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G_Panther (Stock)

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Totals
1380000 Price
360 Hit Points
29.56 / 32 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
50/30/20Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
30/16/16Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
325 h.p.Engine Power
46 km/hSpeed Limit
24 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
950 Standard Shell Damage
85 mmStandard Shell Penetration
21.1 Time for Complete Loading
10 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
370 mView Range
310 mSignal Range
VII
G.W. Panther
1380000
Developed by the Krupp company in 1943 and 1944. A scale model of the artillery was built, but no full-size prototypes were ever produced.

It is a good artillery for its tier, with the widest (along with the M37) gun traverse arc of any artillery thanks to its limited turret rotation - making it easy to move to new targets without having to move the hull of your tank. The GW Panther starts with the Hummel's gun, but gets a more accurate and powerful gun once researched. The GW Panther cannot excel in the role of a tank destroyer, as the Hummel did due to its size and lack of gun depression, but it can do the job in an emergency. The GW Panther is highly maneuverable for a tier 7 SPG, which allows easy relocation in the event of detection. It is nicknamed "Dracula", due to its Dracula cape-like armor on the rear and side of its gun.

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VI 15 cm sFH 18 L/30 1880 85/185 950/750 2.84 0.74 7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Maybach HL 110 P 30 425 325 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VI G.W. Panther 15000 32 24
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III FuG 5 0 310

s.F.H. 18 auf Panther Fahrgestell

Speed

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VI 15 cm sFH 18 L/30 1880 85/185 950/750 2.84 0.74 7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VI Maybach HL 130 P 50 600 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VII G.W. Panther verstärkteketten 15000 32 26
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI FuG 7 0 415

G.W. Panther II

Attack

Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VII 15 cm sFH 36 L/30 Ausf. 1943 2000 88/240/88 1200/900/1200 2.55 0.7 7
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VI Maybach HL 130 P 50 600 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VII G.W. Panther verstärkteketten 15000 32 26
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio IX FuG 12 0 710

Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 5+ t Class
Medium-Caliber Artillery Shell 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:


  • Very good gun range for both of the guns
  • Decent acceleration and top speed, can reach his top speed easily
  • Wide firing arc, allowing you to keep aiming circle accurate
  • Decent reload speed
  • Good aim time


Cons:


  • Not the best camouflage value
  • Now slow hull traverse speed, along with the Hummel in 8.6.


Performance

Slightly more sluggish than the Hummel, the GW Panther trades some mobility for firepower. Thankfully however, it doesn't give much away for a large gain in power; maintaining maneuverability and speed compared to the other Tier 7 SPGs.

The GW Panther is a very solid arty, having a high accuracy and a large firing arc; and these days with the raised dispersion while moving (since 8.6), a large firing arc is very important. This also works well with the camouflage net, as it stays active in critical situations. Therefore, if any enemies come near, you have the element of surprise.

The high accuracy (0,70, the best of any german SPG), a good firing arc and high damage amkes the G.W. Panther one of the most feared SPGs in the game.


Historical Info

In 1942, German designers started the development of a new series which would utilize chassis and components of various tanks and use them as mountings for various heavy weapons. Designs of the Grille Series incorporated many new technical modifications in order to mount heavy weapons. Some vehicles of the Grille Series were designed to be weapon carriers - Waffenträger. Some of those vehicles reached prototype stage, but none of them entered production that was planned for mid 1945. The Grille 12/15 was to be based on a Panther chassis. Originally, the Grille 10 was built based on the order for heavy anti-tank vehicles to be armed with the 88mm Flak L/56 gun and be used against fortifications of the Maginot Line. In June of 1940, a change of technical specifications occurred: the vehicle build by Krupp was modified to be a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun. It was based on the Pz Sf IVc chassis. The original anti-tank vehicle, designated as 8.8cm K(PzSfl) auf Sonderfahrgestell, was to be armed with the 88mm Pak 43 gun, but only a wooden model was made. In late 1942, three prototypes were made: the Versuchsflakwagen für 8.8cm Flak 37. In 1944, they were re-armed with the 88mm Flak 41 guns and designated the Versuchsflakwagen für 8.8cm Flak 41. A single example was re-armed again with the 88mm Flak 37 and sent for tests to Italy, where it served with Heeres Flakartillerie Abteilung (Sf.) 304, and was assigned to the 26th Panzer Division.


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