30 mm akan m/55

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Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

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Available ammunition

  • Default: AP-T · AP · HEI · AP · HEI
  • Air targets: AP-T · HEI · HEI · HEI · HEI
  • Ground targets: AP-T · AP · AP · AP · AP
  • Stealth: AP · HEI

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEI 4 4 4 4 4 4
AP 37 34 23 14 8 5
AP-T 37 34 23 14 8 5
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
HEI 795 0.24 0.2 0.1 89.6 79° 80° 81°
AP 795 0.27 - - - 47° 60° 65°
AP-T 795 0.27 - - - 47° 60° 65°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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  • Very powerful cannon that can take down enemy planes and light to medium ground targets with ease
  • High rate of fire


  • No tracer rounds
  • Very low muzzle velocity
  • Important bullet drop beyond 1,000 m
  • Long reload time (AB)
  • Low ammo capacity


The Akan m/55 is a Swedish licensed variant of the British ADEN 30 mm cannon. The ADEN got the attention of the Swedish who used it to arm the J32B Lansen fighter jets in 1954, the J34 in 1956 (a Swedish variant of the Hawker Hunter), and J35A Draken jets in 1960. The Akan m/55 itself had a variant that was developed later. The J32 suffered numerous accidents during its service in the Swedish Air Force leading to multiple jets being scrapped. The Swedish company FFV, in collaboration with the French S. A. Engins Matra, developed a gun pod designated by the Swedish Air Force as the 30 mm Akankapsel, which recycled the ADEN cannons from their scrapped fighter jets for the newer AJ37 Viggen attacker and SK60B trainer aircraft because both aircraft were designed without an internal cannon. The FFV gun pod also served in the Austrian Air Force with their SAAB-105OE trainer aircraft.


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See also

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Sweden aircraft cannons
20 mm  Akan m/41A · Akan m/45 · Akan m/47B · Akan m/47C · Akan m/49 · Oerlikon FF
27 mm  Akan m/85
30 mm  Akan m/55 · Akan m/75
57 mm  Akan m/47
20 mm  MG FF (Germany) · MG 151 (Germany)
23 mm  GSh-23L (USSR)
30 mm  2A42 (USSR) · M230E-1 (USA) · MK 108 (Germany)