VT1-2

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VT1-2
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VT1-2
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8.3 8.3 8.3
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Description

The Doppelrohr-Kasemattpanzer Versuchsträger VT1-2 is a gift rank VI German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.91 "Night Vision" as a reward for the Operation Shipyard event.

The VT1-2 was the outcome of a project envisioned to create a successor for the Leopard 1. Its main focus was on the importance of firepower and speed, hence the dual Rheinmetall L44 (120 mm) cannons and non-existent armour. However the VT1-2 is still a very effective tank at its battle rating, with the left cannon possessing an auto-loader the VT1-2 can shoot 3 shells in 5 seconds. Not to mention the type of shells the VT1-2 possess, in this case the DM12 HEAT-FS which has 480 mm of penetration. The VT1-2 also has one of the fast hull traverse rates and can reach the speeds of 70 km/h in a matter of seconds.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull20 / 25 / 15
Turret20 / 25 / 15
Crew3 people
Visibility73 %

The VT1-2 has essentially no armour. With only 50 mm at the front, most incoming fire at its battle rating will result in the tank being potentially rendered useless or destroyed. Also the survivability of the crew is non-existent as all 3 crewmen are neatly lined up in a row, 1 nicely lined up shell would be enough to knock the crew out.

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 80 mm Front glacis

110 mm Lower glacis

50 mm Front

30 mm Rear

30 mm 30 mm Front

20 mm Rear

VT1-2 12.7 mm incapacitation.png

Note:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • 10 mm structural steel located behind ammunition racks.
  • 10 mm structural steel located on the right side of the auto-loader rack.
  • 12.7 mm machine guns can penetrate the the side armour at a specific point and possible kill the driver and gunner.

Mobility

 
Controlled suspension
It is possible to adjust the ground clearance or more complex suspension positions
Speedforward / back
AB77 / 44 km/h
RB and SB71 / 41 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
7 back
Weight43.5 t
Engine power
AB4 197 hp
RB and SB2 200 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB96.5 hp/t
RB and SB50.6 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 44 43.5 2782 4197 63.95 96.48
Realistic 71 41 1946 2200 44.74 50.57

The VT1-2 has the ability to climb to speeds of 70 km/h in a matter of seconds, with the help of 8 reverse gears, the reversing top speed is also 70 km/h. One of its features is the ability to adjust its suspension to allow it to change only its pitch (i.e lower the front and raise the back or vice versa), the height and roll cannot be adjusted. If the VT1-2 pitches up or down too much its top speed and manoeuvrability is significantly reduced, so it is recommended that the be lowered up to a point where speed and manoeuvrability is not negatively reduced to maximise gun depression and mobility.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 930 → 2 570 Sl icon.png
RB4 320 → 5 754 Sl icon.png
SB6 570 → 8 751 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications174 200 Rp icon.png
298 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training170 000 Sl icon.png
Experts580 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 120 / 160 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement ger.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_DM_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png

Recommended research path:

Parts > FPE > Adjustment of Fire (absolutely necessary for sniping) > Brake System (in order to be able to react and aim) > Filters | Elevation Mechanism > DM23 | Laser rangefinder

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

120 mm Rh120 L/44 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition12 rounds
Reload7.5 s
120 mm Rh120 L/44 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition18 rounds
First-order6 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 15°
Dual 120 mm Rheinmetall L44
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
18 -10°/+15° N/A Two-plane
Reloading rate (seconds)
Part Stock Prior +
Full crew
Prior +
Expert qualif.
Prior +
Ace qualif.
Left barrel
Right barrel
5.00
7.80
5.00
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5.00
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5.00
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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
DM12 HEATFS 480 480 480 480 480 480
DM13 APFSDS 393 390 384 376 367 359
DM23 APFSDS 410 408 401 393 384 376
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%
DM12 HEATFS 1,140 13.5 N/A 0.1 1640 +0.0° 65° 72° 75°
DM13 APFSDS 1,650 4.436 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 78° 80° 81°
DM23 APFSDS 1,640 4.3 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the VT1-2
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
30 6 (+12) 12 12 No

Note:

  • The first ammo rack is for the auto-loader
  • The first rack will replenished with the 2nd ammo rack's ammunition

Optics

VT1-2 Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X8.0 X16.1

Usage in battles

The VT1-2 excels when it comes to acceleration, high speed and low profile. This provides the opportunity to move into sniping positions early in the game or even capture midpoints. The tank is easily destroyed and should be played as if it was a glass cannon, i.e. you stay behind cover/concealment and scan the area using binoculars and/or the third-person view and then only moving into firing position when the coast is clear.

Engaging the enemy

Since the left barrel reloads at a constant 5 second rate and the right barrel in around 7 seconds, you can fire 3 shots within 5 seconds (left, right, left again) in the first engagement which lets you easily correct any error in distance estimation and/or finish off immobilized tanks. Using a custom sight from live.warthunder.com (such as this sight by shangxiang) is recommended in order to be able to quickly fire the second barrel without having to switch between armaments.

Things to be aware of

Be aware of guided missiles from helicopters on open maps. If you see helicopters, you might need to change plans and hide. Furthermore, if you have sniped 2+ enemies, the revenge plane is a common sight and you are an easy target for them unless you change position and move into a forest or populated area. In addition, the VT1-2 is often described as a "glass cannon", meaning that you must be wary of your surroundings as anything from an anti-air autocannon to any tank round poses a real threat to you, not to mention that your crew is seated in between your guns. This area is very lightly armoured just like the sides, so close range engagements with your sides exposed is not recommended.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Incredibly good mobility on and off road, courtesy of its extremely powerful engine
  • Twin 120 mm cannons are unrivalled at its rank:
    • HEAT-FS and APFSDS can penetrate almost any tank it encounters
    • Able to shoot 3 times within 5 seconds
    • One cannon is equipped with an autoloader
  • Very quick hull traverse
  • Due to the gun layout, the VT1-2 can position itself to fire one cannon while the other is behind cover

Cons:

  • Thin, mild steel armour cannot resist anything resembling anti-tank fire as low as 12.7 mm machine guns
  • 3 crew members are grouped together in the front of the tank, poor survivability
  • Cannons cannot traverse horizontally, hull aiming mechanic must be used for precise fire
  • Very difficult to fire on the move
  • No machine guns for fending off aircraft, highly vulnerable to air attack
  • No access to smoke grenades/shells/systems
  • Due to hull aiming, the hull tends to roll back or forward depending on terrain
  • When loading ammo on a capture point, the left ammo rack is fully loaded first, then the right ammo rack.

History

The project for an experimental turretless tank was started for development in Germany in the early 70's as part of the replacement program for the Leopard 1. The unusual layout of the "casemate" tank type had several advantages: the possibility of installing two cannons at once, increased protection due to low silhouette and enhanced protection in the hull front profile and also increased mobility due to a reduced weight compared to traditional tanks. As part of this innovative project, two vehicles were built under the general name of Versuchsträger (German: experimental platform). The first VT1-1 prototype was placed on a shortened chassis and was equipped with two 105mm rifled cannons with manual loading.

On the second VT1-2, two 120 mm calibre smoothbore cannons were used - the left cannon mounted with an automatic loader mechanism. Both of these prototypes used a number of parts and assemblies from the European "long-term production" experimental KPz-70. Since both vehicles were intended exclusively for the testing and development of new battle tactics, they were made from structural non-armour steel. Tests carried out by several NATO block countries, but they all left the project one by one and in 1985, Germany itself refused further development in favour of developing the Leopard 2 which was created according to a classic tank scheme.

-From: Devblog - Operation "Shipyard": VT1-2 - Doppelrohr-Kasemattpanzer

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Germany tank destroyers
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Based on Pz.V  Jagdpanther · Bfw. Jagdpanther
Based on Pz.VI  Sturer Emil · Ferdinand · Jagdtiger
  JPz 4-5 · Waffenträger · VFW · VT1-2
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