Hidden Outer Space Machine Gun Revealed

Thanks to a Russian TV program, for the first time we’re getting a look at this top-secret orbital space machine gun.

Authoritatively, space is a weapons-free zone. As spelled out in the United Nations Outer Space Treaty, the sky past earth are to remain free of weapons, weapons testing, and fortification. Both the United States and The Soviet Union marked the settlement, however it’s hard for weapons auditors to go to space to affirm. Rumored for a considerable length of time, a 1970s Soviet space machine gun was finally uncovered on Russian TV.

Depending who you ask, the 37-lb. Rikhter R-23 could shoot from 950 to 5,000 shots per minute, impacting 200-gram shells at a speed of 690 meters per second (1,500 miles per hour). As indicated by veterans of the Almaz project, the space machine gun effectively pierced a metal fuel canister from a mile away amid its ground tests.

Rikhter R-23

The machine gun was designed by Aron Rikhter and expected to guard Russian spy space stations in orbit, however practically speaking, that most likely would have been enormously illogical. The space machine gun was mounted on a single stationary hard point, implying that the whole space station needed to be rotated in order to aim the gun. Also, when the trigger was finally pulled, the thrusters on the station would need to be continually firing in order to balance the recoil from the enormous space gun.

The 23 mm R-23 is a gas-operated revolver cannon. The rotating barrel has four cartridge chambers. Three separate gas frameworks are utilized; one launches the discharged cartridge case from the load, another chambers a fresh round, and the last drives the pistol chamber and the feed component.

In most weapon designs, rounds are fed from the rear and rammed forward into the load. This prompts the customary cartridge layout with the bullet or shell at the front, and a tapering barrel shaped packaging behind it. As the round is pushed forward, the tapering shape of the bullet and casing guides it into the focal point of the load.

The R-23 machine gun has a programmed charging instrument that discharge the gun in the event of a failure to fire. When one of the two pyrotechnical cartridges is fired, a little dash inside that cartridge is accelerated to infiltrate the side mass of the R-23 cartridge. The hot propellant gases of the pyrotechnical cartridge take after the bolt into the R-23 cartridge and ignite the propellant charge to fire the round. This one of a kind and inquisitive component was utilized as a part of the R-23 gun surprisingly for the first time.