Monday, December 13, 2010

JAGUAR 2 Vehicle Panzer Tank Destroyer German Army

Jaguar 2 ATGW Vehicle

The Jaguar 2 ATGW panzer Rakete was a modern Tank Destroyer and featured the SS-11 missile, but has since been discontinued and upgraded/replaced. There were 370 built in 1967/68, and they share the same chassis with the now-defunct Jagdpanzer Kanone 90mm Self Propelled Anti- Tank Gun. Between 1978 and 1983 316 of the original Raketes were rebuilt and their missiles upgraded to the more advanced Euromissile K3S HOT ATGW. Armour on the front and sides was upgraded with applique packages to improve protection against HEAT warheads, and a 2nd generation thermal imager was added. These rebuilt vehicles were designated Jaguar 1s.

Between 1983 and 1985, 162 vehicles were converted to the Jaguar 2, which fires TOW missiles. Before 1995 the tank destroyers were an army branch for themselves; they are now integrated into the mechanized infantry (Panzergrenadiere, PzGren) as the 6th company of a PzGren battalion. The Jaguar platoons consist of five vehicles (two sections of two plus the platoon leader). They are to make up for the lack of anti tank capability of the Marders (which, as you know, have just one Milan launcher per platoon).

 Jaguar 2 ATGW Vehicle
Crew: 4
Armament: TOW missile launcher, 1 x 7.62mm coax MG, 1 x 7.62mm AA MG
Ammunition: 12 TOW missiles, 3200 rounds of 7.62mm
Armour: about 50mm max (estimated),
Armour Type: Steel
Length: 6.61 meters
Width: 3.12 meters
Height: 2.54 meters including launcher, 1.98 m to hull top
Combat Weight: 25,500 kg
Engine: Daimler-Benz MB 837, 8 cylinder water-cooled diesel
Max Road Speed: 70 km/h
Max Water Speed: ford 1.2 m with preparation
Max Cruising Range: 400 km


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