8,8 cm Pak 43 (L/71)

By Christian Ankerstjerne

Production Costs

Production costs of the 8,8 cm Pak 43, 8,8 cm Pak 43/2, and 8,8 cm Pak 43/3.
Pak 43 Pak 43/2 Pak 43/3
Price - 20 000 Reichmark 21 000 Reichmark
Man-hours - 2200 2800
Production time - 8 months 6 months
Iron 7765 kg -
Molybdenum 48 kg -
Chromium 46.8 kg -
Silicon 17.1 kg -
Copper 3 kg -
Zinc 2.4 kg -
Nickel 24.8 kg -
Silver 1.6 g -

Technical Information

Pak 43 Pak 43/1 Pak 43/2 Pak 43/3
Gun
Caliber 88 mm
Weight of gun 3650 kg - 3400 kg -
Barrel length 6.280 m 6.298 m
Barrel length in calibers 71
Range (max) 15 150 m 10 900 m 9 700 m 9 000 m
Rate of fire 6-10 rounds per minute 6 rounds per minute 6-10 rounds per minute
Barrel life 1200 rounds
Mount
Maximum elevation 40° 20° 16° 13°
Minimum depression -8° -5° -8°
Traverse 360° 30° 28°

Armor Penetration

Round Shot type Weight (shot) Muzzle velocity Range
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m
Pzgr 39/43 APCBC-HE 10.20 kg 1000 m/s 202 mm 185 mm 165 mm 148 mm 132 mm
Pzgr 40/43 APCR 7.30 kg 1030 m/s 238 mm 217 mm 193 mm 171 mm 153 mm
Gr 39/3 Hl HEAT 7.65 kg 600 m/s 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm 90 mm

Accuracy

Round Range
100 m 500 m 1000 m 1500 m 2000 m 2500 m 3000 m 3500 m 4000 m
Pzgr 39/43 Training 100% 100% 100% 95% 85% 74% 61% 51% 42%
Action 100% 100% 85% 61% 43% 30% 23% 17% 13%
Pzgr 40/43 Training 100% 100% 100% 97% 89% 78% 66% - -
Action 100% 100% 89% 66% 47% 34% 25% - -

Sources

  1. JENTZ, Thomas L. & DOYLE, Hilary Louis. Germany's Panther Tank : The Quest for Combat Supremacy. Atglen, PA : Schiffer Military History, 1995. 156 p. ISBN 0-88740-812-5.
  2. JENTZ, Thomas L., DOYLE, Hilary Louis & SARSON, Peter. New Vanguard 1 - King Tiger Heavy Tank, 1942-1945. Oxford : Osprey Publishing, 1993. 48 p. ISBN 1-85532-282-X.