RakJPz 2 (HOT)

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This page is about the German tank destroyer RakJPz 2 (HOT). For the other version, see RakJPz 2.
RakJPz 2 (HOT)
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RakJPz 2 (HOT)
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Description

The RakJPz 2 (HOT) was a further development of the previous RaketenJagdpanzer 2, mounting the HOT ATGM which used a far superior Semi-Active guidance system (SACLOS) compared to the SS.11's Manual system (MCLOS). The HOT-upgraded RakJPz 2s served until 2005 upgraded up to Jaguar 1A3 standard, while the TOW-equipped Jaguar 2 was retired in 1993, also an upgrade from the RakJPz 2s. The RaketenJagdpanzers operated under a doctrinal plan to engage Soviet armour at ranges of 1.5 to 3 kilometres using their missile armament, which was generally assessed to have higher accuracy than contemporary tank cannons at those ranges on initial deployment. The RakJPz 2 (HOT) and later Jaguar 1/1A3s could be fully NBC protected, as they used an autoloading system which replenished the TOW launchers without human interference.

The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 (HOT) was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters". Compared to its predecessor, this variant has an upgraded missile known as the HOT (High Subsonic Optical Remote-Guided, Tube-Launched) that is aimed by simply sticking the gun's sight onto the desired target. Due to its relatively low profile, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT is able to completely conceal itself behind hills and rocks and fire over them, should the terrain allow it. The ATGM itself is rather stiff, but is generally adequate in mid to long range engagements. The vehicle, however, notably trades away gun depression and launcher swivel range for the HOT ATGM, which limits the vehicle noticeably more when compared to its predecessor, the RakJPz 2.

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
Turret 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Turret has a very low profile, but is very vulnerable

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
AB4 500 → 6 142 Sl icon.png
RB4 930 → 6 729 Sl icon.png
SB6 159 → 8 407 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications108 700 Rp icon.png
193 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts380 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
160 / 210 / 250 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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220 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

HOT-K3S ATGM
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition20 rounds
Reload10.0 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 10°
Horizontal guidance-15° / 15°
Flight speed250 m/s
Range4 000 m
Fire on the moveup to 5 km/h
Main article: HOT-K3S
HOT-K3S ATGM Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Autoloader
Arcade 20 -5°/+10° ±15° - 22.0 30.5 37.0 40.9 43.5 10.00
Realistic 14.9 17.5 21.3 23.5 25.0

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
HOT ATGM 700 700 700 700 700 700
Missile details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HOT ATGM 250 4,000 23 0.05 0.1 3.8 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the RakJPz 2 (HOT)
Full
ammo
Visual
discrepancy
20 No

Notes:

  • Missiles are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Missiles deplete from rack 1 then 2. Rack 3 represents the ATGM launcher.
  • The only difference between the two ATGM types is guidance mode (MCLOS vs SACLOS)

Machine guns

Ammunition2 600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Main article: MG3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm MG3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 2,600 (200) 1,200 -5°/+25° ±45°

Usage in battles

The RaketenJagdpanzer 2 (HOT) is best described as a compromise when compared to its direct predecessor, the RakJPz 2. On one hand, the RakJPz 2 (HOT) gains the SACLOS, high damage HOT ATGM, as is the namesake of the vehicle - but on the other hand, it loses some quality-of-life features the RakJPz 2 had, such as good gun depression, the ability to follow up with a second missile and overall flexibility.

The RakJPz 2 (HOT)'s biggest shortcoming is the aforementioned reduction in gun depression - cutting the vehicle's max gun depression from -10 to -5, and horizontal coverage from 100 degrees per launcher on either side to a singular, left mounted launcher with only 15 degrees of traverse either way. This, unfortunately, severely limits where the RakJPz 2 (HOT) can place itself on the map, as it cannot engage in direct confrontations with enemy MBTs due to its inability to fire on the move and ATGMs taking significantly longer to reach their targets compared to contemporary 100/105 mm shells. Places that Soviet tanks can utilize well (e.g. flat, open areas) are preferred, but also aren't ideal as the vehicle will still be more exposed compared to the RakJPz 2. A tactic that may help is to reverse up a slope instead of trying to crest a slope, but as the missile launcher lacks elevation as well this may not produce favourable results.

It is also to be noted that the HOT, while a faster ATGM, is generally stiffer to control compared to the SS.11s on the RakJPz 2, and as the RakJPz 2 now has access to SACLOS-guided SS.11s as a modification, the utility of the HOT is significantly diminished. It is, however, faster still than SS.11s, and the missile's added penetration does benefit lethality. The ability to take 20 missiles compared to the 14 on the RakJPz 2 is to be noted, as it allows the RakJPz 2 (HOT) to stay in the fight longer, should a good spot be found.

Overall, due to the addition of SACLOS SS.11s to the RakJPz 2 giving it the ability to use mouse-guided ATGMs, the RakJPz 2 (HOT) is unfortunately out of a job, with its main niche completely overtaken by its predecessor. Its lower rate of fire as well as its inability to use many hull-down positions the RakJPz 2 can use, alongside the inability to quickly follow up with a second missile in case of a miss, severely limits its battlefield presence. The vehicle still performs adequately on the same longer range, open maps the RaketenJagdpanzer 2 excelled at, but the overall tradeoffs of the vehicle are generally not worth losing the ability to engage from near impunity behind cover.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Low profile
  • Uses the shared Kanonenjagdpanzer chassis; extremely mobile and low profile
  • HOT missile has high penetrating power and adequate speed
  • High ammo count (20 ATGMs)
  • 7.62 mm MG can be used to remove fences and shrubs obstructing the launcher

Cons:

  • Missile is stiff and proves more difficult to compensate for
  • Due to initial missile dip/vertical momentum due to where the launcher is positioned, firing from near ridges can end up wasting a missile
  • Due to the offset between the gunner's sight and the missile launcher, missiles shot at close targets will be offset to the left.
  • Cannot fire on the move, nor is the launcher stabilized
  • Lack of gun depression limits the vehicle's versatility heavily
  • The launcher's limited firing angles result in constant repositioning - finding ideal positions can be troublesome
  • Armour is vulnerable to autocannon fire
  • Cannot fully hide the vehicle on most positions due to its lack of gun depression compared to the RakJPz 2

History

Development

In the 1960s, development of a missile carrier acting as 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 on a Hispano-Suiza HS-30 chassis. The vehicle carried lots of problems with the HS-30 chassis so only a limited amount was made at only 95 vehicles produced from 1961 to 1962. A second version was produced 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 service in 1967 for the German Bundeswehr. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 was produced from 1967 to 1968 with a total of 318 units produced.

Design

Though slightly larger than the Raketenjagdpanzer 1, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 had better automotive performances with a newer chassis and using a 500 hp diesel engine and a torsion bar suspension. The new vehicle chassis design allowed for increased missile storage for 14 SS.11 missiles. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 features 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 armour up to 3 kilometres away, with the missiles strong enough to take out most Soviet armour at the time. MG3 machine guns were added onto the vehicle for anti-infantry and anti-aircraft defence purposes.

Usage

The German Bundeswehr used the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 from 1967 as far as to the early 2000s. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2's purpose was to engage enemy armour in the ranges between 1.5 to 3 kilometres away, which 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 armour 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 called the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT. This saw an improvement again between 1993 and 1995 when some extra armour, a new optic, and thermal imaging system were installed into the vehicle. This upgrade was called the Raketenjagdpanzer 3 Jaguar 1A3. The Raketenjagdpanzers were retired from the Bundeswehr in 2005 and the Austrian army in 2006, never seeing combat in the Cold War.

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