JaPz.K A2

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Rank IV USSR | Premium | Golden Eagles
Tu-1 Pack
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GarageImage JaPz.K A2.jpg
JaPz.K A2
AB RB SB
8.3 8.3 8.3
Class:
Research:220 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:590 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The JaPz.K A2 is a rank VI German light tank with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull20 / 14 / 12
Turret40 / 20 / 20
Crew3 people
Visibility88 %

Even though it is angled at 62°, the hull armour of the JaPz.K A2 is relatively weak. In most cases, it will stop 20 mm cannons but any bigger calibre will have no problems punching right trough the hull armour which in most cases leads to an instant death, as the crew is sitting tightly packed together. Rapid firing autocannons such as the ones mounted on the Gepard or the ZSU-37-2 will have no problems shredding the Kürassier in less than a second.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 20 mm (62°) Frontal Glacis
20 mm (49°) Bottom Glacis
14 mm Top hull side
14 mm Bottom hull side
12 mm 5-10 mm
Turret 20-40 mm (19-69°) Turret front
40 mm (cylindrical) Gun Mantlet
20-40 mm 10-20 mm 10 mm
Cupola 10 mm(60°) 10 mm 10 mm 10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and torsion bars are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB66 / 10 km/h
RB and SB59 / 9 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight18.0 t
Engine power
AB611 hp
RB and SB320 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB33.9 hp/t
RB and SB17.8 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 66 10 18 455 611 25.28 33.94
Realistic 59 9 283 320 15.72 17.78

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 820 → 4 492 Sl icon.png
RB5 260 → 8 379 Sl icon.png
SB5 700 → 9 080 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications191 300 Rp icon.png
318 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training170 000 Sl icon.png
Experts590 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 180 / 230 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
3 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement ger.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_fr_CN105_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_fr_CN105_APDSFS_ammo_pack
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png

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.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition38 rounds
First-order12 rounds
Reload4.0 s
Vertical guidance-6° / 13°
Main article: PzK M57 (105 mm)

In terms of weaponry, the JaPz.K A2 carries the 105 mm PzK M57 which is very effective at dispatching almost every enemy tank with a well placed shot. It possesses an autoloader with a fixed 4-second reload time and a ready rack of 12 rounds. After the 12 rounds have been depleted, the user has to wait until the ready rack replenishes at least one round. This can be quite problematic as it takes a lot of time when in the heat of the battle.

Another important aspect is that the gun is not stabilized. Combined with the low weight of the vehicle, the player can have a hard time to lay its gun if coming from full stop or when firing consecutive shots due to recoil.

105 mm PzK M57 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 38 -6°/+13° ±180° N/A 28.6 39.5 48.0 53.1 56.5 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
Realistic 17.9 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0

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
OCC 105 F1 HEAT 400 400 400 400 400 400
OE 105 F1 Mle.60 HE 25 25 25 25 25 25
OFL 105 G1 APFSDS 346 344 335 326 315 306
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
OCC 105 F1 HEAT 1,000 10.95 0.05 0.1 1,020 62° 69° 73°
OE 105 F1 Mle.60 HE 700 12.1 0 0.1 2,000 79° 80° 81°
OFL 105 G1 APFSDS 1,475 3.41 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
OFPH 105 F1 700 11.4 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the JaPz.K A2
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
38 38 (+0) 13 (+25) (+31) (+37) Yes

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • The visual discrepancy concerns the number of rounds: 42 shells are modeled but only 38 shells can be fired. Rack 1 is therefore always empty.
  • Rack 3 and 4 (autoloader magazines) are first stage ammo racks. They total 12 shells.
    • These racks get filled first when loading up the tank and are also emptied first.
    • As the JaPz.K A2 is equipped with an autoloader, manual reloading of the gun is not possible.
    • Once the autoloader magazines have been depleted, you can't shoot until the loader has restocked the autoloader. The restocking time is longer than the normal reload time of the gun. Take this into account when playing.
    • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from rack 2 into rack 4 then 3. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.
    • The depletion order at full capacity is: 3 - 4 - 2.

Machine guns

Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity1 000 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Main article: MG3A1 (7.62 mm)

The JaPz.K A2 has access to the 7.62 mm MG3A1 machine gun. While it lacks any sort effective penetration, its high rate of fire can dispatch exposed crew members easily. The single belt contains 1,000 rounds with average velocity. It is largely inadequate against armour and should be used exclusively to dispatch exposed crew members or to destroy environmental objects such as fences with ease.

7.62 mm MG3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,000 (1,000) 1,200 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

With 2nd generation thermals on gunner optics, a laser rangefinder and one of the best APFSDS rounds at its rank against sloped armour, the JaPz.K A2 is a very potent sniper. Stick to areas with long lines of sight and utilize your superior long range firepower. Do not attempt to brawl, ever. The lack of stabilizer combined with the low weight of the vehicle means your gun will jump all over the place and will be slow to bring on target compared to its peers. Shots fired on the move are achievable only through sheer luck and it is almost impossible to squeeze a first shot if coming to a stop from full speed. If forced to close quarters combat like on urban maps, avoid direct confrontation: flank or ambush. The latter can be done extremely well due to your small size, excellent mobility and 4-second reload time.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 12-round autoloader with a 4-second reload time
  • Strong APFSDS shells
  • Has a smoke grenade launcher with 2 salvos
  • Has access to night vision device and 2nd generation thermal imager on gunner optics
  • Has access to a laser rangefinder with automatic sight adjustment
  • Commander gun controls, able to shoot back with an unconscious gunner

Cons:

  • Has thin armour that can be penetrated even by .50 cal machine guns
  • Lacks a stabilizer
  • No roof-mounted MG for anti-air purposes
  • Has only 3 crew members sitting close to each other
  • Very unstable gun: high recoil and low accuracy while moving
  • APFSDS is unlocked only at tier III
  • Mediocre mobility for a light tank
  • If the magazine runs out of rounds, the user has to wait until it is refilled to engage

History

The SK-105 Kürassier was developed in Austria by Sauer-Werk in response to military requests for a lightweight and mobile anti-tank vehicle. The first prototype arrived in 1967, with pre-production vehicles following in 1971. The vehicle consisted of a oscillating turret weapons platform possessing a potent 105mm cannon, atop the modified chassis of the already existing Saurer APC.

After its creation, the vehicle was adopted by the Austrian military, with a total of 286 being operated until the 1990s, while hundreds more were exported to countries around the world including Argentina, Morocco, Tunisia, and others. Argentina's order totalled 118 vehicles. In November 2005 the first prototype of the Patagón was delivered. This vehicle was to be a modernisation of the JaPz.K A2, replacing the original turrets with surplus AMX-13 (105) turrets, however the project was abandoned in 2008 due to authorities "considering the manufacture of the 40 planned units uneconomical".

Media

Skins
Videos

See also

  • AMX-13 - Similar tank designation and oscillating turret design
  • SK-105A2 - Domestic service version

External links


Germany light tanks
Pz.II  Pz.II C · Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.II F · Pz.Sfl.Ic
Sd.kfz 234  Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/2 · Sd.Kfz.234/2 TD
Marder  Marder A1- · Marder 1A3 · Begleitpanzer 57
Wheeled  Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Class 3 (P) · Radkampfwagen 90
Other  Ru 251
Argentina  TAM · TAM 2C · TAM 2IP · JaPz.K A2
Czechoslovakia  Pz.35(t) · Pz.38(t) A · Pz.38(t) F · Sd.Kfz. 140/1
USA  leKPz M41
USSR  SPz BMP-1