Semovente M43 da 105/25

The Semovente da 105/25 was an Italian tank destroyer in use during World War II. It was constructed by mounting a 105 mm gun that was 25 calibres long (hence the name) in a widened chassis from a M15/42 tank. Thirty were built by Fiat-Ansaldo and delivered in 1943 before the Armistice of Cassibile in September that year. After the armistice the German forces took them over and used them under the designation Sturmgeschütz M43 mit 105/25 853(i) as well as producing 60 additional Semoventi da 105/25.

Semovente M43 da 105/25
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Fiat
Production Period 1943 - 1945
Origin Italy
Country Name Origin Year
Italy 1943
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Germany View
Italy 1943 1945 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Fiat 1943 1945 View
Gio. Ansaldo & C. 1943 1945 90 View
Formal DesignationSemovente da 105/25 su Scafo M43 [Italian]
Sturmgeschutz M43 mit 105/25 853(i) [German]
Production Quantity26 + 91*Production Period1943-1944
TypeAssault GunCrew3
Length hull/overall (m)5.80Barrel Overhang (m)n.a.
Width (m)2.82Height (m)1.74
Combat Weight (kg)15700Radio Equipmentn.a.
Primary Armament105mm 1500/25 AnsaldoAmmunition Carried48
Traverse (degrees)Manual (19 L - 19 R)Elevation (degrees)-12 to +22
Traverse speed (360°)-Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament1 x 8mm Breda 38 (loose/AA)Ammunition Carried864

Engine Make & ModelSPA M15(15TB)No. of Links/Trackn.a.
Type & DisplacementV8, 11.1 litersTrack Widthn.a.
Horsepower (max.)190hp@2400rpmTrack Ground Contactn.a.
Power/Weight Ratio10.8 hp/tGround Pressure13.9 psi
Gearbox5 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance (m)0.35
FuelDieselTurning Radius (m)n.a.
Range on/off road (km)150Gradient (degrees)40°
Mileage (liters/100km)240 on roadVertical Obstacle (m)0.80
Fuel Capacity (liters)360Fording (m)1.00
Speed on/off road38 km/hTrench Crossing (m)2.10
Armor (mm@degrees)FrontSideRearTop/Bottom
Superstructure75@0°45@15°25@0°15@86° & 90°
*Production after German occupation in September 1943

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