90/53 mod.41 (90 mm)

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A battle-ready 90/53 piece


The 90 mm 90/53 mod.41 cannon is an Italian anti-tank cannon.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

The Cannone da 90/53 is truly a marvel of Italian design though only present on two vehicles. Similar to the Flak.37 mounted on the 8,8 cm Flak 37 Sfl., the 90 is a devastating weapon in the right hands, able to frontally penetrate most tanks at its rank.

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
Granata Perforante da 90 APCBC 152 149 139 126 115 105
Granata da 90 HE 20 20 18 17 15 14
Granata Esplosiva mod.36R HE-TF* 21 20 19 17 15 14
Granata Perforante mod.43 APCBC 145 143 134 123 114 105
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
Granata Perforante da 90 APCBC 758 12.16 1.2 14 347 48° 63° 71°
Granata da 90 HE 830 10.3 0.2 0.1 871 79° 80° 81°
Granata Esplosiva mod.36R HE-TF* 850 10.1 0.2 0.1 871 79° 80° 81°
Granata Perforante mod.43 APCBC 773 11.25 1.2 14 347 48° 63° 71°

Comparison with analogues

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Usage in battles

The 90/53 mod.41 is a solid gun that can reliably penetrate vehicles from the front, though usually you will want to be firing at a flank since both the Breda 501 and 90/53 M41M have very limited armour that is not well suited for medium to close range encounters. A solid strategy is to take position in a bush or at the corner of a building and wait for an unsuspecting target to come into range, fire, then fire again or move. If your reflexes are good enough, it is fantastic in city combat as the cannon will knock out anything at those ranges, with the M41M being the better of the two chassis in this role.

In a duel with a similarly sized gun, the 90/53 mod.41 performs well due to the reload speed, which can be improved with leadership, loader skill, and qualification. It is ideal to avoid duels though, because the 90/53 mod.41 is particularly vulnerable to damage from AP rounds with the exposed breech, so care should be taken when engaging in prolonged combat with an enemy. Both vehicles that wield it also tend to have very limited stores of ammunition, so it is probably better to fire then retreat rather than stay in a prolonged engagement.

The HE shells are mostly against lightly-armoured vehicles, a type that becomes increasingly rare at the BR that you will find it at. Still, the M19A1, Ystervark, and 8,8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. are all valid targets since they are vulnerable to HE shells. The stock APHE shell is good, though the upgrade is even better due to the larger explosive filler.

Pros and cons


  • Excellent overall ballistics
  • High explosive filler
  • Fast reload rate for a gun of its calibre
  • Satisfactory muzzle velocity


  • Gun breech is exposed, leaving it vulnerable to damage


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See also

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Italy tank cannons
20 mm  Breda Mod.35 · Fucile Controcarri S Mod.39
25 mm  Oerlikon KBA B02
37 mm  Vickers-Terni 37/40 mod.18
47 mm  47/32 mod.35 · 47/32 mod.39 · 47/40 mod.38
60 mm  Cannone da 60/70 · OTO HVG
75 mm  75/18 mod.34 · 75/32 mod.37 · 75/34 mod.39 · Ansaldo 75 L/34 · OTO 75/43 mod.40
90 mm  90/53 mod.41 · Cannone da 90/50 M3A1 · Cockerill Mk.3
100 mm  Cannone da 100/17 Mod.1914
105 mm  Cannone Ansaldo da 105/25 · OTO Melara 105/52 · OTO Melara 105/55
106 mm  Cannone da 106 s.r.M40A1
120 mm  OTO Breda 120/44 · OTO Melara 120/45
30 mm  Bushmaster 2 Mk.44 (USA)
37 mm  M6 (USA)
75 mm  KwK37 (Germany) · KwK40 L48 (Germany) · M3 (USA) · M6 (USA) · StuK40 L48 (Germany)
76 mm  M1 (USA) · QF 17-pounder (Britain)
90 mm  M3 (USA)
105 mm  L7A3 (Germany) · M68 (USA)
155 mm  M126 (USA)
20 mm  Solothurn QF.36M
40 mm  37/42M · MÁVAG 41.M 40/51
75 mm  41.M · 43.M
105 mm  MÁVAG 40/43M
30 mm  2A72 (USSR) · MK 30-2/ABM (Germany)
88 mm  KwK36 (Germany)
120 mm  Rh120 L/44 (Germany)
122 mm  2A31 (USSR)
125 mm  2A46 (USSR)