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German Balkenkreuz

Germany's VK1601 reconnaissance tank

Design

The VK1601 was only a prototype.2

Suspension

The suspension of the VK1601 had five road wheels that overlapped.2

Production

  • VK1601: 221

Specifications

  VK1601
Crew 31,2
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 16.5 tons2, 17.7 tons1
18,000 kg1
Length 16' 0.5"1
4.93 m1
Height 6' 9"1
2.05 m1
Width 7' 8"1
2.34 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 20 mm1
1: 20 mm KwK 382
Secondary  
MG 7.92 mm MG1
1: MG2
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1802
Secondary  
MG 1,4252
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 20 - 802, 801
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Maybach HL452
Maybach HL45P1
Cylinders  
Net HP 200@3,000 rpm2
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 19.25 mph1, 20 mph2
31 kph1
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 100 miles2, 124 miles1
200 km1
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Torsion bar2
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. AFV #15 Panzerkampfwagen I & II, Major-General N. W. Duncan
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