A new German Tier IX medium tank will soon be sent to the Supertest: the Kunze Panzer.
The main feature of this vehicle is its Siege Mode. As opposed to the Swedish medium tanks (and the STB-1), Siege Mode is not switched on automatically in the Kunze Panzer. You have to enable it manually as with the Swedish tank destroyers. Additionally, another feature of the vehicle is the way its turret is mounted: it’s tilted 5 degrees forwards. In Siege Mode, the gun depression angle is increased (up to -15 degrees considering the turret’s tilt) and shooting accuracy is improved at the cost of decreased maneuverability, gun stabilization, and rate of fire.
With a 390 hit points damage per shot, the standard APCR shell penetrates 268 mm, and the special HEAT shell penetrates 300 mm of armor. The vehicle’s armor is rather thin. Its turret has only 63 mm of steel in the front and the vehicle’s durability is 1,600 hit points.
The Kunze Panzer is very different from normal medium tanks. It plays the role of a positional sniper in Siege Mode, and it can efficiently support its allies at medium ranges in Travel Mode thanks to its high damage per minute. Its full potential can only be reached if both gameplay styles are combined in the right way.