Panther Like Tank! Amusing Hobby K51 Panther
Our thoughts on the need for a model kit of the new K51 Panther have been answered by Amusing Hobby, which is currently in the process of developing its own 35th-scale kit. In our preview, we take a closer look at the kit’s features and compare them to the real vehicle.
Amusing Hobby 1/35 K51 Panther Tank 35A047
The KF51 Panther
It was unveiled at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi in 2021.
The KF51 Panther has a crew of three, including a driver, a gunner, and a commander.
The tank is equipped with advanced composite armor that provides excellent protection against various threats, including armor-piercing rounds, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs).
The KF51 Panther is armed with a 120mm smoothbore gun that can fire various types of ammunition, including armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS), high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT), and high-explosive fragmentation (HEF). The tank also has a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun and a 12.7mm remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) mounted on the roof of the turret.
The kit will include both a tank and a UAV that can be fired. The KF51 Panther is capable of taking control of both air and ground unmanned assets, and Rheinmetall developers are considering a “loyal wingman” concept where the Panther will be launched from a mother vehicle. The Panther also has a short-range air reconnaissance capability, with two small UAVs on each side of the turret that can be launched at will to survey the area ahead of the MBT.
The Panther is specifically designed to control various types of unmanned aerial vehicles, including onboard and off-board drones, loitering ammunition, and un-crewed ground vehicles. The system is fully digitized and has common crew stations, which enable true Human-Machine Teaming and control of wingman UGVs, providing platoon-level air and drone defense capabilities.
The tank is powered by a 1,500-horsepower engine that provides a top speed of over 70 kilometers per hour. The tank can also cross water obstacles with a depth of up to 4.1 meters using a snorkel.
The KF51 Panther is equipped with advanced electronics, including a fire-control system, a digital battlefield management system, and a battle command system.
The tank has a combat weight of around 55 tons, which is relatively light compared to other modern main battle tanks.