15 cm/60 SK C/25 (150 mm)

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Description

The 15 cm/60 SK C/25 is a German naval gun which was in use during the second World War, mainly on the Leipzig-class cruisers and K-class cruisers. It was the best of the 150 mm guns the German navy had at the time.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The 15 cm/60 SK C/25 has a decent rate of fire being able to put a shell out every 9.75 seconds with a stock crew and every 7.5 seconds with an ace gunner crew.

The gun was designed with a loose barrel, jacket and breech piece that had a vertical sliding breechblock. The naval gun weighed in at 11,970 kg, with a barrel length of 8.57 m, and a a muzzle velocity of 960 m/s. The guns have enough elevation to reach any target on the given naval maps while also having enough depression to get any PT boat that might be getting to close for comfort, that is if the secondary armament doesn't deal with them first.

Available ammunition

The 15 cm/60 SK C/25 naval gun could carry a base-fused HE shell, nose-fused HE with a ballistic cap, and a base-fused armour-piercing shell with a ballistic cap. With a decent muzzle velocity of 960m/s, shells wont take to long to reach the desired target.

  • Spgr. L/4.4 Bdz (SAPBC) - It has a gradual drop off in penetration in terms of distance and angle with 141 mm of penetration at 1,000 m.Its best used against lighter targets such as destroyers and other light cruisers.
  • Spgr. L/4.5 Kz (HE) - It maintains penetration over distance and angle with 37 mm of penetration all around and 3.91 kg of TNT equivalent. Its best when used against very light targets such a PT boats that might be getting to close or any of the coastal fleet ships.
  • Spgr. L/4.5 Zt.Z (HE-TF) - It has the same characteristics as the Spgr. L/4.5 Kz HE, but the difference with this shell is that it has a time fuse that is best used against planes or any other air target.
  • Pzgr. L/3.7 (APCBC) - It has a gradual drop off in penetration with distance and angle with 281 mm of penetration at 1,000 m.Its best used against heavy cruisers but practically useless against any dreadnoughts at range.

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Germany naval cannons
15 mm  MG 151
20 mm  2 cm/65 C/30 · 2 cm/65 C/38 · 2 cm/65 Flakzwilling 38 · 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 · MG 151
30 mm  MK103/38
37 mm  3.7 cm FlaK-Lafette C/36 · 3.7 cm FlaK-Lafette LM/42 · 3.7 cm SK C/30
40 mm  4 cm Bofors Flak 28 · 40 mm/70 MEL58
88 mm  8.8 cm/76 SK C/32 · 8.8 cm S.K.C/35 · Flak.36 · 88 mm/45 AA SK L/45 · 88 mm/45 casemate SK L/45
100 mm  100 mm/55 MLE model 53
105 mm  10.5 cm SK C/32 · 10.5 cm SK C/33 AA
120 mm  L45
127 mm  12.7 cm SK C/34
150 mm  150 mm/45 SK L/45 · 15 cm/48 KC/36 · 15 cm/55 SK C/28 · 15 cm/60 SK C/25
203 mm  20.3 cm/60 SK C/34
283 mm  283 mm/45 SK L/45 · 283 mm/52 SK C/28
305 mm  305 mm/50 SK L/50
  Foreign:
30 mm  AK-230 (USSR)
76 mm  76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact (Italy)
100 mm  100 mm/55 MLE model 53 (France)