M/50 Bofors

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The end of World War II led to the development of a new class of anti-submarine warfare (ASW) weapon known as the anti-submarine rocket. Launching a depth charge with the assistance of a rocket into the ocean provided benefits over the older methods of depth charge deployment most notably it didn’t require the target submarine to be directly underneath the ship which was a blind spot for their sonar at the time. The United States developed the Mark 108 "Weapon alfa" which served in this role, but they were not the only nation to do so. Sweden began the development of 375 mm (14.8) rockets in 1948 and by 1950 the design was complete alongside the launcher for the new ASW weapon which was the M/50 Bofors.

The M/50 Bofors is the designation given to the original four-barreled launcher for these rocket-powered depth charges and enter Swedish service in 1956. The design was first used by the Swedish Navy on the Halland and Visby-class destroyers before it began getting exported to numerous nations around the world. The M/50 bears the distinction of being the first to combine rocket-powered depth charges with sonar providing accurate fire control. With a 100-kilogram (220-pound) explosive filler for the original M/50 Bofors launcher, the M/50 had a total of 48 rounds for each launcher. The original weapons used an electro-mechanical predictor for aiming but later models used digital fire control systems.

The German Bundesmarine (Federal Navy) was among the navies of the world to adopt this design. The Köln-class frigates, along with the Hamburg-class destroyer and Deutschland training ships all used M/50 Bofors in German service. Along with the Germans, it was also notably used in the Netherlands, France, and Japan. The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force used the design built by Mitsubishi under license as the Type 71 which was adopted in 1971 on a variety of frigates.


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Naval special armaments
Mortars  7.2-inch T37 · Mk 2
Rockets  5-inch GPSR Mk.7 · Mark 108 Weapon alfa
Missiles  RIM-24A
Rockets  M/50 Bofors
Missiles  Strela-2M
Mortars  BM-37 · RBM · RBU-1200 · RBU-2500 · RBU-6000 · RKU-36U
Rockets  BM-14-17 · BM-21 · M13 · M-8
Missiles  Volna-M
Mortars  Ordnance ML 4.2-inch mortar
Rockets  4.5-inch BBR Mk.7 (USA) · Mark 108 Weapon alfa (USA)
Missiles  Nettuno