Bfw. Jagdpanther

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Befehlswagen Jagdpanther
germ_panzerbefelhswagen_jagdpanther.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
6.7/6.3/6.3BR
5 peopleCrew
Mobility
46.0 tWeight
7 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
88 mm PaK43 cannonWeapon 1
60 roundsAmmunition
-8° / 14°Vertical guidance
-11° / 11°Horizontal guidance
3 000 roundsAmmunition
150 roundsBelt capacity
900 shots/minFire rate
Economy
6 090 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 470/2 610/2 660Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
340 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
890 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.78 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the premium German tank destroyer Bfw. Jagdpanther. For the regular version, see Jagdpanther. For other uses, see Panther (Family).

Description

GarageImage Bfw. Jagdpanther.jpg


The Befehlswagen Jagdpanther is a premium rank IV German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB) and 6.7 (SB). This tank destroyer was introduced during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides (Slope angle) Rear (slope angle) Roof (Slope angle)
Hull 80 mm (55°) Front glacis
60 mm (54°) Bottom glacis
40 + 5 mm 40 mm (24-26°) 25 mm
Superstructure Same as Hull 50 mm (26-29°) 40 mm (36°) 25 mm (85°)

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick, though the interleaved pattern of the wheels provides cumulative 20 mm protection.
  • Tracks and lower side of the hull are covered by 5 mm thick armour plate, protecting them from HEAT and HE shells.
  • Rear parts of the upper side hull armour have tracks attached to it, adding additional 20 mm of armour.
  • Belly armour is 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
46.0 N/A 60 (AB)
55 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 994 ___
Realistic/Simulator 619 700
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 21.61 __.__
Realistic/Simulator 13.46 15.22

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: PaK 43 (88 mm)
88 mm PaK 43
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
60 -8°/+14° ±11° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 7.04 9.75 __.__ __.__ 13.93
Realistic 4.76 5.60 __.__ __.__ 8.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
11.05 __.__ __.__ 8.50
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
PzGr 39/43 APCBC 236 234 221 207 193 180
Sprgr HE 13 13 12 11 11 11
Hl.Gr 39 HEAT 110 110 110 110 110 110
PzGr 40/43 APCR 272 270 250 228 208 189
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39/43 APCBC 1,000 10.16 0.8 28 108.8 +4° 48° 63° 71°
Sprgr HE 820 9 0.1 0.5 698 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Hl.Gr 39 HEAT 600 7.64 0.0 0.3 1,100 +0° 62° 69° 73°
PzGr 40/43 APCR 1,130 7.3 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Jagdpanther.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
60 46 (+14) 31 (+29) 16 (+44) (+59) Yes

Left side empty: 31 (+29)

Machine guns

Main article: MG 34 (7.92 mm)
7.92 mm MG 34
Hull mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
3,000 (150) 900 -5°/+10° -10°/+5°

Usage in battles

The Jagdpanther is best used defensively, to cover capture points and prevent their capture, and cover friendly tank advances. It's highly recommended to hide the lower frontal plate in this tank, as it has a frontal mounted transmission which will set the tank on fire if shot, as well as destroying the transmission. It's also strongly advised to use this tank at long range, and change position often.

It is important to keep in mind that the Jagdpanther's armour is sloped. Using it on the side of a hill facing the enemy is extremely dangerous since this would decrease the angle at which the frontal armour and sloped and thus negate a large part of its survival capabilities. By hiding behind buildings, trees and bushes, or on top of a hill, you optimise it's fighting capabilities. A well positioned Jagdpanther is very hard to destroy. In addition, using the Jagdpanther in a diamond position (with your right side facing the enemy) will mean that your most important crew members are better protected (driver, gunner, commander) since they are on the other side.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good mobility
  • Excellent firepower with great long-range sniping abilities
  • Armour of a Panther, so adequately armoured
  • Unlike earlier Tank destroyers as the StuGs, Jagdpanzer IVs, Marders and Hetzer; it has a crew of five, rather than the typical four
  • Front of the Jagdpanther makes it easy to attach a lot of camouflage to conceal the tank destroyer
  • Gunsight has an enhanced zoom level
  • Has fully functional hull machine gun
  • Since it is an SPG, it requires fewer spawn points in RB than a normal tank

Cons:

  • Bad reverse speed
  • Panther hull armour isn't as effective against enemies it would face, rounds like the APDS from the 20 pdr can easily penetrate
  • Front mounted transmission. Can catch fire and immobilizes vehicle when shot through lower frontal plate
  • Like most Tank Destroyers, it lacks a turret
  • A lot bigger than the StuG III, Jagdpanzer IVs, and the Hetzer, so may need to get used to the size and how to conceal it
  • Penetration from the sides would often mean lethal as sides are littered with ammunition

History

Development

Nazi Germany created the formidable 8.8 cm Pak 43 anti-tank gun, a longer version of the 8.8 cm Kwk 36. 2 attempts were made to fit this gun onto a self-propelled configuration, the first was Panzerjäger Tiger (P) Ferdinand (later Elefant) and the second was the Nashorn. However, the Ferdinand was too heavy and unreliable while the Nashorn was too small and underpowered to propel such a gun. The Jagdpanther was proposed in late 1942, as a tank destroyer from the Panther chassis that could mount the formidable 8.8 cm Pak 43 with good armour and speed. The tank destroyer was created and designated SdKfz 173 and was demonstrated to Hitler on October 1943. Production then started in January 1944 under the simpler name Jagdpanther by Hitler rather than using the longer 8.8 cm Pak 43/3 auf Panzerjäger Panther.

Throughout its production life of January 1944 to 1945, 415 total of these vehicles were made. MIAG produced 270 from January 1944 to the end of the war, MNH produced 112 from November 1944, and MBA produced 37 from December 1944. The supposed goal was 150 Jagdpanther produced a month, but Germany's deteriorating situation made this impossible. The Jagdpanthers were made in two variants, G1 and G2. The G1 had a small internally bolted main gun and modified Panther Ausf. An engine deck while the G2 had a larger simplified, outer bolted mantlet with a modified Panther Ausf. G engine deck. A proposal to mount the 12.8 cm Pak 80 was mentioned but never came around to production.

The Jagdpanther was a rather good design as a tank destroyer, it had a good power-to-weight ratio and had a gun that could penetrate any allied tank in service in the war. It did not suffer as much reliability problems due to being based on the later model Panther Ausf. G, which had most of the initial problems fixed. It also used an improved transmission and final drive (the two sources of most Panther issues) that was planned for the Panther II.

Command variant

Jagdpanthers were assigned to heavy tank destroyer battalions in the Western Front and Eastern Front, but they required a vehicle to house the commander of each battalion. So during the Jagdpanther's production, a command vehicle variant was also made from the Jagdpanther. These vehicles are distinguishable from the regular-issue Jagdpanthers with the presence of more antennas to house the FuG8 30W radio that allows communication between the command tank and headquarters. Each battalion would have access to two Befehlswagen Jagdpanther for use to coordinate the battalion, other units in each battalion is 14 normal Jagdpanthers, 5 Bergepanthers for armour recovery, a repair company, two anti-aircraft platoons, a combat engineer platoon, and an armoured reconnaissance platoon

In-game description

To equip the commanders of tank destroyer battalions, in the summer of 1944 production of a command vehicle based on the Jagdpanther tank destroyer was launched. These command vehicles were equipped with a FuG8 30W radio station with ranges of 10 km (phone) and 50-80 km (Morse key). The transmitter operated on a medium frequency range, from 1130-3000 kHz. The receiver operated in the 835-3000 kHz range. The FuG5 radio station was equipped with a whip antenna with a height of 2 meters, and the FuG8 radio, with a Sternantenne antenna with a height of 1.4 meters.

These vehicles served in detached anti-tank battalions. The organization of these battalions was established by the KStN 1149c government schedule, issued on March 1, 1944. A company consisted of 14 vehicles, and two more Panzerbefehlswagen Jagdpanthers were driven by the company's command staff. Each battalion had 3 companies. An additional maintenance company had 5 Bergepanthers. In addition, each battalion had a repair company, two anti-aircraft defense platoons, a combat engineer platoon, and a reconnaissance armored transport platoon. The command staff of the battalion had two command Jagdpanthers equipped with additional radio stations.

Media

Skin and Camouflages for the Bfw. Jagdpanther in Warthunder Live.

See also

External links


Germany tank destroyers
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Based on Pz.I  4,7 cm Pak(t) auf Pz.I Ausf.B
Based on Pz.II  Sturmpanzer II
Based on Pz.III  Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. A · Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. F · Sturmgeschütz III Ausf. G · Sturmhaubitze 42 Ausf. G
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Rocket/Missile  15 cm Pz.W.42 (15 cm Nb.W.41) auf Sf. · Raketenjagdpanzer 2 · Raketenjagdpanzer 2 (HOT)

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