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VK3002M (Stock)

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Totals
915000 Cost
950 HPDurability
39.93 / 45 Weight
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Radio Operator
  5. Loader
Armor
60/40/40Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
80/45/45Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
580 h.p.Engine Power
55 km/hTop Speed / Reverse Speed
36 deg/sTraverse Speed
Firepower
160 damage
110 mmAverage Penetration
7.3469387755102 Time for Complete Loading
30 deg/sGun Traverse Speed
Communication
240 mView Range
500 mSignal Range
VI
VK 30.02 (M)
915000
A medium tank, developed by the MAN company and designed as a 30-ton tank. Simultaneously, the Daimler-Benz company developed a competing project. On May 13, 1942, the two projects were submitted to the Ministry of Armaments and War Production. The MAN design was preferred, and the tank eventually entered service as the Pz.Kpfw. V Panther.

Turretgun

Turret

Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
V VK 30.02 (M) 80/45/45 30 240 0 6260
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
V 7,5 cm Kw.K. 40 L/48 110/158/38 160/160/200 8.17 0.39 2.3 0 1520
VI 7,5 cm Kw.K. 42 L/70 150/194/20 160/160/200 8.87 0.35 2.3 4600 1740
Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VI VK 30.02 Ausf. A 100/45/45 30 240 6140 7760
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
V 7,5 cm Kw.K. 40 L/48 110/158/38 160/160/200 9.12 0.39 2.3 0 1520
VI 7,5 cm Kw.K. 42 L/70 150/194/20 160/160/200 9.75 0.35 2.3 4600 1740
Engine

Engine

Level Engine Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact Experience Weight (t)
VI Daimler-Benz MB 503 580 20 0 900
VII Maybach HL 210 TRM P30 650 20 13280 850
VIII Maybach HL 230 TRM P30 700 20 15800 1200

Level Suspension Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s) Experience Weight (t)
V VK 30.02 (M) 45 36 0 15000
VI VK 30.02 Ausf. A 45 38 6490 15000
Radio

Radio

Level Radio Signal Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
III FuG5_GER 500 0 50


Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 3 t Class
Improved Ventilation Class 2
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Very strong gun mantlet
  • Accurate top gun with high DPM and good penetration values
  • Large hitpoints pool
  • Powerful top engine which gives good mobility to tank
  • Frontal sloped armour may give surprising lucky bounces


Cons:


  • Weak side armour
  • Frontal gearbox means that hits on the lower glacis might start a fire
  • Large ammorack that tends to get damaged easily
  • Somewhat large profile makes finding a good hiding spot or avoiding fire harder then other mediums
  • Despite the top speed, it is somewhat sluggish when going over uneven terrain


Performance

This tank is a sniper and flanker hybrid. The armor while bouncy, is not thick enough to block the majority of tier VI weaponry. Brawling should be avoided when possible due to fairly low alpha damage and low armor. Hulldown is effective. The turret while not being the smallest target has a very high tendency to bounce shots at long ranges, and the L/70 will make short work of most tanks. Angling is not very effective due to the paper thin 40mm side armor, but can be used against small caliber guns to increase the chances of a bounce. Also due to the fairly large profile, one has to take extra time to make sure the bush they are sitting in (if abusing camo skill and nets) is big enough to hide the entire tank. It is also very hard to avoid enemy fire, since the tank is somewhat large for a medium (comparable to a small heavy), meaning that the only ways to take fire is in a hull down (moderately bouncy turret), or when angled properly with teh lower plate preferably hidden (assuming the gun is a low end tier V or most tier IV guns, as anything with more then 130mm of penetration will go through the tank regardless of angle unless it gets a lucky bounce)

The top gun is quite potent and capable of penetrating most tier VI and some VII tanks frontally. Alpha damage is lacking but the gun offers fairly high DPM with the top turret. Sniping is very good with this tank as the L/70 has the accuracy to hit weakspots up to a range of about 300m and has enough penetration as to allow penetrations to the front of most tanks.

Overall this tank is quite similar to the pre 8.8 VK 30.01 (H), with good maneuverability, much better hull armor, slightly worse turret armor, having access to the same guns, sans the 8.8cm KwK 36 L/56, and overall allowing the use of similar tactics. Anyone who enjoyed the VK 30.01(H) will most likely enjoy this tank. It should also be noted that this tank plays quite similarly to a historically accurate version of its child and successor, the Panther I, though the Panther historically was used more for sniping, and of course weighed more.

Still, take into consideration that the tank is designed for sniping or long range attacks. While close up flanking may be a viable tactic, it makes more sense to start out taking long range shots at exposed enemies, letting your team soak up damage.


Early Research

The top gun should already be researched from the VK 30.01(H), so mount it immediately.

The priority in this tank is to max out the engine and suspension due to it being much more mobile then the next tank in line: the Panther.

Finally get the upgraded turret for a slight boost in both armor and rate of fire.


Historical Info

The Panther was a direct response to the Soviet T-34 and KV-1 tanks. First encountered on 23 June 1941,[4] the T-34 outclassed the existing models of the Panzer III and IV.[5] At the insistence of General Heinz Guderian, a special Panzerkommision was dispatched to the Eastern Front to assess the T-34.[6] Among the features of the Soviet tank considered most significant were the sloping armor, which gave much improved shot deflection and also increased the effective armor thickness against penetration, the wide track, which improved mobility over soft ground, and the 76.2 mm gun, which had good armor penetration and fired an effective high explosive round. Daimler-Benz (DB) and Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG (MAN) were given the task of designing a new 30- to 35-ton tank, designated VK30.02, by April 1942 (apparently in time to be shown to Hitler for his birthday).

The DB design resembled the T-34 in hull and turret form. DB's proposal used a leaf spring suspension, in contrast to the T-34s coil spring suspension. The leaf spring suspension lay outside of the hull. Subsequently, the hull was more narrow, offering a smaller turret ring. Thus, the DB turret was necessarily smaller than that of the MAN design. The main advantages of the leaf springs over a torsion bar suspension were lower hull silhouette and a simpler shock damping design. Like the T-34, the DB design had a rear drive sprocket and a forward situated turret, but unlike the T-34, the DB design had the preferred three-man turret crew: commander, gunner, and loader. As the planned L/70 75 mm gun was much larger than the T-34's, mounting it in the Daimler-Benz turret was difficult. Plans to address the space limitations by reducing the turret crew to two men were considered, but were eventually discarded as experience had shown this to be a less effective arrangement.

The MAN design embodied more conventional German thinking with the transmission and drive sprocket in the front and a centrally mounted turret. It had a gasoline engine and eight torsion-bar suspension axles per side. Because of the torsion bar suspension and the drive shaft running under the turret basket, the MAN Panther was higher and had a wider hull than the DB design. The Henschel firm's design concepts for their Tiger I tank's suspension/drive components, using its characteristic Schachtellaufwerk-format large, overlapping, interleaved road wheels with a "slack-track" using no return rollers for the upper run of track were repeated with the MAN design for the Panther. These large, rubber-rimmed steel wheels added to the protection of the hull from a lateral penetrating shot.

The two designs were reviewed over a period from January through March 1942. Reichminister Todt, and later, his replacement Albert Speer, both recommended the DB design to Hitler because of its several advantages over the initial MAN design. However, at the final submission, MAN improved their design, having learned from the DB proposal, and a review by a special commission appointed by Hitler in May 1942 ended up selecting the MAN design. Hitler approved this decision after reviewing it overnight. One of the principal reasons given for this decision was that the MAN design used an existing turret designed by Rheinmetall-Borsig, while the DB design would have required a brand new turret to be designed and produced, substantially delaying the commencement of production.


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