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PzII_Luchs (Stock)

AnnoPzII_Luchs.png
Totals
155000 Price
310 Hit Points
11.65 / 12.5 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
30/20/20Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
30/20/20Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
140 h.p.Engine Power
60 km/hSpeed Limit
30 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
11 Standard Shell Damage
23 mmStandard Shell Penetration
3 Time for Complete Loading
42 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
330 mView Range
310 mSignal Range
IV
Pz.Kpfw. II Luchs
155000
Produced from September 1943 through January 1944, with a total of 100 vehicles completed. Another four vehicles were converted from the prototypes. This vehicle remained in service until the end of the war.

The first of four dedicated scouting tanks in the German tech tree, the Luchs is a fast and nimble tank.

Pz.Kpfw. II Luchs

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV Luchs 2 cm 950 30/20/20 42 330
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun I 2 cm KwK 38 L/55 70 23/46 11/11 153.85 0.57 1.5
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine III Maybach HL 62 TR 550 140 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV Luchsketten Ausf. A 3000 12.5 30
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

Pz II n.a.

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV Luchs 2 cm 950 30/20/20 42 330
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun I 3,7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5 100 40/74/18 36/36/42 26.09 0.46 1.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 66 P 550 180 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV Luchsketten Ausf. A 3000 12.5 30
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI FuG 7 0 415

PzSphw II Luchs

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV Luchs 2 cm 950 30/20/20 42 330
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 110 39/51 11/11 153.85 0.45 1.5
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 66 P 550 180 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis V Luchsketten Ausf. B 3000 15.5 33
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VII FuG Spr. 1 0 455
Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret V Luchs 5 cm 2000 50/30/30 38 360
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun III 5 cm KwK 38 L/42 700 60/96/25 70/70/90 24 0.48 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV Maybach HL 66 P 550 180 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis V Luchsketten Ausf. B 3000 15.5 33
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VII FuG Spr. 1 0 455

VK 13.03 (3cm)

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret V Luchs 5 cm 2000 50/30/30 38 360
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 3 cm M.K.103 141 95/110/15 30/30/40 31.11 0.5 2.1
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Maybach HL 90 550 360 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis V Luchsketten Ausf. B 3000 15.5 33
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VII FuG Spr. 1 0 455

PzKpfw IIL (G)a III

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret V Luchs 5 cm 2000 50/30/30 38 360
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 5 cm KwK 39 L/60 700 67/130/25 70/70/90 24 0.4 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Maybach HL 90 550 360 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis V Luchsketten Ausf. B 3000 15.5 33
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VII FuG Spr. 1 0 455

PzKpfw IIL

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV Luchs 2 cm 950 30/20/20 42 330
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun I 3,7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5 100 40/74/18 36/36/42 26.09 0.46 1.7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine III Maybach HL 62 TR 550 140 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV Luchsketten Ausf. A 3000 12.5 30
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

Compatible Equipment

Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 1 t Class
Improved Ventilation Class 1
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox

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 top speed and maneuverability
  • Good camouflage values
  • Good view range
  • High penetration and burst damage on the 3cm auto-cannon
  • The 5cm L/60 provides accuracy and high DPM


Cons:


  • 3cm auto-cannon has a long reload time (Around 16-19 seconds long)
  • Drifts very easily
  • Short radio range of 455 meters strains the scouting role
  • Sluggish when stock


Performance

As a stock tank, the Luchs has maneuverability similar to the Leichttraktor, and guns that are usually inadequate against the tanks it meets. Once upgraded, the Luchs gains incredibly high acceleration, the ability to turn on a dime often causing it drift when turning at high speeds.

Compared to other Tier 4 Scout tanks, the Luchs has access to a very unique gun known in-game as the "3cm M.K. 103" which is an auto-cannon that has high penetration that averages 95mm and fires 2 shots per burst and has 5 bursts in the magazine (4 in the stock turret). The weapon is designed similarly to the French light tank style of play: "Hit and run". Charge in and unload your magazine into an enemy tank and get away quickly as you reload your gun. However the main problem is the agonizing long reload of the gun taking roughly 16-19 seconds to reload. This is why the gun is somewhat unfit to hunt multiple artillery as the long reloads can slow down the destruction of the enemy artillery. Its general inaccuracy at over 300 meters and high gun dispersion when firing makes it strictly a short to point blank range weapon.

The other option is to equip the "5cm KwK39 L/60" which is fast firing and accurate cannon but with average penetration that averages 67mm which makes it solely effective with taking on enemy scouts, some tank destroyers and enemy artillery.

The Luchs would almost be the perfect tier 4 scout, if it wasn't held back by a poor top radio, the FUG Spr. 1 with up to 455 meters range which is below average for a scout tank. However if your allies have large radio ranges, you should be fine. With the 9.1 MM changes, the Luchs is very capable scout that often gets a be a deadly combat light when in Battle Tier 4 and 5 matches.


Early Research

  • The FuG 7 and FuG Spr. 1 radios carry over from the Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C and Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G, as does the 2 cm Flak 38 L/112 and the 3cm M.K. 103 auto-cannon. Install the FuG 7 and 3cm M.K. 103 immediately.
  • Research the Maybach HL 66 P and the upgraded suspension, in either order.
  • Next research the Maybach HL 90.
  • Go from there.


Historical Info

The final development of Panzerkampfwagen II was the Panzerspaehwagen II Ausf L Luchs (Lynx) - Sd.Kfz.123 (VK 1303). This light reconnaissance tank was produced by MAN and Henschel (in small numbers) from September 1943 to January 1944. An order for 800 was made, but only 104 (some sources state 134) were manufactured (chassis number 200101-200200). MAN developed the chassis and Daimler-Benz the superstructure and turret. The Luchs was a development of the VK 901 (Ausf G) and used its modified suspension and hull. It was powered by the 180hp 6-cylinder Maybach HL66P engine withf ZF Aphon SSG48 gearbox. The Luchs weighed 13 tons and had a road range of 290km. The four-man crew consisted of a commander, gunner, driver, and radio-operator. Communication equipment consisted of the FuG12 MW receiver and 80-watt transmitter. The communication between the crew was by the use of intercom.

This light reconnaissance tank saw service until the end of the war on both the Eastern and Western Front with Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilungen (armored reconnaissance detachments) of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS. Reported users include the 116th Panzer Division on the Western Front, and the 3rd, 4th, and 6th Panzer Division on the Eastern Front. It is reported that both the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf and 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking on the Eastern Front also used the Luchs.

Vehicles sent to the Eastern Front were mounted with additional frontal armor plates for increased protection. Small numbers was fitted with additional radio equipment and antennas, serving as reconnaissance communication vehicles. The Luchs was to be eventually armed with the (Luchs 5 cm) 50mm KwK 39 L/60 gun (VK 1602 Leopard), but only variants with 20mm KwK 38 L/55 cannon were produced. The 20mm cannon was fitted with a TZF6 optical sight, and had a rate of fire of 420 to 480 rounds per minute. It is also reported, but not confirmed, that 31 Luchs were mounted with an open-top turret armed with the 50mm KwK 39 L/60 gun and began equipping troops in late 1943. Also, plans were made to produce a recovery version, the Bergepanzer Luchs, but they never materialized. Along with Bergepanzer Luchs, a scale model of the Flakpanzer Luchs anti-aircraft tank based on a lengthened chassis (VK 1305) and armed with either the 20mm Flakvierling or 37mm Flak 36 gun was made, but this project was never realized.


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