Panzer VII Löwe
|Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe (VK7201)|
Drawing of proposed Löwe
|Place of origin||Germany|
|Wars||World War II|
|Designed||1 November 1941–20 July 1942|
|Crew||5 (driver, commander, gunner, loader, radio operator)|
|1 × coaxial machine gun|
|Speed||27–35 km/h (17–22 mph)|
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 70.01 (K), never left the drawing board, and was dropped in 5–6 March 1942, in favor of Porsche's heavier Panzer VIII Maus.
The Löwe was designed in two variants, unofficially designated Leichter Löwe (light lion) and Schwerer Löwe (heavy lion), both with a crew of five:
- Leichter Löwe
- It was to weigh 76 t (75 long tons; 84 short tons), with 100 mm (3.9 in) of frontal armor, a rear-mounted turret, a 10.5 cm (4.1 in) L/70 high velocity gun, and a coaxial machine gun, with a top speed of 27 km/h (17 mph). It was later cancelled by Adolf Hitler.
- Schwerer Löwe
- It was to weigh 90 t (89 long tons; 99 short tons), with 120 mm (4.7 in) frontal armor, a center-mounted turret, a 10.5 cm L/70 high velocity gun, and a coaxial machine gun, but only managing a top speed of 23 km/h (14 mph). After redesign it had 140 mm (5.5 in) frontal armor, 8.8 cm (3.5 in) L/71 gun, and a top speed increased to 35 km/h (22 mph).
- Tiger I, a vehicle that it was designed to replace
- Tiger II, another vehicle it would have replaced
- P. 1000 Ratte, a similar German super-heavy tank
- P. 1500 Monster, another similar German super-heavy tank
- Achtung Panzer (1996)
- B. 2015.
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- B., David (11 February 2015). "Panzerkampfwagen VII Löwe (VK 70.01) Heavy tank – Paper project (1942)". Retrieved 23 July 2017.