cannons is provided with up to 500 rounds of ready use ammunition. The ZTM-family cannons can operate independently or as part of the general-purpose SHKVAL remote weapons station mounted on AIFV platforms, in particular, the BMP-1U IFV and the BTR-3U APC. The guns are also suitable for installation on the BMD-1/2 ACV upgrades and other AIFV platforms designed by the Morozov Machine Design Bureau of Kharkiv.