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20 mm MG FF/M


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Service Data

In Service: 1935 to 1945

Production Data

Manufacturer: Oerlikon
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Maschinengewehr

Calibre: 20 mm
Length: 1.37 mm
Weight: 28 kg
Rate of fire: 540 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 585 to 718 m/s
Effective range: m

Other: Armaments


The 20 mm MG FF/M (Maschinengewehr FF/M) was a machine gun designed and produced by Oerlikon in 1935. The 20 mm MG FF/M was also known as Schräge Musik, this oblique automatic upward firing weapon was operated by an infrared sensor and was developed in 1942, The 20 mm MG FF/M was mounted in night fighters of the Luftwaffe, which allowed them to approach and attack enemy aircraft from underneath, which gave the Luftwaffe pilots, a huge advantage, as most bombers would be unable to see a night fighter below them.

The 20 mm MG FF/M (Maschinengewehr FF/M) machine gun was installed in the following Luftwaffe aircraft


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