Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)

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Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Vehicles equipped with this weapon
Boomerang  ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
Firefly  Firefly F Mk I
Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IC
MB.5  MB.5
P-51  P-51 · ▄Mustang Mk IA
Spitfire Mk V  Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop
Spitfire Mk IX  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVI · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Typhoon  Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Twin-engine fighters  Beaufighter Mk X · Beaufighter Mk 21 · Mosquito FB Mk VI · Mosquito FB.Mk.26

General info

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Available ammunition

  • Default: HEF-I · HEF-I · P · T
  • Universal: HEF-I · SAP-I · AP · T
  • Ground targets: AP · AP · AP · HEF-I · T
  • Air targets: T · HEF-I · SAP-I · HEF-I · SAP-I
  • Tracers: AP · T · HEF-I
  • Stealth: HEF-I · HEF-I · SAP-I · AP
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 17 15 11 7 5 2
Universal 26 23 17 14 8 6
Ground targets 26 23 17 14 8 2
Air targets 17 15 11 7 5 2
Tracers 26 23 17 14 8 2
Stealth 26 23 17 14 8 6

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

The Hispano Mk.II cannons are lethal weapons, and stand out as some of the most powerful WWII-era aircraft guns in the game. The HEF-I and SAP-I shells available on many ammunition belts for these cannons deal a huge amount of damage to aircraft of any size, from fighters up to heavy bombers, and can give British pilots the edge in head-ons, interceptions, and general dogfighting. The stealth belts are especially powerful, suiting sneakier playstyles. Using cloud cover and approaching from blind spots, a Hispano-armed pilot can jump an enemy and obliterate them with a few bursts before the enemy even knows they're coming.

Like their predecessor in the Mk.I, the Mk.IIs still have some severe flaws that can be a headache. The stock guns prior to upgrade are not only prone to jamming during lengthy periods of shooting, but are hopelessly inaccurate. The stock belts are also fairly ineffective, as they lack the sheer number of high-damage shells. This makes using these guns a headache while they're stock, and it can be a difficult grind if the plane you're flying is weak at stock to begin with.

While these cannons aren't the best guns in the game for attacking ground targets, they will still do a decent chunk of damage to anything they hit, although it's highly recommended to use the Ground targets belt if available, as other belts will struggle with armoured targets. The AP rounds can destroy light pillboxes, and anything weaker should be easy pickings. Just be mindful of the inaccuracy of the guns, and your ammo count. Since these are 20 mm guns, few planes using them will stock a large amount of ammo, save for the Beaufighters and the Mosquito.

Pros and cons


  • HEF-I rounds can shred fighters in less than 3 seconds, in the hands of a skilled pilot
  • AP rounds can penetrate light pillboxes


  • "Default" belt contains practice shells which deal far less damage than other ammunition belts
  • HEF-I and SAP-I rounds do more puncturing damage compared to other countries' cannons due to possessing lesser amounts of filler
  • "Air targets" ammunition belts are less effective against bombers, instead, utilize Stealth or Ground targets ammunition
  • Cannons quickly overheat when repeatedly fired for long periods of time
  • Initially cannons are quite inaccurate until they are upgraded


Examine the history of the creation and combat usage of the weapon in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the weapon and adding a block "/History" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Weapon-name)/History) and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />.



See also

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  • reference to the article about the variant of the cannon/machine gun;
  • references to approximate analogues by other nations and research trees.

External links

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  • other literature.

USA aircraft cannons
20 mm  AN/M2 · Browning-Colt Mk12 Mod 0 · Browning-Colt Mk12 Mod 3 · FMC T-160
  M3 · M24A1 · M39A1 · M39A2 · M39A3 · M61 · M195 · M197 · Mk 11 · Mk 11 mod 5 · T31
30 mm  M230E-1 · XM140 · GAU-13/A
37 mm  M4 · M9 · M10
40 mm  M129
75 mm  M10 · T13E1
20 mm  Hispano 404 (France) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · MG 151 (Germany) · Type 99 Model 1 (Japan)
30 mm  ADEN Mk.4 (Britain)

USSR aircraft cannons
20 mm  B-20E · B-20M · B-20S · ShVAK
23 mm  GSh-23-2 · GSh-23L · NR-23 · NS-23 · NS-23K · PTB-23 · VYa-23
30 mm  2A42 · GSh-6-30 · GSh-30-2K · NR-30
37 mm  N-37 · N-37D · NS-37 · SH-37
45 mm  NS-45
20 mm  Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · MG 151 (Germany)
37 mm  M4 (USA) · M10 (USA)

Britain aircraft cannons
20 mm  Hispano Mk.I · Hispano Mk.II · Hispano Mk.V · Oerlikon KAD-B
30 mm  ADEN · ADEN Mk.4
40 mm  Vickers S
47 mm  Vickers P
57 mm  Molins Class M
20 mm  Hispano 404 (France) · M61 (USA)
30 mm  M230E-1 (USA)

China aircraft cannons
20 mm  AN/M2 (USA) · B-20E (USSR) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · Ho-3 (Japan) · Ho-5 (Japan)
  M39A1 (USA) · M39A2 (USA) · M61 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · ShVAK (USSR) · Type 99 Model 1 (Japan)
23 mm  NR-23 (USSR) · NS-23 (USSR) · NS-23K (USSR) · Type 23-2K
30 mm  Type 30-1
37 mm  Ho-203 (Japan) · N-37D (USSR)

Italy aircraft cannons
20 mm  Hispano 404 (France) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · Hispano Mk.V (Britain) · M24A1 (USA) · M61 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · M197 (USA) · MG 151 (Germany) · MG FF/M (Germany)
30 mm  DEFA 552 (France) · Hispano HS 825 · MK 103 (Germany) · MK 108 (Germany)
37 mm  BK 3.7 (Germany) · Breda Model 39 37/45
102 mm  102/35 mod 14