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

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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
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 33 30 21 13 8 6
Universal 33 30 21 13 8 5
Air targets 26 25 17 7 2 2
Armoured targets 51 47 31 19 11 7

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
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default (AMX-50 Foch) 33 30 21 13 8 5
Pzgr. L'spur 33 30 21 13 8 5
Brsprgr. L'spur 34 30 17 8 4 2
Pzbrgr. 34 30 17 8 4 2
H-Pzgr. 51 46 30 18 11 6

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
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Universal 33 31 23 16 11 7
15 mm APIT belts 33 31 23 16 11 7
15 mm HEIT belts 33 31 23 16 11 7

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.

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Germany aircraft cannons
15 mm  MG 151
20 mm  MG 151 · MG C/30L · MG FF · MG FF/M
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-30-2K (USSR) · NR-30 (USSR)
37 mm  N-37D (USSR)

France tank cannons
20 mm  20F2
25 mm  SA35 L/72
37 mm  SA18 L/21 · SA38 L/33
47 mm  SA34 L/30 · SA35 L/32 · SA37
75 mm  APX · SA35 L/17 · SA44 · SA49 · SA50 L/57
90 mm  D.911 APX · CN90 F2 · CN90 F3 · CN90 F4 · D915 · DEFA F1 · SA45
100 mm  SA47 L/58
105 mm  CN-105-F1 · Modele F2 · PzK M57
120 mm  GIAT CN120-25 G1 · GIAT CN120-26 F1 · SA46
142 mm  ACRA
155 mm  L'Obusier de 155 Modèle 1950
  Foreign:
15 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
20 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
37 mm  M6 (USA)
40 mm  Bofors L/60 · QF 2-pounder (Britain)
75 mm  KwK42 (Germany) · M3 (USA) · M6 (USA)
76 mm  M7 (USA)
90 mm  M3 (USA)
105 mm  M4 (USA)

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

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  3.7 cm FlaK-Lafette C/36 · 3.7 cm FlaK-Lafette LM/42 · 3.7 cm SK C/30 · FlaK.36 · FlaK43
40 mm  4 cm Bofors Flak 28 · 40 mm/70 MEL58
52 mm  52 mm/55 SK L/55
88 mm  8.8 cm/76 SK C/32 · 8.8 cm 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  10.5 cm SK C/32 · 10.5 cm SK C/33 AA
120 mm  L45
127 mm  12.7 cm 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:
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)