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Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma



Overview


Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma

Oblique view of Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma reconnaissance vehicle armed with 50mm L/60 cannon.
Source: Imperial War Museum - © Public domain

Origin
Nazi Germany
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Entered service
Late 1943
Status
Out of service
Development
Early 1943
Developer
Nazi Germany - Büssing-NAG
Production
September 1943 - September 1944
Producer
Nazi Germany - Büssing-NAG
Number produced
101
Designations
Puma (nickname, mostly used post WW2)

Details


Facts Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma
General
Origin
Nazi Germany
Type
Reconnaissance vehicle
Crew
4 (commander, driver, gunner, radio operator)
Dimensions
Weight
11.5 t
Length
5.86 m
Width
2.33 m
Height
2.38 m turret roof
Main armament
Type
50mm KwK-39 L/60 cannon
Mount
Turret
Ammunition
55 rounds
Elevation
Manual
Traverse
360 degrees, manual
Secondary armament
Type
7.92mm MG34 machine gun
Mount
Coaxial with main armament
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
80 km/h on road
Range
600 to 1.000 km on road
400 to 600 km off road
Power to weight ratio
18.3 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, rear and roof
NBC system
No
Smoke system
2x3 smoke grenade launchers
Equipment
Night vision
No
Radio
Yes

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Sd.Kfz. 234/1

The Sd.Kfz. 234/2 Puma was replaced in production by the cheaper to produce Sd.Kfz. 234/1. This variant was armed with the less powerful 20mm KwK-38 autocannon in an open roof turret.