Recognised as highly versatile by the senior officers that appraised its early performance, the Schwerefeld Projektor had a reasonable anti-tank capability, a higher rate of fire than a traditional gun and a latent gravity field that restricted free movement. However, it was a weapon that required further enhancements.
Having proved itself on the older Panzer IV chassis, it was decided to place a Projektor on the much more capable Panther chassis, where it would benefit from enhanced mobility and protection. In addition, the Projektor was upgraded with better shielding for the crew and smaller power conduits connecting it to the powerpack in the hull.
The result was the Panther-X turret that allowed the vehicle commander better visibility and a coaxial machine gun without sacrificing the Panther’s impressive armour.