The ADATS is a rank VII American tank destroyer with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".
It's essentially an M3 Bradley with a heavily modified turret. The crew was moved away from the turret and controlls it via interface in the back of the tank. The turret is fully automatic and now carries two enormous missile racks, a radar and the same old gun is tweaked to fire three times faster.
While designations for this tank go all over the place, Bradley ADATS can be simply called a multi-purpose tank, as it can fight fast jets and heavier tanks alike with missiles, while dealing with lightly armored tanks and slower aircraft by using a gun and/or missiles.
Survivability and armour
- Aluminium alloy 5083 (Hull front, turret)
- Aluminium alloy 7039 (Hull sides, rear, optics)
- Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull plates)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 25.4 mm + 6.35 mm (39-60°) Upper glacis
25.4 mm (7-39°) Lower glacis
|25.4 mm + 6-6.35 mm||25.4 mm + 6.35 mm||25.4 mm|
|Turret|| 12.7 mm Turret front
25.4 mm Gun mantlet
19 mm Optics housing
|12.7 mm||6.35-12.7 mm||12.7 mm|
- Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick
- Tracks are 15 mm thick
The Bradley ADATS boasts the same protection as the regular M3 Bradley hull-wise, with one key difference being that the side armour is thinner by 19 mm. High-calibre machine guns such as the 20 mm's on French MBTs will easily penetrate the sides and at times even the front part of the hull. It's not advisable to use the Bradley ADATS as a front-line vehicle but rather as a second-line support vehicle by setting up in key-points around maps.
One upside for the Bradley ADATS is that the turret is completely unmanned, meaning that any Armour-piercing shells will over-penetrate with no injuries to the crew at all (be aware that explosive shells can cause the rockets to explode and instantly destroy the vehicle). The three crew members are situated in the hull with a massive empty space between the loader/gunner and the driver when approached from the side. Every enemy you face will most likely over-penetrate that section and do minimal damage to the vehicle itself.
Overall, the Bradley ADATS can be quite a 'meme' vehicle as it can sometimes sustain 5-7 direct hits even centre-hull, seeing as most rounds just pierce and exit the armour without generating shrapnel, over-penetrating and forcing enemies to snipe for crew members.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
The main armament of the ADATS is the M242 25 mm automatic cannon, the same as found on the M3 Bradley, but enjoys a faster rate of fire (500 rounds per minute, compared to the Bradley's 201 rounds per minute). When stock, like most AA vehicles, it starts with a belt of equal parts armour-piercing and high-explosive, though it is worth mentioning the AP rounds are sabot rounds with 101 mm of penetration at 100 meters against flat armour. This allows it to easily and effectively take on both air and ground threats simultaneously without needing to worry about ammunition costs. However, should you wish to use this vehicle in a dedicated anti-aircraft role, you can unlock a belt with three parts HE to one AP in Tier I modifications. This must be unlocked in order to unlock M791, the AP belt. With this belt, dealing with any and all lightly armoured vehicles and even quite a few of the MBT's is possible from the side. In regards to how much you should take, you may as well take a full ammunition load. At any range, this vehicle can and will be penetrated by any vehicle that looks in its general direction, so it's not like your armour is going to stop you from being ammo-racked by fin-stabilized sabot anyway. Also, due to the cannon's high-ish rate of fire and ammunition count of 600 rounds, it's worth taking as much as you can carry.
|25 mm M242||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Mode||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal||Stabilizer||Stock||Upgraded||Full||Expert||Aced||Stock||Full||Expert||Aced|
- Default: ·
- M792: · · ·
- M791: · · ·
|Belt||Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
| Belts: 2
| 0 (+2)
Secondary armament of the ADATS (or primary, depending on how you choose to play it) are the MIM146 dual purpose guided missiles. You can effectively use these against any target you can point them at, due to the facts that they air-burst near aircraft, usually one-hit killing them with the 7.86 kilos of TNT equivalent, and have 900 mm of penetration against armoured targets. With a velocity of 1,200 m/s, aiming these things and tracking moving targets isn't an issue whatsoever. You point, you click, and the target usually dies in a single hit. In the event that, by some miracle of God himself, the target persists in clinging to their life, you can fire the MIM's as fast as you'd like to, meaning follow-up shots are quick and easy, and with the aforementioned 900 mm of penetration, anything you shoot these at WILL be penetrated, unless the angle of impact is extreme.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Usage in battles
As with any vehicle, the ADATS finds itself at a disadvantage while stock. Without access to the thermal vision devices, players will need to be more alert in order to spot enemies. While other modifications like artillery or smoke grenades can be helpful, the lack of thermals is a much larger issue. However the ADATS is relatively well off stock compared to most high tier vehicles, as the stock 25mm belts include APDS rounds, and the radar is capable of spotting air targets for you.
The ADATS is an excellent multi-purpose support vehicle when spaded. Being able to target both enemy tanks and enemy aircraft, it can be a great tool for the team. However, there are some limitations to the vehicle, namely the low missile count and lack of armor. While survivability is decent due to the empty turret, the armor is very thin and the missiles can sometimes explode when hit. This means that the ADATS does best sitting behind friendly tanks, in a support role. Additionally the missiles can run out quickly, as there are only 8 to engage both air and ground targets. ADATS players should try and conserve their missiles, as they are very valuable.
Close Range Engagements:
The ADATS is capable at close range, but it will die very easily to enemy fire. The 25mm bushmaster autocannon can penetrate the side armor of most enemy tanks, but it will not disable the enemy as quickly as their large cannons are capable of killing the ADATS. The ADATS missiles can be useful at close range as well.
Long Range Engagements:
The ADATS is more capable at long range, where it can rely on thermal vision and the very fast ADATS missiles to disable enemy targets. The only issue at long range is the low amount of missiles, so shots should be taken with care. Additionally, the ADATS can be quickly disabled if the hull is exposed, so staying hull down is advised. The radar should also be turned off and on as needed, as it provides a good indicator of where you are for enemy ground vehicles, but is very useful in spotting air targets.
The ADATS is an excellent support vehicle, able to defend teammates from both enemy air and ground threats. The ADATS missiles are excellent at disabling any target, although the low ammo count should be considered. The ADATS is also capable of locking an enemy aircraft without alerting their RWR, by turning off the radar.
One must take excellent care in their method of positioning, however, due to the implementation of the hullbreak mechanic on this vehicle. You can no longer use your turret as a sponge against MBTs to soak up damage, as a single round can easily send you back to the hanger, even if it were a glancing hit.
Pros and cons
- Has access to 8 x multi-purpose missiles, can effectively eliminate both aircraft and tanks
- Missiles can penetrate up to 900 mm of armour
- Missiles are incredibly fast with a speed of 1,200 m/s
- Powerful 25 mm cannon with good APDS for ground targets and HE ammunition for use against air targets
- Gunner operates the turret and weapons from behind protective hull instead of being in the turret itself
- Built on the chassis of M3 Bradley- good mobility and acceptable armour
- Modifications are researched fairly quickly
- Effective radar with good range
- Can lock on to aircraft with the radar disabled as the ADATS tracks using an electro-optical targeting system, making sneak attacks easy
- Missiles can even be fired without lock on and retain their proximity fuse against aircraft
- Longest range SAMs in the game; 10 km, making it the only SAM system that can match the Ka-50's Vikr ATGMs for range
- Thin armour is not effective against larger cannons
- High profile makes it hard to conceal, it is easily spotted
- Can be destroyed if directly rammed by a plane (hull-break)
- The three crew members are all situated within the hull, and can all be rendered unconscious if a shot penetrates the hull
- The only way to penetrate the frontal armour of enemy tanks is with missiles
- The missiles are essentially giant exposed ammo-racks
- No stabiliser makes firing on the move difficult and increases time to aim the weapons when suddenly breaking
- Missiles cannot be fired on the move, only guided
- Suffers heavily from the Hull Break mechanic
The ADATS was developed at the end of the 1980s as a general-purpose weapon capable of bringing down low-flying airborne targets as well as armoured opponents. Hence the abbreviation: Air Defence Anti-Tank System. The system was comprised of radar for detecting and tracking targets, a complex radio kit for coordinating multiple vehicles, and eight MIM-146 guided missiles in transport and launch containers. The US Army version was built on the Bradley IFV chassis and fitted with a 25 mm autocannon. Notwithstanding the fact that it was selected after a US Army competition for the Forward Area Air-Defence program, it was found to be excessively expensive to manufacture and never made it to serial production on the Bradley chassis.
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|USA tank destroyers|
|Early projects||M3 GMC · M8 HMC · M8A1|
|Based on M4||M10 GMC · M36 GMC|
|M18||M18 GMC · M18 "Black Cat" · Super Hellcat|
|T95||T28 · T95|
|Post-war||M50 · M56 · T114 · M901 · ADATS · M1128|