Tiger II (H) Sla.16
11 km/h back41 km/h forward
11 km/h backSpeed
The Pz.Kpfw. VI Ausf. B (H) mit Simmering Sla.16 is a premium rank IV German heavy tank with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March". As a purchasable bundle vehicle, this variant comes with premium bonuses and the experimental installation of a diesel power engine, increasing its mobility vastly. But the vehicle functions near identically to the in-tree regular variant. It fits into the 6.7 line-up very well and can be utilised greatly in battle because of it's enhanced combat capabilities.
Survivability and armour
The frontal armour of the Tiger II is very strong and can only be penetrated by a select few tanks at its battle rating and even less when fighting in a down-tier. The side and back armour, however, are pitiful with only 100 mm at its thickest, some SPAA at the rank can penetrate the sides so it is advised to never show your back or sides to an enemy lest you want to go back to the hanger/garage. It is slightly more armored then its non-premium counterpart with added tracks on the sides on the turret, adding an extra 30mm of armor to the very weak sides.
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The top speed on-road forwards is around 42-44 km/h, and the reverse speed is surprisingly good at -11 km/h (RB). These speeds combined with neutral steering mean the Tiger II (H) Sla.16 is quite agile despite its heavy tank status. The engine has a lot of horsepower and climbing hills is surprisingly easy with this variant of the famed King Tiger.
The main gun this Panzer beholds is the KwK/43 88mm long-barreled gun. This gun performs astoundingly well for this BR, offering high muzzle velocity with more than enough post-penetration damage. The muzzle velocity of this gun sits at around 1000m/s for APCBC and 1400m/s for the APCR round, and also has HEAT shells, making it an exceptional sniper and brawler alike. The APCBC stock shell gets a fair amount of explosive filler with a wide one-shot capability upon penetration. This shell exceeds in ammo-racking enemy tanks, so aim for ammo stowage on the enemy vehicle. The APCR should only really be used for engagements on enemies you cannot punch through with APCBC alone, since it offers significantly higher penetration at the expense of post-pen damage, making it a very situational round. The same can be applied to the HEAT shell for long-range, as penetration dropoff does not matter on angled armour layouts, but instead offers poorer penetration values.
This tank, unlike the standard version, receives an additional top mount MG34 7.62mm machine gun located atop the commander's cupola with a wide arc of fire, designed for anti-aircraft purposes. However, this extra gun proves inadequate at efficiently dealing damage to aircraft and so should be used more prominently as a spotting tool or a light armour remedy.
Usage in battles
Considering most of the players who use this vehicle will be using it in RB/SB, this section will cater to them. This vehicle can be used as a brawler and a sniper equally. With its potent gun and reliable armour layout, this tank can take a fair few shots before expiring. Try not to let your flanks become exposed if playing in urban maps. On open maps, you should stick to towns or hills and remain hull down to utilize your thick turret cheeks well. Aim for noticeable weak spots on enemies, ie. lower glacis shots or ammo rack shots will more often than not result in a reliable way to destroy them. The gun has a solid rate of fire, not too slow, so you can follow up with a return shot fairly quickly. You will adapt over time and learn where the weak spots of most opposing vehicles. At times, this tank will act more as a support tank when considering the typical opponents will more than likely have stabilizers and sufficient suspension dampening, putting you at a disadvantage if you can't train your gun onto the target first. American heavy tanks such as the T29, T34, T32 and M103 will sometimes give you trouble. The trick to dealing with these tough, heavily armoured foes is to aim for the lower glacis. When engaging these vehicles, if you are not confident in being able to penetrate on your first shot, try and shoot the gun barrel to prevent your foes from firing back at you.
Pros and cons
- Armed with the fantastic KwK 43, arguably the best pound-for-pound gun in the game
- The default APHE shell has very high accuracy, shell velocity, penetration, and damage potential
- 22 shells in the first stage ammo rack, giving this tank an impressive rate of fire, especially when equipped with an Ace crew
- Astounding frontal armour, the upper front plate is virtually impervious to anything but APDS and HEAT rounds
- Enemy shells that penetrate the lower plate will likely have all of its damage absorbed by the transmission
- Same small turret as the Tiger II H, but has 20 mm of track armour covering the entire exterior of the turret sides
- Turret front is a small target, and the gun mantlet is both large and utterly impenetrable
- Due to the placement of the turret and how thick the side armor is, side scraping is an extremely effective tactic in this tank
- Armed with 12-round, semi-automatic smoke grenade launcher
- Thanks to its diesel engine, this tank has better acceleration and hill-climbing speed than the standard Tiger II H
- Though a heavy tank, it is a very fast and highly maneuverable when running at full power
- Unlike the other Tiger II's, there's a roof mounted MG-34
- Jack of all trades tank against its competitors; can snipe, ambush, flank, and brawl rather effectively
- While being a small target, the turret front is weakly armoured against enemy guns
- All 22 rounds of first stage ammo rack is in the back of the turret, meaning a turret penetration can easily lead to an ammo detonation
- Both of the hull sides is lined with ammo, meaning penetrating shots in the sides almost always ended in the tanks destruction
- APCR shells are lack-luster and wildly inferior to most of the contemporary American APCR rounds
- Hilariously bad HEAT shell, with legitimately no point in ever being used over the default APHE round
- Still a heavy tank, most mediums will have no problems catching up/flanking the tank if the players is not paying attention
- Routinely up-tiered to fighting enemy post-war tanks like T-54's and IS-3's
The Sla.16 diesel engine developed by Simmering-Graz-Pauker from Vienna. With a power output of around 750 hp, it was considerably more powerful than Maybach engine used by the Tiger I, Tiger II, and Panther tanks that had 690 hp. The Sla.16 was also proposed as the power unit for the infamous super-heavy Maus tank. According to various of sources such as Military Engineer and Amazing Porsche and Volkswagen Story, the engines were tested with positive results. The recommendation was that these diesel engines were to be attached to the heavy tanks and tank destroyers currently in production for increased efficiency of the vehicles. A diesel engine was mounted onto a Tiger II as a prototype built by Nibelungen Werke and went through testings, though results have not been found from this test. Further proposals also wanted the engine to be mounted in the Panther and Jagdtiger vehicles for increased power, but the war's constraint on supplies and Nazi Germany's capitulation resulted in the cancellation of these programs.
- Skins and camouflages for the Tiger II (H) Sla.16 from live.warthunder.com.
- RideR2's Realistic gunsight (TZF4a, TZF 5a/b/d/e/f/f2, TZF 9b/b1/c/d, TZF 12/a) for Pzkpfw II, Pzkpfw III, Pzkpfw IV, Pzkpfw V, Pzkpfw VI
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