Based on the PzKpfw IV chassis, the Jagdpanzer IV replaced the StuG III in early 1944. Weighing nearly 24 tons, it was armed with a 7.5 cm (2.95 in) PaK 39 L/48 gun with seventy-nine rounds, supplemented by one or two 7.92 mm (0.312 in) machine guns. This basic model was followed later in 1944 by the Jagdpanzer IV/70(V) (SdKfz 162/1) and IV/70(A) (SdKfz 162/2), both of which mounted a long barreled PaK 42 L/70 main gun.[N 1]
Requiring a crew of four men to operate, it had a Mayback HL 120 TRM engine that was capable of propelling it at speeds of up to 40 kilometers per hour. Producing 700 hp (522 kW), this engine gave the Jagdpanzer IV a max range of 130.5 miles (210 km).
The Jagdpanzer IV measured 22 feet 6 inches (6.85 meters) in length, 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 meters) in height over the turret hatch, and 10 feet 5 inches (3.17 meters) in width. Maximum armor thickness was 3.94 inches (100 mm).
- ↑ The only difference between the two marks was the manufacturer - the IV/70(V)s being built by Vomag, who supplied the PaK 42 L/70, while the IV/70(A)s were built by Alkett.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Forty, George. WW1 and WW2 Tanks. Southwater Books (Anness Publishing Ltd). 2012. ISBN 1 78019 190 1 Page 54
- ↑ http://www.militaryfactory.com/armor/detail.asp?armor_id=241