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Author: Mizutayio

I am sure a couple of you guys know or have heared about the HS 30 with the 90mm gun and the MOWAG Pirat Tank destroyer.
There are very few pictures about these tanks. Infact you might have seen them already.
HS 30

MOWAG Jagdpanzer Pirat (early)

Jagdpanzer Pirat (late)

Didn’t help that these Tanks don’t come with much information, so during my many archive visits i went looking for these Tanks as well. And what I’ve found was more than just Interesting.
There was a Document within the Archives that did cover the Trials of the MOWAG Pirat and the HS 30 compared to the Panzer 51 ( AMX 13 75) that also came with a lot of Pictures and Specifications.
Now before i’ll show the Pictures i have to say something: While in my earlier Articles most people didn’t mind, some people got angry about me putting watermarks on the Pictures with the reason being that I didn’t take the Original Pictures back in the 50s or 60s. And that they were to big. I did change the big watermarks, but i can’t do without *since it’s either me who went to the archives in Person or WG/ some other guys on the internet who then claim that it’s theirs.

Well that being said here are the Pictures followed by the Specifications
Tank number 1 Mowag Pirat, 3 + 4 *HS 30*

Comparison of gun depression between MOWAG Pirat ( front) HS 30 (middle) and Panzer 51 (rear)*

Mowag Pirat and HS 30 with Max Elevation and Depression*

Comparison of the HS 30 with the Panzer 51*

Panzer 51 and HS 30 from the Front*

Rear view*

Another HS 30 picture from the Rear*

HS 30 at maximal depression*

HS 30 at maximal elevation*

Mowag Pirat turret facing left*

Turning the Turret*

Turret facing right *

Mowag Pirat compared to Panzer 51 sideview*




HS 30:
Length 5600 mm *(5510 mm without gun)
Width: 2510 mm
Heighth: 2440 mm
Weight: 13.5 tons

Ground Pressure Offroad: 0.62 kg/cm²
Ground Pressure Onroad: 14 kg/cm²
Links per Track: 90
Track Width: 350 mm

Engine: 8 cylinder Rolls Royce – Petrol engine
Bhp: 240 hp
HP/ton ratio: 17.8
Top Speed: 60 km/h

Armor f/s/r: 30/15/10
Turret f/s/r: 30/15/10

Gun: 9cm Pak. 57
Elevation 23°
Depression 15°

Secondary Arnarment: 12.7 mm MG for Rangefinding mounted on Gun

MOWAG Pirat:
Length: 5360 mm
Width: 2410 mm
Heigth: 2430 mm
Weigth: 12 tons

Ground Pressure offroad:0.56 kg/cm²
Ground Pressure onroad: 8-10 kg/cm²
Links per track: 87
Track Width: 350mm

Engine: 8 cylinder Chrysler or Ford – *Petrol engine
Bhp: 240 hp
HP/ton ratio: 20
Top speed: 60 km/h

Armor f/s/r: 20/15/15
Turret f/s/r: 20/15/10

Gun: 9cm Pak. 57
Elevation 23°
Depression 15°

Secondary Arnarment: 12.7 mm MG for Rangefinding mounted on Gun
As you can see, both are very good tanks just by looking at them, why they didn’t get produced in great numbers i don’t know. but In World of Tanks we’d likely see the HS 30 as a Tier 7 light scout tank and the Mowag Pirat as a tier 8 light scout tank.
If you guys have any questions about these tanks, let me know in the Comments. and i’ll try to answer them to the best of my abilities.