Flakpanzer I Gepard

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General info

The Flakpanzer I "Gepard" in the Garage.

The Flakpanzer I Gepard is a Rank VI German anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 8.0. It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters". Based off the Leopard 1 chassis, this SPAA has great speed to help the vehicle maneuver around the battlefield for an advantageous firing position. Not to be confused with the Flakpanzer 38(t) "Gepard" in-game.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Because the vehicle uses a modified Leopard chassis, this SPAAG boasts the incredible max speed of 65 km/h on the road, also like its medium tank counterpart the Gepard has superb mobility. Using your speed to reach advantage point to take out air targets is key.

This vehicle comes equipped with twin 35mm cannons, the latest unlockable ammo has HVAP shells with a max pen of 110mm. This gives the Gepard the ability to kill some armoured targets from the sides and even soft enemies like the Sheridan from the front.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Tanks are probably gonna be the biggest threat to the Gepard. For some tanks such as the British Centurions and Chieftains, it is best to target their side and make quick work of them. For American and Russian tanks, shooting at the rear of their tanks will usually crid them and set them on fire. Shot into their engines at least 3 times (assuming they have FPE) and let them burn out.

For Planes, allow them to get in as close as possible before spraying at them and use the Sighting assist system make short work of them.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • HVAP ammo can decimate some of the lightly armoured Rank V vehicles.
  • Great mobility of the Leopard 1.
  • Very easy stock grind.
  • Default belt is adequate enough for most situations.
  • Fastest turret rotation in the game.
  • Very cheap repair cost.
  • Very cost efficient against CAS.
  • HVAP belts are the cheapest belt.
  • Can penetrate most tank's side armour.

Cons:

  • Very thin armour.
  • One shot from a HESH or HEATFS to the center mass will likely disable the tank.
  • Firing rate subpar in comparison to the M163 and the Shilka.
  • Rather high profile.
  • Ammo belts are expensive.
  • Will be completely useless if ammo storage is lost or ran out.
  • Reload time is rather long when empty.
  • Very expensive repair cost in AB.
  • Requires trigger discipline.

Specifications

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Armaments

2 x 35 mm Oerlikon KDA cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 680 Shells
  • Rate of Fire: 550 Shots per Minute
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 85°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 53.5°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 65.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
2 x 35 mm Oerlikon KDA cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 680 Shells
  • Rate of Fire: 550 Shots per Minute
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 85°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 53.5°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 65.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
2 x 35 mm Oerlikon KDA cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 680 Shells
  • Rate of Fire: 550 Shots per Minute
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 85°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 53.5°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Upgraded + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 65.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)

Ammunition

Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Belt
Composition
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Default 68 63 58 50 39 31 HEI-T*, AP-I
35x228 MSB/K 68 63 58 50 39 31 HEI-T*, HEI-T*, HEI-T*, AP-I
35x228 PSBH/B 68 63 58 50 39 31 AP-I, AP-I, AP-I, HEI-T*
35x228 PSBH/B (HVAP) 112 110 101 90 71 62 HVAP-T, HEI-T*, HEI-T*, HEI-T*

Belt types

  • Default:
  • 35x228 MSB/K :
  • 35x228 PSBH/B :
  • 35x228 PSBH/B (HVAP-T):

Ammo racks

Ammo racks for the Flakpanzer I Gepard.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Comments Visual
discrepancy
680 (+680) Rack empties when all rounds are spent no

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver

Total: 3 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 (59°) Front glacis
30 mm (48°) Lower glacis
25 mm (40-41°) Top
20 mm Lower
20 mm (6°) Top
20 mm (49°) Bottom
30 mm Driver/Co-driver port area
15 mm Everywhere else
Turret 25 mm (1-30°) 20 mm Turret side
10 mm Cannon mounts
20 mm (3°) 15 mm

Engine & mobility

Weight: 46.0 ton

Max Speed: 71 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 1179 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 25.63 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 30°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 46.0 ton

Max Speed: 65 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 734 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.96 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 32°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 46.0 ton

Max Speed: 65 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 734 hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.96 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 32°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2200 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

Development began on a dedicated self-propelled anti-aircraft gun for the German Bundeswehr in the 1960s. The first pilot models were produced in 1969 testing 30 and 35 mm auto cannons for the armament. The decision to use a 35 mm auto cannon as the basis of the anti-aircraft armament came on 25 June 1970. In 1971 the second phase of pilot models was tested, the Dutch Army expressed interest in the project and ordered a few models once completed. It was around this phase that the Leopard 1 was chosen as the chassis of the vehicle, and a modified variant was produced. In September 1973, the order was made to Krauss-Maffei manufacturer to produce 432 turret and 430 hulls. The Bundeswehr accepted the vehicle as the Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard (Anti-aircraft cannon tank "Cheetah"), or better known as the Flakpanzer Gepard. At least 430 Flakpanzer Gepard units were produced in total from 1973 onwards.

Design

The Flakpanzer Gepard uses the 35 mm Oerlikon KDA auto cannon, which was a dual-mounted cannon that each can fire around 550 rounds per minute. The Gepard has a search radar on the back, a tracking radar in front, and a laser range finder in the front to track air targets. The Flakpanzer Gepard uses a modified Leopard chassis, modified by different wheel spacing and battery placement. The vehicle was powered by a multi-fuel engine capable of pumping around 819 horsepower. There was also an auxiliary engine that powers the turret functions so the main engine can run the vehicle unhindered by additional energy requirement. The Gepard as a whole actually cost three times more than a standard Leopard 1 tank, possibly due to all the guidance system and radars needed to make the Gepard an effective anti-aircraft gun.

Usage

The Gepard entered service in the German Bundeswehr in 1973 and made up a core of West Germany's anti-aircraft power. The Gepard was constantly upgraded with better guidance systems and other electronic hardware. From the 1980s onward, the Gepard units were attached to Stinger surface-to-air missile systems to exploit the Gepard's extended tracking system to locate targets for the Stingers. A proposal was made to combine these two units into one vehicle with a dual Stinger launcher mounted onto a Gepard, but budget restrictions prevented this. The Flakpanzer Gepard still sees use today in the storage of the Bundeswehr, although in reduced numbers from 377 originally to just 94. They are expected to be replaced by the SysFla project, which is a stationary and mobile platform armed with the MANTIS gun system and the new LFK NG missiles.

The Gepards were successful on the export market. The first to order were Belgium and the Dutch, 55 and 95 units respectively. When the Bundeswehr started the downsize their forces, their Gepards were sold to various countries such as Brazil, Romania, and Chile; though Chile returned their Gepards due to the high costs maintaining them. The Dutch also sold 60 of their surplus stock to Jordan. Belgium and the Dutch have recently withdrawn the Gepards from military service.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Gepard from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Flakpanzer I Gepard - The second and last of its name

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Icon-country-der.png FlaK Pz 1 Gepard
Nation Germany
Type SPAA
Rank 6
Battle Rating
8.0
8.0
8.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
46,000 kg
101,413 lb
Number of Crew 3
Hull armour thickness
30/25/20/15 mm
1.18/0.98/0.79/0.59 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
1,179 hp
734 hp
734 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
830 hp
830 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
25.63
26.04
15.96
16.21
15.96
16.21
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
18.04
18.33
18.04
18.33
Max speed
71 km/h
44 mph
65 km/h
40 mph
65 km/h
40 mph
Main Weapon
2 x 35 mm Oerlikon KDA Autocannon
Ammo stowage 680 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/85°
Economy
Required RP 380,000 RP
Vehicle cost 990,000 SL
Crew training cost 280,000 SL
Max repair cost*
14,850 SL
630 SL
1,750 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
12d
9d
10d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_d __h
_d __h
_d __h
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