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30 x 165 mm AP-T STING Round with Tungsten Penetrator for Automatic Guns 2A42 and 2A72

The 30 x 165 mm AP-T STING Round is intended to engage light to medium armoured ground and air targets with armour of up to 30 mm. The round engages both soft (aircraft type) and hard (IFV type) targets and has more than 50% higher armour penetration compared to the ordinary AP-T Round. The AP-T STING Round features same velocity, mass and ballistics as ordinary AP-T Round.The AP-T STING projectile consists of Tungsten penetrator, integrated into lightweight body. On impact the penetrator starts to progressively break-in through the armour, forming a bundle of high-speed fragments. The higher energy of the fragments ensures more damage and higher kill probability behind the armour. The ammunition is safe in transport, storage and handling and ensures the reliable performance of the gun systems. The automatic guns 2A42, 2A72 and modifications are mounted on the following carriers:

  • Infantry Fighting Vehicles BMP-2, BMP-3, BMD-2, BMD-3, BTR-80A, BTR-100 and modifications

  • Reconnaissance Vehicle “RIS”

  • Attack Helicopters Ka-50, Ka-52, Mi-28 

Basic Characteristics


30 x 165 mm

Armour Penetration (at angle of hit 60°):


at range 500 m:

30 mm

at range 1000 m:

28 mm

at range 1500 m:

25 mm

Operational Temperature Range:

-50 to +50°C

Shelf Life:

15 years

Technical Data

Length of Round (max):

293 mm

Weight of Round:

0.853 kg

Weight of Projectile:

0.400 kg

Propellant Charge Mass:

0.127 kg

Burning Time of Tracer:

not less than 3 sec

Projectile: Armour-Piercing Tracer with Tungsten Penetrator
Propellant: 6/7 P-5BPfl
Cartridge case: Steel
Primer: KV-30, KV-3-1


54 rounds in three air-tight sealed metal boxes in a wooden case with dimensions 860 x 380 x 220 mm

Gross weight:

61 kg


0.072 cu. m

Gross weight:

37 kg


0.035 cu. m


Muzzle Velocity:

960 – 980 m/s

Probable Deviation:

5 m/s

Average Pmax:

3600 kgf/cm2


  • 50 % increased armour penetration compared to AP-T Round

  • Equal mass, velocity and ballistics as the AP-T round, which allow use of the AP-T STING round together with HE-T and HEI Rounds without modification of the gun aiming system

  • Frangible effect of the tungsten penetrator upon impact with armour 

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