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30 mm MK 101


30 mm MK 101

Service Data

In Service: 1940 to 1945

Production Data

Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Maschinenkanone

Calibre: 30 mm
Length: 2.438 mm
Weight: 178 kg
Rate of fire: 250 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 960 m/s
Effective range: m
3 cm Flak 103/38
30 mm MK 101
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The 30 mm MK 101 (Maschinenkanone 101) was a machine cannon designed and produced by Rheinmetall-Borsig in 1940. This weapon was extremely powerful and accurate, but on the downside, the 30 mm MK 101 was extremely heavy, and how the slow rate of fire. The 30 mm MK 101 was fed by a 10 round magazine (for early models) 30 round magazine for later models. The ammunition used was included high explosive rounds, tungsten armour piercing rounds, which could penetrate up to 75 mm of armour plate at a range of 300. The 30 mm MK 101 was further developed by Rheinmetall-Borsig and an electrically fired version was developed. This was the 30 mm MK 103

The 30 mm MK 101 (Maschinenkanone 101) machine gun was installed in the following Luftwaffe aircraft


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