While the Wirbelwind provided better protection for its crew than the Möbelwagen, its armament did not have the required range and firepower. As a result, the Ostwind, with a six-sided turret housing a 3,7 cm Flak 43. Because of the 3,7 cm Flak 43's size, a wider turret ring, taken from the Tiger I was used. Like the Möbelwagen and Wirbelwind, the Ostwind used the Pz Kpfw IV chassis, though the Ausf. J version.
A total 100 were ordered, but only six were completed by March 1945. These were reported ready for action, but there are no combat records. Eventually, the Ostwind was intended to be replaced by the Kugelblitz, but delays meant that the Kubelblitz never entered series production.
|Speed (max)||38 km/h|
|Speed (road)||25 km/h|
|Speed (cross-country)||20 km/h|
|Engine||Maybach HL 120 TRM|
|Primary weapon||3,7 cm Flak 43/1 (1)|
|Secondary weapon||7,92 mm MG 34 (1)|