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Spähpanzer SP I.C., PT1 & PT2
The Spähpanzer SP I.C. PT2
Type Light tank
Place of origin Germany
Service history
In service Never saw service
Production history
Designer Hotchkiss; Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz
Designed 1956
Manufacturer Hotchkiss; Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz
Unit cost Classified
Produced 1956-1962
Number built 1
Weight 8.92 t (8.78 long tons)
Length 4.42 m (14 ft 6 in)
Width 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in)
Height 2.39 m (7 ft 10 in)
Crew 3 (commander/gunner, driver, loader)

Armor 10–15 mm (0.39–0.59 in)
1 × 90 mm Mercar (Mecar) or 1 x 90 mm Mercar mit "Mehrladeeinrichtung"
1 x MG42 GPMG or coaxial smoke grenade launchers
Engine Hotchkiss 6-Zyl. Benzin 195/164/154 PS
195/164/154 hp
Power/weight 30 PS (hp)/tonne
Suspension Hydropneumatic;
Traverse speeds:
PT1=40; PT2=44
Ground clearance 400 mm
Fuel capacity 270 litres; 85 litres reserve
Speed 58 km/h (36 mph)

The Spähpanzer SP I.C. (also known as SP 1.C. The "SP" in SP I.C. is short of Spähpanzer, German for "Scout Tank") was the experimental model of a reconnaissance scout light tank with anti-tank components. It was developed in order to increase the anti-tank capabilities of recon tank battalions, but the project eventually declined. There are two blueprint prototype versions of the SP I.C.[citation needed] The single tank built can be seen in the Wehrtechnische Studiensammlung Koblenz[citation needed].

Other Specifications

  • Ground pressure - 0.68 kg/cm²
  • Climbing ability - 600 mm
  • Coupling - Single-plated dry clutch
  • Steering - Cletrac compensation steering gear
  • Brake - hydraulic disc with pump storage system
  • Drive - Torsion bar suspension with mechanical shock absorbers
  • Canon barrel length - 2000 mm
  • Ammunition - Fin-stabilized projectile shaped HE charge or
    AP/APCR rounds
  • Muzzle velocity - AP or APCR = 630 m/s
    HE = 338 m/s
  • Maximum ammo load - 18 - 50 rounds; depending on cannon


See also


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