L7A3 (105 mm)
|This page is about the German L7A3 (105 mm) cannon. For variants, see L7 (105 mm) (Family).|
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Vehicles equipped with this weapon
|Vehicles equipped with this weapon|
|Light tanks||Radkampfwagen 90|
|Germany||Leopard I · Leopard A1A1 · Leopard 1A5 · C2A1 · M48A2 G A2 · M48 Super|
|Japan||STB-1 · Type 74 (C) · Type 74 (E) · Type 74 (F) · Type 74 (G)|
The L7A3 shares many of its properties with the L7A1 on British tanks, although it has access to a wider range of ammunition. Aside from the standard APDS and HESH rounds, the L7A3 is found to use HEATFS as well as a smoke shell. The L7A3 can be found either unstabilized or fully stabilized depending on the vehicle. Giving accurate fire at long ranges that can punch through even heavily armoured vehicles, the L7A3 is a highly capable weapon for the vehicles it is found on and will often face.
|Not all ammunition listed is available on all vehicles equipped with this weapon.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy time
| Screen hold time
| Explosive Mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Comparison with analogues
- L7A1 (105 mm): The L7A1 is the British original version of the L7A3, and has identical performance with the exception that no HEATFS shell is available for the L7A1.
- M68 (105 mm): The M68 is the American licensed-produced version of the L7, and so also shares identical performance for matching shells, although the Americans have added a smoke shell in the place of having smoke grenades on vehicles.
- D-10T2S (100 mm): Unlike the standard D-10T found on the T-54, the D-10T2S uses a full stabilizer and has access to ammunition such as the 3BM25 which performs similarly to DM23 and M735 on the L7A3. However, the vehicles using the L7A3 reload faster than the T-55A (which uses the D-10T2S), although the T-55AM-1 does have a gun-launched ATGM which is not a feature found on the L7A3.
- OTO Melara 105/52 (105 mm): The OTO Melara 105/52 shares ammunition with the L7A3, and Italian vehicles using it such as the Centauro and OF-40 can reload as fast as the German and Japanese vehicles with the L7A3.
- CN-105-F1 (105 mm): The CN-105-F1 has drastically limited ammunition available with only a single shell of each major type present, but the ammunition is just as good or better than that found on the L7A3 as the OFL 105 F1 has the edge in penetration over DM23, although the Japanese Type 93 is still the top ammunition choice.
- Type 83 (105 mm): The Type 83 is a Chinese produced variant of the famous British L7 gun. Its ammunition performs the same as every other L7 gun in game, however the ammunition has a different name in Chinese use. It is capable of firing all standard 105mm NATO rounds, and is very powerful, the Type 83 (DM23 equivalent) APFSDS round is capable of knocking out nearly anything it may go up against.
- ZPL94 (105 mm): The ZPL94 is a Chinese variant of the L7, but is slightly longer, resulting in increased penetration.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Wide selection of potent ammunition
- Excellent ballistic properties
- Quick reload
- many nations in the game use the L7, ensuring familiarity
- APDS, APFSDS HESH and HEAT-FS lose their potency when facing vehicles equipped with ERA or composite armour
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|Germany tank cannons|
|20 mm||KwK30 · KwK38 · Rh202|
|37 mm||KwK34(t) · KwK36 · KwK38(t) · PaK L/45|
|50 mm||KwK39 · KwK L/42 · PaK38|
|57 mm||Bofors L/70 Mk.1|
|75 mm||K51 L/24 · KwK37 · KwK40 · KwK42 · KwK44 · KwK44 L/36.5 · PaK39 L48 · PaK40/3 L46 · PaK42 · StuK37 · StuK40|
|76 mm||PaK36 (r)|
|88 mm||Flak.37 · Flak 41 · KwK36 · KwK43 · PaK43|
|105 mm||FMK.4 Modelo 1L · GT-3 · K.18 · KwK L/68 · L7A3 · PzK M57 · StuH42|
|120 mm||Rh120 L/44 · Rh120 L/55|
|128 mm||K.40 · KwK44 · PaK44|
|150 mm||s.I.G.33 · Stu.H 43 L/12|
|57 mm||6pdr OQF Mk.V (Britain)|
|73 mm||2A28 (USSR)|
|75 mm||M3 (USA)|
|76 mm||F-32 (USSR) · F-34 (USSR) · M32 (USA)|
|90 mm||M36 (USA) · M41 (USA)|
|152 mm||M-10T (USSR) · XM150E5 (USA)|
|Japan tank cannons|
|37 mm||Type 1 · Type 94 · Type 100|
|47 mm||Type 1|
|57 mm||Type 90 · Type 97|
|70 mm||Type 94|
|75 mm||Lightweight Type I Model II · Type II Model I · Type II Model II · Type 3 · Type 90 · Type 99|
|90 mm||Type 61|
|105 mm||Experimental High Velocity · JSW · Type 5|
|106 mm||Type 60 (B)|
|120 mm||10th Year Type · Navy short gun · Schneider-Canet 1898 · Type 90 L/44|
|150 mm||Type 38|
|155 mm||NSJ L/30|
|25 mm||Oerlikon KBA B02|
|35 mm||Oerlikon KDE|
|75 mm||M6 (USA)|
|76 mm||M1 (USA) · M32 (USA)|
|88 mm||KwK36 (Germany)|
|90 mm||M3A1 (USA)|
|105 mm||L7A3 (Germany)|
|Italy tank cannons|
|20 mm||Breda Mod.35 · Fucile Controcarri S Mod.39|
|25 mm||Oerlikon KBA B02|
|37 mm||Vickers-Terni 37/40 mod.18|
|47 mm||47/32 mod.35 · 47/40 mod.38|
|60 mm||OTO HVG|
|75 mm||75/18 mod.34 · 75/32 mod.37 · 75/34 mod.39 · Ansaldo 75 L/34 · OTO 75/43 mod.40|
|90 mm||90/53 mod.41 · Cannone da 90/50 M3A1 · Cockerill Mk.3|
|105 mm||Cannone Ansaldo da 105/25 · OTO Melara 105/52 · OTO Melara 105/55|
|106 mm||Cannone da 106 s.r.M40A1|
|120 mm||OTO Breda 120/44 · OTO Melara 120/45|
|37 mm||M6 (USA)|
|75 mm||KwK37 (Germany) · M3 (USA) · M6 (USA) · StuK40 (Germany)|
|76 mm||M1 (USA) · QF 17-pounder (Britain)|
|90 mm||M3 (USA)|
|105 mm||L7A3 (Germany) · M68 (USA)|