RakJPz 2

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Raketenjagdpanzer 2
germ_raketenjagdpanzer_2.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
7.7/7.7/7.7BR
4 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
50 / 30 / 30Hull
50 / 30 / 30Turret
Mobility
23.0 tWeight
76 km/h forward
76 km/h back
70 km/h forward
70 km/h back
Speed
Armament
2 x LFK SS.11 ATGMMain weapon
14 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
150 m/sFlight speed
6 500 mRange
keyboardmouseMethod of aiming
up to 5 km/hFire on the move
7.62 mm MG3A1 machine gunMachinegun
2 500 roundsAmmunition
1 000 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Economy
170 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
440 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png7 000 / 8 995/1 520 / 1 953/1 460 / 1 876Repair
130 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
440 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
× (208) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage RakJPz 2.jpg


The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 (RakJPz 2) is a Rank V German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows". Featuring the SS.11 anti-tank guided missile, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 serves as the missile's mobile platform. While lethal, the missile has to be manually guided and leaves the weak hull vulnerable as the operator steers the missile into the target.

General info

Survivability and armour

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

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 10 mm thick.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
23.0 N/A 76 (AB)
70 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 710 ___
Realistic/Simulator 442 ___
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 30.87 __.__
Realistic/Simulator 19.22 __.__

Armaments

Main armament

164 mm LFK SS.11 ATGM
Capacity Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
14 3 -10°/+20° ±90° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 22.02 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 14.88 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
12.00 12.00 12.00 12.00
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
LFK SS.11 ATGM 600 600 600 600 600 600
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Maximum Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Range (m) Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
LFK SS.11 ATGM 150 30 6,500 0.0 0.1 3,470 +0° 80° 82° 90°
Ammo racks
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
14 XX (X+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+) no

Machine guns

Main article: MG 3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm MG 3A1
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
2,500 (1,000) 1,200 -10°/+20° ±90°

Usage in the battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Stock (free!) ATGMs
  • Missiles can penetrate 600 mm of armour
  • Two missiles on top allow for rapid follow-up shots
  • Shares the same chassis as the Jpz 4-5, inheriting its mobility and low profile
  • Simple play style - guide the missiles to your target and it usually renders them helpless, if not outright blowing them up
  • Can potentially curve the missiles around targets behind cover
  • Has rapid firing smoke grenades
  • Exceptionally dangerous behind a low cover or an uphill facing downwards
  • Can operate at peak efficiency with just 2 crew members
  • Missiles can be used as a close-range weapon if needed
  • Excels in maps with a lot of open grounds
  • Has a 180 degree firing arc
  • Has infinite amount of rockets in AB, though each launcher has to be reloaded after firing 7 missiles

Cons:

  • In RB/SB, missiles are manually guided, making them harder to aim at longer distance, especially at moving targets
  • Missile platform cannot traverse past sides
  • Controls for missiles are very sensitive and its Y axis (up/down) is inverted
  • Very thin armour (although this rarely matters as it relies on concealment to ambush and deal damage)
  • Unable to fire missiles if the launchers are damaged, will require repairs first, which takes time
  • Vehicle left stationary and vulnerable when firing
  • Missiles on top act as exterior ammo racks and can be detonated
  • 14 missile stowage - each launcher carries 7 ammo, having to reload when all 14 missiles are fired
  • Very little empty space inside, penetrating shots are going to hit crew, ammo, or both
  • Optics prevent the missiles from being fired simultaneously at a certain angle and direction
  • Can't fire on the move

History

Development

In the 1960s, the German Bundeswehr commenced the development of a missile carrier to fit in a role of 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 the Hispano-Suiza HS-30 chassis. It also carried existing problems with the HS-30 chassis so only a limited amount of 95 vehicles was produced from 1961 to 1962. A second improved version was designed 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 Bundeswehr service in 1967. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 were produced from 1967 to 1968 for a total of 318 units produced.

Design

Though slightly larger than the Raketenjagdpanzer 1, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 had better automotive performances with the newer chassis and a 500 hp diesel engine and torsion bar suspension. The new vehicle chassis design allowed for an increased missile storage of 14 SS.11 missiles. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 featured 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 armor up to 3 kilometers away, with the missiles penetrating 600 mm of armor on impact, enough to take out most Soviet armor at the time. For personnel protection, a MG3 machine gun was also available for anti-infantry and anti-aircraft defense purposes.

Usage

The German Bundeswehr used the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 from 1967 as far as to the 1990s. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2's purpose was to engage enemy armor in the ranges between 1.5 to 3 kilometers away, which regular 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 armor 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 redesignated into the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT. This saw an improvement again between 1993 and 1995 when some extra armor, a new optic, and thermal imaging system were installed into the vehicle, turning it into the Raketenjagdpanzer Jaguar 1. The Raketenjagdpanzers were all retired by the end of the 1990s, never seeing combat in the Cold War.

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