Map: US-led Coalition Air Campaign in Support of Kurds in Syria. Situation on April 24

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The US-led coalition continues air campaign in Syria. The main goal is to support the Kurdish efforts against ISIS.

According to reports, the US-led Air Force destroyed an ISIS fighting position near Manbij, 2 ISIS tactical units and an anti-air artillery vehicle, called “Shilka”.

Map: US-led Coalition Air Campaign in Support of Kurds in Syria. Situation on April 24

Map by Chuck Pfarrer

ZSU-23-4 “Shilka”

The ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” is a lightly armored Soviet self-propelled, radar guided anti-aircraft weapon system (SPAAG).

The acronym “ZSU” stands for Zenitnaya Samokhodnaya Ustanovka (Russian: Зенитная Самоходная Установка), meaning “anti-aircraft self-propelled mount”; the “23” signifies the bore diameter in millimeters; the “4” signifies the number of gun barrels. It is named after the Shilka River in Russia. Afghan soldiers nicknamed it the “sewing machine” due to the sound of firing guns. It is also referred to by its nickname of “Zeus”.

Map: US-led Coalition Air Campaign in Support of Kurds in Syria. Situation on April 24

ZSU-23-4 Shilka

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