Battle Pass vehicles: SPz 12-3

The German anti-tank IFV comes to the game as one of the main prizes in the upcoming Battle Pass season “Armour Breaking Ambusher”!

SPz 12-3, light tank, Germany, rank IV. Premium.


  • Recoilless anti-tank rifle
  • 20mm autocannon
  • Light armour

Anti-tank modifications on the Swiss-developed HS.30 armoured personnel carriers began to be introduced to the Bundeswehr in 1966. They were built as the long-chassis APC SPz 12-3 (SPz lg) with a roof-mounted rotary mount with an American M40A1 106mm recoilless rifle. This modification was a fighting vehicle with 5 men crew to control both the 20-mm automatic gun and anti-tank rifle. Since 1971, the anti-tank SPz 12-3 vehicles have been gradually withdrawn from the regular formations of the German army and replaced with the Marder infantry fighting vehicles. A small batch of SPz 12-3 was handed over to the Peruvian army, the rest of the vehicles were dismantled, used as targets at training grounds, or placed in museums.

The SPz 12-3, one of the main prizes of the new season of the War Thunder Battle Pass “Armour Breaking Ambusher'', is built on a chassis already familiar to weathered commanders of German vehicles by the Raketenautomat tank destroyer. The new vehicle will offer players more flexible gameplay. Thanks to the fast-firing 20mm cannon, the SPz 12-3 will find use in reconnaissance raids on the flanks and rear of the enemy lines, reaping light vehicles. At the same time, a more powerful 106 mm cannon with HEAT rounds will cope with the conventional armour on any tank on the battlefield, since ERA, spaced or composite armour are yet very rare here.

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As a ranger or armour breaking ambusher, the SPz 12-3 needs good mobility in order to quickly change positions and be the first to take advantage of cover. The weight of the machine is 16 tons, which creates low ground pressure. However, due to its relatively weak engine, the SPz 12-3 is not the best runner around, hitting a pretty decent 55 kph and handles off-road and low hills with ease.

Like all vehicles of this type, the SPz 12-3 is lightly armoured and can be penetrated at some parts of the hull and turret even with heavy machine guns.

The Armour Breaking Ambusher SPz 12-3 will be waiting for you in the new season of the War Thunder Battle Pass. Very soon we will tell you about all the prizes and the conditions for receiving them - stay tuned!


That’s a pretty neat vehicle, I’m looking forward to this one

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Free reward?

I hope so, but i dont know it sayed main reward.

Wow actually new vehicle.
Oh… wait… again ppl have to skip
Ok we will wait for next one BP

It’s the main prize, so no.

is this a bad joke or what? the stupid raketenautomat was just a stupid prototype and we got it in the research tree and now we have this tank that got actually put in service and we only got it in the stupid battle Pass for a limited time?

does gaijin really care so little about things like that?

Imagine skipping a cool vehicle.

imagine supporting gaijins weird way of deciding what vehicles will be researchable and which one end up behind a paywall or time limited event/BP. This tank has absolutely no reason to be only available in the BP, it should have been reasearchable a long time ago, especially considering what other vehicles actually ended up in the research tree

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Variants of, or prototypes, limited run, are the premium options.
Production always is priority for TT, of which this is not.

I peed myself

Raketenautomat is build on the same chassis, never put in service, never used by the Bundeswehr,
This version was, not as a standard version but still used and only version of the SPz that is not just armed with a 20mm gun

Is this serious?
This is going to be the lowest active BP ever.

This thing was a mass produced service IFV. Even the recoilless rifle as additional equipment was quite frequent. Every Panzergrenadier Battallion of the early BW had a couple of these upgraded as tank destroyers. To be precise 1 of these upgunned ones per coy (So one out of four had this gun).

Sadly the same fate like the Pak Puma of the Wehrmacht. Mass produced vehicle, light TD, probably fast … but locked behind a paywall as event/BP vehicle.



Some can even be seen at recent tank shows.



it is just sad to see how little gaijin cares about stuff like that. the SPz is one example among many others that just show what an absolute mess gaijins decisions making is

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The biggest joke is that the BR for this is… 6.7.

Not 5.7 or 5.3.


6.7 is M50, which is absolutely lethal, accelerates fast. 7.3 is the Raketenautomat which shares the slow chassis of the Spz 12-3 but is… absolutely lethal.

Spz 12-3 is neither lethal nor fast.

In fact, it’s worse than the Italian armored cars at 6.3.

I wanted a bad BP vehicle so I’d not feel the urge to grind it out, but not this bad.