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  • Kanonenjagdpanzer (Jagdpanzer Kanone - JPK) Tank Destroyer

    The Jagdpanzer Kanone was produced from 1965 to 1990 and served the nations of West Germany and Belgium throughout the Cold War.

     Updated: 4/12/2017; Authored By JR Potts, AUS 173d AB; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    In World War 2 the German Army developed tank hunters, the "Panzerjagers" or tank destroyers - a classification of armored vehicle that was specifically designed to counter the presence of enemy tanks through sheer firepower. They first mounted a proven 75mm anti-tank gun on a medium tank chassis and used an open turret configuration that sported a three sided armor shield arrangement for crew protection and maximum operating space. Many designs were based on existing equipment availability and even included using captured equipment from the Polish and French armies as the war wore on. Most often times, the hulls were of tank systems that had passed their prime as true tank systems and found new life as dedicated tank destroyers.

    After the war's end in 1945, Germany had no need for their own standing army with the country now divided between the Allies and the Soviet Union in an "East meets West" fashion. At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, the United States called for the rearmament of West Germany in order to help defend Western Europe from a possible Soviet land invasion. The first prototypes of the "Kanonenjagdpanzer" were built in 1960 by Hanomag and Henschel for the West German Army. This tank destroyer was designed with a low profile and high mobility, increasing her battlefield survivability rate in case war would find Europe once more.

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    Kanonenjagdpanzer (Jagdpanzer Kanone - JPK) Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1965
    Type: Tank Destroyer
    National Origin: Germany
    Manufacturer(s): Henschel / Hanomag - West Germany
    Production: 850

    Design (Crew Space, Dimensions, Weight, and Systems)

    Operating Crew: 4
    Length: 28.71 feet (8.75 meters)
    Width: 9.78 feet (2.98 meters)
    Height: 6.86 feet (2.09 meters)

    Operating Weight: 28 tons (25,700 kg; 56,659 lb)

    Nuclear / Biological / Chemical Protection: Yes
    Nightvision Equipment: None

    Installed Power and Standard Road Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x MTU MB 837 Aa 8-cylinder water-cooled diesel engine delivering 500 horsepower.

    Maximum Road Speed: 43 mph (70 km/h)
    Maximum Road Range: 239 miles (385 km)

    Armament and Ammunition

    1 x 90mm Rheinmetall BK 90/L40 main gun
    2 x 7.62mm MG3 general purpose machine guns
    8 x Smoke Grenade Dischargers

    Not Available.

    Global Operators / Customers

    West Germany; Belgium

    Model Variants

    Kanonenjagdpanzer - Formal Series Designation

    Jagdpanzer Kanone - Alternative Series Designation.