Say Hello to Nigeria’s DShK 12.7mm Machine gun- “DUSHKA”

The DShK 12.7mm heavy machine gun packs one hell of a punch.  It is used by the Nigerian army on multiple different platforms, from the infantry role to vehicles to anti aircraft systems.

This Russian built weapon is very good at being able to provide heavy support to not only ground troops but to air troops.

Design for suppression of light skin vehicles and troops, we see the gun on almost every Nigerian army vehicle. Its 12.7mm rounds can do some serious damage, able to punch through some amour and potential air targets, against Infanry its just flat out deadly.

The sights of this beast is quite frightening, we are talking of ranges of nearly up to 2 km, you can put this round down rang for suppression of enemy forces. The sound it produces is so loud troops sometimes wear plugs. The muscle velocity of this gun means it can engage low flying aircrafts, drones etc.

A tripod mounted DShK 12 machine gun with the Nigerian Army during combat operations against Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest.

A track mounted DShK 12 machine gun.
Truck mounted twin barrel DShK 12 gun on an elevated trajectory, optimised an an anti aircraft system against low flying aircrafts.

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DShK 12mm gun mounted on a Nigerian army locally fabricated Infantry Patrol Vehicle.

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Nigerian army Batman manning truck mounted DShK 12 machine gun.
Truck mounted DShK 12 machine gun.

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