Posted 02 May 2007 - 12:57 AM
'first the website for naval weapons posted at this site is very usefull and showed as I had seen in other places that the japanese 6 inch guns of the agano and the 5 inch guns had no armour piercing shells. should the armour penetration for japanese guns be capped at cs."According to such sources as Nathan Okun, the IJN 5" was capable of penetrating the equivalent of CA armor at close range. So the provision of such penetration is appropriate."also the 5.5 inch gun has rate of fire reported up to 10 rounds per minute. should the 5.5 gun be allowed rapid fire?'The majority of the IJN 5.5" guns in service during WWII were hand operated pedastal mounts (such as those mounted on Sendai) with limited ammunition supply arrangements. Given these limitations, the rate of fire for these weapons would be towards the lower value of 6 rounds per minute. The only modern power operated mounts capable of the higher rate of fire were those on Yubari."also the japanese 6.1 inch gun does not have its own site. although few ships carried it, it is my understanding that due to high caliber it had better penetration and was still used in a few ships."The 6.1" (properly known as the 155mm/60 3rd Year Type) was only mounted on the Yamato class (as a secondary), and the Oyodo. The 6.1" was originally mounted on the Mogami but was replaced with 8" weapons prewar. While it had impressive range, it was not any more powerful than the other modern 6" guns (such as the US 6"/47 or the UK 6"/50). "the american 16 inch gun is given the same penetration as the british 16 inch gun. it is my understanding that the new american 16 inch gun firing a 2700 pound shell had better penetration. is this the case? will there be a new section for those 16 inch guns caliber 45 and 50.?"According to available data, the UK 16" gun's performance is on par with the US 16" firing the 2700lb shell (even a little better, at some ranges; that surprised me, as well). Whether an additional table with the US 16"/45 is added is up to Lonnie and ODGW. "the italian 8 inch gun is given a similar accuracy as the japanese 8 inch gun, but it is my understanding that the italian gun had significant dispersion problems, while the japanese did achieve some long distance hits like at the battle of java sea and the komandorskies. is this accurate? should the accuracy of the italian 8 inch gun be downgraded?"The Italians, and others, had the same problem with dispersion brought about by the close mounting of the guns. The solution, arrived at prewar, was to stagger the firing of the guns by a fraction of a second. This effectively eliminated the problem.