Pros and Cons
- Extremely sloped frontal hull armor
- Excellent gun depression
- Excellent AP shell penetration, second highest among the tier 8 mediums
- Great accuracy
- Good maneuverability
- Good DPM and rate of fire
- Rear-mounted transmission reduces engine fire frequency
- Sub-par acceleration
- Weak gun mantlet and turret armor
- Slow aiming speed
- Low hit points pool - even less than the T69
- Ammo rack is damaged easily
- Highly susceptible to artillery fire
The Indien-Panzer is very similar, yet quite different from the alternate tier 8 German medium tank, the Panther II. Unlike the Indien-Panzer, the Panther II offers an alternative rapid-firing 7,5 cm gun, although this weapon is quite weak and has much lower DPM. The Indien-Panzer however, in return offers a 9 cm gun, which can be researched after researching the 8,8 cm KwK 43 L/71 gun shared by both vehicles (which has identical stats on both the Panther and Indien). This slightly-improved 9 cm gun increases the Indien-Panzer's DPM by roughly 200 damage, nothing to get excited about. The Indien-Panzer has a weaker engine and lower top speed than the Panther II, which makes it far from stellar at acceleration. However, the Indien has a higher turret and track traverse speed, which makes it handle much better than the Panther.
In comparison to the other tier 8 medium tanks, the Indien-Panzer boasts a decent penetration AP round at 212 pen. Its engine has a very low chance of catching on fire, which is further safeguarded by the rear-mounted transmission, a common problem in German vehicles. The alpha damage isn't very high, but is relatively good in comparison to competing mediums. Probably the most distinguishing advantage of the Indien-Panzer is its excellent gun depression coupled with a very small and difficult-to-hit turret. Unfortunately, the turret won't hold up if it does get hit. Finding and getting used to the Indien's play style will prepare its driver for the next tanks in the line, the Leopards, which are very similar in being very flexible, maneuverable, potent snipers, and capable jack-of-all-trades.
Your starting gun is inadequate, and the upgrade should be researched early. Unfortunately you can't use the second gun or any equipment before upgrading the tracks. For another 4300 Xp however you can get the 9 cm gun already which is lighter and thus will allow you to use both the gun and equipment without having to get the tracks. Top engine and top radio are unlocked when you research Leopard PT A, but consider researching least updated engine beforehand to improve your mobility.