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VK2001DB (Stock)

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Totals
157000 Price
310 Hit Points
21.85 / 22.5 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
50/40/30Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
30/30/30Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
300 h.p.Engine Power
50 km/hSpeed Limit
38 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
70 Standard Shell Damage
60 mmStandard Shell Penetration
2.5 Time for Complete Loading
44 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
330 mView Range
310 mSignal Range
IV
VK 20.01 (D)
157000
Prototype of a medium tank developed by Daimler-Benz from 1939 through 1941. The new vehicle was to become a new standard medium tank of the Wehrmacht. The prototype was deployed on the Eastern front. Combat testing revealed a number of serious faults. In 1941 the tank was deemed obsolete, and the project was canceled.

Prototype of a medium tank developed by Daimler-Benz from 1939 through 1941. The new vehicle was to become a new standard medium tank of the Wehrmacht. The prototype was deployed on the Eastern front. Combat testing revealed a number of serious faults. In 1941 the tank was deemed obsolete, and the project was canceled.

VK 20.01 (D)

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III VK 20.01 (D) 5100 30/30/30 44 330
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 116 750 300 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III VK 20.01 (III) 8000 22.5 38
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

Z.W. 40

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III VK 20.01 (D) 5100 30/30/30 44 330
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 IV 2 x Maybach HL 66 P 1100 360 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV VK 20.01 (D) 8000 25 42
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI FuG 7 0 415

V.K. 20.01 (IIIN)

Defense

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IV Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M 5400 57/30/30 44 330
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 7,5 cm KwK 37 L/24 780 43/87/38 110/110/175 13.95 0.55 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Daimler-Benz MB 809 1100 400 15
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IV VK 20.01 (D) 8000 25 42
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IX FuG 12 0 710

Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Leaf Springs 2 Class
Improved Ventilation Class 2
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

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:


  • Strong turret front and fairly bouncy mantlet
  • Decent mobility for its tier
  • Good gun depression
  • Stronger armor when angled properly than the Pz.Kpfw. III


Cons:


  • Second turret jams easily if hit in the cheeks
  • Mediocre gun selection
  • Inferior to the Pz.Kpfw. III in every aspect


Performance

This tank is similar to a Pz.Kpfw. III in playstyle but without the very good maneuverability and acceleration. Still while inferior in acceleration, it can still reach respectable speeds on flat ground. That said acceleration is much worse so going uphill or making constant turns should be avoided when fired upon or in combat. It is more crucial to get into a position that allows for quick escapes or hard cover very similarly to the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G as both of those tanks have a somewhat underpowered engine but good top speed.

The gun selection is poor considering the tank is nowhere near as agile as the Pz.Kpfw. III. Still, flanking or shooting weakspots is the best tactic with the guns, as the 50mm KwK 39 L/60 has very good DPM and can make short work of any tier IV tank if aimed at weaker sides or any weakspots. The 75mm KwK 37 L/24 is better suited as a support gun when firing HEs to cripple enemy tanks, but to maximize its potential, (especially when on the bottom of the list,) carrying some HEAT is essential. Still if credits are not an issue, HEAT or APCR in either of the guns will get rid of the one and only problem with the guns; lack of penetration.

Armor is fairly thin but can stand up to many tier IV weaponry when angled at around 35 degrees. This position makes your front resistant if not entirely immune to another VK 20.01 (D) unless they use APCR or HEAT. Hull down is moderately effective due to the fairly strong mantlet and exceptional gun depression (comparable to many American tanks). Any gun that has penetration of around 100mm will completely nullify any armor you have, so in that case make sure to either sidescrape or get behind hard cover (sidescraping is not super effective with just 40mm of side armor, but can help when the angle is autobounce).

Overall the tank is accepted to be inferior to the Pz.Kpfw. III, but its armor is bouncier when angled well, is a smaller target, and has much better gun depression. On the other hand it is less agile and has thinner frontal armor, which makes it more susceptible to fire when unangled.


Early Research

  • The FuG 7 Radio carries over from the Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G. Mount it immediately.
  • First, research the 5 cm KwK 39 L/60 Gun.
  • Depending on whether you want more armour or more speed, research the Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. M Turret or the 2 x Maybach HL 66 P Engine. Keep in mind that you can only mount one of these before you need to upgrade your suspension.
  • Now, research the VK 20.01 (D) Suspension.
  • If you researched the turret, you can choose between the engine and the 7,5 cm KwK 37 L/24 Gun. If you researched the engine, you can choose between the turret and the Daimler-Benz MB 809 Engine.
  • The best research path to take after the first gun upgrade is probably turret > suspension > first engine > top gun > top engine.
  • Finally, research the FuG 12 Radio.


History for this tank not found

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