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Tank Academy: Focus on the Spähpanzer SP I C


After a long break, we are happy to announce that the Tank Academy is back with new articles! From now on, we will expand its subject area and include guides for several vehicles in the game. Of course, there are still some general topics left, which will be covered eventually, but today we are putting a very special German light tank in the spotlight.

Spähpanzer SP I C

The Spähpanzer SP I C (Spähpanzer = armoured reconnaissance vehicle), a German Tier VII Light Tank, replaced the Aufklärungspanzer Panther in Update 9.9, and now connects the VK 28.01 with the Spähpanzer Ru 251 and leads to the Indien-Panzer as well. Also, it's one of the very few German vehicles that can be equipped with an autoloading gun.


General90 mm Mecar mit Mehrladeeinrichtung
  • Structure: 880 HP
  • Armour:
    • Front: 10 mm
    • Side: 10 mm
    • Rear: 10 mm
  • Turret armour:
    • Front: 15 mm
    • Side: 10 mm
    • Rear: 10 mm
  • Weight/Max. Weight: 9.5 t/ 10.9 t
  • Engine power: 195 hp
  • Power-to-weight ratio: 20.53 hp/t
  • Fire chance: 20 %
  • Top speed: 58 km/h
  • Hull traverse speed: 44°/sec
  • View range: 400 m
  • Radio range: 750 m
  • Rate of fire: 6.92 shots/min
  • Reloading time per magazine: 20 s
  • Reloading time per shell: 3 s
  • Magazine capacity: 3 shells
  • Penetration/Damage:
    • AP: 180 mm /240 HP
    • HEAT: 250 mm /240 HP
    • HE: 45 mm /320 HP
    • AP: 280
    • HEAT: 10or 4,000
    • HE: 190
  • Accuracy: 0,38 m (per 100 m)
  • Aim time: 2.4 seconds
  • Total amount of shells: 39
  • Turret traverse speed: 44°/sec
  • Gun depression: -10°
  • Gun elevation: 15°



Crew Skills and Perks:

(Radio Operator, Loader)
Gunner (Loader)

The recommendations above are only suggestions - feel free to experiment on your own and choose what works best for you.



Obviously, the most important aspects of a light tank are its mobility and spotting performance, therefore its paper armour isn't really a major disadvantage. However, when speaking of mobility, that isn't a strong point of the Spähpanzer SP I C either. The power-to-weight-ratio is actually one of the weakest, compared to other Tier VII light tanks, and leads to rather sluggish acceleration, which is quite noticeable when driving uphill, for example. As a result, you might want to use the 100- or 105-octane Gasoline consumables to increase your engine performance by 5 or 10%, hence your acceleration will be improved drastically.

Thanks to it's high view range, this vehicle can easily spot enemy tanks, while profiting from an extremely high camouflage value, because, as you might have seen, the Spähpanzer SP I C is super tiny. This allows you to use even the smallest bush to your advantage. But it's not just hard to spot, it's even harder to hit when it's driving across the battlefield. On open maps you can easily use this vehicle as an active or passive scout. On closed ones like Himmelsdorf or Ensk, however, it's better to support allied medium tanks with its good firepower. The gun of the Spähpanzer SP I C has very unusual characteristics by German standards. Let's take a look at them:

  • It features a 3-shell magazine with a 3 second reload per shot.
  • It takes 6 seconds to fully unload your clip. That means you don't need to be exposed as long as any other Tier VII light tank with an autoloader.
  • However, the burst damage (720 HP) is the lowest among all Tier VII light tanks with an autoloader, too.
  • Both the accuracy and aim time are not quite up to par with other German weapons. Also, snap shots aren't likely to hit targets that are over 100 m away.
  • You can decrease your magazine reload time with a Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer.

Keeping all points above in mind, you should only peak out with your tiny turret and your great gun depression of 10°, unload your magazine, retreat to reload, and come back just right after you have disappeared from the enemy's sight. Don't forget that some HEAT shells can be very helpful if you are facing thickly armoured vehicles.

If you want to have the Spähpanzer SP I C as your desktop background, check out our wallpaper from last August!


Watch out - there might be a Spähpanzer SP I C hiding behind that blade of grass!