M163 Vulcan

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General info

The M163 Vulcan Air Defense System in the Garage.

The Gun Air Defence Artillery Self-Propelled 20-mm M163, or the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS) is a Rank VI American anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 8.0. It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters". Featuring the 20 mm Vulcan gatling gun on a mobile mount, the high volume of fire allows for a saturation of fire on a distant target, perfect for anti-aircraft duties.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 20 mm Vulcan that fires 3000 rounds per minute.
  • High amount of ammo.
  • High engine hp/ton ratio.
  • Has radar.
  • Amphibious.

Cons:

  • Has to reload halfway through ammo.
  • Thin aluminium armour.
  • Gunner is exposed on top.
  • Unable to penetrate Rank V vehicles even from the sides.

Specifications

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Main armament

1 x 20 mm M168 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 2200 Shells (Two 1100 round magazines)
  • Fire Rate: 3000 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 80°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 44.63°/s (Stock), 61.7°/s (Upgraded), 75°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 82.9°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 88.2°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 26s (Stock), 23s (Full Crew), 21.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 20 mm M168 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 2200 Shells (Two 1100 round magazines)
  • Fire Rate: 3000 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 80°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 44.63°/s (Stock), 52.5°/s (Upgraded), 63.8°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 70.5°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 75°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 26s (Stock), 23s (Full Crew), 21.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 20 mm M168 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 2200 Shells (Two 1100 round magazines)
  • Fire Rate: 3000 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 80°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 44.63°/s (Stock), 52.5°/s (Upgraded), 63.8°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 70.5°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 75°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 26s (Stock), 23s (Full Crew), 21.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)

Ammunition

Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
API-T 40 39 29 20 13 9 1030 0.15 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
HEF-I 2 2 2 1 1 1 1030 0.10 0.3 0.1 10 +0° 79° 80° 81°
HEFI-T 2 2 2 1 1 1 1030 0.10 0.3 0.1 9 +0° 79° 80° 81°

Belt types

Belts Shell composition Combat usage
Default API-T / HEF-T / API-T
HEI HEFI-T / HEFI-T / HEFI-T / API-T
API API-T / API-T / API-T / HEFI-T

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
XX XX (X+) Keep Full no

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver

Total: 3 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Aluminum alloy 7039
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 38 + 6 mm (46°) Front glacis
38 mm (25°) Lower glacis
44 + 6 mm 38 mm (10-11°) 38 mm
Turret 60 mm 17 mm 17 mm N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 10 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 11.0 ton

Max Speed: 70 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 301 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 27.36 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 17°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 11.0 ton

Max Speed: 64 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 187 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 18°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 11.0 ton

Max Speed: 64 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 187 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 18°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

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

Additional information (links)

References


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us_m163_vulcan.png

Icon-country-usa.png M163 Vulcan
Nation USA
Type SPAA
Rank 6
Battle Rating
8.0
8.0
8.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
11,000 kg
24,250 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
38/44/38/38 mm
1.5/1.7/1.5/1.5 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
301 hp
187 hp
187 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
212 hp
212 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
27.36
27.80
17.00
17.27
17.00
17.27
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
19.27
19.58
19.27
19.58
Max speed
70 km/h
43 mph
64 km/h
40 mph
64 km/h
40 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 20 mm M168 Autocannon
Ammo stowage 2,200 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/80°
Economy
Required RP 380,000 RP
Vehicle cost 990,000 SL
Crew training cost 280,000 SL
Max repair cost*
15,310 SL
1,800 SL
4,800 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
12d
9d
10d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_d __h
_d __h
_d __h
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