Canon de 47mm modèle 1902
Place of originFrance
Service history
In service1902–1945
Used byFrance
WarsWorld War I
World War II
Specifications
Mass308 kg (679 lb)
Barrel length2,350 mm (93 in) (bore length)

ShellFixed
Shell weight2 kg (4.4 lb)
Caliber47 mm (1.9 in)
Elevation-
Muzzle velocity690 m/s (2,300 ft/s)

The Canon de 47 mm modèle 1902 was a light naval gun used as the anti-torpedo armament for a number of battleships and cruisers of the French Navy. It was used as the main shipboard anti-aircraft gun during World War I.

Design

Built by Hotchkiss, the gun was designed to replace the Canon de 47 mm modèle 1885 in new battleships and cruisers as their anti-torpedo armament, having a larger muzzle velocity than its predecessor.[1]

Naval use

The Liberté-class and Danton-class battleships mounted the gun, in addition to the cruisers Jules Michelet, Ernest Renan, and those of the Edgar Quinet-class. It was used as the standard French shipboard anti-aircraft gun during World War I, being replaced by the Canon de 75 mm modèle 1908.[1]

References

Citations

  1. ^ a b Friedman 2011, pp. 228–229

Bibliography

  • Friedman, Norman (2011). Naval Weapons of World War One. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, UK: Seaforth. ISBN 978-1-84832-100-7.