RakJPz 2

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
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RakJPz 2
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Description

The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 (RakJPz 2) is a rank V German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows". Featuring the SS.11 anti-tank guided missile, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 serves as the missile's mobile platform. While lethal, the missile has to be manually guided and leaves the weak hull vulnerable as the operator steers the missile into the target.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull50 / 30 / 30
Turret50 / 30 / 30
Crew4 people
Visibility71 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50 mm (51°) Front glacis
50 mm (54°) Lower glacis
30 mm (35°) Top
30 mm Bottom
30 mm (44°) Top
30 mm (41°) Bottom
10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 10 mm thick.

Mobility

Reverse gearbox
Forward and backward movement is possible at the same maximum speed
Speedforward / back
AB77 / 77 km/h
RB and SB71 / 71 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
6 back
Weight23.0 t
Engine power
AB954 hp
RB and SB500 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB41.5 hp/t
RB and SB21.7 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 77 77 23 710 954 30.87 41.48
Realistic 71 71 442 500 19.22 21.74

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 240 → 4 124 Sl icon.png
RB3 350 → 4 264 Sl icon.png
SB6 700 → 8 529 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications131 900 Rp icon.png
210 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training130 000 Sl icon.png
Experts440 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 150 / 180 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
9 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
6 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
6 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement ger.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
9 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

2 x LFK SS.11 ATGM
Ammunition14 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
13.0 → 10.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Flight speed180 m/s
Range6 500 m
Method of aiming
ABSemi-auto
RB and SBManual
Fire on the moveup to 5 km/h
Main article: LFK SS.11
Dual LFK SS.11 ATGM Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 14 -10°/+20° Left: -90°/+10° Right: -10°/+90° N/A 22.02 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ 12.00
Realistic 14.88 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__

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
LFK SS.11 ATGM 600 600 600 600 600 600
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
LFK SS.11 ATGM 180 3,000 30 0.05 0.1 4,550 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the RakJPz 2
Full
ammo
Visual
discrepancy
14 No

Notes:

  • It is not possible to select how many missiles to bring into battle.
  • Missiles are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • When restocking missiles at a capture point, all missiles for the right launcher will be loaded first (even numbers), then all missiles for the left launcher (odd numbers).

Machine guns

Ammunition2 500 rounds
Belt capacity1 000 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Main article: MG3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm MG3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 2,500 (1,000) 1,200 -10°/+20° ±90°

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Missiles can penetrate 600 mm of armour, stronger than other wire guided missiles (which generally have up to 500 mm penetration)
  • Missiles have a 180 degree firing arc and can be used as a close-range weapon if necessary
  • Two missiles on top allow for rapid follow-up shots and have combined reload rate of 6 seconds if chain fired
  • Can potentially curve the missiles into targets behind cover, as missiles have great horizontal mobility
  • Shares the same chassis as the Jpz 4-5, inheriting its mobility and low profile, allowing the tank to sneak around and only expose missiles and periscope in many situations, making it exceptionally dangerous behind a low cover or an uphill facing downwards
  • Excels in maps with a lot of open grounds
  • Simple play style - guide the missiles to your target and it usually renders them helpless, if not outright blowing them up
  • Has rapid firing smoke grenades
  • Can reload missiles away from captured points in AB, so the RakJPz 2 can rearm infinitely after a launcher has fired its 7 missiles
  • ATGMs are free and cost nothing to fire

Cons:

  • In RB/SB, missiles are manually guided, making them harder to aim at longer distance, especially at moving targets. Guiding them in these modes also leaves tank stationary and vulnerable
  • Controls for missiles are very sensitive and in RB/SB its Y axis (up/down) is inverted
  • Missile platform cannot traverse past sides
  • Very thin armour, very vulnerable to autocannons (although this rarely matters as it relies on concealment to ambush and deal damage)
  • Very little empty space inside, penetrating shots are going to hit crew, ammo, or both
  • Missiles on top act as exterior ammo racks and can be detonated
  • In Arcade Battle aim assist allows enemy to directly aim at periscope and make normally extremely unlikely hit with HESH or HE, instantly obliterating the tank, which reduces it's hulldown potential at close range
  • Unable to fire missiles if the launchers are damaged, will require repairs first, which takes time
  • 14 missile stowage - each launcher carries 7 ammo, ammo from one launcher cannot be used by another, which can be an issue if user happened to only fire one of them during long fight
  • Optics prevent the missiles from being fired simultaneously at a certain angle and direction
  • Can't fire on the move

History

Development

In the 1960s, the German Bundeswehr commenced the development of a missile carrier to fit in a role of a tank destroyer. The result came in 1961 with the Raketenjagdpanzer 1, which features the French SS.11 anti-tank missile. The Raketenjagdpanzer 1 features two mounts for the missiles, but only one is available at a time as while one remains ready to fire, the other is reloading inside the vehicle. The vehicle can hold 10 missiles inside the Hispano-Suiza HS-30 chassis. It also carried existing problems with the HS-30 chassis so only a limited amount of 95 vehicles was produced from 1961 to 1962. A second improved version was designed alongside the Jagdpanzer 4-5 between 1963 and 1965, and the two were designed on the same chassis. The finished model was designated the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 and this was accepted into Bundeswehr service in 1967. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 were produced from 1967 to 1968 for a total of 318 units produced.

Design

Though slightly larger than the Raketenjagdpanzer 1, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 had better automotive performances with the newer chassis and a 500 hp diesel engine and torsion bar suspension. The new vehicle chassis design allowed for an increased missile storage of 14 SS.11 missiles. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 featured two rails for the missiles, both ready to fire and reloads are done automatically by each mount inside the vehicle. The SS.11 missiles allow the vehicle to engage enemy armor up to 3 kilometers away, with the missiles penetrating 600 mm of armor on impact, enough to take out most Soviet armor at the time. For personnel protection, a MG3 machine gun was also available for anti-infantry and anti-aircraft defense purposes.

Usage

The German Bundeswehr used the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 from 1967 as far as to the 1990s. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2's purpose was to engage enemy armor in the ranges between 1.5 to 3 kilometers away, which regular tank armaments' accuracy and power are reduced at the distances. The SS.11 missile's range and lethality made the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 perfect for its role as it could defeat the main Soviet tanks such as the T-54/55 and T-62. The Germans organized the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 in tank destroyer companies attached to Panzergrenadier brigades and Panzer brigades, with eight vehicles per company in the Panzergrenadier brigades and 13 vehicles per company in the Panzer brigades. When the manual-guided SS.11 missiles became obsolete, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 underwent an upgrade between 1978 and 1982 in armor and in its missile armament from the SS.11 to the HOT (High Subsonic Optical Remote-Guided, Tube-Launched) missiles with improved lethality and guidance system. The upgraded Raketenjagdpanzer 2 was redesignated into the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT. This saw an improvement again between 1993 and 1995 when some extra armor, a new optic, and thermal imaging system were installed into the vehicle, turning it into the Raketenjagdpanzer Jaguar 1. The Raketenjagdpanzers were all retired by the end of the 1990s, never seeing combat in the Cold War.

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See also

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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
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Rocket/Missile  15 cm Pz.W.42 · RakJPz 2 · RakJPz 2 (HOT)