40 mm/70 MEL58 mounting

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The 40 mm/70 MEL58 on the Lübeck.


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General info

The 40 mm/70 MEL58 is a fast-firing, clip-fed, high-velocity gun, capable of dealing with enemies within 2.6 km.

Available ammunition

The MEL58 can only carry two types of shells: an AP-T and a HEFI-T (Proximity Fuse). The default belt is a mix of the two. The HE belt contains three HEFI-T rounds and one AP-T, while the opposite is true of the AP belt, consisting of three AP-T rounds and one HEFI-T.

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

The high rate of fire and good ammunition allows you to tackle small boats and larger ones it meets at its BR.

Pros and cons


  • Very fast firing 40 mm guns
  • Access to proximity-fused high explosive shells


  • Overheats quickly


The 40 mm/70 MEL58 is a German variant of the Bofors L/70. An improvement over the older Bofors L/60 for the jet age, the Bofors L/70 fired a larger cartridge at a higher muzzle velocity and rate of fire along with all of the guns being air-cooled when certain L/60 variants were water-cooled. The MEL58 first entered West German service in 1958 as the name suggests. The Bundesmarine (Federal Navy, later known as the Deutsche Marine), had been formed just two years earlier due to international tensions from the Cold War and would use the MEL58 (a Bofors L/70 with a modernized SAK mount) first on their Fletcher-class destroyers received from the United States. The MEL58 would later be used on their E-boat followed up, the Jaguar-Klasse, the Köln-class frigates such as the Köln and Lübeck, and the Ensdorf, Kulmbach, and Frankenthal-class minesweepers. The Deutsche Marine and Luftwaffe (German Air Force) also used the L/70 with D21 radar in the anti-aircraft role though it has been mostly replaced by Roland Surface-to-Air Missiles after the late 1980s and the domestic Rheinmetall MLG-27 is beginning to phase out the L/70 on their minesweeper fleet. Despite gradually leaving German service, the venerable design of the Bofors L/70 means it still remains in service in production and service in multiple other nations.



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Germany naval cannons
15 mm  MG 151
20 mm  2 cm/65 C/30 · 2 cm/65 C/38 · 2 cm/65 Flakzwilling 38 · 2 cm/65 Flakvierling 38 · MG 151/20
30 mm  MK103/38
37 mm  FlaK-Lafette C/36 · 3.7 cm FlaK-Lafette LM/42 · SK C/30 · FlaK.36 · FlaK43
40 mm  40 mm/70 MEL58 · Bofors Flak 28 · Bofors L/70 model 1948
52 mm  52 mm/55 SK L/55
88 mm  8.8 cm/76 SK C/32 · S.K.C/35 · FlaK.18 · Flak.36 · 88 mm/45 AA SK L/45 · 88 mm/45 casemate SK L/45
100 mm  100 mm/55 MLE model 53
105 mm  SK C/32 · SK C/33 AA
120 mm  L45
128 mm  12.8 cm/45 SK C/34
150 mm  150 mm/45 SK L/45 · 15 cm/48 KC/36 · 15 cm/55 SK C/28 · 15 cm/60 SK C/25
203 mm  20.3 cm/60 SK C/34
283 mm  283 mm/45 SK L/45 · 283 mm/52 SK C/28 · 283 mm/54,5 SK C/34
305 mm  305 mm/50 SK L/50
380 mm  38 cm SK L/45
23 mm  ZU-23 (USSR)
30 mm  AK-230 (USSR)
37 mm  V-11 (USSR)
76 mm  76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact (Italy)
100 mm  100 mm/56 B-34 (USSR)