SA50 L/57 (75 mm)

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Description

The 75 mm SA50 L/57 is a French tank cannon.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The 75 mm SA50 L/57 cannon is a performant gun. It comes along with an autoloader (except for the M4A4 (SA50)) which helps reduce the reload time. The gun has a powerful penetration at its BR, except for the AMX-13 (HOT) which sits at a much higher BR was it comes equipped with ATGMs.

Available ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
POT-51A APBC 182 178 162 143 127 113
75 mm HE HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
PCOT-51P APCBC 202 198 180 159 141 125
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
POT-51A APBC 1,000 6.4 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
75 mm HE HE 753 6.2 0 0.1 675 79° 80° 81°
PCOT-51P APCBC 1,000 6.4 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°

Comparison with analogues

The SA50 L/57 performs nearly identically to the 75 mm KwK42 upon which its development was based. The SA50 however does not enjoy the same levels of post-penetration damage as the German cannon since it lacks rounds with explosive filler.

Usage in battles

The cannons high degree of penetration allows vehicles equipped with this weapon to attack all but the toughest enemies frontally. Crucially its fast reload speed can be used to offset the low post-penetration performance of the AP shells to quickly dispatch targets. Like all autoloading tanks, however, depletion of the autoloader incurs a harsh reload penalty, and as such, its usage in protracted engagements is not advised.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High penetration power
  • Assisted by an autoloader (12 rounds), except for the M4A4 SA50
  • High muzzle velocity (1,000 m/s)

Cons:

  • No shell with explosive filler
  • Limited elevation angle due to the oscillating turret design

History

The 75 mm SA50 was developed to fulfill a requirement for a 75 mm Anti-tank gun to be mounted on the ARL-44. Although it was never adopted for this role, it was later standardized and mounted on the AMX-13, among other designs. Development sought a cannon that had comparable performance to the German 75 mm KwK42, notably mounted on the Panther.

Media

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See also

External links


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)

Israel tank cannons
75 mm  SA50 L/57 (France)
84 mm  20pdr OQF Mk.I (UK)
90 mm  DEFA F1 (France) · M41 (USA)
100 mm  D-10T (USSR)
105 mm  M-51 (France) · M68 (USA) · Sharir
120 mm  IMI MG251