The Aufklärungspanzer Panther, a German Tier VII light tank, is coming to the closed Supertest today. This vehicle was previously available in the German Tech Tree, and its updated version will have some features in common with the old one. The Aufklärungspanzer Panther is quite large but has decent armour for a light tank.
The thickness of the frontal armour plates is 85 mm at most. The vehicle reaches speeds up to 55 km/h, and has a specific power of 22.3 h.p./t. The view range is 380 m, and the vehicle durability is 1,000 hit points. The vehicle is equipped with a 75 mm gun that causes 135 damage per shot. The gun has good stabilization, and its accuracy is 0.33. The aiming time is 1.6 s. Reloading takes 5.5 s. One of the vehicle’s more unusual features is that it has no HE shells. Only standard (157 mm of penetration) and special (205 mm of penetration) shells can be used.
The Aufklärungspanzer Panther embodies the idea of a heavy reconnaissance vehicle. Components of both medium and light tanks went into its design. Thanks to its mobility and good gun handling parameters, this vehicle can support medium tanks by both spotting and damaging enemies.
“A recommendation by the Ministerium für Rüstung und Kriegsproduktion from 1942 calling for the Panther to be built as a reconnaissance vehicle along with the planned Leopard combat reconnaissance vehicle. The turret under consideration had originally been developed by Daimler-Benz for the 8-wheeled Panzerspähwagen ARK. With somewhat increased armour, it was to be used on both the Leopard and Panther reconnaissance vehicles.”
“The contract for the vehicle’s gun was awarded in January 1942 to the firms of Krupp and Rheinmetall. The requirements dictated the use of the 50mm KwK 39 L/60 barrel, but having a smaller design. A projected delivery was foreseen in the October/November 1942 timeframe. Neither project was pursued further.”