SA50 L/57 (75 mm)

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The 75 mm SA50 L/57 on the AMX-13 (Israel) gun mantlet


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

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The 75 mm SA50 L/57 is a powerful gun. It is equipped with an autoloader (except on the M4A4 (SA50)), which gives it a competitive reload time. The combat vehicles equipped with this weapon have a high penetrating power for their battle rating, with the exception of the AMX-13 (HOT), which gets a comparatively high BR due to being equipped with second-generation ATGMs.

Available ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
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
OE Mle 1951 HE 15 15 13 12 11 10
PCOT-51P APCBC 202 198 180 159 141 125
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
POT-51A APBC 1,000 6.4 - - - 47° 60° 65°
OE Mle 1951 HE 753 6.2 0.2 0.1 675 79° 80° 81°
PCOT-51P APCBC 1,000 6.4 - - - 48° 63° 71°

Comparison with analogues

The SA50 L/57 has similar ballistic characteristics to the 75 mm KwK42 upon which its development was based. However, both penetration performance and damage effect are not identical, as other types of ammunition are used.

Usage in battles

Thanks to the high penetrating power of the gun, vehicles equipped with this weapon can attack all but the most resilient enemies head-on. The short reload time can be used to compensate for the low damage effect of the AP grenades through fast follow-up shots to take out targets quickly. As with all tanks equipped with an autoloader, however, it takes a long time to reload after it has been depleted, so it is highly recommended to remove the tank from the direct line of sight of the enemy during longer firefights in order to refill magazines.

Pros and cons


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


  • No armour-piercing shell with an explosive filler
  • Limited elevation angle due to the oscillating turret design


The 75 mm SA50 was developed to fulfil 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. The development team sought a cannon that possessed comparable performance to the German 75 mm KwK42, mounted on the Panther, notably.


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See also

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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 · APX Canon de 75 mm modèle 1897 · SA35 L/17 · SA44 · SA49 · SA50 L/57
90 mm  D.911 APX · CN90 F2 · CN90 F3 · CN90 F4 · D915 · DEFA F1 · SA45 · SA47
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  GCT F1 · Schneider 155 C · L'Obusier de 155 Modèle 1950
15 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
20 mm  MG 151 (Germany)
30 mm  Bushmaster 2 Mk.44 (USA)
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
155 mm  M126 (USA) · M185 (USA)