Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B (H) mit Simmering Sla.16

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General info

The Tiger II (H) Sla.16 in the garage.

The Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B (H) mit Simmering Sla.16 (or simply Tiger II Sla.16) is a gift Rank IV German heavy tank with a battle rating of 6.7. It was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March". A Tiger II (H) with an upgraded engine and extra track armour, the Tiger II Sla.16 gives enhanced performance compared to its base version.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Tiger II (H) Sla.16 is not too much different from the standard Tiger II (H), but with its new diesel engine and additional turret armour in the form of extra tracks, this Tiger can be used in a more aggressive role, being able to maneuver faster into and out of cover and cross obstacles without the excessive struggle that plagues the previous King Tigers. The additional 30mm of armour on the turret in the form of tracks act as spaced armour, making it more difficult for enemy tanks to get a penetrating shot through it on the first try, which can be a life-saver in realistic and simulator battles. The 88mm gun is the same as the standard (H) Tiger, with the same compliment of shells. Combined with its relatively high penetration and quick reload speed, this tank can be a menace to the other heavies at its rank in the frontal and hull-down positions, shrugging off shells while being able to fire back with haste and accuracy.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Speed and Maneuvreability:
    • Sla diesel engine is superior to a fully upgraded Tiger II(H) Maybach gasoline engine in horsepower, acceleration, and hill climbing.
    • Tiger II Sla.16 has a high top speed of 44 km/h (27.5 mph).
    • With a quick reverse speed, "shoot and scoot" is a valid tactic to use in this tank.
    • When the engine is running at full power, the Tiger II Sla.16 can make sharp turns that can take a flanking medium or light tank by surprise.
  • Armour and Survivability:
    • While having the same turret as the Tiger II (H), the Sla.16 has 30 mm of tracks encasing both sides of the turret, improving the turret's side armour.
    • The frontal hull armour is extremely thick. Even when the tank is un-angled, the upper glacis is virtually impenetrable to everything but APDS or HEAT.
    • Lower glacis plate is still a 48° sloped 100 mm plate, proper angling can make the lower plates have an effective thickness of ~200 mm thick.
    • With 80 mm of side armour padded by side skirts and hefty tracks, side scraping is a wise tactic to use in battle.
    • Even if an enemy shell does goes through the lower plate, the transmission can sometimes absorb the entire enemy shell.
    • Tiger II Sla.16 is armed with a 12 round semi-automatic smoke grenade launcher.
    • Tiger II's large size with a five man crew means being taken out in one shot is rare unless being hit by an APHE shell to the sides or an ammunition rack detonates.
  • Firepower:
    • Outstanding 88 mm KwK 43 firepower with high-penetrating rounds.
    • The KwK 43 has a rate of fire that is much faster than the American 90 mm/105 mm/120 mm and Soviet 100 mm/122 mm guns when using first-order ready racks, at an aced crew reload rate of 7.5 seconds.
    • Stock PzGr 39/43 APCBC shell from the start brings high velocity round (1000 m/s), with high level of penetration (232 mm of pen at 100 m), and a high level of damage potential (effectively 108g of HE filler).
    • When the rare occasion does arise that APCR is required, the PzGr 40/43 shell can penetrate 270 mm of armour at 100 m.
    • Unlike the (H), the Tiger II Sla.16 has a roof mounted MG 34 to attack low flying aircraft.

Cons:

  • Speed and Maneuvreability:
    • At low RPM's, the Tiger II Sla.16's maneuverability is bad. Turning around will take time.
    • Despite the better Sla.16 diesel engine, the Tiger II's overall heavy 68.2 ton weight makes accelerating to top speed and hill climbing a chore compared to the enemy tanks.
  • Armour and Survivability:
    • While a surprisingly small target considering the Tiger II Sla.16's size and weight, the turret front is still only 180 mm thick that is flat and easily penetrated by contemporary rival tanks.
    • First-order ammo rack is at the turret rear, meaning there will always be shells in the turret that could be detonated; with the loader continually refilling the ready rack.
    • When the tank isn't angled, the lower glacis plate is easily defeated by guns firing shells with 200 mm of penetration.
    • With ammo racks lining the sides of the tank hull, enemy shells that penetrate these areas are lethal.
    • Since the Sla.16 is just a fancy Tiger II, it is just as big as one; thus easy to identify and hard to miss in RB and SB.
  • Firepower:
    • While the Tiger II Sla.16's KwK 43 cannon is arguably the best overall gun at rank 4, this is comes at the cost of not being top of her class in any one category.
      • British and French guns can have a much higher rate of fire than the KwK 43.
      • Some British, Soviet, and American shells can have higher levels of penetration than the standard PzGr 39/43 shell, such as the British 84 mm APDS rounds.
      • The Soviet and American shells tend to have more explosive mass in their shells.
    • Fire rate drops significantly once ready racks are expended.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon (77 Rounds)
2 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine guns (5,000 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 77 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.3°/s (Stock), 15.6°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 11.1s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 77 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.3°/s (Stock), 13.3°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 11.1s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 8.8 cm KwK 43 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 77 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -8°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 11.3°/s (Stock), 13.3°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 11.1s (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%
PzGr 39/43 235 232 219 204 190 176 APCBC 1000 10 0.8 28 108.8 +4° 42° 27° 19°
Sprgr 13 13 13 13 13 13 HE 820 11 0.1 0.5 935 +0° 11° 10°
Hl.Gr 39 110 110 110 110 110 110 HEAT 600 7.6 0.0 0.3 1100 +0° 28° 21° 17°
PzGr 40/43 272 270 250 228 208 189 APCR 1200 7.3 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 24° 20° 18°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Tiger II (H)
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
77 60 (+17) 49 (+28) 38 (+39) 27 (+50) 20 (+57) 13 (+64) (+70) (+76) Turret empty: 49 (+28) no

Secondary armaments

1 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun (coaxial)
1 x 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun (pintle-mounted)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides (Slope angle) Rear (Slope angle) Roof
Hull 150 mm (50-51°) Front glacis
100 mm (50°) Lower glacis
80 mm (27°) Top
80 + 5 mm Bottom
80 mm (28°) 40 mm
Turret 185 mm (8°) Turret front
200 mm Gun mantlet
80 + 30 mm (19-21°) 80 mm (20°) 44 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 150 mm 150 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while the tracks are 30 mm thick.
  • 30 mm tracks plaster all over the turret side of the tank, making it much tougher than the regular Tiger II H.
  • A 30 mm turret ring plate is present.
  • Belly armour front part is 40 mm thick while the rest is 25 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 68.2 ton

Max Speed: 44 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 968 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 14.23 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 1192 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.47 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Weight: 68.2 ton

Max Speed: 42 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 663 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 9.75 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 750 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°
Weight: 68.2 ton

Max Speed: 42 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 663 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 9.75 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 750 hp @ 2000 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Modules and improvements

As a premium tank, all upgrades are already unlocked. The "Mark of distinction" can be earned, allowing for four decals without using a premium account.

History of creation and combat usage

The Sla.16 diesel engine developed by Simmering- Graz-Pauker from Viena. With a power output of around 750 hp, it was considerably more powerful than Maybach engine used by the Tiger I, Tiger II, and Panther tanks that had 690 hp. The Sla.16 was also proposed as the power unit for the infamous super-heavy Maus tank. According to various of sources such as Military Engineer and Amazing Porsche and Volkswagen Story, the engines were tested with positive results. The recommendation was that these diesel engines were to be attached to the heavy tanks and tank destroyers currently in production for increased efficiency of the vehicles. A diesel engine was mounted onto a Tiger II as a prototype built by Nibelungen Werke and went through testings, though results has not been found from this test. Further proposals also wanted the engine to be mounted in the Panther and Jagdtiger vehicles for increased power, but the war's constraint on supplies and Nazi Germany's capitulation resulted in the cancellation of these programs.

Screenshots and fan art

https://live.warthunder.com/feed/camouflages/?vehicleCountry=germany&vehicleType=tank&vehicleClass=heavy_tank&vehicle=germ_pzkpfw_VI_ausf_b_tiger_IIh_sla Skins and camouflages for the Tiger II (H) Sla.16 from live.warthunder.com.]

Sights

Images

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Tiger II Sla.16: the diesel-engined “King Tiger”

References


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Icon-country-der.png Tiger II (H) Sla.16
Nation Germany
Type Heavy tank
Rank 4
Battle Rating 6.7

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Characteristics
Weight
68,200 kg
150,355 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
150/80/80/40 mm
5.90/3.15/3.15/1.57 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
968 hp
663 hp
663 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
1,192 hp
750 hp
750 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
14.23
14.42
9.75
9.88
9.75
9.88
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
17.47
17.76
11.00
11.17
11.00
11.17
Max speed
44 km/h
27.5 mph
42 km/h
25.9 mph
42 km/h
25.9 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 88 mm KwK 43 Cannon
Ammo stowage 70 rounds
Vertical guidance -8°/15°
Secondary Weapon
1 x MG 34 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,000 rounds
Mount Coaxial
1 x MG 34 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 2,000 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -20°/37°
Horizontal guidance -45°/45°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 10,000 SL
Max repair cost*
3,100 SL
2,960 SL
3,360 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
2d 12h
4d 12h
4d 12h
Free repair time (Upgraded)
20h 17m
1d 12h
1d 12h
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