1/144 Scale German Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT Tank Destroyer.
Highly detailed tank with accurate Track detail.
Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT Tank Destroyer
- 1x Raketenjagdpanzer 2 HOT Tank Destroyer
In the 1960s, development of a missile carrier acting as 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 on a Hispano-Suiza HS-30 chassis. The vehicle carried lots of problems with the HS-30 chassis so only a limited amount was made at only 95 vehicles produced from 1961 to 1962. A second version was produced 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 service in 1967 for the German Bundeswehr. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 were produced from 1967 to 1968 with a total of 318 units produced.
hough slightly larger than the Raketenjagdpanzer 1, the Raketenjagdpanzer 2 had better automotive performances with a newer chassis and using a 500 hp diesel engine and a torsion bar suspension. The new vehicle chassis design allowed for an increased missile storage for 14 SS.11 missiles. The Raketenjagdpanzer 2 features 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. MG3 machine guns were added onto the vehicle for anti-infantry and anti-aircraft defense purposes.
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 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
. 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
igh Subsonic O
ptical Remote-Guided, T
ube-Launched) missiles with improved lethality and guidance system. The upgraded Raketenjagdpanzer 2 was called 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. This upgrade was called the Raketenjagdpanzer Jaguar 1.
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