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".
Survivability and armour
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||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|
- Suspension wheels and torsion bars are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
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)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|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|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|OCC 105 F1||HEAT||1,000||10.95||0.05||0.1||1.02||62°||69°||73°|
|OE 105 F1 Mle.60||HE||700||12.1||0||0.1||2||79°||80°||81°|
|OFL 105 G1||APFSDS||1,475||3.41||-||-||-||78°||80°||81°|
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy
| Screen hold
| Explosive mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|OFPH 105 F1||700||11.4||20||5||25||50|
|38||38 (+0)||13 (+25)||7 (+31)||1 (+37)||Yes|
- 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.
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|
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
- 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
- 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
The SK-105 Kürassier was developed in Austria by Saurer-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".
|Germany light tanks|
|Pz.II||Pz.II C · Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.II C TD · 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 · DF105|
|Wheeled||Sd.Kfz.221 (s.Pz.B.41) · Class 3 (P) · Radkampfwagen 90|
|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|