Type 5 15 cm AA file photo [9522]

Type 5 15 cm AA Anti-Aircraft Gun

Country of OriginJapan
TypeAnti-Aircraft Gun
Caliber149.100 mm
Barrel Length9,000.000 mm
Weight9200.000 kg
Ammunition Weight41.00 kg
Rate of Fire10 rounds/min
Ceiling20,000 m
Muzzle Velocity930 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Type 5 15 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns were developed by the Japanese Army Technical Bureau as a replacement for the Type 3 12 cm Anti-Aircraft Guns; in fact, the design was based on the Type 3 design in order to save time. Beginning in Dec 1943, Type 3 gun barrels were widened to 15 centimeters in diameter, and by Jun 1945, they were ready for production. Type 3 guns were one of the few anti-aircraft weapons that had an effective range to hit the American B-29 Superfortress bombers, and it was hoped that the Type 5, which had a higher effective ceiling, would bolster Japan's defense capability against American high-altitude bombers. By Jun 1945, however, raw materials had already fallen to dangerously low levels, thus only two of these guns were ever built before the end of the war. One of them was built at the Osaka Arsenal, and the other built by Japan Steel Works. One of them was deployed to Kugayama in the suburbs of Tokyo; this Type 5 15 cm Anti-Aircraft Gun was credited with shooting down two B-29 bombers on 1 Aug 1945.

Source: Wikipedia. ww2dbase

Last Major Revision: Mar 2010

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Japanese Type 5 15 cm AA gun, Kugayama, Tokyo, Japan, 1945

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