Panzer VII Löwe
|Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe|
|Place of origin||Germany|
76 metric tons (Leichter Löwe)90 metric tons (Schwerer Löwe)
The Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe (Lion) was a design for a super-heavy tank created by Krupp for the German government during World War II. The project, initially code-named VK 7001 (K), never left the drawing board, and was dropped in March 5/6th 1942 in favor of the heavier Panzer VIII Maus.
The Löwe was designed in two variants (both had crew of five):
- Leichter Löwe – weight of 76 tons, 100 mm frontal armor, rear-mounted turret, 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun and a coaxial machine gun, top speed 27 km/h. Later cancelled by Adolf Hitler.
- Schwerer Löwe – weight of 90 tons, 120 mm frontal armor, center-mounted turret, 105 mm L/70 high velocity gun and a coaxial machine gun, top speed 23 km/h. After redesign 140 mm frontal armor, 88 mm KwK L/71 gun, top speed 35 km/h