8,8 cm Pak 43 (L/71)

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Production

Production Statistics

These production numbers includes both the 8,8 cm Pak 43 and the interim 8,8 cm Pak 43/41. The production reports does not separate these numbers, but Pak 43/41 production is noted to have ended in August 1944.

Month Inventory Wa A Fz In Combat losses To Luftwaffe
1943
February 0 1 0 0 0
March 0 23 4 0 0
April 4 112 107 0 0
May 111 267 280 0 0
June 391 80 70 0 0
July 461 70 67 47 60
August 421 61 46 69 20
September 378 55 63 8 0
October 433 67 56 17 0
November 472 11 26 12 0
December 486 30 2 30 0
1944
January 458 21 43 32 0
February 469 139 121 54 0
March 536 142 154 8 0
April 682 123 110 21 30
May 741 138 123 7 10
June 847 142 173 16 0
July 1004 180 193 53 0
August 1144 181 200 219 0
September 1125 165 123 94 1
October 5781 200 142 46 0
November 674 210 188 157 0
December 705 232 255 31 0
1945
January 829 115 240 52 0
February 1017 132 226 56 0
March 1184 0 N/A
April N/A
May N/A
Total - 2897 2912 1029 121

Production Costs

Production costs of the 8,8 cm Pak 43, 8,8 cm Pak 43/2, and 8,8 cm Pak 43/3.
Pak 43 Pak 43/2 Pak 43/3
Price - 20 000 Reichmark 21 000 Reichmark
Man-hours - 2200 2800
Production time - 8 months 6 months
Iron 7765 kg -
Molybdenum 48 kg -
Chromium 46.8 kg -
Silicon 17.1 kg -
Copper 3 kg -
Zinc 2.4 kg -
Nickel 24.8 kg -
Silver 1.6 g -

Technical Information

Pak 43 Pak 43/1 Pak 43/2 Pak 43/3
Gun
Caliber 88 mm
Weight of gun 3650 kg - 3400 kg -
Barrel length 6.280 m 6.298 m
Barrel length in calibers 71
Range (max) 15 150 m 10 900 m 9 700 m 9 000 m
Rate of fire 6-10 rounds per minute 6 rounds per minute 6-10 rounds per minute
Barrel life 1200 rounds
Mount
Maximum elevation 40° 20° 16° 13°
Minimum depression -8° -5° -8°
Traverse 360° 30° 28°

Armor Penetration

Round Shot type Weight (shot) Muzzle velocity Range
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m
Pzgr 39/43 APCBC-HE 10.20 kg 1000 m/s 202 mm 185 mm 165 mm 148 mm 132 mm
Pzgr 40/43 APCR 7.30 kg 1030 m/s 238 mm 217 mm 193 mm 171 mm 153 mm
Gr 39/3 Hl HEAT 7.65 kg 600 m/s 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm

Accuracy

Round Range
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m 2500 m 3000 m 3500 m 4000 m
Pzgr 39/43 Training 100% 100% 100% 95% 85% 74% 61% 51% 42%
Action 100% 100% 85% 61% 43% 30% 23% 17% 13%
Pzgr 40/43 Training 100% 100% 100% 97% 89% 78% 66% - -
Action 100% 100% 89% 66% 47% 34% 25% - -

Notes

  1. Inventory verified. Back.

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