45 mm/89 SM-21-ZIF (45 mm)

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45 mm/89 SM-21-ZIF on the MPK Pr.201K


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General info

The 45mm/89 SM-21-ZIF is a postwar Soviet 45 mm naval autocannon mounting. It uses the same cannon as the SM-20-ZIF mount, but in a single mount rather than a quadruple mount. The simplest comparison to make is with the Swedish 40 mm Bofors gun: a hard-hitting, high velocity autocannon with a mediocre rate of fire.

Available ammunition

The SM-21-ZIF has one ammunition belt choice: alternating 45 mm HEF and HEF-T*. The tracer round, besides helping you aim, contains slightly more explosive filler: 54 grams A-IX-2 for the non-tracer round versus 60 grams A-IX-2 for the tracer round. Both rounds have a considerable amount of explosive power and have an excellent muzzle velocity of 1,080 m/s.

Comparison with analogues

Bofors (40 mm) (Family): The ubiquitous Bofors 40 mm L/60 loses out to the SM-21-ZIF in terms of muzzle velocity and explosive power. However, the L/60 gun has a better rate of fire and access to AP ammunition. This allows it to engage targets with armour that are too strong for the SM-21-ZIF to damage effectively, such as the SF40 Light. Overall, they have the same practical effectiveness against light targets, but the SM-21-ZIF can generally be considered superior for most use cases.

On the other hand, the Bofors 40 mm L/70 (as found on Hugin, for example) can generally be considered to be in the same class as, or even superior to, the SM-21-ZIF. Advantages of the L/70 gun include access to HE-VT ammunition, higher rate of fire, and overall having more explosive mass in both of its ammunition choices. The ZIF has comparable explosive effect with slightly higher velocity and is less prone to overheating, as well as being found at a much lower Battle Rating.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Powerful high-explosive shells
  • Excellent muzzle velocity
  • Takes a long time to overheat


  • Somewhat low rate of fire
  • No protection for gun crew or gun module
  • No armour-piercing ammunition


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See also

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USSR naval cannons
20 mm  ShVAK
25 mm  2M-3
30 mm  AK-230 · 30 mm/54 AK-630 · BP "Plamya"
37 mm  37 mm/67 70-K · V-11
45 mm  45 mm/46 21-K · 45 mm/68 21-KM · 45 mm/89 SM-20-ZIF · 45 mm/89 SM-21-ZIF
57 mm  AK-725
75 mm  75 mm/50 Canet patt.1892
76 mm  34-K · 39-K · 76 mm/60 AK-176M · AK-726 · D-56TS · F-34 · Lender AA gun, pattern 1914/15
85 mm  85 mm/52 92-K · 85 mm/54.6 ZIS-C-53 · 90-K
100 mm  100 mm/56 B-34 · 100 mm/70 SM-5-1 · Minizini
102 mm  Pattern 1911
120 mm  120 mm/50 pattern 1905
130 mm  130 mm/55 pattern 1913 · 130 mm/58 SM-2-1 · B-13
152 mm  152 mm/57 B-38
180 mm  180 mm/57 B-1-P · 180 mm/60 B-1-K
305 mm  12-inch/52 pattern 1907 · 305 mm/54 B-50
40 mm  2pdr QF Mk.IIc (Britain) · Skoda (Czechoslovakia)
47 mm  3 pdr QF Hotchkiss (Britain)
76 mm  76 mm/40 Ansaldo mod.1917 (Italy)
88 mm  SK C/30 (Germany)
120 mm  120 mm/50 Mk.4 Bofors M1924 (Sweden) · 120 mm/50 O.T.O. Mod.1933 (Italy)
152 mm  152/53 mm O.T.O. Mod.1929 (Italy)
320 mm  320 mm/44 Ansaldo model 1934 (Italy)