Description

A Bofors water-cooled design that was used by both Netherlands and France as well as the Swedish Navy. Bofors introduced this weapon shortly after World War II as a scaled-up version of the 40 mm/70 Model 1948.

Unlike previous 40 mm guns, Bofors abandoned the four-round clip for the 57 mm guns as they considered that the loaders could not easily handle the heavier clips. Instead, for this weapon the loaders dropped individual rounds into ammunition boxes which in turn feed quadrant-shaped hoppers. The hoppers were mounted at the gun's trunnions such that the position of the gravity feed was always horizontal and perpendicular to the gun's axis. Similar feed systems can be seen in other postwar Bofors and Breda weapons.

In a review following the end of World War II, the French Conseil Superieur decided that the 40 mm Bofors heavy AA MG was inadequate against modern aircraft. That decision led to the purchase of the Bofors 57 mm AA gun. These guns were installed in a French-designed twin turret which was used on Jean Bart after World War II when she was extensively modernized and on new destroyer construction.

Jean Bart did not receive her guns until the winter of 1951-52, as production had been delayed by credit blockages in France during 1948-49. Jean Bart as completed probably had the best conventional AA armament ever fitted to a battleship, but the effectiveness of these weapons in the jet age is questionable.

Gun Characteristics

Designation Sweden and Netherlands: 57 mm/60 (2.25") SAK Model 1950
France: 57 mm/60 (2.25") Model 1951
Ship Class Used On Sweden: Halland class
Netherlands: De Ruyter class (first ships to use this weapon)
France: Jean Bart (1952), De Grasse, Colbert, Surcouf, Duperré and Le Normand classes
Date Of Design 1951
Date In Service 1952
Gun Weight N/A
Gun Length oa N/A
Bore Length about 134.6 in (3.420 m)
Rifling Length N/A
Grooves N/A
Lands N/A
Twist N/A
Chamber Volume N/A
Rate Of Fire 120 rounds per minute cyclic

Ammunition

Type Fixed
Weight of Complete Round 13.78 - 14.07 lbs. (6.25 - 6.38 kg)
Projectile Types and Weights
  • Sweden
    • HE (tracer): 5.89 lbs. (2.67 kg)
    • HE, proximity-fuze Model 1964: 5.62 lbs. (2.55 kg)
    • HE, proximity-fuze Model 1964 Type V: 5.62 lbs. (2.55 kg)
    • AP solid shot (tracer), Model 1967: (2.70 kg)
  • France
    • HE: 5.73 lbs. (2.6 kg)
    • HE Model 1950: 6.53 lbs. (2.96 kg)
Bursting Charge
  • Sweden
    • HE (tracer): 0.75 lbs. (0.34 kg)
    • HE, proximity-fuze Model 1964: 0.75 lbs. (0.34 kg)
    • HE, proximity-fuze model 1964 Type V: 0.57 lbs. (0.26 kg)
    • AP solid shot (tracer), Model 1967: None (solid shot)
  • France
    • HE: N/A [probably about 0.75 lbs. (0.34 kg)]
Projectile Length N/A
Overall Length: 26.5 in (67.2 cm)
Propellant Charge
  • Sweden
    • All HE rounds: 2.20 lbs. (1.0 kg) NC894 or NC1049
    • AP: 2.18 lbs. (0.99 kg)
  • France: 2.06 lbs. (0.935 kg) B.M.4
Cartridge 57 mm x 438 mm
Muzzle Velocity Originally: 3,018 fps (920 mps)

Swedish: 2,887 - 2,920 fps (880 - 890 mps)
French: 2,840 fps (865 mps)
Working Pressure N/A
Approximate Barrel Life N/A
Ammunition stowage per gun French: 80 ready rounds on mount, about 1,500 in magazines 1
Others: N/A
  1. ^Total outfit for Jean Bart with 28 barrels was 42,000 rounds, made up of 28,000 rounds with day tracers and 14,000 rounds with night tracers.

Range

Range with various shells
Elevation Swedish 5.73 lbs. (2.96 kg) French 6.53 lbs. (2.6 kg)
45 degrees 14,220 yards (13,000 m) 15,860 yards (13,000 m)
AA Ceiling 16,400 feet (5,000 m) 18,040 feet (5,500 m)

Mount/Turret Data

Designation
  • Twin Mounts
    • Sweden and Netherlands 1
      • Halland (1) and De Zeven Provinciën (4): Model 1950
    • France 2 3
      • Jean Bart (14), Surcouf (3), Duperré (3), De Grasse (3) and Colbert (3): ACAD Model 1948
Weight Model 1950: 23 tons (24 mt)
Model 1948: 16 tons (17 mt)
Elevation Model 1950: -10 / +90 degrees
Model 1948/: -10 / +94 degrees
Elevation Rate Model 1950: N/A
Model 1948: 25 degrees per second
Train 360 degrees
Train Rate Model 1950: N/A
Model 1948: 25 degrees per second
Gun recoil N/A
  1. ^The mounting used by the Swedish and Netherlands navies was fully-automatic and radar controlled. However, the weight was too much for the French requirement, as it was nearly half the weight of the French twin 127 mm (5") destroyer mounting. This led the French to develop their own, lighter and simpler design.
  2. ^The French mounting uses the Bofors fan-feed system for supply ammunition. Each gun has an 80-round ready box which is refilled by hand at a rate of about 40 rounds per minute. Ammunition is supplied by a hoist to a lower handling room.
  3. ^The French mountings were controlled by self-contained fire control systems that included a radar director triaxially stabilized for roll-pitch and yaw. The fire control system itself was manufactured by Contraves and could automatically follow the target after acquisition. No manual intervention other than pushing a button in the central fire control station was required to open and maintain fire.

Additional Pictures

Sources

Data from:

  • "Les Cuirassés: Dunkerque, Strasbourg, Richelieu & Jean Bart" by Robert Dumas
  • "The Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapon Systems 1991/92" by Norman Friedman
  • "Battleships: Allied Battleships in World War II" by W.H. Garzke, Jr. and R.O. Dulin, Jr.
  • "Örlogsfartyg" by Gustaf von Hofsten and Jan Waernberg"French Battleships: 1922 - 1956" by John Jordan and Robert Dumas

Other:

  • "Surcouf: The French Postwar Destroyers" articles by John Jordan in "Warship Volume IX"
  • Ammunitionskatalog Marinen, 1977

Press releases from:

Special help from Mats T. Persson and Matthew Rodchenko

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