Status Report: Grille 15 - WT E-100 replacement
so, it's here. The WT E-100 replacement, Grille 15.
By the summer of 1942, the German land forces command made a contract with the companies Krupp and Rheinmetall to create a SPG on the Panther hull. Several variants with 128mm K43 gun and 15cm sFH 43 howitzer were considered. These projects were called Grille 12 and Grille 15. Their armament was located in the back of the vehicle and they were different from each other only by the type of the gun. Later on, requirements were issued to install the 15cm L/63 gun on Grille 15 chassis. This gun could penetrate 200mm of armor at 4000 meters. The project was however stopped and no prototype was built.
Tier: 10 TD
Engine: 900 hp
Weight: 40 tons
Power-to-weight: 22,5 hp/t
Maximum speed: 60/20 km/h
Hull traverse: 26 deg/s
Turret traverse angle: 90 deg/s
Terrain resistance: 0,959/1,151/1,918
Hull armor: 30/16/?
Turret armor: 20/0/?
Gun: 15cm L/63 (no autoloader)