203mm/50 Modele 1924 gun

The 203mm/50 Modèle 1924 was a medium naval gun of the French Navy.

The type was used on the Duquesne and Suffren classes of heavy cruisers as main battery, mounted in four twin turrets weighing 180 tonnes each. The calibre of 203 mm (8 inches) was characteristic of heavy cruisers built as a result of limitations imposed by the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922.

Country Name Origin Year
France 1924
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1924 View

Type naval gun
Place of origin France
Service history
Used by France
Wars Second World War
Specifications
Weight 20 tonnes
Length 10.5 metres (34 ft 5 in)
Shell separate charges and shell
Calibre 8 inches (203 mm)
Rate of fire 4-5 rpm
Muzzle velocity 850 metres per second (2,800 ft/s)
Maximum firing range 31.4 kilometres (34,300 yd)

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