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By having a gun on board, one can conduct military kinds of experiments. Exploring armoring approaches for spacecraft, warning systems for the personnel, orbital ballistic studies for the multi-body attacker-projectile-target systems. The actual presence of weaponry in space has an immediate impact on the design of certain classes of spacecrafts.

The Zvezda module of the Russian ISS sector is the direct descendant of Almaz (Salyut) space stations. The Almaz stations had the Nudelman-Rikhter gun onboard. Is an NR gun installed on Zvezda?

If yes, have any experiments been conducted with it?

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    $\begingroup$ I don't see how this is primarily opinion based. Either the module is attached or it isn't... $\endgroup$ – RhysW Jul 17 '13 at 18:26
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    $\begingroup$ Why do you think this question is off-topic? Would it be an off-topic if I asked about a fuel tank or a robotic arm? Which paragraph does this question violate? $\endgroup$ – horsh Jul 17 '13 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ The issue is that it isnt about space exploration. If you went to a land exploration website (if there was one) and asked if a car had a specific engine it wouldnt be on topic just because land exploration used cars. Similarly, questions about parts of a station arent related to space exploration, just because it is in space $\endgroup$ – RhysW Jul 17 '13 at 19:36
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    $\begingroup$ There are military aspects of space exploration. Having a gun on board one can conduct a military kind of experiments. Exploring armoring approaches for the space crafts, warning systems for the personnel, orbital ballistic studies for the multi-body attacker-projectile-target systems. The actual presence of weaponry has an immediate impact on the design of certain classes of spacecrafts. I can add the above paragraph to the question if it is to help it being un-hold. $\endgroup$ – horsh Jul 17 '13 at 20:54
  • $\begingroup$ i suggest taing it to chat or meta, im not sure if weaponry testing is classified as ontopic or even exploration, perhaps bring it to the communities attention to get a consensus $\endgroup$ – RhysW Jul 17 '13 at 21:37
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Almaz was the military version of the Salyut. At that time while military meant reconnaissance "only"; Salyut 2, 3 and 5 are referred to as Almaz. Some sources say that the Almaz editions were equipped with guns while the civil editions of Salyut were not.

It is safe to assume that with the ISS being a rather civil and international cooperation, its Russian segments were based on the civil edition of the Salyut.

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