For the Record: Straight Outta Supertest: StuG IV (pics, comparison)
Source: VK Wotleaks community Hello everyone, I am back with a couple more pictures of StuG IV. The vehicle description reads: “Based on the proposal of Ministry of Arms, in February 1942, Krupp design bureau started testing the installation of reworked StuG III superstructure on the new chassis of Panzer IV Ausf.H and J. First vehicles were mass-produced in December 1943, by January 1944 Krupp completely switched to their production from the Panzer IV. In total, 1108 vehicles were built, 31 more were made by converting existing tanks.” Comparing the vehicle with the elite StuG Ausf.G obviously makes no sense, since the elite StuG has the (unhistorical) 75mm L/70 (this gun did notfit the classic superstructure – an alternative project existed with the superstructure significantly reworked, but that was not the Ausf.G), so I will be instead comparing it to the “middle” version of StuG (second gun, everything else elited). The numbers are for 100 percent crew, the second number in brackets belongs to StuG Ausf.G (numbers are for 100 percent crew). Tier: 5 Premium Hitpoints: 360 (350) Weight: 25,9 tons (20,2) Engine power: 300 hp (440) Power-to-weight: 11,58 hp/t (21,78) Maximum speed: 38/10 km/h (40/10) Terrain resistance: 0,863/1,055/1,822 (1,055/1,342/2,205) Hull traverse: 40 deg/s (44) Viewrange: 310 (310) Radiorange: 646,6 (432,8) Armor: 80/30/? (80/30/30) (StuG IV has an advantage here with the side plates) Gun: 75mm (StuK 40?) (75mm PaK 39 L/48) Penetration: 106 (110) Damage: 110 (110) DPM: 1720,7 (1764,8 – with top gun, it has 1877,1 DPM) Reload time: 3,836s (3,76s) ROF: 15,643 (16,044) Accuracy: 0,345 (0,355) Aimtime: 1,53s (1,63s) Depression: -6 (-10) Gun traverse angle: 20 degrees (30 degrees) As you can see, StuG IV is – apart from armor – clearly inferior. Its mobility will almost certainly be worse (despite better terrain resistance) and its gun is generally inferior as well. While both vehicles will likely have good camo factor, notice that the StuG IV gun has a muzzle brake (unlike StuG III top gun), which means it will generally demask the vehicle more after it fires than the top gun of the StuG III. Gun traverse is also not very good, but sufficient.