120 mm/45 3rd Year Type (120 mm)

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General info

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Available ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
120 mm Type 1 HE HE 24 24 24 24 24 24
120 mm Type 1 SAP SAP 114 89 59 40 30 26
120 mm Type 0 HE HE-TF 24 24 24 24 24 24
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
120 mm Type 1 HE HE 850 20.33 0 0.1 1.95 79° 80° 81°
120 mm Type 1 SAP SAP 850 20.4 0.015 5 1.87 47° 60° 65°
120 mm Type 0 HE HE-TF 850 20.33 0 0.1 1.95 79° 80° 81°

Comparison with analogues

  • 120 mm/45 10th year type (120 mm) - Japanese cannon with same shell characteristics. Typically found on cruisers as secondary armament.
  • L45 (120 mm) - German cannon which is found on K-2 ships causing this ship to be one of most feared in its battle rating. It has a slower velocity of 808 m/s but makes up with a bigger explosive mass of 2.7 kg of TNT per shell.
  • 4.7 inch/45 Mk.XII (120 mm) - British cannon typically found on destroyers. Comparable velocity to the L45, however, it packs a bigger explosive mass of 3 kg of TNT per shell.

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The Imperial Japanese Navy was always looking for better weapons during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and frequently looked to western sources to copy and improve upon. One of these weapons is the 120 mm/45-calibre 3rd Year Type cannon. Designated for their Welin breech blocks and with built-up guns later replaced by monobloc barrels, the 3rd Year Type came from a design in 1897 but only began seeing production and service on ships after World War I due to the frequent changes of the Fleet Plans of the Imperial Japanese Navy due to political interference from the Japanese Diet (Parliament). The 3rd Year Type 120 mm gun was mounted on a number of interwar destroyers and gunboats, notably the Chidori-class gunboats, along with Etorofu and Shimushu-class escort ships, the Hashidate-class gunboats, the military survey ships of the Tsukushi class and the destroyers of the Kamikaze, Kawakaze, Minekaze, Momi, and Mutsuki classes. It was also used in significant numbers as a coastal defense weapon during World War II. The gun was also the basis for two variants, the 120 mm/45 10th year type which is an anti-aircraft variant, and the 12cm 11th year type naval cannon used on submarines and torpedo boats.


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Japan naval cannons
20 mm  JM61 · Type 98
25 mm  25 mm/60 Type 96
37 mm  Type 4 · Type 11 pattern 1922
40 mm  40 mm/62 Vickers
57 mm  Type 97
75 mm  Type 88 AA
76 mm  3-inch/40 Type 41 · 8 cm/40 3rd Year Type · 8 cm/60 Type 98
100 mm  100/65 mm Type 98 mod A
120 mm  120 mm/45 3rd Year Type · 120 mm/45 10th year type
127 mm  5 inch/40 Type 89 · 127 mm/50 3rd Year Type
140 mm  140 mm/50 3rd Year Type
152 mm  6-inch/45 Type 41 · 15 cm/50 Type 41
155 mm  155 mm/60 3rd Year Type
200 mm  20 cm 3rd year type No.1
203 mm  20 cm/50 3rd year type No.2
356 mm  36 cm/45 Type 41
40 mm  Bofors L/60 Mark 1 (USA) · Bofors L/60 Mark 2 (USA) · Bofors L/60 Mark 3 (USA)
76 mm  3 inch Mk.33 (USA) · 3-inch Mk.34 (USA)
120 mm  4,7-inch/40 Armstrong (Britain)
127 mm  5 inch/38 Mk.12 (USA)
305 mm  12-inch/45 Vickers (Britain) · 12-inch/50 Vickers (Britain)