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Germany's Kugelblitz (Ball-Lightning), leichte Flakpanzer IV (3cm) Kugelblitz


The Kugelblitz was built on a PzKpfw IV chassis. Twin 3 cm MK 103/38 mounted in a low rounded open topped turret that was powered. Could fire 900 rounds/minute.


Was developed by Daimler-Benz and the guns by Rheinmetall-Borsig.

  • Kugelblitz: 2, 5
    • Production: February 1945
    • Manufacturer: Deutsche-Eisenwerke


  leichte Flakpanzer IV (3cm) Kugelblitz
Crew 5
Radio FuG5, FuG2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 24 tons, 25 tons
Length 5.92 m
Height 2.3 m
Width 2.95 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Main 2: 30 mm MK103/38
MG 7.92 mm MG34
Side arms  
Main 1,200
MG 900
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 80@10°
Hull Front, Lower 80@12°
Hull Sides, Upper 30@0°
Hull Sides, Lower 30@0°
Hull Rear 20@11° & 20@9°
Hull Top 12@85-90°
Hull Bottom 10@90°
Turret Front 30 round + 20@60°
Turret Sides 20 round + 20@60°
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL120TRM112
Cylinders 6 forward, 1 reverse.
Net HP  
Fuel type  
Traverse 360°, mechanical
360°/25 sec
Speed - Road 38 kph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 200 km
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits -5° to +70°
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  


  1. Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World War Two, Peter Chamberlain and Hilary Doyle, 1999
  2. German Tanks of World War II, Dr. S. Hart & Dr. R. Hart, 1998
  3. Profile, AFV Weapons #55, German Self-Propelled Weapons, Peter Chamberlain, H.L. Doyle, 1973
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