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Belgian Army JPK-90

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Introduction:

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While the Kanonenjagdpanzer was used primarily by West Germany in the Bundeswehr starting in 1965 the vehicle had a unique Belgian connection. By the 1970s the Belgian Army was looking for a new tank destroyer to replace its aging M47 Patton tanks while the Leopard 1 was filling the MBT role. The army had a limited budget and wanted a practical but cost effective vehicle to serve in the anti-tank role. Intrigued by the light and agile West German Kanonenjagdpanzer the Belgian Army placed its own order in 1975 for a total of 80 tank destroyers which was convenient considering they still had a stockpile of 90mm ammunition left over from the M47s. However the Belgian order were distinct from their German counterparts. Unlike standard kanonenjagdpanzers the Belgian ones were re-built with the power train, suspension and tracks of the Marder AFV. They were equipped with the native SABCA-Cobelda fire-control system which included a laser rangefinder and a limited form of stabilization. Belgian JPK-90s were also equipped with Lyran flare launchers, passive night-vision and an auto loading system. Considered state of the art for their time the tank destroyers stayed in Belgian service until 1990 when they were retired. In War Thunder the Belgian Army JPK-90 can be seen as a useful support vehicle in the proposed Benelux tech tree providing covering fire for teammates flanking the enemy team with its superior mobility. 

Photographs:

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Belgian JPK-90 on "Golden Crown" field maneuvers in Germany, September 1988

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Belgian JPK-90 Compilation 

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JPK-90 in field storage

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Technical Data:

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Specifications:

Dimensions: ( 8.75 m x 2.98 m x  2.085 m)

Weight: 30.5 tonnes

Suspension: Torsion bar

Transmission: RENK HSWL 194 planetary, 4 forward 2 reverse

Propulsion: MB 837 AA-500, 500 hp 

Speed: 70 km/h on road, 47 km/h off road

Crew: 3 men  (Driver, Commander, Gunner)

Armament: Rheinmetall BK 90/L40 gun, 51 rounds (auto loader)

                   2 x 7.62 mm MAG machine guns (one coaxial, one roof mounted)

                   2 x 71mm Lyran mortars

                    8 x smoke launcher canisters

Armor: 50-10 mm RHA

 

Sources:

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  • Armor. the Magazine of Mobile Warfare. (pg. 57). May-June 1976. Vol. LXXXV No.1  
  • Foss F, Christopher Jane's Armor And Artillery. (pg. 530). Volume 12. Jane's Publishing Company Limited. 1991 
  • Winnepenninckx, Patrick. Belgian JPK90. Trackpad Publishing. 2020 
  • https://chasseurs-a-pied-belges.be/musee/musee-jpk.htm

Check out the full Benelux Ground Forces Tree here for more interesting content!

 

 

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Also it has the belgian 7.62mm FN MAG 60-40 (the weapon which the M240 is a variant of)

 

Btw, tomorrow, 1st August, is the international belgian fries day

(obviously no mention of it on google...as they are considered as french by non-belgian people...and they decided to set the "french fries day" the day before their national day...merci les frouzes)

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