Kanonenboot K-2

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General characteristics
184 peopleCrew
Standard armament
2 x 120 mm L45 cannon2 x Primary
240 roundsAmmunition
2 x 37 mm S.K.C/30 mounting2 x Secondary
4 000 roundsAmmunition
4 x 20 mm Vierlingsflak C/38 cannon2 x Anti-aircraft
8 000 roundsAmmunition
40 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
20 mm C/38 cannon4 x Anti-aircraft
2 000 roundsAmmunition
40 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
6 x WBD depth chargeSetup 1
4 x WBG depth chargeSetup 2
6 x WBD depth charge
4 x WBG depth charge
Setup 3
36 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
140 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 330 / 1 729/1 910 / 2 483/1 500 / 1 950Repair
39 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
140 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.48 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


GarageImage Kanonenboot K-2.jpg

The K-2 is a rank III German gunboat with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Special armament

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Two powerful dual-mounted 120 mm cannon turrets
  • Great alpha damage - damage per shell
  • Heavily armoured
  • Good anti-air capabilities
  • Can use both boat's and destroyer's spawns


  • Low rate-of-fire compared to other destroyers
  • Although the ship possesses 4 main guns, it only has two turrets and conscious enemies will focus on disabling these
  • Only fires HE shells and, thus, struggles to deal with armoured targets
  • Although the ship is armoured, it serves next to no purpose
  • Secondary weapons are rarely useful unless manually controlled
  • Heavy (1,420 t) and slow (24 km/h, 15 mph stock), highly vulnerable to torpedoes or bombs
  • No torpedo armaments
  • Outclassed by other vehicles close to its battle rating: Such as the LCS(3), Pr. 206, Pr. 159, Type 140/141)
  • Matchmaking typically places the ship in uptiers against higher-ranked destroyers that outclass it


The K-class gunboats were ordered as a replacement to the outdated Dutch Brinio-class gunboats that preceded them. Originally, seven ships of the class were planned to be constructed, three of which were ordered and laid down right away. However, the German occupation of the Netherlands in 1940 abruptly ended the construction of the already laid down ships, with pending orders for the remaining ships getting cancelled. Following the occupation, all three uncompleted warships were captured after falling into German hands.

The Kriegsmarine decided to continue construction and to complete all three of the captured warships for use in the German war effort. Thus, the K-1, K-2 and K-3 were all subsequently completed by 1940/41 and were put into commission with the German navy by 1942. The three gunboats primarily saw service in Norwegian and German waters, performing patrols and other low-profile missions. K-1, the lead ship of the class, was sunk right at the end of WW2 in 1945 off the coast of Denmark. The К-2’s back of the deck was damaged by a torpedo during another air attack of the allies. The vessel had been towed back to Germany but was never repaired till the end of the war. After the war she was towed to the Netherlands where it sunk for unknown reasons, it was raised from the seabed and scrapped in 1946.K-3 was the sole survivor of the class, being recommissioned into Dutch service after WW2 under the name “Van Speijk”. K-3 remained in Dutch service until 1960, after which she was sold for scrap.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

Germany boats
Motor Torpedo  LS 3 · S-38 · S-38b · LS 4 Esau · S-100 (1945) · S-100 (1944) · S-100 (S204) · Type 140/141 · TS-Boot Proj. 206
Motor Torpedo Gun  MZ1
Hydrofoil  VS-10
Fast Attack  Type 143