Dénes Bernád (1 April 2007)|
The Hungarians also built this cannon under licence. Here are the technical specs.:
DESCRIPTION: light antiaircraft and antitank cannon
SHORT HISTORY: the 4.0 cm Bofors antiaircraft guns were widely licensed and used during the Second World War (US Navy, Soviet Army, British Army), as they were probably the best in their category. Hungary bought the license in 1936, and MAVÁG manufactured them until 1945. The gun was used both as a towed antiaircraft piece, and in self-propelled Nimróds as both antitank and antiaircraft.
Manufacturer's designation: 4.0 cm Bofors Model 36
Years of production: 1938-1945
Honvédség's designation: 36 M könnyü légvédelmi ágyú
Number in inventory: 534+363+135 for Nimróds (1938-1944)
Caliber: 40.0 mm
Length of the barrel: 2,250 mm
Muzzle velocity: 850 m/sec
Range - horizontal: 7,000 m
Range – vertical: 3,000 m
Elevation: -5o, +85o
Weight of the gun: 2,100 kg
Weight of the projectile: 0.95 kg (HE)
Rate of fire: 120 rounds/min.
Magazine: straight, 8 rounds
Towing mode: light trucks
Note: Could fire also armor-piercing rounds, and so could be used against ground targets. Very modern construction, excellent properties, light. In 1944, 42/a M armour piercing stick grenades used for anti-tank role (9.2 kg total weigh, 2.6 kg explosive charge, muzzle velocity 105 m/s, max. range 700 m, effective range 200 m, capable to penetrate 160-180 mm armor).
Orders placed: 112+186+16+64+17+215+450=1084 pcs. (of this number 150 were for German export. Of this, 60 pcs. were returned by the Germans for defense of Transylvania in Sept. 1944).