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VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A

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VK4502A (Stock)

Totals
2435000 Cost
1470 HPDurability
53.57 / 59.2 Weight
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Radio Operator
  5. Loader
Armor
120/80/80Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
100/80/80Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
600 h.p.Engine Power
38 km/hTop Speed / Reverse Speed
25 deg/sTraverse Speed
Firepower
220 damage
145 mmAverage Penetration
6.5 Time for Complete Loading
20 deg/sTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
250 mView Range
500 mSignal Range
VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A
VIII
VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A
2435000
Development of this vehicle started in April 1942. The Krupp company received an order for construction of turrets. However, the prototype was never manufactured. The turrets were mounted on the first Tiger IIs.

Turretgun

Turret

Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VII VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A 100/80/80 20 250 0 11200
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
VII 8,8 cm Kw.K. 36 L/56 145/195/44 220/220/270 9.23 0.38 2.3 0 2050
VIII 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71 203/237/44 220/220/270 8.08 0.34 2.9 20630 2562
VIII 10,5 cm Kw.K. L/52 200/244/60 310/310/420 5.71 0.37 2.3 21000 3000
Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VIII VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A Schwerer Turm 185/80/80 18 250 15520 13550
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
VII 8,8 cm Kw.K. 36 L/56 145/195/44 220/220/270 9.23 0.38 2.3 0 2050
VIII 8,8 cm Kw.K. 43 L/71 203/237/44 220/220/270 8.6 0.34 2.9 20630 2562
VIII 10,5 cm Kw.K. L/52 200/244/60 310/310/420 6.17 0.37 2.3 21000 3000
Engine

Engine

Level Engine Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact Experience Weight (t)
VI 2x Porsche Typ 100/1 600 20 0 670
VII 2x Porsche Typ 100/3 670 20 15000 720
VIII Porsche Deutz Typ 180/2 840 15 38750 720

Level Suspension Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s) Experience Weight (t)
VII VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A 59.2 25 0 7600
VIII VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A verstärkteketten 59.2 28 14650 7600
Radio

Radio

Level Radio Signal Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VI FuG7_GER 500 0 70


Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 2
Heavy Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Longitudinal Torsion Bars
Improved Ventilation Class 3
Large-Сaliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 2

Compatible Consumables


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:

-Medium tank-like mobility

-One of the best DPM of Tier 8 heavy tanks

-Strong turret face

-Good health pool


Cons:

-Weak armour compared to other heavy tanks

-Rather large size

-Medicore gun depression at best


Performance

The VK 45.02 A is an oddball in the Maus heavy tank line, since it plays more like a medium tank than a proper heavy like the Maus or the VK 45.02 B after it. The unusual performance of this tank could be the reason it was often overlooked, underestimated, or even regarded as the weakest tank in the line. Despite this, the VK is a very capable tank that could be very powerful.

Your team line-up can dictate which of the two play styles you use: Supporting heavy or Heavy Medium.

If your team is mainly consisting of HTs, follow and support them. The superior mobility of the VK means you could reach choke points and flanking positions faster than the other heavies, spotting for your team and setting up crossfires while they are getting into position. The mobility also comes in handy when there'a a medium or light tank flanking your heavies, being able to compete with their DPM or even chase them down.

If your team is mostly consisting of MTs, follow their wolfpack or even lead their charge. The armour and health pool of the VK means your can eat a few shots for your team, and the 10,5 cm gun can be used to trade effectively against mediums and lights as the alpha damage is pretty good compared to their smaller guns. Though be careful of higher tier mediums, as they have similar alpha, enough penetration to pen you anywhere and superior ROF.

The strength of the VK 45.02 A lies in its versatility, capable of being a supporter, flanker or brawler depending on the situation and switch between these three roles on the fly. Although arguably the IS3 also shares this trait (with a devastating gun and formidable armour), the VK comes with better soft gun stats, better DPM, and better mobility. The Bristish Caernarvern could also be seen as a heavy-medium hybrid, though the VK have better alpha and mobility. Watch the mini-map, read and adapt to the situation, and the VK 45.02 A will serve you well.


Early Research

  • The second engine and the second 8,8cm gun are already available from the Tiger (P), mount them immediately.
  • You may already have the top 10,5cm if you have played the Tiger II before
  • First research the top 10,5 cm gun, then the top engine and tracks. Lastly the top turret.


History for this tank not found


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