Wiesel 1 TOW

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Wiesel 1 TOW
Details
Tier / Class:
5 TD
Nation:
Germany
Dealer:
Sophie Wölfli
Reputation:
135,300
Cost:
1,920,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
550 (650)
DPM:
3,000
Penetration:
430 (630) mm
Hit Points:
1,180
Hull F/S/R:
8 / 8 / 8
Turret F/S/R:
8 / 8 / 8
Max Speed:
80.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
3.40 (2.93) s
Hull Traverse:
49.10 (56.30) deg/s
Camouflage:
38%
Vision:
410 m
Accuracy (Spread):
N/A°
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0 / -8.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
60.00 deg/s

The Wiesel 1 TOW is a tier 5 Tank Destroyer originating from Germany, and is sold by Sophie Wölfli. It can be unlocked from the M113 ACAV, and leads to the FV438 Swingfire.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • High spot and rof: had high spotting ranges and rate of fire.
  • Missile weapons only: this vehicle only had weaponry.

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Featuring excellent mobility and a potent ATGM launcher, the Wiesel 1 TOW is an ATGM-only vehicle which functions as a long-range sniper. With excellent camouflage, a good view range, and excellent gun depression, the Wiesel 1 TOW is tailor made for long range ridge poking and sniping, relying on its camo rating and mobility to compensate for ineffective armor.

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Excellent camouflage rating
  • Very good mobility
  • Very good gun depression

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Negligible armor
  • Only fires ATGMs
  • Only 180° Firing Arc to the Front

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

With a reliance on firepower and mobility, upgrading to the BGM-71C TOW ATGM and 069 S-5 Diesel Engine should be an early priority, to capitalize on the strengths of the vehicle.

Retrofit Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Augmented Optics
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Pioneer Tool Kit

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Commander: Sabrina Washington, to improve the camo rating, view range, and crew stats
  • Driver: Spin to Win, Off-Road Driving

Armor[edit | edit source]

Wiesel 1 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 8/8/8 Steel 8/8/8 Steel
Due to its role as a Recon support vehicle for infantry air drops, the Wiesel only utilizes 8mm of sloped steel, offering some resistance to small arms fire.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

TOW ATGM Launcher
Missile Name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Reload Time Missiles in Launcher Reload within Launcher Burst Fire Rate Splash Radius Flight Agility Self-Guided
BGM-71A TOW ATGM HEAT Stock 550 430mm 200m/s 14.00s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 4.28rd/min 0m {{{agility}}}deg/s No


BGM-71C TOW ATGM HEAT 45,265 650 630mm 250m/s 14.00s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 4.28rd/min 0m {{{agility}}}deg/s No


Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Audi EA831 S-4 Petrol Engine Stock Stock 80.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.40s {{{0-max}}} 49.10deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Volkswagen 069 S-5 Diesel Engine 6,585 188,235 80.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 2.93s {{{0-max}}} 56.30deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Wiesel 1 TOW Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
GALIX 17 Smoke Grenades 15,800 451,765 Provides 8 total smoke deployments with a 2-round magazine. Smoke can be fired every 6 seconds. The magazine takes 80 seconds to reload.


History[edit | edit source]

Class: Reconnaissance Vehicle
Developed: 1969-1987
Service: 1987+
Vehicles Built: 210
Operators: Germany

At first glance, the Wiesel represents an interesting throwback to the pre-war era of tankettes: tiny, cheap vehicles that served more as slow, mobile machinegun nests than actual armor. And it is not just a passing resemblance as the Wiesel's role on the battlefield does not fundamentally differ from that of the tankettes of old.

Development of the Wiesel began around 1969 when the West-German military decided to find a replacement for the Kraftkarren quad, used by German paratroopers. These were basically unarmored and more protection was required. On the other hand, the vehicle had to fit into a CH-53G helicopter. This meant it had to be small in size and also imposed severe weight constraints on the project since it only had a carrying capacity of 6 tons.

The development process was incredibly convoluted because the original contest, won by Porsche, was canceled in 1979 only to be restarted in 1981 following a rather vocal and negative (to put it mildly) feedback from German paratroopers who were counting on retiring their Kraftkarren quads. Porsche won this new contest as well following some modifications to the design. The result of the development was a very unique type of light vehicle. It only had a crew of two, weighed approximately 3 tons and had very thin steel armor, essentially protecting the crew from 7.62mm small arms only. Of course, it was not the Wiesel's role to just stand there and take punishment. The vehicle had excellent overall survivability thanks to its small size, firepower and speed.

The vehicle was officially accepted into service on June 5, 1987. A production contract was signed in March 1988 for 243 vehicles (210 vehicles with a TOW ATGM launcher and 133 vehicles with a 20mm autocannon), which were delivered between 1990 and 1992. The Wiesel 1 TOW is currently still in German service. Since its introduction, it has been used mostly in various peacekeeping operations as part of the German contingent (Germany remains the sole user). The Wiesel 1 TOW has therefore appeared over the years in former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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