The ZU-23-2CP is equipped with the two 23 mm 2A14 cannons and a ring-shaped recursive target sight. The 23 mm double anti-aircraft with the ring-shaped recursive sight constitute a powerful mean of combat against airborne targets within a 2500 m distance and within 1500 m altitude. The primary purpose of the cannon is defense against airborne troops and aircrafts. The constructional properties of the cannon allow for annihilation of lightly armored terrestrial targets, firing posts within a 2000 m distance. The ZU-23-2CP is intended for a combat against enemy with the following types of 23 mm ammunition: Armor-piercing Incendiary with Tracer (API/BZT), High-explosive Incendiary with Tracer (HEI/OFZT), Armor-piercing Discarding Sabot with Tracer (APDS-T) and Frangible Armor piercing Discarding Sabot with Tracer (FAPDS-T). The weapon is designated for users from countries with dry and tropical climate.