For the Record: RU251 Historical Characteristics
Hello everyone, just a quick rundown of the RU251, upcoming tier 8 light tank. The numbers come from a reliable source, its author however does not wish to be listed as some of the materials concerning this tank are actually still considered confidential by the Bundeswehr. The picture above was taken recently. The location of the tank is currently confidential and to be quite honest, taking pictures of it is not exactly something people should do, that’s why the picture is so scrambled. There were more pictures taken and Wargaming has them at their disposal, hence the historical accuracy of the RU251 model in the game. Empty weight: 24 tons Combat weight: 25,5 tons Engine type: MB 837 Aa. (same engine as the Jagdpanzer Kanone, V8 multifuel) Engine output: 500 horsepower Power-to-weight: 19,6 hp/t Maximum speed: 80 km/h Armor Front – 30mm Side – 20mm Rear – 8mm Mantlet – 30mm Turret – 20mm Gun: 90mm Bord Kanone (firing AP/HEAT/HESH in the game, all rounds historical – AP round was called DM13, could be fired from 90mm M36/M41 in German service, expect cca 175mm PEN in the game). History (published earlier) The Spähpanzer Kette was designed to replace the Germany Army’s old American M41 light tanks in the reconnaissance role. Its development began in 1960 and a prototype was completed in 1963. It mounted a Rheinmetall turret armed with the 90mm Bordkanone as used in the Jagdpanzer Kanone. By the middle of the 1960s the Leopard tank was in production and it was decided that reconnaissance units did not need their own specialist vehicles. The development of the Spähpanzer Kette was dropped without any further vehicles being built and its role was given over to the Leopard. With hindsight, this may have been a hasty move as the wheeled Spähpanzer Luchs was eventually developed to take back this role from the Leopard.