- Tech Tree
Hello, I want to bring attention to a vehicle that could be added to the game the Spähpanzer 2 Luchs. A German light tank/scout developed in the Cold War around 1964-1973 to replace the M41 Walker Bulldog and Schützenpanzer SPz 11-2 Kurz. It was produced between 1975–1977 with a total of 408 being built and used by the West German army. The vehicle was used from 1975 to 2009 when it was retired!
This vehicle would operate very similarly to the already existing Type 87 RCV (P) It has the same armament that being the 20mm just different models specifically the Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh 202, which is fully stabilized, has a dual feed system, and the gun has an elevation range of -15° to +69°. Two versions were made A1 and A2 variants. The biggest improvement among the two is the A2 had the addition of thermal imaging for better fighting capabilities at night. Additionally, the Luchs is a fully amphibious vehicle able to reach a maximum speed of 10km an hour in the water. While reaching a max speed of 90km/h on roads, with its Daimler-Benz OM 403 VA flex-fuel V10 engine. Something interesting to note os the vehicle can take both petrol and diesel giving the engine different outputs, 390hp for diesel and 300hp for petrol. The vehicle was designed to protect against 20mm DM 43 from the front while the sides are bulletproof from 7.62mm. Giving the vehicle a total weight of 20 tons giving it a Power-to-weight ratio (h.p./t) of 20 for the diesel option.
This is the A1 variant distinguished by its infra-red searchlight
I think this would be a great addition to the German tech tree as it would add a different playstyle and could bolster their 7.7 or 8.0 lineup. It would act as a scout that would be able to easily get around the map and scout targets out. While also being able to deal with low-hanging helicopters and aircraft with its 20mm main armament and 7,62 secondary.
Primary: Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh 202 cannon
- DM43A1: a 111 g incendiary armor-piercing shell with an initial speed of 1,100 m/s.
- DM48A1: a 120 g practice ammunition with an initial velocity of 1,045 m/s.
- DM51A2: a 120 g high explosive fragmentation shell with an initial speed of 1,045 m/s.
- DM63: an under-calibrated armor-piercing shell with a detachable sabot weighing 108 g with an initial speed of 1,150 m/s. This ammunition came into supply at the end of the 1980s.
- DM78A1: a 120 g disintegrating practice ammunition with an initial velocity of 1,045 m/s. To reduce its range on the firing range, it disintegrates after traveling a certain distance.
- DM81: a 120 g high explosive fragmentation shell with an initial velocity of 1,045 m/s.
dual feed belt system and the empty cartridge cases and belt links are ejected externally to the right of the turret.
Elevation/Depression: -15° to +69°
Roof-mounted: 7.62mm MG3 Machine Gun
Engine: 390hp Daimler-Benz OM 403 VA flex-fuel V10
Transmission: ZF 4 PW 95 H (4-Forward, 4-Reverse)
Chassis: hydraulic all (8) wheel drive
Max Speed: 90km/h
Weight: 20 tons
8x76 mm Smoke Grenade Launchers
Two propellers allow for amphibious maneuverability
2 plane stabilization
Gunner: Thermal Imager