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G103_RU_251 (Stock)

2440000 Cost
1300 HPDurability
25.46 / 28 Weight
  1. Commander
  2. Radio Operator
  3. Gunner
  4. Driver
  5. Loader
25/20/8Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
20/20/20Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
500 h.p.Engine Power
80 km/hTop Speed / Reverse Speed
39 deg/sTraverse Speed
225 damage
190 mmAverage Penetration
5.8 Gun Loading
44 deg/sGun Traverse Speed
260 mView Range
500 mSignal Range
Spähpanzer Ru 251
The vehicle was developed on the basis of the Kanonenjagdpanzer 4-5 tank destroyer by the Henschel company in 1964. The tank was planned to replace the obsolete M41 Walker Bulldog vehicles used by the reconnaissance battalions of the armored divisions in the German Army. The tank never saw mass production, but some technical innovations were applied later in the development of other vehicles. The total number of prototypes built is unknown.



Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VIII Spähpanzer Ru 251 Drehturm 360° 20/20/20 44 260 0 5186
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
VIII 90 mm Rheinmetall DM1 190/250/102 225/225/270 10.34 0.36 1.9 0 914


Level Engine Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact Experience Weight (t)
VII MB 837 Aa 500 12 0 1375
VIII MB 837 Ea 600 600 12 14500 1400
IX MTU MB 837 A 630 12 21000 1500

Level Suspension Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s) Experience Weight (t)
VII Spähpanzer Ru 251 PT I 28 39 0 6500
VIII Spähpanzer Ru 251 PT II 28 45 14900 6500


Level Radio Signal Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
IX AN-GRC-4 500 0 80

Compatible Equipment

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

Compatible Consumables

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons


  • Best top speed in the game.
  • Will reach the top speed in a straight line, and will exceed it on downhills.
  • Small profile = great camo value + less chances of getting hit.
  • HE has 100 mm of pen for great damage.
  • Light tank camo while moving.


  • No armor whatsoever.
  • Not great gun depression over the front.
  • While pulling sharp turns at high speed, it tends to skid and lose momentum.


The Spähpanzer Ru 251 is a great tier 8 if you follow the outlined playstyle. You rush to the battle the first and spot the enemy tanks. Preferably you make sure you have support to follow. You preposition your tank to get the flanks of enemies. When enemy defenses are softened, you pounce and use great HE penetration to make enemy tanks very, very sad. If the battle is not going well, you use your teammates are barriers to distract the enemy and farm ridiculous amounts of damage from the sidelines. At the end stages of the battle, you use the mobility to get around enemies and solo flank them one versus one.

Early Research

Starting off the tank you already have the top gun and top turret unlocked, as they are the only modules for that type for the vehicle. Your primary efforts should be focused on the engines, as the stock engine, the MB 837 Aa is quite weak for the weight. After researching both engines, research the upgraded tracks. However, if you have played the Leopard PT A, you will have the top engine unlocked.

Spähpanzer Ru 251 ---> MB 837 Ea 600 --> MTU MB 837 A ---> Spähpanzer Ru 251 PT II ---> Leopard PT A.

Historical Info

The Spähpanzer Kette was designed to replace the Germany Army’s old American M41 light tanks in the reconnaissance role. Its development began in 1960 and a prototype was completed in 1963. It mounted a Rheinmetall turret armed with the 90mm Bordkanone as used in the Jagdpanzer Kanone. By the middle of the 1960s the Leopard tank was in production and it was decided that reconnaissance units did not need their own specialist vehicles. The development of the Spähpanzer Kette was dropped without any further vehicles being built and its role was given over to the Leopard. With hindsight, this may have been a hasty move as the wheeled Spähpanzer Luchs was eventually developed to take back this role from the Leopard.

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