VK 16.02 Leopard

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VK 16.02 Leopard

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Germany Light Tank Tier V
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 355,000  Credits
Hit Points 440440 HP
Weight Limit 21.24/21.921.44/24 t
Crew
Commander (Gunner)
Radio Operator
Driver
Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 350585 hp
Speed Limit 60 km/h
Traverse 3336 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 16.4827.29 hp/t
Pivot NoNo
Armor
Hull Armor 50/30/20 mm
Turret Armor50/30/3050/30/30 mm
Armament
Damage 8-1423-38 HP
Penetration 29-4971-119 mm
Rate of Fire 178.22
39.53100% crew: 27.2 rpm
+ Vents: 27.82 rpm
+ BiA : 28.43 rpm
+ Food: 29.66 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.46100% crew: 0.44 m
+ Vents: 0.43 m
+ BiA : 0.42 m
+ Food: 0.4 m
0.46100% crew: 0.44 m
+ Vents: 0.43 m
+ BiA : 0.42 m
+ Food: 0.4 m
m
Aim time
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s
Turret Traverse
40100% crew: 43.8 deg/s
+ Vents: 44.79 deg/s
+ BiA : 45.78 deg/s
+ Food: 47.76 deg/s
40100% crew: 43.8 deg/s
+ Vents: 44.79 deg/s
+ BiA : 45.78 deg/s
+ Food: 47.76 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -10°/+20°-6°/+17°
Ammo Capacity 160360 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 20%20% %
View Range
380100% crew: 350 m
+ Vents: 357.5 m
+ BiA : 365 m
+ Food: 380 m
380100% crew: 350 m
+ Vents: 357.5 m
+ BiA : 365 m
+ Food: 380 m
m
Signal Range 310
700100% crew: 323.29 m
+ Vents: 330.59 m
+ BiA : 337.9 m
+ Food: 352.51 m
m
Parent Contour-Germany-PzII Luchs.png
Child
Contour-Germany-VK2801.png28,500 XP
Research
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Values are Stock - click for Top
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The VK 16.02 Leopard is a German tier 5 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.

The VK 16.02 Leopard is less maneuverable than the Pz.Kpfw. II 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. Due to the unusually thick frontal armour and heavy weight, the Leopard can bounce a surprising number of shots and can also be used to ram other tanks and especially arty if there's not enough time to shoot them apart. In update 0.8.4, this tank, along with the Pz.Kpfw. II Luchs and the VK 28.01, has been moved up a tier and has been rebalanced. Due to the small turret size, it has better gun depression on the sides than the front and rear, meaning you should position the tank at an angle when on slopes.

The VK 16.02 Leopard leads to the VK 28.01.


















Modules

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
05V VK 16.02 Leopard 0050 50/30/30 mm
40100% crew: 43.8 deg/s
+ Vents: 44.79 deg/s
+ BiA : 45.78 deg/s
+ Food: 47.76 deg/s
40100% crew: 43.8 deg/s
+ Vents: 44.79 deg/s
+ BiA : 45.78 deg/s
+ Food: 47.76 deg/s
d/s
360°
380100% crew: 350 m
+ Vents: 357.5 m
+ BiA : 365 m
+ Food: 380 m
380100% crew: 350 m
+ Vents: 357.5 m
+ BiA : 365 m
+ Food: 380 m
m
0------ 9,3809,380 Credits 2,000 2,000 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
01I 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 420 11/11 HP 39/51 mm 3 Credits/1 Gold 178.22
Autocannon

Burst Length: 2 rounds
Magazine Size: 10 rounds
Magazine RoF: 450 rpm
Magazine Reload Time: 2.7 s

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r/m
0.45100% crew: 0.43 m
+ Vents: 0.42 m
+ BiA : 0.41 m
+ Food: 0.4 m
m
1.4100% crew: 1.34 s
+ Vents: 1.31 s
+ BiA : 1.28 s
+ Food: 1.23 s
s

Front: -4°/+20°
Sides: -10°/+20°

Rear: -0°/+20°
--- 3,1603,160 Credits 0110 110 kg
03III 5 cm KwK 39 L/60 64 70/70/90 HP 67/130/25 mm 30 Credits/5 Gold/18 Credits
28.57100% crew: 29.8 rpm
+ Vents: 30.47 rpm
+ BiA : 31.14 rpm
+ Food: 32.49 rpm
r/m
0.39100% crew: 0.37 m
+ Vents: 0.37 m
+ BiA : 0.36 m
+ Food: 0.34 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s

Front: -4°/+20°
Sides: -10°/+20°

Rear: -0°/+20°
350 13,97013,970 Credits 0700 700 kg
05V 3 cm M.K. 103 320 30/30/40 HP 95/110/15 mm 32 Credits/3 Gold/6 Credits
39.53100% crew: 41.35 rpm
+ Vents: 42.78 rpm
+ BiA : 44.11 rpm
+ Food: 45.50 rpm
Autocannon

Burst Length: 3 rounds
Magazine Size: 12 rounds
Magazine RoF: 120 rpm
Magazine Reload Time: 16.5 s

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r/m
0.46100% crew: 0.44 m
+ Vents: 0.42 m
+ BiA : 0.41 m
+ Food: 0.39 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.64 s
+ Vents: 1.61 s
+ BiA : 1.58 s
+ Food: 1.53 s
s

Front: -4°/+20°
Sides: -10°/+20°

Rear: -0°/+20°
3,150 33,50033,500 Credits 0141 141 kg

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

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
05V VK 16.02 Leopard 21.9021.90 t 03333 d/s ------ 4,2304,230 Credits 6,000 6,000 kg
06VI VK 16.02 Leopard verstärkteketten 002424 t 03636 d/s 5,1005,100 12,74012,740 Credits 6,000 6,000 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
03III FuG 5
310100% crew: 323.29 m
+ Vents: 330.59 m
+ BiA : 337.9 m
+ Food: 352.51 m
310100% crew: 323.29 m
+ Vents: 330.59 m
+ BiA : 337.9 m
+ Food: 352.51 m
m
0--- --- 000000630630 Credits 0050 50 kg
06VI FuG 7
415100% crew: 432.79 m
+ Vents: 442.57 m
+ BiA : 452.35 m
+ Food: 471.91 m
415100% crew: 432.79 m
+ Vents: 442.57 m
+ BiA : 452.35 m
+ Food: 471.91 m
m
1,360 1,360 8,1608,160 Credits 0070 70 kg
08VIII FuG Spr. A
700100% crew: 730 m
+ Vents: 746.5 m
+ BiA : 763 m
+ Food: 796 m
700100% crew: 730 m
+ Vents: 746.5 m
+ BiA : 763 m
+ Food: 796 m
m
4,500 4,500 27,00027,000 Credits 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 Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf J (VK 1601), but was largely influenced by the Pz.Kpfw. 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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