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Sd.Kfz. 234/1



Overview


Sd.Kfz. 234/1

Artist impression of Sd.Kfz. 234/1 reconnaissance vehicle with turret facing rearwards.
Source: Unknown author - © Copyright lies with original owner

Origin
Nazi Germany
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Entered service
Mid 1944
Status
Out of service
Development
Early 1944
Developer
Nazi Germany - Büssing-NAG
Production
June 1944 - Januari 1945
Producer
Nazi Germany - Büssing-NAG
Number produced
About 200

Details


Facts Sd.Kfz. 234/1
General
Origin
Nazi Germany
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Crew
4 (commander, driver, gunner, radio operator)
Dimensions
Weight
10.3 t
Length
5.86 m
Width
2.33 m
Height
2.10 m turret roof
Main armament
Type
20mm KwK-38 L/55 autocannon
Mount
Turret with open roof
Ammunition
250 rounds
Elevation
-4 to +70 degrees, manual
Traverse
360 degrees, manual
Sight
TZF3a telescopic sight
Secondary armament
Type
7.92mm MG42 machine gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
Ammunition
2.400 rounds
Chassis
Chassis type
Wheeled chassis, 8x8
Suspension
Leaf spring
Automotive
Engine
Tatra 103 14.8-liter V12 air-cooled diesel
Power output
210 hp
Fuel
240 L internal + up to 120 L in jerry cans
Mobility
Speed
90 km/h on road
Range
600 to 1.000 km on road
400 to 600 km off road
Power to weight ratio
20.4 hp/t
Turn radius
14.9 m
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.35 m
Wall
0.5 m
Trench
2.0 m
Gradient
30 degrees
Fording
1.2 m
Protection
Armor type
Steel
Armor thickness
30 mm hull front
10 mm hull sides
8 mm hull top and bottom
30 mm turret front
10 mm turret sides and rear
Turret roof
Open, with anti-grenade wire mesh screens
NBC system
No
Smoke system
No
Equipment
Night vision
No
Radio
Yes

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