Dushka: The Ukrainian Military’s modified Soviet-built Machine Gun


One of the most iconic machine guns ever built is the Soviet-made DShK .50 calibre heavy machine gun, better known as the ‘Dushka’ which means ‘Dear’ in Russian. It has been used in wars from Vietnam to Syria and an adapted version is being used by the Ukrainian military. The Dushka was originally developed in the 1930s as an anti-aircraft gun and can fire 600 rounds a minute at a range of 1.5 miles.

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