Schutzenpanzerwagen 28 (and 31) "Hetzer" Tank Destroyer
|Mass:||35 (38) tonnes|
|Dimensions||Hull: length 6.6m; width 3.2m; height 1.9m|
|Power Source:||Fusion bottle|
|Propulsion:||Internal fans blowing a Beryllium re-enforced fabric skirt|
|Max Lift:||0.5 metres|
||5cm Powergun (28) or a 15cm
CAP (Combustion Assisted Plasma) (31) weapon.
Secondary Weapon: 2cm Tri-barrel
|Defensive Systems:||Limited capacity, Anti Buzz Bomb strip Mines|
|Artificial Intelligence computer suite rating||Medium|
|In use with:||Compagnie de Barthe|
|The tank destroyer design has many advantages
but also some drawbacks. The limited movement of the main weapon is - with
an ACV - largely (though not completely) offset by the manoeuvrability afforded
by the propulsion and lift system of a 'blower'.
The Schutzenpanzerwagen 28 (and 31) "Hetzer" has been used to mount a number of weapons including the 5cm HV (High Velocity) powergun on the model 28 and the 15cm CAP (Combustion Assisted Plasma) gun on the model 31. This latter weapon gives better penetration against armour but is less effective against soft skin targets (not the Hetzer's usual adversary).
Its low profile makes it hard to detect and harder to hit but fighting conditions are cramped. Henschel are working on a larger tank destroyer to much the same pattern mounting a larger weapon to replace the Hetzer.
This manufacturer specialises in Tank Destroyers and has several others on its books including the Rommel and the Marder
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