Bergepanzer TIGER (P)

Due to the enormous weight of the last German armoured vehicles, it was decided to start a project to equip the armoured units with recovery vehicles to support these gigantic machines. In September 1943, the Bergepanzer Tiger (P) appeared. Three VK 45.01 (P) Tiger prototype chassis from Porsche were modified with the assembly of a superstructure and various recovery devices, such as a small crane, timber beams and rams, although no special equipment was included for recovery itself. Two more examples were built by modifying two hulls from damaged Ferdinand tank destroyers that could not be modified as Elefant.

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Country of origin

Germany

Type

Armoured recovery vehicle

Entered service

1943

Crew

4

Combat weight

47,200 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

6.80 x 3.38 x 2.70 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: Hull front: 100mm – Hull side: 80mm – Hull rear: 80mm – Superstructure roof: 30mm

Power plant

2 x Maybach HL.120 TRM petrol engine, 296 hp each

Power, (total)

592 hp

Speed

35 km/h

Range

150 km

Armament

1 x 7.92mm MG.34 machine gun

Production

Total 5: 3 converted from Porsche VK.451 P Tiger prototypes + 2 converted Ferdinands