TIGER E development (VK 45.01 P + VK 45.01 H)

On May 26, 1941, a meeting was held to discuss the problems to counteract the British guns and tanks and what could be the most effective solution. At that meeting was Adolf Hitler, who advocated the development of heavy tanks already started by Henschel and Porsche, so that in the summer of 1942 there would be 6 units of each firm ready for testing. The new tank would have 100mm front and 60mm side armour and would retain the 88mm KwK gun from the Porsche prototype, although orders were given to upgrade it to match Rheinmetall’s Flak 41 model. This meeting would eventually become the embryo of the mythical “Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf E (Sd Kfz 181)”, known worldwide as “the Tiger tank”.

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Country of origin



Porsche KG (VK 45.01 P) – Henschel (VK 45.01 H)


Heavy tank


VK 45.01 P: 1940-42 – VK 45.01 H: 1941-42



Combat weight

57,000 kg

Dimensions (length x width x height)

VK 45.01 P: 9.34 x 3.38 x 2.80 meters – VK 45.01 H: 8.45 x 3.70 x 2.93 meters

Armour, (maximum)

Steel: Hull front: 100mm – Hull side: 80mm – Hull rear: 80mm – Hull floor: 25mm
Steel: Turret front: 100mm – Turret side: 80mm – Turret Rear: 80mm – Turret Roof: 25mm

Power plant

VK 45.01 H: 1 x Maybach HL.210 P45 gasoline engine, 650 hp
VK 45.01 P: 2 x Porche Typ 101/1 gasoline engine, 320 hp each coupled to an electric motor


VK 45.01 P: 50 km/h – VK 45.01 H: 45 km/h


VK 45.01 H: 140 km


1 x 88mm KwK-36 L/56 gun + 2 x 7.92mm MG.34


92 x 88mm rounds + 4,800 x 7.92 mm rounds


VK 45.01 P: 10 completed vehicles – VK 45.01 H: 3 completed vehicles