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PzKpfw II Luchs

Panzerkampfwagen II Luchs
Germany Light Tank Tier III
Totals
Cost 82,800  Credits
Health 180 / 210 (new turret)
Weight/Load Limit 11.87/12.25t
Crew
4
Mobility
Engine Power 140hp
Speed Limit 60km/h
Traverse Speed 35deg/s
Armor
Hull Armor 30/20/20mm
Turret Armor30/20/20mm
Armament
Damage 8-14HP
Penetration 17-29mm
Rate of Fire 130.43r/m
Accuracy 0.59m
Aim time 1.2s
Turret Traverse 30deg/s
Gun Traverse Arc gunTraverseArc
Gun Vertical Limits gunVerticalLimits
Ammo Capacity ammo
General
Chance of Fire 20%
View Range 370m
Signal Range 350m
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Values Are Stock // Top
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The first of two dedicated scouting tanks in the German tech tree, the tier 3 Luchs is a fast, nimble, and relatively well-armoured scouting tank.

As a stock tank, the Luchs has maneuverality similar to a Leichttraktor and guns that are usually inadequate against the tanks it sees (the T57 American artillery is capable of bouncing the stock Luch's shots). Once upgraded, the Luchs gains incredibly high acceleration and the ability to turn on a dime. However, it acquires a turret that has a traverse unsuitable for high speed combat. In the hands of an experienced player, it is able to roar into enemy positions at high speed with intentions to spot, focus artillery fire, and, with a 5cm gun that can hurt most tanks it comes across, direct attention away from allies.


Despite the potential fun-factor of this tank, many players use this to zerg an enemy base for high spotting-scores and, once killed, switch to an alternate tank in hopes of gaining quick and easy credits and exp.

Research along the PzKpfw II Luchs tree leads to the prime scouting tank in the game, the VK 1602 Leopard.
















Modules

Gun
Tr
Nm
Dam
Pen
RoF
Acr
Aim
Pr
Wt
01I
2 cm KwK 38 L/55
32/38/42(HP)
34/64/18(mm)
30(r/m)
0.59(m)
1.2(s)
00001 000 1 000 Credits.png
0070 70(kg)
01I
3.7 cm KwK 36 L/46.5
11/11(HP)
23/40(mm)
130.43(r/m)
0.40(m)
1.5(s)
00002 390 2 390 Credits.png
0100 100(kg)
02II
2 cm Flak 38 L/112
11/11(HP)
39/51(mm)
109.09(r/m)
0.39(m)
1.4(s)
00003 160 3 160 Credits.png
0110 110(kg)
03III
5 cm KwK 38 L/42
70/70/90(HP)
60/96/25(mm)
27.27(r/m)
0.42(m)
2.0(s)
00006 970 6 970 Credits.png
0700 700(kg)

Turret
Tr
Nm
Arm
T.Tr
VR
Pr
Wt
03III
PzKpfw-IIL-Luchsturm
0030 30/20/20(mm)
0029 29(d/s)
0370 370(m)
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0950 950(kg)
04IV
PzKpfw-IIL-Großturm
0030 30/25/25(mm)
0029 29(d/s)
0380 380(m)
00004 627 4 627 Credits.png
2 500 2 500(kg)

Engine
Tr
Nm
Pw
CoF
Pr
Wt
03III
Maybach HL 62 TR
0140 140(h.p.)
020 20%
00004 220 4 220 Credits.png
0550 550(kg)
04IV
Maybach HL 66 P
0200 200(h.p.)
020 20%
00008 650 8 650 Credits.png
0550 550(kg)
05V
Maybach HL 90
0360 360(h.p.)
020 20%
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0550 550(kg)

Suspension
Tr
Nm
LL
Tv
Pr
Wt
03III
Luchsketten Ausf. A
12.25 12.25(t)
035 35(d/s)
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3 000 3 000(kg)
04IV
Luchsketten Ausf. B
15.85 15.85(t)
038 38(d/s)
00004 626 4 626 Credits.png
3 000 3 000(kg)

Radio
Tr
Nm
SR
Pr
Wt
03III
FuG 5
0350 350(m)
000000630 630 Credits.png
0050 50(kg)
06VI
FuG 7
0470 470(m)
00008 160 8 160 Credits.png
0070 70(kg)
07VII
FuG Spr. 1
0520 520(m)
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0150 150(kg)

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 (a small number) from September of 1943 to January of 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 with 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 operated. Communication equipment consisted of the FuG12 MW receiver and 80-watt transmitter. The communication between the crew was by the use of the intercom.

This light reconnaissance tank saw service until the end of the war on both the Eastern and Western Front with Panzer-Aufklarungs-Abteilungen (armored reconnaissance detachments) of Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS. Reported users include the 116th Panzer Division on the Western Front, the and 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 fighting 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 ( rate-of-fire 420-480 rounds per minute) were produced. The 20mm cannon was fitted with a TZF6 optical sight. 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 arriving to the 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.



German Tanks
Light Tanks Leichttraktor  • Pz.Kpfw. 35 (t)  • Pz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f)  • Pz.Kpfw. I  • Pz.Kpfw. II  • Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t)  • Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C  • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G • Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J  • Pz.Kpfw. II Luchs  • Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A  • T-15  • Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A.  • VK 16.02 Leopard  • VK 28.01  • Aufklärungspanzer Panther
Medium Tanks Pz.Kpfw. S35 739 (f)  • VK 20.01 (D)  • Pz.Kpfw. III  • Pz.Kpfw. III/IV  • Pz.Kpfw. IV  • T-25  • Pz.Kpfw. IV Hydraulic  • VK 30.01 (D)  • VK 30.01 (P)  • VK 30.02 (M)  • Pz.Kpfw. IV Schmalturm  • Pz.Kpfw. V/IV  • Pz.Kpfw. V/IV Alpha  • VK 30.02 (D)  • Pz.Kpfw. V Panther  • Panther/M10  • Indien-Panzer  • Panther II  • Leopard prototyp A  • E-50  • Leopard 1  • E-50 Ausf. M
Heavy Tanks Pz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f)  • Durchbruchswagen 2  • VK 30.01 (H)  • VK 36.01 (H)  • Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger  • Pz.Kpfw. VI Tiger (P)  • Löwe  • Pz.Kpfw. Tiger II  • VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A  • E-75  • VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B  • E-100  • Maus
Tank Destroyers Panzerjäger I  • Marder II  • Hetzer  • Marder 38T  • StuG III  • Pz.Sfl. IVc  • Dicker Max  • JagdPz IV  • Nashorn  • E-25  • Jagdpanther  • Pz.Sfl. V  • 8,8 cm PaK 43 Jagdtiger  • Ferdinand  • Jagdpanther II  • Rhm.-Borsig Waffenträger  • Jagdtiger  • Waffenträger auf Pz. IV  • JagdPz E-100  • Waffenträger auf E 100
Self-Propelled Guns G.Pz. Mk. VI (e)  • Sturmpanzer I Bison  • Wespe  • Sturmpanzer II  • Pz.Sfl. IVb  • Grille  • Hummel  • G.W. Panther  • G.W. Tiger (P)  • G.W. Tiger  • G.W. E 100



Light Tanks
USA I T1 Cunningham  • II M2 Light Tank  • II T1E6 Gold  • II T2 Light Tank Gold  • II T7 Combat Car Gold  • III M22 Locust Gold  • III M3 Stuart  • III MTLS-1G14 Gold  • IV M5 Stuart  • V M24 Chaffee  • V M7  • VI T21  • VI T37  • VII T71 CMCD  • VII T71 DA  • VIII T92 Gold  • VIII M41 Walker Bulldog  • IX T49  • X XM551 Sheridan
UK II Cruiser Mk. I  • II M2  • II Cruiser Mk. III  • II Light Mk. VIC Gold  • III Stuart I-IV  • III Cruiser Mk. IV  • III Cruiser Mk. II  • IV Valentine  • IV Covenanter  • VII GSR 3301 Setter  • VIII FV1066 Senlac Gold  • VIII LHMTV  • IX GSOR3301 AVR FS  • X Manticore
Germany I Leichttraktor  • II Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. D Gold  • II MKA Gold  • II Pz.Kpfw. 38H 735 (f) Gold  • II Pz.Kpfw. 35 (t)  • II Pz.Kpfw. I  • II Pz.Kpfw. II  • III 43 M. Toldi III Gold  • III Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t)  • III Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. E  • III Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. J Gold  • III Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C  • III Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. G  • III Pz.Kpfw. T 15 Gold  • IV Pz.Kpfw. 38 (t) n.A.  • IV Pz.Kpfw. II Luchs  • V VK 16.02 Leopard  • VI VK 28.01  • VII Aufklärungspanzer Panther  • VII Spähpanzer SP I C  • VIII leKpz M 41 90 mm Gold  • VIII leKpz M 41 90 mm GF Gold  • VIII HWK 12  • VIII HWK 30 Gold  • IX Spähpanzer Ru 251  • X Rheinmetall Panzerwagen
France I Renault FT  • II D1  • II AM 39 Gendron-Somua Gold  • II AMR 35 Gold  • II FCM 36  • II Renault R35  • II Hotchkiss H35  • III AMX 38  • IV AMX 40  • V AMX ELC bis  • VI AMX 12 t  • VI Panhard AMD 178B  • VII AMX 13 75  • VII Hotchkiss EBR  • VII AMX 13 57 Gold  • VII AMX 13 57 GF Gold  • VIII Panhard EBR 75 (FL 10) Gold  • VIII Panhard AML Lynx 6x6  • VIII Bat.-Châtillon 12 t  • VIII ELC EVEN 90 Gold  • IX AMX 13 90  • IX Panhard EBR 90  • X Panhard EBR 105  • X AMX 13 105
USSR I MS-1  • II BT-2  • II T-45 Gold  • II T-26  • II T-60  • II Tetrarch Gold  • III BT-7  • III BT-SV Gold  • III LTP Gold  • III M3 Light Gold  • III BT-7 artillery Gold  • III T-116 Gold  • III T-127 Gold  • III T-46  • III T-70  • IV A-20  • IV T-80  • IV Valentine II Gold  • V T-50  • VI MT-25  • VI T-50-2 Gold  • VII LTG  • VIII LTTB  • VIII LT-432 Gold  • IX T-54 ltwt.  • X T-100 LT
China I Renault NC-31  • II Vickers Mk. E Type B  • III Type 2597 Chi-Ha  • IV M5A1 Stuart  • VI 59-16  • VI Type 64 Gold  • VII Type 62 Gold  • VII WZ-131  • VIII WZ-132  • VIII M41D Gold  • IX WZ-132A  • X WZ-132-1
Japan I Renault Otsu  • II Type 95 Ha-Go  • II Type 97 Te-Ke Gold  • III Type 98 Ke-Ni  • IV Type 5 Ke-Ho
Czechoslovakia I Kolohousenka  • II LT vz. 35  • III LT vz. 38
Sweden I Strv fm/21  • II Strv m/38  • II L-60 Gold  • III Strv m/40L