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30 mm MK 108

Armaments




30 mm MK 108

Service Data

In Service: 1941 to 1945

Production Data

Manufacturer: Rheinmetall-Borsig
Number built:

Technical Data

Type: Maschinenkanone

Calibre: 30 mm
Length: 1.054 mm
Weight: 58 kg
Rate of fire: 650 rounds per minute
Muzzle velocity: 540 m/s
Effective range: m
Variants:
3 cm Flak 103/38
30 mm MK 101
30 mm MK 103
30 mm MK 108
30 mm SG 116

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History

The 30 mm MK 108 (Maschinenkanone 108) was a machine cannon designed and produced by Rheinmetall-Borsig in 1941. The 30 mm MK 108 primary for use was against Allied heavy bombers. The 30 mm MK 108 was an extremely effective air to air weapon, on average, only needing four hits to achieve a Kill with high explosive ammunition. The only real drawback to the 30 mm MK 108 was the low muzzle velocity.

The 30 mm MK 108 was of light construction and was particularly easy to construct due to the fact that over 80% of the weapon was made stamped parts. The weapon was belt fed using electric ignition and was charged and triggered by simple, compressed air. There were several types of ammunition used armour piercing, high explosive and incendiary.

The 30 mm MK 108 installed in night fighters as Schräge Musik

The 30 mm MK 108 (Maschinenkanone 108) machine cannon was installed in the following Luftwaffe aircraft



Gallery

30 mm MK 108 Bf 110G picture 2
30 mm MK 108 Bf 110G picture 3
Bf 110 2 × 30 mm MK 108 Schräge Musik picture 4
Ju 88 × 30 mm MK 108 Schräge Musik picture 5
Ju 88 × 30 mm MK 108 Schräge Musik picture 6

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Sources

The Warplanes of the Third Reich.
ISBN-10: 0385057822

Flying Guns World War II.
ISBN-10: 1840372273

German Aircraft Guns WW I WW II.
ISBN-10: 091196410X

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