KwK 44 (128 mm)
The 128 mm KwK 44 is a German tank cannon that is a variant of the heavy anti-tank gun PaK 44. Firing a 128 mm 28 kilogram projectile at 880 m/s, the KwK 44 is able to produce heavy kinetic energy for above par penetration capabilities with armour-piercing shells.
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Comparison with analogues
- PaK 44 (128 mm) - The anti-tank gun that the KwK 44 is based off of.
- D-25T (122 mm) - The Soviet counterpart where the KwK/PaK 44 was inspired from.
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Pros and cons
- High muzzle velocity
- High penetration values
- Slow reload
- Sluggish gun movement
Historically, the 128 mm was in use by the German navy (Kreigsmarine) as a medium-calibre gun for destroyer in the form of the SKC/34, and in use by the air force (Luftwaffe) for the Flak corps as a static defensive weapon to protect the German skies. The German army (Heer) began looking into a 128 mm gun after being inspired by the Russian heavy artillery gun in the 122 mm calibre, especially after the introduction of heavy Soviet tanks like the IS-2. In the eyes of high command, a heavy anti-tank gun was needed to fight against these new generation of Soviet tanks rather than the original dual purpose howitzer gun. Thus the PaK 44 and the tank version KwK 44 were developed. The gun could double as an artillery piece by the use of fewer charges giving the shells curvature. At the end of the war, a total of 51 units were produced.
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|Germany tank cannons|
|20 mm||KwK 30 L/55 · KwK 38 L/55 · Rh202|
|37 mm||KwK 34(t) L/40 · KwK 36 L/45 · KwK 38(t) L/47|
|50 mm||KwK 38 L/42 · KwK 39 L/60 · PaK 38 L/60|
|57 mm||Bofors L/70 Mk.I|
|75 mm||K51 L/24 · PaK 39 L/48 · PaK 40/3 L/46 · PaK 42 L/70 · StuK 37 L/24 · StuK 40 (L/43 & L/48)|
|KwK 37 L/24 · KwK 40 (L/43 & L/48) · KwK 42 L/70 · KwK 44 L/70 · KwK 44 L/36|
|76 mm||Pak 36(r) L/48|
|88 mm||Flak 41 · KwK 36 L/56 · KwK 43 L/71 · PaK 43 L/71|
|90 mm||BK 90|
|105 mm||FMK.4 Modelo 1L · K.18 L/52 · KwK L/68 · L7A3 · StuH 42 L/28|
|120 mm||Rheinmetall L44|
|128 mm||KwK 44 L/55 · K.40 · PaK 44 L/55|
|150 mm||sIG 33 · StuH 43 L/12|