VK 1602 Leopard

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VK 1602 Leopard

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Germany Light Tank Tier IV
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 210,000  Credits
Hitpoints 390390 HP
Weight/Load Limit 21.1/22.2521.3/25.55 t
Crew
Commander (gunner)
Radio Operator
Driver
Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 350585 hp
Speed Limit 68 km/h
Traverse 3033 deg/s
Pivot NoNo
Armor
Hull Armor 50/30/20 mm
Turret Armor50/30/3050/30/30 mm
Armament
Damage 27-458-14 HP
Penetration 30-5029-49 mm
Rate of Fire 26.0922.22 r/m
Accuracy 0.460.45 m
Aim time 1.71.7 s
Turret Traverse 4242 deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -10°/+20°-10°/+20°
Ammo Capacity 64420 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 2020 %
View Range 350350 m
Signal Range 310700 m
Parent Contour-Germany-PzII Luchs.png
Child
Contour-Germany-VK2801.png52,100 XP
Research
TR-Germany-VK 1602 Leopard.jpg
Values are Stock - click for Top
Germany-VK1602.png

The VK 1602 Leopard is a German tier 4 light tank.

Developed from March through October 1942. The plans were to launch mass production in April 1943, but the project was canceled before the first prototype was built.

A scout tank. It's less maneuverable than the Luchs, but it has more than twice as much effective armor, a top turret that works well for circling and a much longer signal range.

The VK 1602 Leopard leads to the VK 2801.
















Modules

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
05V Leopardturm 0050 50/30/30 mm
42@133% skill: 48deg/s
42@133% skill: 48deg/s
d/s
360°
350@133% skill: 400m
350@133% skill: 400m
m
0------ 0--- 3,000 3,000 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
01I 3,7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5 64 36/36/42 HP 40/74/18 mm
26.25@133% skill: 30
r/m
0.46@133% skill: 0.4m
m
1.71@133% skill: 1.5s
s
-10°/+20° --- 1,0001,000 Credits.png 0100 100 kg
02II 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 420 11/11 HP 39/51 mm
152.17@133% skill: 166.67
Auto-cannon
Burst Length: 2 rounds
Magazine Size: 10 rounds
Magazine RoF: 450 r/m
Magazine Reload Time: 2.74 s

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r/m
0.45@133% skill: 0.39m
m
1.37@133% skill: 1.2s
s
-10°/+20° 160 3,1603,160 Credits.png 0110 110 kg
03III 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 64 70/70/90 HP 60/96/25 mm
23.86@133% skill: 27.27
r/m
0.48@133% skill: 0.42m
m
2.29@133% skill: 2s
s
-8°/+17° 500 8,5708,570 Credits.png 0700 700 kg
03III 5 cm KwK 39 L/60 64 70/70/90 HP 67/130/25 mm
23.86@133% skill: 27.27
r/m
0.4@133% skill: 0.35m
m
2.29@133% skill: 2s
s
-6°/+17° 350 9,9709,970 Credits.png 0700 700 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
04IV Maybach HL 120 TR 0350 350 hp 020 20 % Gasoline --- 10,43010,430 Credits.png 0465 465 kg
04IV Maybach HL 120 TRM 0440 440 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 1,500 19,90019,900 Credits.png 0510 510 kg
05V Maybach HL 157 P 0585 585 hp 020 20 % Gasoline 2,400 20,00020,000 Credits.png 0580 580 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
04IV Leopardketten Ausf. A 22.2522.25 t 03030 d/s ------ 4,2304,230 Credits.png 7,200 7,200 kg
05V Leopardketten Ausf. B 25.5525.55 t 03333 d/s 2,6152,615 10,74010,740 Credits.png 7,200 7,200 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
03III FuG 5
310@133% skill: 354m
310@133% skill: 354m
m
0--- --- 000000630630 Credits.png 0050 50 kg
06VI FuG 7
415@133% skill: 474m
415@133% skill: 474m
m
1,360 1,360 8,1608,160 Credits.png 0070 70 kg
08VIII FuG Spr. A
700@133% skill: 800m
700@133% skill: 800m
m
4,500 4,500 27,00027,000 Credits.png 0150 150 kg

Historical Info

VK 1602 Leopard.jpg
Specs for the preliminary design:
Weight:21900kg
Crew: 4 men
Engine:Maybach HL157P
12-cylinder
550hp
Speed:50-60km/h
Range:165km
Fuel Capacity:560 litres
Lenght:4.74 or 6.45m
Width:3.10m or 3.27m
Height:2.60m or 2.80m
Armament:50mm KwK39/1 L/60
7.92mm MG34/42
Ammo:50mm - 50 rounds
7.92mm - 2400 rounds
Armor:20-80mm

Since 1941, plans were made for the development of a new reconnaissance tank based on the PzKpfw II Ausf J (VK 1601). In March of 1942, MIAG and Daimler-Benz received orders to build a fast (medium/heavy) reconnaissance tank, designed to operate under heavy combat conditions - Gefechtsaufklarung. MIAG was to construct the chassis, while Daimler-Benz was to construct the turret. Both were to be designed and ready for production by October of 1942. The main purpose of this vehicle was to be at HQ tank-platoons in Panzer units.

Two versions were proposed; the "Leopard (leicht)" lightly armored fast version (18ton) and the "Leopard (schwer)" heavily armored unit (26ton). The light version was quickly dropped in the Summer of 1942, in favor of the heavier one. Design of the VK 1602, named Leopard, was based on the development of previous projects such as the PzKpfw II Ausf J (VK 1601) and PzKpfw II Ausf M (VK 1301). Its hull was similar to that of the PzKpfw II Ausf J (VK 1601), but was largely influenced by the PzKpfw V Panther, which was still being developed at the time. Its suspension was made up of interleaved road wheels similar to the PzKpfw II Ausf L - Luchs and the Tiger.

It was planned that the Leopard would eventually replace the lighter PanzerSpahwagen II Ausf L Luchs - Sd.Kfz.123 (VK 1303). A mock-up was ready in May/June of 1942, and the first prototype was to be finished by the September 1st of 1942. Full scale production was to start in April of 1943.

Leopard’s armament consisted of 50mm KwK 39/1 L/60s and a 7.92mm MG34/42 in a newly designed small turret. It was also planned to use the 75mm KwK 41 gun. VK 1602s were heavily armored and had well sloped frontal armor (influenced by the Panther). The Leopard was to be powered by Maybach's HL157P engine with a total power 550hp: allowing the VK 1602 to travel at a maximum speed of 50-60km/h. In order to improve its cross-country ability, 350mm wide tracks were used. It was to be operated by a crew of four men. "Panzerprogramm 41" made provisions to build 339 Leopards (105 by December 1943 and a further 150 by mid 1944). The start of production was previously planned for April of 1943, but the entire production was cancelled in January of 1943, when the first prototype was still incomplete. The reason for cancellation was its heavy weight and lack of heavy armament, which made the vehicle vulnerable to enemy tanks. Additionally, development of the Leopard, being so similar to the Panther, became a hard sell after it was pointed out that reconnaissance Panthers could be developed and produced at a lower cost.

This concept was continued in the Daimler-Benz’s design of improved VK 2801, but this was never completed and the entire program was cancelled on May 8th of 1944. The vehicle was to be powered by Maybach's HL230 (700hp), but Daimler-Benz engines were considered as well.

Finally, the task of combat reconnaissance was taken by the PzKpfw V Panther and PzKpfw IV. Eventually, Leopard’s turret, with its armament, was later utilized on the heavy armored car Sd.Kfz.234/2 Puma. Rheinmetall also planned to utilize the Leopard’s chassis as base for a 105mm leFH howitzer carrier, designated Waffentrager Leopard, and Sturmgeschuetz auf Leopard (L/70) assault gun/tank destroyer armed with the Panther’s main gun (the 75mm KwK L/70, but only wooden mock-ups were made. There was a similar project to use the Leopard as a base for the Flakpanzer armed with either the 20mm Flakvierling or 37mm Flak 36 gun, but it was never realized.
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