Begleitpanzer 57

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General info

The Begleitpanzer 57 in the garage.

The Begleitpanzer 57 is a Rank VI German light tank with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

As a light tank, the Begleitpanzer 57 carries a great firepower punch for its mobility despite its lack of armour. A rapid firing 57 mm cannon carries enough penetration rivaling that of the ZSU-57-2, but the addition of a TOW launcher system makes this vehicle a dangerous opponent by being able to engage a variety of target at its leisure.

While the Cannon shares the caliber with the Russian 57mm Gun it is quite different in performance. The russian SPAA has a slightly better combined fire rate and signficantly more accuracy at range. You also start to lose the penetration advantage at 1km compared to the APHE belt of the ZSU-57-2. All of this combined makes you very reliant on your ATGM, of which you only have 6. Upgrading to the better ATGM is highly encouraged, the APHE belt can be completely ignored as it can not reliably perforate russian side armor.

Vehicle characteristics

At first glance, the Begleitpanzer 57 may be confused for a SPAA due to the light armoured chassis and a rapid-fire 57 mm auto cannon. On the turret's is also a TOW launcher that can be fired in a SACLOS manner, meaning it will automatically align itself with the cross hair in flight.

The Begleitpanzer 57 overall construction is similar to that of the T114 with light armour all around that even heavy machine gun ammunition can penetrate through the sides. The turret's nature with its exterior gun mount also has its similarities.

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 57 mm useful against light armoured vehicles like light tanks and Leopards.
  • 57 mm auto cannon is also useful in an anti-aircraft role if aimed properly.
  • Great for spotting / disabling tracks and cannon parts.
  • Can take out aircraft from a 45 degree angle or lower.
  • When flanking, can easily destroy tanks from the side.
  • Armour can withstand 12.7mm (.50) and 7.62mm (.30) bullets from the front, but higher caliber AP will penetrate.
  • Has eight TOW ATGMs before needing to rely on the 57 mm cannon.

Cons:

  • Most high-caliber machine guns (higher than .50 cals) will go through any of its armor.
  • Its 45 degree gun elevation makes it vulnerable to high angle attacks.
  • Can be hull broken.
  • Cannot take on most tanks from the front.
  • Fairly low ammunition count.
  • Lack of a stabilizer
  • Gun breech can be damaged from 7mm machine guns

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 57 mm Bofors L/70 Mk.1 cannon (96 rounds)
6 x BGM-71B TOW ATGM
1 × 7.62 mm MG 3A1 machine gun (5,000 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 57 mm Bofors L/70 Mk.1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 96 Shells (24 rounds magazine)
  • Fire Rate: 200 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 45°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 12.5°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 19.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 57 mm Bofors L/70 Mk.1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 96 Shells (24 rounds magazine)
  • Fire Rate: 200 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 45°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 12.5°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 19.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 57 mm Bofors L/70 Mk.1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 96 Shells (24 rounds magazine)
  • Fire Rate: 200 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 45°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 12.5°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 19.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
57x438 AP-T 142 140 116 91 72 56 APCBC 950 2.4 N/A N/A N/A +4° 48° 63° 71°
57x438 SAP-T 70 68 55 43 29 20 APHEBC 950 2.4 1.3 15 127.5 +4° 48° 63° 71°
57x438 HE-T 11 11 11 11 11 11 HE 1020 2.4 0.4 0.1 765 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Ammo racks
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
XX XX (X+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+) Turret empty:  () no

Secondary armament

6 x BGM-71B TOW ATGM

  • Firing Mode: SACLOS
  • Firing range: 3.75 km
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50%
TOW 430 430 430 430 430 430 ATGM 278 19 0.0 0.1 3,930 °

Tertiary armament

1 × 7.62 mm MG 3A1 machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader x2
  • Driver

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 11 mm (76°), 32 mm (32°) Front glacis
32 mm (31-61°) Lower glacis
15 mm (30°) Top
15 mm
11 mm (24°) Top
11 mm (26°)
11 mm
Turret 25 mm (39°) Turret front
25 mm (0-9°) Gun mantlet
15 mm (12-16°) Left side
15 mm Right side
15 mm (39°) 11 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 11 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 28.5 ton

Max Speed: 78 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 930 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 32.63 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 32°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 28.5 ton

Max Speed: 70 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 531 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 18.63 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 35°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 28.5 ton

Max Speed: 70 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 531 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 18.63 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 35°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Begleitpanzer 57: Bofors/Marder united at last!

References


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Icon-country-der.png Begleitpanzer 57
Nation Germany
Type Light tank
Rank 6
Battle Rating
8.3
8.3
8.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
28,500 kg
62,832 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
32/15/11/11 mm
1.26/0.59/0.43/0.43 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
930 hp
531 hp
531 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
___ hp
___ hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
32.63
33.15
18.63
18.93
18.63
18.93
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
__.__
__.__
__.__
__.__
Max speed
78 km/h
48 mph
70 km/h
44 mph
70 km/h
44 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 57 mm L/70 Bofors Mk 1 Cannon
Ammo stowage 96 rounds
Vertical guidance -8°/45°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.62 mm MG 3A1 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 5,000 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Tertiary Weapon
1 x BGM-71B TOW Anti-tank guided missile
Ammo stowage 6 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Vertical guidance -6°/20°
Economy
Required RP 390,000 RP
Vehicle cost 1,010,000 SL
Crew training cost 290,000 SL
Max repair cost*
3,300 SL
5,100 SL
5,400 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
6d
12d
12d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_d __h
_d __h
_d __h
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