CZK - vz. 53 (100mm protitankový kanon)

vz. 53 vz. 53
Original Title:
vz. 53
Original Name:
anti-tank gunanti-tank gun
DD.MM.1956-DD.MM.1960 Závody K.J.Vorošilova n.p. Dubnica nad Váhom, Dubnica nad Váhom /
Period of production:
Production Period:
Units Produced:
Number of Produced:
Approximately 600
Prototype Produced:
Prototype Built:
Technical Data:
Technical Data:
Combat Weight:
Combat Weight:
4210 kg9281 lb
Shipping Weight:
Manoeuvre Weight:
4280 kg 9436 lb
100 mm 4in
Barrel Length:
Barrel Length:
6727 mm 264 ⅞ in
Overall Length:
8534 mm 28ft
Overall Length:
Overall Width: 2179 mm7 ft 1 ¾ in
Overall Height:
2606 mm 8 ft 6 ⅝ in
Overall Height:
-6° - +42°
Transport Speed :
Manoeuvre Speed:
60 km/h37.3 mph
Ammunition Used:
Ammo Used:
100 JOF
100 JPrSv
100 PSv
100 JOF
100 JPrSv
100 PSv
Maximum Range:
Maximum Range:
21000 m - impact grenade
22965 yd - point-detonating round
Rate of Fire:
Rate of Fire:
10 rpm 10 rpm
Impact Velocity:
Muzzle Velocity:
955 m/s - anti-tank grenade
933 m/s - impact grenade
3133.2 ft/s - anti-tank round
3061 ft/s - point-detonating round
User States:
User States:
Turza Peter " Cannon of Povazia " Obrana No.11 2012
Catalogue of armament, ammunition, equipment and material of the Army of the Slovak Republic, Klimecký Peter, MOSR 1996
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100 mm anti-tank gun vz. 53

The development of this artillery weapon was started in 1948 in Skoda Pilsen. The design work was carried out under the name "A 20". The new weapon was to replace the vz. 18 N cannon in the Czechoslovak army's arsenal. After overcoming the problem, production finally got under way and the first guns were introduced to anti-tank regiments and brigades from 1953. The vz. 53 guns were used in Czechoslovakia until the early 1990s.

The cannon is a semi-automatic anti-tank gun on a two-arm breech and serves simultaneously as a field gun. It has a wedge-shaped horizontal breech. The ammunition is uniform, i.e. the projectile is pressed into the cartridge case.
The complete barrel consists of a muzzle, barrel butt, clamping screw and muzzle brake. The cradle is constructed as a spindle body. The internally mounted breech block has two lengths of slide. Two spring balancers are located on either side of the cradle. The aiming and metering controls are manually operated from the left side of the gun. The upper receiver carrier is pivotally mounted on the upper receiver arms. The axle is supported by torsion bars with self-supporting rubber wheels.
Motorised transport in one unit in a direct hitch behind the towing vehicle.
It was introduced to the Czechoslovak army in 1956.

A few more data:

weight of the anti-tank grenade 14,74 kg
weight of the impact grenade 15,6 kg
initial velocity of the anti-tank grenade 955 m/s
initial velocity of the impact grenade m/s 930 m/s
muzzle energy 6850 kJ
maximum range with impact grenade 21 000 m
maximum gas pressure 300 MPa
barrel length (without muzzle brake) 64/6 407 r/mm
firing height 1250 mm
length of slide 1 500/95 mm
Wheelbase 1 980 mm
clearance 370 mm
shield thickness 5 mm

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100 mm ptk vz.53 in the závese for P V3S.

Source : Pleskot Záboj, Under víťěznou arrest - Our troops, Prague 1961.
CZK - vz. 53 (100mm protitankový kanon) - Výcvik delostrelcov v teréne koncom 50. rokov.

Výcvik delostrelcov v teréne koncom 50. rokov.
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With infrared ? The registration number is interesting.

Notebook, year 1966/67

CZK - vz. 53 (100mm protitankový kanon) -

CZK - vz. 53 (100mm protitankový kanon) -

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manufactured in 1958
CZK - vz. 53 (100mm protitankový kanon) -

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100 mm cannon vz.53

In December 1952, the first prototype was produced. Tests were conducted in the period 1-3/1953.
In the K.J. Voroshilov in Dubnica nad Vahom in 1956-1960 about 600 pieces of cannon vz. 53. At the end of the 1980s, their gradual phasing out from the armament of the first-echelon formations began.

Turza Peter - Kanón z Považia, Obrana č.11, rok 2012
Photo: Mihálik Miroslav VHM VHÚ

CZK - vz. 53 (100mm protitankový kanon) - Exponát VHM Piešťany

Exponát VHM Piešťany
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Originally, the A 20 gun was developed together with the AK 1 tank gun and R 11 anti-aircraft gun projects. The ammunition used was to be of Czechoslovakia's own manufacture, which was more powerful than the Soviet ammunition, to which the development was later switched as part of unification. In 1948, the production of a pair of prototypes was commissioned, the first with mechanical firing on a cross-launcher and the second with electric firing on a two-armed launcher. If Czechoslovak ammunition was used, an extremely powerful gun of world-class quality would be produced. The subsequent unification of ammunition led to the development of the vz. 53.

Mgr. Martin Dubánek - Od bodáku po tryskáče - Nedokončené Československé zbrojní projekty 1945-1955, Mladá fronta 2011, ISBN : 978-80-204-2515-7
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