15 cm Pz.W.42

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15 cm Pz.W.42 (15 cm Nb.W.41) auf Sf.
germ_panzerwerfer_42.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.0/3.0/3.0BR
3 peopleCrew
88 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
8 / 8 / 8Hull
0 / 10 / 0Turret
Mobility
7.1 tWeight
130 hp68 hpEngine power
18.3 hp/t9.6 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
51 km/h forward
9 km/h back
47 km/h forward
9 km/h back
Speed
Armament
150 mm Wgr.41 Spr rocketMain weapon
20 roundsAmmunition
18 / 23.4 sReload
10 roundsBelt capacity
120 shots/minFire rate
-7° / 51°Vertical guidance
7.92 mm MG42 machine gunMachinegun
2500 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
1200 shots/minFire rate
Economy
4800 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1900/1500/2600Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
200000 Sl icon.pngExperts
470 Ge icon.pngAces
148 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png130 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png90 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage 15 cm Pz.W.42.jpg


The 15 cm Pz.W.42 (15 cm Nb.W.41) auf Sf. is a premium rank II German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour used on this vehicle is fairly typical of other armoured half-tracks, enough to block rifle calibre machine guns from most angles, but practically non-existent against any antitank weapon. That said, it can be surprisingly durable thanks to the large radiator and engine that love to soak up shrapnel from high explosive shells which are too small too cause hull break.

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 51 9 7.1 97 130 13.66 18.31
Realistic 47 9 60 68 8.45 9.58

The 15 cm Pz.W.42 has decent mobility for a half-track: it is quick enough to get where you want to or behind cover when in trouble. The top reverse speed is -8 km/h (RB).

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: Wgr.41 Spr
150 mm Wgr.41 Spr rocket Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 20 -7°/+51° ±180° N/A __._ __._ __._ __._ __._ _.__ _.__ _.__ _.__
Realistic __._ __._ __._ __._ __._

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Wgr.41 Spr Rocket 42 42 42 42 42 42
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Wgr.41 Spr Rocket 340 39.06 0.0 0.1 N/A 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the 15 cm Pz.W.42

Last updated: 1.101.1.16

Full
ammo
Visual
discrepancy
20 No

Notes

  • Rockets deplete from left to right, top row first and then bottom row.
  • It is not possible to select how many rockets to bring into battle.

Machine guns

Main article: MG42 (7.92 mm)
7.92 mm MG42
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 2500 (150) 1200 -5°/+35° ±45°

A single MG42 is mounted over the driver compartment. It has a limited traverse but is fast firing. Its low calibre makes it useful only for spotting, knocking out unarmored vehicles or getting the occasional assist against low flying planes.

Usage in battles

The thin armour and low-velocity ordinance serve very well in short-range ambushes but leave much to be desired in open terrain. With lots of skill, practice, and/or luck, you can score hits at considerable range, but the armour will NOT protect you. The engine can make a great shield against shrapnel from 75 mm and sometimes 105 mm HE rounds, but APHE is almost guaranteed to kill all 3 crew members and detonate the spare rockets if you brought them.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent mobility
  • Fast reload for ten rockets
  • Will do huge amounts of damage to SPAA and light tanks due to rockets large blast radius

Cons:

  • Poor penetration (~40 mm)
  • Paper thin armour, even the smallest calibre machine guns can destroy it

History

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Development

Production started in 1942 by the Opel company based on a Maultier half track. It was produced in series from April 1943 to March 1944 together with the accompanying ammunition vehicle, the Sd.Kfz. 4. In total Opel 296 Panzerwerfer 42 and 251 produced ammunition vehicles Sd.Kfz. 4.

In-game description

A modified Nb.Wf.41 ten-barreled rocket-propelled mine-thrower was installed on the adapted chassis of an Opel Maultier tractor trailer enclosed in armor. It was developed in 1942. During its production from 1943 to 1944 about 300 mounts were released. They were widely used by the Wehrmacht. Due to the use of a mine-stabilization system based on rotation, a higher degree of accuracy and lower spread was achieved than that of rocket-propelled projectiles with tailfin stabilization systems.

Media

Skin and Camouflages for the 15cm Pz.W.42 in Warthunder Live.

Pz.IV F2 alongside a 15 cm Pz.W.42.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Germany tank destroyers
Based on Pz.38(t)  Marder III · Marder III H · Jagdpanzer 38(t)
Based on Pz.I  Panzerjäger I
Based on Pz.II  15cm sIG 33 B Sfl
Based on Pz.III  StuG III A · StuG III F · StuG III G · StuH 42 G
Based on Pz.IV  Jagdpanzer IV · Panzer IV/70(V) · Panzer IV/70(A) · Brummbär · Dicker Max · Nashorn
Based on Pz.V  Jagdpanther · Bfw. Jagdpanther
Based on Pz.VI  Sturer Emil · Ferdinand · Jagdtiger
  JPz 4-5 · Waffenträger · VFW · VT1-2
Wheeled/Half-track  Sd.Kfz.251/10 · 8,8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. · Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4
Rocket/Missile  15 cm Pz.W.42 · RakJPz 2 · RakJPz 2 (HOT)

Germany premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.Sfl.Ic · Sd.Kfz. 140/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Ru 251
Medium tanks  Nb.Fz. · Pz.III N · Pz.Bef.Wg.IV J · ▀M4 748 (a) · ▀T 34 747 (r) · Ersatz M10 · mKPz M47 G · Leopard A1A1 (L/44)
Heavy tanks  ▀Pz.Kpfw. Churchill · ▀KV-IB · ▀KV I C 756 (r) · ▀KV II 754 (r)
  VK 45.01 (P) · ␠Tiger · Pz.Bef.Wg.VI P · Tiger II (H) Sla.16
Tank destroyers  Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4 · Sd.Kfz.251/10 · 15 cm Pz.W.42 · Brummbär · Panzer IV/70(A) · Bfw. Jagdpanther · VFW