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Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz

Prototype




Leichte Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz

Service Data:

In Service: 1945 to 1945

Production Data:

Manufacturer: Deutsche Eisenwerke
Chassis No:
Number built: 2

Technical Data:

Type: Prototype Anti-Aircraft Vehicle

Crew: 5 men
Length: 5.92 m
Width: 2.95 m
Height: 2.3 m
Weight: 25,000 kg
Fuel Capacity: 470 liters
Engine: 1 × Maybach HL 120 TRM 112 12 cylinder liquid cooled Vee petrol engine producing up to 272 hp at 2,800 rpm
Gearbox: 6 forward 1 reverse
Speed: road 38 km/h cross country km/h
Range: road 200 km cross country km
Armament:
2 × 3 cm MK 103/38
1 × 7.92 mm MG 34 machine gun
Ammunition:
main 1,200 rounds
secondary 900 rounds
Armour: 10 mm to 80 mm
Electronics: FuG 2 and FuG 5
Operators: Heer
Variants:
10.5 cm K18 auf Panzer IVa
10.5 cm le.F.H.18/1 L/28 IVb
10.5 cm le.F.H.18/1 (Sf) auf Gw IVb
10.5 cm le Pz.H 18/40/2 auf Gw III/IV
Bergepanzer IV
Brückenleger IV
Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind
Flakpanzer IV Ostwind
Heuschrecke 10
Hornisse / Nashorn
Hummel
Munitionspanzer IV
Munitionsträger Hummel
Munitionsschlepper für Karl Gerät
Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen 2 cm
Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen 3.7 cm
Infanterie Sturmsteg Panzer IV
Jagdpanzer IV
Leichte Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz
Panzerbefehlswagen IV
Panzerbeobachtungwagen IV
Panzerfähre
Panzer IV /70 A
Panzer IV /70(V)
Panzer IV als Tauchpanzer
Panzer IV Ausf. A
Panzer IV Ausf. B
Panzer IV Ausf. C
Panzer IV mit Minenrollern
Panzer IV Ausf. D
Panzer IV Ausf. E
Panzer IV mit Schachtellaufwerk
Panzer IV Ausf. F
Panzer IV Ausf. F2
Panzer IV Ausf. G
Panzer IV Ausf. H
Panzer IV Ausf. J
Panzer IV mit Nebelwerfer
Sonderausführung des Panzer IV
StuG IV
Sturmpanzer IV Brummbär

Other: Prototype Vehicles
Articles:

History:

The Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz (ball lightning) or abbreviated Flak Pz.Wg IV was a Wehrmacht self-propelled anti-aircraft gun developed during the Second World War. However by the end of the Second World War, only a small production run of 2 units had been completed. Unlike earlier self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, it had a fully enclosed, rotating turret.

The need for a specialised self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, capable of keeping up with the armoured panzer divisions, had become progressively more pressing for the Wehrmacht Armed Forces, as from 1943 on the Luftwaffe was to a lesser extent unable to protect against opposition fighter bombers.

Consequently a large number of makeshift and specially designed self-propelled anti-aircraft guns were built, many on the Panzer IV chassis, starting with the Flakpanzer IV Möbelwagen and progressing through the Wirbelwind and Ostwind models. The Kugelblitz was the final development of the Flakpanzer IV.

The original proposition for the Kugelblitz projected mounting a modified anti-aircraft turret developed for U-boats on the Panzer IV chassis, which was armed with dual 3 cm MK 103 Brunn guns a configuration known as Doppelflak. This was however abandoned as unrealistic, as development of this gun hadn't yet been finished, and anyway the whole production run of this gun turret was reserved for the Kriegsmarine.

Alternatively, the 3 cm MK 103/38 twin gun, a twinned mount version of the 3 cm MK 103/38, was used, which had also been fitted to the Henschel Hs 129 and Dornier Do 335. The rate of fire of the twin 3 cm MK 103/38 was 450 rounds a minute per gun.

The Kugelblitz had the chassis and basic superstructure of the Panzer IV, on which a recently designed turret was mounted. This turret was fully enclosed, with overhead protection and 360° traverse.

Gallery:

Leichte Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz picture 2

Leichte Flakpanzer IV Kugelblitz picture 3

Heer Comments

Sources:

German Military Vehicles.
ISBN-10: 087349783X

Armoured Fighting Vehicles of Germany World War II.
ISBN-10: 0214203077

Encyclopedia of German Tanks of World Two.
ISBN-10: 1854095188

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