Pz Kpfw V ausf F “PANTHER schmalturm” (prototype)

At the end of 1943 work was started to redesign the Panther‘s turret and avoid the rebound towards the hull of the projectiles that hit the gun mantlet. Although Rheinmetall made the design of a narrower turret, equipped with a new mantlet and with more armour, the design did not convince and Daimler-Benz was asked for another design in 1944. Daimler-Benz presented a turret designated as “Schmalturm” (narrow turret) in which a stabilized periscopic SZF1 gunsight was installed and the thickness of the front turret plate was increased to 120mm, incorporating a Tiger II‘s mantlet. The new tank, consisting of this new turret installed on the Panther ausf G chassis was designated Panther ausf F (Sd.Kfz-171) and was presented in October 1944.The production was scheduled to begin in April 1945, but the defeat of Germany truncated those plans and only a few hulls and turrets were built.

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Country of origin

Germany

Builder

Daimler Benz

Type

Heavy tank (HT)

Date

October 1944

Crew

5

Combat weight

45,000 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

8.86 x 3.42 x 2.98 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel, Hull front: 60mm – Hull side: 40mm – Hull rear: 40mm – Hull floor: 30mm
Steel, Turret front: 120mm – Turret side: 60mm – Turret Rear: 60mm – Turret Roof: 40mm

Powerplant

1 x Maybach HL-230 P30 V-12 petrol engine, 700 hp

Speed

46 km/h

Range

200 km

Armament

1 x 75mm Rheinmetall-Borsig KwK-42 L/70 anti-tank gun + 1 x 7.92mm MG.34 + 1 x 7.92mm MP.44 rifle

Production

8 hulls + 1 turret (prototype)