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Lowe (Stock)

AnnoG51 Lowe.png
Totals
12500 Price
1650 Hit Points
89.85 / 99.85 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
120/100/80Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
120/80/80Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
800 h.p.Engine Power
35 km/hSpeed Limit
24 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
320 Standard Shell Damage
234 mmStandard Shell Penetration
12 Time for Complete Loading
23 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
400 mView Range
710 mSignal Range
Löwe
VIII
Löwe
12500
A super-heavy tank blueprint developed by the Krupp company. Several designs, varying in armament and configuration, were drafted. No prototypes were ever built. The vehicle did not undergo any trials.

Designed for sniping, the Löwe is armed with the very accurate 10.5 cm KwK46 L/70, and is paired with a rather decent hull. While not quite as heavily armored as the Pz.Kpfw. Tiger II, it's sufficient to protect it from tier 7 guns. The turret however is heavily sloped allowing it to bounce even high tier guns . The performance of this tank is quite good for its tier, provided that it does not engage in close quarter combat, which is almost certain death for this tank. It has poor acceleration, so any reversal in direction will take some time. As a premium tank, it produces a significantly higher credit income than a typical tier 8 tank. The Löwe was added in the 0.6.4. patch, along with the KV-5 heavy tank.

Löwe

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VIII Löwe 15000 120/80/80 23 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IX 10,5 cm KwK46 L/70 3600 234/294/60 320/320/420 5 0.33 2.86
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Maybach HL 234 P 30 Ausf. A 750 800 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII Löwe 22000 99.85 24
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IX FuG 12A 0 710

Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 2
Superheavy Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 5+ t Class
Improved Ventilation Class 3
Large-caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 2

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Chocolate
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Excellent accuracy
  • Excellent gun for a tier 8 heavy
  • Better accuracy and penetration than thr Tiger II's top gun
  • Very strong gun mantlet (comparable to JagdTiger's superstructure)
  • Excellent money maker


Cons:


  • Sluggish
  • Large size, easy artillery target
  • Large lower glacis
  • Easily catch on fire
  • Tank has under average hp/weight ratio


Performance

"The Lion" is primarily a support tank. Do not use it to lead an attack. It will perform better when fighting from the rear of an attack group, from ambush, or sniping at long range. It shoots accurately, quickly, and painfully. The Löwe suffers from classic German disadvantages: a tendency to easily suffer damage to the engine, and (often as a result) to light on fire. With a top speed of only 35, you might want to consider using high-octane Gasoline. Despite this, the Löwe is very maneuverable, or at least it is when on firm ground.

The Löwe has earned a perhaps undeserved reputation for being piloted by bad players, due to new players often buying this tank without proper previous experience in driving a heavy. Make no mistake - on the whole, the Löwe is an awesome weapon. However it is quite difficult to fulfill its potential. The armor is quite thin for a heavy tank and often even mediums or lower tier heavies will be able to penetrate it. It is strongly advised you get some experience piloting a Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger before attempting to master the Löwe. Adding equipment will improve this tank's performance considerably.


Historical Info

The development of super heavy tank started as early as 1941, when Krupp started the studies of super-heavy Soviet tanks. In November of 1941, it was specified that the new heavy tank was to have 140mm front and 100mm thick side armor. The vehicle was to be operated by 5 men crew - 3 in the turret and 2 in the hull. This new panzer was to have maximum speed of some 44km/h being powered by 1000hp Daimler-Benz marine engine used in Schnellboot (torpedo boat). The main armament was to be mounted in the turret. The weight was to be up to 90 tons.

In the early months of 1942, Krupp was ordered to start the process of designing new heavy tank designated PzKpfw VII Lowe (VK7201). Its design was based on previous project by Krupp designated VK7001 (Tiger-Maus) and created in competition with Porsche's designs (including first Maus designs). VK7001 was to be armed with either 150mm Kanone L/37 (or L/40) or 105mm KwK L/70 gun. Lowe was to utilize Tiger II's components in order to simplify the production and service.

Designers planned to build two variants of this streamlined vehicle with rear mounted turret. Light (leichte) variant would have frontal armor protection of 100mm and it would weight 76 tons. Heavy (schwere) variant would have frontal armor protection of 120mm and it would weight 90 tons. Both variants would be armed with 105mm L/70 gun and coaxial machine gun. It is known that 90ton schwere Lowe was to have its turret mounted centrally and in overall design resembled future Tiger II. Variants of Lowe were both to be operated by the crew of five. It was calculated that their maximum speed would range from 23km/h (schwere) to 27km/h (leichte). Adolf Hitler ordered that the design Leichte Lowe was to be dropped in favour of Schwere Lowe. Lion was to be redesigned in order to carry 150mm L/40 or 150mm L/37 (probably 150mm KwK 44 L/38) gun and its frontal armor protection was to be changed to 140mm. In order to improve its performance, 900-1000mm wide tracks were to be used and top speed was to be increased to 30km/h. In late 1942, this project was cancelled in favour of the development of the Maus. During the development of Tiger II, designers planned to build redesigned version of Lowe (as suggested by Oberst Fichtner), which would be armed with 88mm KwK L/71 gun and its frontal armor protection would be 140mm (as planned before). Redesigned Lowe would be able to travel at maximum speed of 35km/h and it would weight 90 tons. It was to be powered by Maybach HL 230 P 30, 12-cylinder engine producing 800hp. Lowe would be 7.74 meters long (with the gun), 3.83 meters wide and 3.08 meters high. Lowe would be operated by the crew of five. It was planned that Lowe would eventually replace Tiger II.

From February to May of 1942, six different designs were considered, all based on the requirements for Lowe. On March 5/6th of 1942, order for heavier tank was placed and project Lowe was stopped in July of 1942. Lowe project never reached the prototype stage but it paved the way for its successor's development - Porsche's Maus.


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