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5.2 cm SK L/55 gun
Type Naval gun
Place of origin German Empire
Service history
In service 1906—TBC
Used by German Empire
Wars World War I
Production history
Designed around 1905[1]
Specifications
Weight 386 kilograms (851 lb) kg[2]
Length about 2.87 meters (9 ft 5 in)[2]

Shell Fixed
Shell weight 3.86 pounds (1.75 kg)[2]
Caliber 5.2 centimeters (2.05 in)
Elevation -5 to +20 degrees[1]
Rate of fire 10 rounds/min[1]
Muzzle velocity 850 m/s (2,800 ft/s)
Effective range 7.100 m @ 20 degrees elevation[1]

The 5.28 cm SK L/55[Note 1] was a German naval gun that was used before and during World War I on a variety of mounts, in torpedo boats and cruisers.

Design and descriptionEdit

The 5.2 cm SK L/55 gun was designed around 1905, and used fixed ammunition. It had an overall length of about 2.86 m (9 ft 5 in).[1]

ServiceEdit

This gun was installed in several torpedo boats and cruisers of the Imperial German Navy, as well as in some torpedo boats ordered by the Royal Netherlands Navy, among them:

During World War I it was sometimes replaced with larger guns (as the 8.8 cm L/30, 8.8 cm L/35 or 8.8 cm L/45), while in turn replaced the less powerful 5 cm L/40 gun in some older torpedo boats.[1]

See alsoEdit

FootnotesEdit

  1. SK - Schnelladekanone (quick loading cannon); L - Länge (length); /55 - with a 55-caliber-long barrel

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "5.2 cm/55 (2.05") SK L/55". Navweaps.com. http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNGER_52cm-55_skc06.htm. Retrieved 27 August 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Friedman, N. (2011). Naval weapons of World War One. p. 147

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