MG 151 (15 mm)

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This page is about the German autocannon MG 151 (15 mm). For the 20 mm version, see MG 151 (20 mm).

Description

Note: Gunpods containing MG 151 (15 mm) have reduced accuracy compared to those mounted conventionally

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

Aircraft

Tanks

Ships

General info

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Available ammunition

The cannon is mounted on planes, tanks, and ships which all have a different belt content.

Aircraft

  • Default: AP-T · IT · IT · HEF-T
  • Universal: AP-T · HEF-T · AP-T · HEF-T
  • Air targets: API-T · HEF-T · HEF-T · HEF-T
  • Armoured targets: AP-I(c) · AP-I(c) · AP-I(c) · HEF-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-T 33 30 21 13 8 5
HEF-T 2 2 2 2 2 2
IT 13 12 7 6 6 6
API-T 26 25 17 7 2 2
AP-I(c) 51 47 31 19 11 7
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AP-T 850 0.07 - - - 47° 56° 65°
HEF-T 960 0.06 0.3 0 3.23 47° 56° 65°
IT 960 0.06 0.2 0.1 0 47° 56° 65°
API-T 960 0.06 - - - 47° 56° 65°
AP-I(c) 1,030 0.05 - - - 47° 56° 65°

Tanks

  • Default (AMX-50 Foch): AP-T · HEF-T · HEFI-T
  • Pzgr. L'spur: AP-T · HEF-T
  • Brsprgr. L'spur: HEFI-T · HEFI-T · HEFI-T · AP-I
  • Pzbrgr.: AP-I · AP-I · AP-I · HEFI-T
  • H-Pzgr.: HVAP · AP-I · AP-I · AP-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-T 33 30 21 13 8 5
HEF-T 2 2 2 2 2 2
HEFI-T 2 2 2 2 2 2
AP-I 34 30 17 8 4 2
HVAP 51 46 30 18 11 6
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AP-T 850 0.07 - - - 47° 56° 65°
HEF-T 960 0.06 0 0.1 1.7 47° 56° 65°
HEFI-T 960 0.06 0 0.1 3.23 79° 80° 81°
AP-I 960 0.06 - - - 47° 56° 65°
HVAP 1,030 0.05 - - - 66° 70° 72°

Ships

  • Universal: API-T · HEF
  • 15 mm APIT belts: API-T · API-T · API-T · HEF
  • 15 mm HEIT belts: HEF · HEFI-T* · HEF · API-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEF 8 8 7 5 4 3
API-T 33 31 23 16 11 7
HEFI-T* 8 8 7 5 4 3
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HEF 960 0.06 0 0.1 7.65 79° 80° 81°
API-T 850 0.07 - - - 47° 60° 65°
HEFI-T* 960 0.06 0 0.1 3.32 79° 80° 81°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good AP-I round which can penetrate roof armour of low tier tanks, and does a decent amount of damage to aircraft
  • All ammunition belts do a good amount of damage against aircraft for its calibre
  • Good rate of fire
  • Good muzzle velocity

Cons:

  • All ammunition types have a different muzzle velocity
  • Often come with small amount of ammo
  • It acts more like a heavy machine gun rather than a cannon
  • Even though AP-I shell can go through an armoured target, however, overall damage is limited due to low calibre

History

The Germans during the interwar period shared some elements of their air doctrine with France. The concept of the Motorkanone emerged in the Luftwaffe (German Air Force) which had an autocannon mounted between the cylinder banks of a V-engine and fired through the propeller hub. The Oerlikon FF was preferred by France, but was too heavy for German fighters so they adopted it as the MG FF only as a stopgap measure. In 1940, the 15 mm MG 151 was developed by Mauser and used to arm the Messerschmidt Bf 109 F-2, however, by 1941, the design was further improved into the 20 mm MG 151 for a more powerful explosive shell. The MG 151 in its 15 mm calibre was also used on the Dornier Do 335 in underwing pods. The Leicht-S-Boot of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) also uses the 15 mm MG 151 as did the Sd.Kfz.251/21 an attempt to provide an expedient anti-aircraft vehicle. This vehicle was quickly upgraded to the 20 mm version. After World War II, the MG 151 saw some action in French service. This service was primarily the 20 mm version, but the 15 mm variant was planned for the AMX-50 Foch.

Media

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See also

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Germany aircraft cannons
15 mm  MG 151
20 mm  MG 151 · MG C/30L · MG FF · MG FF/M
27 mm  Mauser BK27
30 mm  MK 101 · MK 103 · MK 108
37 mm  BK 3.7
50 mm  BK 5 · Mk.214a
75 mm  BK 7.5
  Foreign:
20 mm  Hispano Mk.V (Britain) · M24A1 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · ShVAK (USSR)
23 mm  GSh-23L (USSR) · NR-23 (USSR) · VYa-23 (USSR)
30 mm  DEFA 552 (France) · GSh-30-1 (USSR) · GSh-30-2K (USSR) · NR-30 (USSR)
37 mm  N-37D (USSR)

Italy aircraft cannons
20 mm  Hispano 404 (France) · Hispano Mk.II (Britain) · Hispano Mk.V (Britain) · M24A1 (USA) · M61A1 (USA) · TM197B
  MG 151 (Germany) · MG FF (Germany) · MG FF/M (Germany)
23 mm  GSh-23L (USSR)
27 mm  Mauser BK27 (Germany)
30 mm  DEFA 552 (France) · GSh-30-2K (USSR) · Hispano HS 825 · MK 103 (Germany) · MK 108 (Germany)
37 mm  BK 3.7 (Germany) · Breda Model 39 37/54
102 mm  102/35 mod 14

Tank machine guns
USA 
7.62 mm  M37 · M60D · M73 · M240 · M1919A4
12.7 mm  FN M3P · M2HB · M80 · M85
Germany 
5.56 mm  MG4
7.62 mm  C6 · MG3A1
7.92 mm  MG13 Dreyse · MG34 · MG37(t) · MG42
12.7 mm  S.MG.50
USSR 
7.62 mm  DT · PKMB · PKT · PKTM · RP-46 · SGMT
12.7 mm  DK · DShK · 6P49 · NSVT
14.5 mm  KPVT
Britain 
7.62 mm  Browning MG4 · L3A1 · L8A1 · L8A2 · L37A1 · L37A2 · L94A1
7.7 mm  Vickers
7.92 mm  BESA
12.7 mm  L21A1
Japan 
6.5 mm  Type 91
7.62 mm  Type 74
7.7 mm  Type 97
12.7 mm  Type 60 (B)
China 
5.8 mm  QJT
7.62 mm  Type 55 · Type 59 · Type 86
12.7 mm  QJC88A · Type 54
14.5 mm  QJG02
Italy 
7.62 mm  Beretta MG42/59 · FN MAG 60-40
8 mm  34/40M · Breda Mod. 38
13.2 mm  Breda Model 31
France 
7.5 mm  AAT-52 · MAC 31
7.62 mm  A-A-F1N
8 mm  Hotchkiss Mle 1914
Sweden 
6.5 mm  ksp m/14-29
7.62 mm  ksp 39 C · ksp 58 · ksp 94
8 mm  ksp m/36 · ksp m/39B
12.7 mm  ksp 88

Germany anti-aircraft guns
15 mm  MG 151
20 mm  FlaK38 · Rh202
30 mm  MK103/38
37 mm  FlaK36 · FlaK43 · FlaK44
  Foreign:
35 mm  Oerlikon KDA (Swiss)

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
  Foreign:
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)