Begleitpanzer 57

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Begleitpanzer 57
germ_begleitpanzer_57.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.3/8.3/8.3BR
5 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
32 / 15 / 11Hull
25 / 15 / 15Turret
Mobility
28.5 tWeight
78 km/h forward
78 km/h back
70 km/h forward
70 km/h back
Speed
Armament
BGM-71B TOW ATGMRocket
6 roundsAmmunition
-6° / 20°Vertical guidance
299 m/sFlight speed
6 500 mRange
mousemouseMethod of aiming
up to 5 km/hFire on the move
57 mm Bofors L/70 Mk.1 cannonMain weapon
96 roundsAmmunition
48 roundsBelt capacity
200 shots/minFire rate
-8° / 45°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm MG3A1 machine gunCoaxial weapon
5 000 roundsAmmunition
1 000 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Economy
250 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 900 / 6 598/3 290 / 5 566/2 400 / 4 060Repair
200 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
× (226) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage Begleitpanzer 57.jpg


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".

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 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.

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 calibre with the Russian 57 mm gun, it is quite different in performance. The Russian SPAA has a slightly better combined fire rate and significantly more accuracy at range. You also start to lose the penetration advantage at 1 km 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 armour.

General info

Survivability and 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.

Mobility

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Mobility characteristics
Weight (tons) Add-on armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
28.5 N/A 78 (AB)
70 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 930 1,145
Realistic/Simulator 531 600
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 32.63 40.18
Realistic/Simulator 18.63 21.05

Armaments

Main armament

57 mm Bofors L/70 Mk.I
Capacity Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
96 (48) 200 -8°/+45° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior +
Full crew
Prior +
Expert qualif.
Prior +
Ace qualif.
Arcade 20.0 27.67 33.6 39.53  ??.??
Realistic 12.5 14.7 17.22 20.87  ??.??
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior +
Full crew
Prior +
Expert qualif.
Prior +
Ace qualif.
15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00

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
57х438 AP-T APCBC 125 122 107 91 77 66
57х438 HE-T HE 8 8 8 8 8 8
57х438 HE-VT HE 8 8 8 8 8 8
57х438 SAP-T APHEBC 94 92 81 69 58 50
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
57х438 AP-T APCBC 950 2.4 N/A N/A N/A +4.0° 48° 63° 71°
57х438 HE-T HE 1,020 2.4 0.4 0.1 450 +0.0° 79° 80° 81°
57х438 HE-VT HE 1,020 2.4 0.4 0.1 450 +0.0° 79° 80° 81°
57х438 SAP-T APHEBC 950 2.4 1.2 9.0 75 +4.0° 48° 63° 71°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
96 72 (+24) 48 (+48) 24 (+72) (+96) No

Optics

Begleitpanzer 57 Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X4.0 X12.1
Comparable optics  ???

Additional armament

Main article: BGM-71B TOW
BGM-71B TOW ATGM
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Flight
speed (m/s)
Range (m)
6 -6°/+20° 299 3,000
BGM-71C TOW ATGM
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Flight
speed (m/s)
Range (m)
6 -6°/+20° 296 3,750

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
TOW ATGM 430 430 430 430 430 430
I-TOW ATGM 630 630 630 630 630 630
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
TOW ATGM 299 18.8 N/A 0.1 2,450 +0.0° 80° 82° 90°
I-TOW ATGM 296 19 N/A 0.1 2,080 +0.0° 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
6 (+2) (+6) No

Machine guns

Main article: MG 3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm MG 3A1
Coaxial mount
Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
5,000 (1,000) 1,200 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive 57x438 SAP-T
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire Airstrike I-TOW
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism 57x438 HE-VT NVD
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support Improved optics Laser rangefinder

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 57 mm useful against lightly armoured vehicles like light tanks and Leopards.
  • 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 7.62 mm (.30) bullets from the front, but higher calibre AP will penetrate.
  • Has access to thermal vision for gunners sight.
  • Has access to fused HE shells which are very deadly against aircrafts and helicopters.
  • Has access to laser rangefinder (very useful for shooting down helicopters and planes from very long ranges since it doesn't have tracking system like SPAAs).

Cons:

  • Most high-calibre machine guns (higher than .50 cals) will go through any of its armour.
  • Its 45 degree gun elevation makes it vulnerable to high angle attacks.
  • Can easily be hull broken.
  • Cannot take on most tanks from the front.
  • Fairly low ammunition count.
  • Lacks a gun stabilizer.
  • Gun breech can be damaged from 7 mm machine guns.
  • Must stop to use AGTMs.
  • Loses accuracy when firing continuously.

History

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Media

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See also

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

External links


Germany light tanks
Pz.II  Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C · Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. C (DAK) · Pz.Kpfw. II Ausf. F · Pz.Sfl.Ic
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Sd.Kfz.234/2
Czech  Pz.Kpfw. 35(t) · Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. A · Pz.Kpfw. 38(t) Ausf. F · Aufklärungspanzer 38(t)
Post-war  Begleitpanzer 57 · Spähpanzer Ru 251 · Tanque Argentino Mediano · BMP-1 (DDR)