Cannone da 90/53 file photo [19219]

Cannone da 90/53 Anti-Aircraft Gun

Country of OriginItaly
TypeAnti-Aircraft Gun
Caliber90.000 mm
Length5.039 m
Barrel Length4.736 m
Weight8950.000 kg
Ammunition Weight10.33 kg
Rate of Fire19 rounds/min
Ceiling12.000 km
Muzzle Velocity840 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Cannone da 90/53 anti-aircraft guns were designed and manufactured by the Italian armament firm Ansaldo starting in 1939. Each gun was crewed by six men. They were considered very capable both in anti-aircraft roles as well as in anti-tank roles, but Italy's relatively weak manufacturing capabilities meant only 539 would be built by the time of the 1943 Italian armistice. 48 of the guns built were converted for mounting on self-propelled guns (namely, Semovente 90/53 heavy tank destroyers). After the armistice, the Germans captured a few and pressed them into service under the designation 9 cm Flak 309/1(i).

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Vehicle-mounted Italian Cannone da 90/53 anti-aircraft gun, circa 1940sVehicle-mounted Italian Cannone da 90/53 anti-aircraft gun, circa 1940sNew Zealand Brigadier Howard Kippenberger and Captain Allan McPhail inspecting a destroyed Cannone da 90/53 anti-aircraft gun formerly of the Italian Ariete Division, near El Alamein, Egypt, 4 Jul 1942 or shortly after9 cm Flak 309/1(i) anti-aircraft gun and its German crew on the coast of the Gulf of La Spezia, Italy, Jul-Aug 1944

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