Ordnance QF Tk. L1A2 (120 mm)
The L1A2, also known as the L1 or L11, is a 120 mm tank cannon mounted on the Conqueror and Conway in the UK tree. The gun was developed by the Royal Ordnance as a precursor to the L11A5 tank cannon most commonly seen on the Chieftain tanks and later, the Challenger 1 tanks. The large calibre of 120 mm was deemed necessary in NATO's desire to counter the U.S.S.R's newly unveiled IS-3 heavy tanks. The gun never saw combat, with the Conway project being scrapped after one prototype and the Conquerors were only put into service in Germany as part of the BAOR (British Army of the Rhine).
The cannon fires a traditional APDS (Armour-Piercing Discarding Sabot) round and, thanks to the gun's rifling, also fires HESH (High Explosive Squash Head). Penetrating up to 487 mm of armour-equivalent, the gun has an absurdly high level of potency. The trade-off for this is the gun's two-stage round system, which significantly increases reload times (approximately 19-20 seconds stock).
Vehicles equipped with this weapon
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The gun has two shells, Shot L1G (Armor-Piercing Discarding Sabot) and L1TK (High Explosive Squash Head).
The sabot will be familiar to anyone who has previously used other variants, especially those other variants in the UK tree. The sabot has the classic trade-off of reduced shell spalling in exchange for superior penetration. This shell is the main multi-purpose shot for this gun.
HESH is the UK's preferred HE delivery method, which gives greatly increased penetration values on extreme angles, in exchange for lower overall penetration. This shell is for use against vehicles that are vulnerable to overpressure, such as BMPs and SPAAs, and tanks with more extreme angles, for example later Russian tanks such as T-54s and T-55s.
|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) (kg)
Comparison with analogues
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Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- The APDS shot has an absurdly high penetration for the BR
- Very high muzzle velocity
- Excellent spall production for an APDS shot
- Powerful HESH round
- Long reload time
- Limited ammunition selection
- Unimpressive performance against heavily sloped armour
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|Britain tank cannons|
|40 mm||QF 2-pounder|
|47 mm||Ordnance QF 3-pounder|
|57 mm||6pdr OQF Mk.III · 6pdr OQF Mk.V|
|75 mm||OQF Mk.V|
|76 mm||GT-4 · OQF 3-inch Howitzer Mk I · OQF 3in 20cwt · QF 17-pounder|
|77 mm||OQF Mk.II|
|84 mm||20pdr OQF Mk.I · kan Strv 81|
|94 mm||32pdr OQF · OQF Mk.II|
|95 mm||Howitzer, Tank No.1, Mk.I|
|105 mm||GT-3 · GT-7 · GT-8 · LRF · Royal Ordnance L7A1 · Sharir|
|120 mm||Ordnance QF Tk. L1A2 · Ordnance BL Tk. L11 · L11A5 · L30A1|
|155 mm||G6 L/45|
|165 mm||ORD BL 6.5in L9A1|
|183 mm||QF L4A1|
|37 mm||M5 (USA) · M6 (USA)|
|75 mm||M2 (USA) · M3 (USA)|