GAZ-AAA (4M)

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General info

The GAZ-AAA (4M) in the Garage.

The GAZ-AAA (4M) (4M gun mount on a GAZ-AAA truck), or as the 4M GAZ-AAA, is a Rank I Soviet self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 1.0. It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Better suited for hauling potatoes on the Russian steppes than rolling into the battlefield, the GAZ chassis of this vehicle has non-existent armour and is armed with surplus WWI-era machine guns. Besides not being suited for the rigors of ground combat (due to lack of armour), it cannot penetrate even the lightest of armour, so charging into battle is very unadvised (unless the aim is for attracting attention). Its quad 7.62 Maxim machine guns are well suited for the vehicle's job as mobile AA, most aircraft at its rank are easily swatted out of the sky by it's high fire-rate and the massive amount of rounds it puts out, even without any particularly skillful aiming. The 4000 rounds of rifle calibre rounds means there is little haste in aiming, so be quite generous in dishing out those rounds.

Vehicle characteristics

The first of the Soviet SPAAs, it presented a crude set-up of bolting a 4M quadruple Maxim MG mount to a 6x4 GAZ-AAA truck chassis. This Soviet improvisation would lead to the Soviet SPAA trend of attaching anti-aircraft weaponry to trucks, half-tracks, and cars in the game.

Tactics

Stay back from the front lines and destroy incoming aircraft. If a tank comes up to you, don't try to fight as the tanks were built to be resistant to the rifle calibre rounds the Maxim fires. Withdraw to safety if encountering any ground vehicles.

Specific enemies worth noting

The 4M GAZ-AAA is highly vulnerable to any vehicle, from tanks to planes. An encounter will most likely end with the GAZ-AAA destroyed. Prioritize enemy aircraft, as you are significantly vulnerable to strafing and bombing due to the lack of armour.

Counter-tactics

When engaging a 4M GAZ-AAA, its best to pump an HE into the cab or to spray it with machine gun fire. Due to its lack of a main gun, it hardly poses a threat to even a BT-5. Another way to dispatch this "Potato Truck" is to simply ram it, knocking the crew out via sheer force. Alternative uses include using the vehicle as a scout, to capture bases quickly, or as a weapon to engage soft targets such as other open cabin self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicles and half tracks found in early ranks.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent anti-aircraft capabilities afforded by the armament, can do satisfactory damage to aircraft of its rank.
  • Turns in a tight radius like a conventional truck.
  • Large amount of "ready" ammunition, 4000 rounds.
  • Able to reasonably damage lightly armoured vehicles of its kind such as M13 or M3 GMC.
  • More of a threat to small, nimble aircraft than the M13 or T17E2.
  • 6x4 truck design is sturdier and heavier than 4x2 design of the 72-K GAZ MM.
  • Has a great rate of fire thanks to the four fast firing maxim guns.
  • Aircraft at early ranks are very common, meaning there will be plenty of aircraft for to be picked off.
  • Good at setting aircraft on fire.
  • Unique ability to fire tracer-less rounds. This allows you to pick off enemy planes without them even realizing that they are being shot at.
  • The fact that you cannot kill tanks will mean that you focus on enemy aircraft rather than stray and hunt tanks.

Cons:

  • Non-existent armour/protection, anything will penetrate and damage the vehicle.
  • An average car has the same amount of protection as this vehicle, like a VW Beetle.
  • Very light weight, prone to being destroyed by ramming or being overturned by other vehicles.
  • Crew is not afforded much protection, owning to the improvised design.
  • No reserve ammunition, you will only get 4,000 rounds.
  • Low speed of 27 MPH (43 km/h), even slower cross-country.
  • Gunner is exposed to all the sundry, and can easily be knocked out from a stray bullet.
  • Cannot be used effectively against anything other than trucks or aircraft due to its machine gun armament.
  • Outclassed by other AA vehicles in the same rank.
  • Vulnerable to strafing by enemy aircraft, especially to kamikaze attacks.
  • Can easily be tipped over in tight turns.
  • Machine guns are useless against armoured targets.

Specifications

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Armament

4 x 7.62 mm Maxim machine gun
  • Ammunition Capacity: 4,000 rounds (1000 round magazine)
  • Fire Rate: 600 Shots per minute
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 45°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 35.7°/s (Stock), 49.4°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.8s (Stock), _._s (Full Crew), _._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
4 x 7.62 mm Maxim machine gun
  • Ammunition Capacity: 4,000 rounds (1000 round magazine)
  • Fire Rate: 600 Shots per minute
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 45°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 35.7°/s (Stock), 42.0°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.8s (Stock), _._s (Full Crew), _._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
4 x 7.62 mm Maxim machine gun
  • Ammunition Capacity: 4,000 rounds (1000 round magazine)
  • Fire Rate: 600 Shots per minute
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 45°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 35.7°/s (Stock), 42.0°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.8s (Stock), _._s (Full Crew), _._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Belt Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m
Default AI,AP-I,AP-I,AP-I,T 10 9 7 4 2
Universal AP-I,AP-I,T 10 9 7 4 1
API AP-I,API-T,API-T 10 9 7 4 1
APIT API-T 9 8 6 3 1
Round types
  • AI - Adjustment incendiary bullet
  • AP-I - Armour-piercing incendiary bullet
  • T - Tracer bullet
  • API-T - Armour-piercing incendiary tracer bullet
Ammo racks
Ammo rack of 4M GAZ-AAA.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
4 4 (+0) 4 (+0) 4 (+0) 4 (+0) 4 (+0) Keep full Yes

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver

Total: 3 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Structural steel
  • Wood (Truck bed)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Driver's cabin 1 mm (1°) 1 mm (1-2°) 1 mm 1 mm
Cargo bed 15 mm (1°) 15 mm (1°) 15 mm 15 mm

Notes:

  • Road wheels are 2 mm thick while the chassis was 5 mm thick.
  • The truck bed is 15 mm of wood, which will probably not offer as much protection as the truck cab
  • The radiator housing is unarmoured

Engine & mobility

Weight: 3.0 ton

Max Speed: 49 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 81 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 27.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 100 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 33.33 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 3.0 ton

Max Speed: 45 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 50 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.67 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 57 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 3.0 ton

Max Speed: 45 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 50 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.67 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 57 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

"Parts" and "FPE" are the go-to research to his vehicle. Even distant artillery or bomb impacts will damage modules.

History of creation and combat usage

Around the late 1920s, the Soviet Union was undergoing a mechanization revolution and realized that no purpose-built motor vehicles were available for them to help move cargo and materiel back and forth from point one to point two. The result was the GAZ-AAA truck, which was a truck based off the Ford Model AAA 6x4 truck. These trucks entered production in 1932, and were used in multiple roles in the civilian world and in the military.

In the military, the GAZ trucks were used as tractors for gun systems, fuel tankers, radio system, and even armoured cars. By 1931, an anti-aircraft version was created as well, in order to give the Soviet Union a mobile anti-aircraft system to work with. The design had four Maxim Model 1910/30 machine guns installed on a mount on the truck. This configuration was called the 4M GAZ-AAA and served as a low-altitude air defense system after being adopted in 1931.

The 4M GAZ-AAA was a crude weapon. It was simply a truck with a gun mount on the back that connected to four 7.62 mm machine guns. These machine guns could all be simultaneously fired by one operator. The operator had no protection whatsoever as he had to stand in order to fire the gun, there were also no gun shields to protect him from any incoming fire. Despite that, it served as a part of the Soviet defense against the German invasion in 1941, where it was also used in an infantry-support role by laying down a large volume of fire onto the enemy. Many were seen destroyed in German news reels, covering the roads as German troops advanced deeper into the Soviet Union.

The vehicle was unsatisfactory for the battlefield, and even ineffective against planes due to its low caliber. A new anti-aircraft system had to be devised for the role of mobile anti-aircraft system. This led to the development of the GAZ-MM (72-K), which while still a truck-mounted weaponry, had a noticeable increase in firepower with a 25 mm auto-cannon.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the 4M GAZ-AAA from live.warthunder

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] M2A2 / 4M GAZ-AAA / BF109B-1

References


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Icon-country-sov.png GAZ-AAA (4M)
Nation USSR
Type SPAA
Rank 1
Battle Rating
1.0
1.0
1.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
3,000 kg
6,614 lb
Number of Crew 3
Hull armour thickness
1/1/1/1 mm
0.04/0.04/0.04/0.04 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
81 hp
50 hp
50 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
100 hp
57 hp
57 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
27.00
27.43
16.67
16.93
16.67
16.93
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
33.33
33.87
19.00
19.30
19.00
19.30
Max speed
49 km/h
30.0 mph
45 km/h
27.9 mph
45 km/h
27.9 mph
Main Weapon
4 x 7.62 mm Maxim Machine gun
Ammo stowage 4,000 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/45°
Economy
Required RP 2,900 RP
Vehicle cost 700 SL
Crew training cost 200 SL
Max repair cost (Stock)
90 SL
30 SL
80 SL
Max repair cost (Upgraded)
116 SL
38 SL
103 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
14m
28m
28m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
4m
9m
9m
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