Based upon a 1924 Vickers design, these guns were of built-up construction. Their design was lighter than that of the equivalent British 8" (20.3 cm) Mark VIII and the turrets had a smaller diameter roller path.
Construction consisted of A tube, B tube not extending to the muzzle and a jacket.
|Designation||8"/50 (20.3 cm) Model 1924 Mark D|
|Ship Class Used On||Canarias class|
|Date Of Design||1924|
|Date In Service||1936|
|Gun Weight||15.8 tons (16.05 mt)|
|Gun Length oa||N/A|
|Bore Length||about 400 in (10.160 m)|
|Rate Of Fire||about 3 rounds per minute|
|Projectile Types and Weights||AP: 256 lbs. (116.1 kg)
HE: 256 lbs. (116.1 kg)
|Propellant Charge||80 lbs. (36.3 kg)|
|Muzzle Velocity||2,904 fps (885 mps)|
|Approximate Barrel Life||N/A|
|Ammunition stowage per gun||N/A|
|Designation||Two-gun Turrets: Canarias (4) 1|
|Elevation||-5 / +70 degrees (one source says +50 degrees) 2|
|Train||about +120 / -120 degrees|
|Loading Angle||+8 degrees|
The distance between gun axes was 76 inches (193 cm).
- ^Regarding the elevation of these mountings; most of the British Mark II mountings had +70 degree elevations, as they were intended to operate in the AA mode. So, it is quite possible that these Spanish mounts also had as high a maximum elevation.
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