PANZER Mk V PANTHER Ausf A (SdKfz 171)

PANZER Mk V PANTHER Ausf A (SdKfz 171)
Image: Panzer Mk V Panther Ausf A
YearAugust 1943
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank
Origin & DesignerGermany/Daimler-Benz, MAN, MNH & Demag
Numbers Produced2.200
Crew5 (Commander, Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 75mm L/70 KwK 42 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-8° to +18°
Turret Traverse360° (Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTFZ12a
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm MG34s or MG42s
Smoke Discharger92mm Grenade Launcher
Ammunition Carried82 x 75mm & 5.100 x 7.92mm + Smoke Grenades
Combat Weight45.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.56m
Fording Depth1.90m
Trench Crossing2.45m
Obstacle Clearance0.90m
Climbing Ability30°
ArmourHull Front: 80mm
Hull Sides: 40mm
Hull Rear: 40mm
Hull Top: 16-30mm
Hull Bottom: 16mm
Gun Mantle: 100mm
Turret Front: 110mm
Turret Sides: 45mm
Turret Rear: 45mm
Turret Top: 16mm
EngineMaybach HL 230 P30 (Petrol)
Transmission7 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range250 km
Maximum Cross Country Range100 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed46 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed24 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesPanther Ausf A was a result of various modifications carried out after the Kursk battles. Changes were made to the engine to combat overheating and these were done by improving the cooling and transmission systems. The hull MG position was improved by adding a ball mounted MG34 and other modifications included a new cupola and omission of the ammunition hatch located on the turret side. The first Panther Ausf As were issued to units in Russia and Italy, they also saw action in France and many were still in front line service in 1945.