AMX-13 DCA 40

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AMX-13 DCA 40
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
79 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
40 / 20 / 15Hull
20 / 20 / 20Turret
15.5 tWeight
515 hp270 hpEngine power
33 hp/t17 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
65 km/h forward
7 km/h back
60 km/h forward
6 km/h back
40 mm Mle51 T1 cannonMain weapon
404 roundsAmmunition
0.5 sReload
4 roundsBelt capacity
240 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 85°Vertical guidance
63 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
210 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 170 / 4 079/2 640 / 3 397/15 000 / 19 305Repair
61 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
210 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
800 Ge icon.pngAces
172 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
170 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the self-propelled anti-air vehicle AMX-13 DCA 40. For other uses, see AMX-13 (Family).


GarageImage AMX-13 DCA 40.jpg

The AMX-13 DCA 40 (Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux, char de 13 t, défense contre avions, canon de 40 mm: Issy-les-Moulineaux construction bureau, 13 ton tank, anti-air defense, 40 mm gun) is a Rank IV French self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance". It is a clear improvement to its predecessor in all domains, combining two good things to make them even better: the AMX-13's chassis and an improved Bofors cannon (The 40 mm Mle 51 T1 cannon is a French version of the usual 40mm Bofors AA gun).

An AMX-13 chassis, a classic of French post-war technology has been modified to fit SPAA role. This specific chassis has some variants over the usual ones : an enlarged turret ring and with it some extra storage boxes, both extend sideways over the tracks. This tank is quite recognizable for its large box-shaped turret over its chassis.

General info

Survivability and armour

This tank has 20 mm of armour, all around, barely angled but for the UFP, this won't protect it from antitank rounds nor from autocannon fire but it can certainly deflect poorly-aimed HMG bursts, but not for too long. If taking too long bursts (or if the enemy gets too close), some bullets may find their way through the two large holes in the turret front, near the gun area (there is also two smaller holes in the turret's back). In sum, this tank's armour is not to be trusted with, but it will save you from stray bullets and medium to long range MG/HMG fire.

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 20 mm (50-66°) Upper Glacis
40 mm (5-32°) Central Front
20 mm (51°) Lower Glacis
20 mm (0-15°) 15 mm (1-58°) 10 mm (90°) Main
5mm (90°) Vents
Turret 20 mm (24-54°) 20 mm (0-15°) 20 mm (1-65°) N/A


  • Turret frontal armour is split in two for gun clearance.
  • Round hole below gun hole in front of the turret.
  • Two small holes in the turret's back armour
  • Turret ring is 10 mm thick.
  • Gun breech is 300 mm thick.
  • Turret basket is 5 mm thick.
  • Gun barrel is 20 mm thick.


  • Hull has extra 4 mm boxes in some places.
  • Extra 15 mm from tracks and wheel on the upper front plate.
  • Tracks are 15 mm thick.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 65 7 15.5 302 515 19.48 33.23
Realistic 60 6 239 270 15.42 17.42

French ground forces players should be used to the AMX-13 chassis as it is the basis for most French light tanks. With its turret being a little bit heavier and its engine 31 hp less powerful, this tank is slower than the usual AMX-13. It can still carry its user wherever it wants, as long as the situation does not require fast escape maneuvers: with only -6 km/h backwards, it is difficult to quickly get out of an unwanted situation.


Main article: Mle51 T1 (40 mm)

The gun is this vehicle's main appeal. Being twice as fast-firing as its predecessor makes it easier to get planes down, but you will still have to aim. As for engaging tanks, with up to 93 mm max penetration, you will start to struggle firing at most enemies since their frontal armour is strong enough to block most incoming 40 mm rounds, though with some precision, medium tanks and even heavy tanks can fall victim to your gun. The real fun with this autocannon lies in shredding light tanks and SPAAs with 4-rounds bursts.

40 mm Mle51 T1
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
404 (4) 240 -5°/+85° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 26.42 36.56 44.40 49.10 52.24
Realistic 17.85 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Belt Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Default AP-T, HE-T (4x) 93 90 76 62 50 41
40mm HE-T 3 x AP-T, HE-T 93 90 76 62 50 41
40mm AP-T 3 x HE-T, AP-T 93 90 76 62 50 41
Shell details
Ammunition Belt Velocity
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
Default AP-T, HE-T (4x) 1025, 1005 0,86 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
40mm HE-T 3 x AP-T, HE-T 1025, 1005 0.86 0.2 0.1 +0° 62° 69° 73°
40mm AP-T 3 x HE-T, AP-T AP-T, HEFI-T 1025, 1005 0.88 N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the AMX-13 DCA 40.
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Recommendations Visual
101 92 (+9) 84 (+17) 76 (+25) 56 (+45) 40 (+61) 20 (+81) 12 (+89) (+93) (+101) Turret empty:  () no

Usage in battles

This SPAA is quite versatile as it can take down both tanks and planes with mitigated efficiency. It has an auto-cannon that does not fires fast enough to engage planes efficiently nor does it penetrates enough to shred tanks. As it is, this SPAA is good for front line use: providing cover for incoming ground attackers to its allies while also securing flanks from fast-movers.

Good at engaging both tanks and planes, its versatile belts allows this vehicle to switch roles in a split second. In the right hands, in a downtier, this SPAA is an absolute monster, easily capable of ace matches against tanks.

SPAA use:

Pre-aim your gun in the predicted direction of your target: the DCA-40 has a bit of a slow turret traverse for an SPAA. It is easier to aim at targets coming towards you: stay with your team and fire when the plane is ~500 m away: an hitting round will shred it in no time. Any other SPAA tactics apply normally to this vehicle.

Front-line use:

Do not engage tanks frontally: prefer lateral engagements, surprise your foes. If it happens that the enemy team is composed of medium/light tanks, there is a great chance that you can knock some of them out, but be sure to have an escape route as any tank noticing you counters those flanking maneuvers. Heavy tanks at this BR are usually very hard to get trough, even from the side, engage only at risk.

Even though your gun has SPAA - Level Penetration, It can go through pretty much any tank side that it faces. Even the Tiger II. And it's from this that the DCA 40 gets it's charm tactic:

  1. Take out the gun
  2. Take out the track
  3. Take out the machine gun
  4. Take out the tank

Knowing this, you can win battles against Panthers, Tigers (I and II), and many tanks you might find in an uptier at medium range, even when taking this tank into a higher tier than it could face.

Taking out the gun is fairly easy, your center mounted bofors just needs to be aimed at the gun, and can take it out with 2 or 3 shots.

Once you've taken out the gun, go for the track or transmission. doing this will render any tank immobile for at least 20 seconds, which is more than enough.

93mm of penetration can go through almost any tank's side armour and rear armour in the game. With the exception of the Maus, of course, your gun can Shred enemy tanks from the side. Knowing this

It's worth mentioning that in a downtier against axis powers, you can penetrate every vehicle you see from the front except for some German casemates. In an uptier, if you must engage a heavily armored tank from the front, several well placed shots to the cannon barrel will knock it out, and enable you to flank at your leisure and feast on their side armor. A more conservative way to play is to stay a few meters behind the front-line and spot flanking tanks while also watching the skies.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts 40 mm HE-T Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE 40 mm AP-T Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support

Pros and cons


  • Good top speed, and decent agility
  • Fast reload (unnoticeable reload)
  • Fires twice as fast as its predecessor (240 rpm)
  • Shells have a higher velocity compared to the standard Bofors 40mm, making it easier to find hits
  • Shells have amazing penetration
  • Fast elevation speed
  • +85° elevation angle
  • UFP sloped at 67° may bounce some shots
  • 5 mm thick turret basket act as leg protection for the crew (from HMG fire)
  • Often one-shots planes
  • Each belt has both HE-T and AP-T ammo inside (great for multipurpose roles)
  • Decent reverse speed
  • Gun is hard to overheat
  • If only loading approximately 50% ammo, shots to the right side of the turret will knock out one crew member and do no other damage
  • Tons of ammo


  • Turret is literally an ammo rack
  • Bad gun depression
  • Loader is exposed to MG fire
  • Struggles to reach its top speed
  • Vulnerable to HMG fire
  • Most enemies that it faces are no longer vulnerable to side shots
  • Slow turret rotation
  • Turret prone to ammo-racking from strafing planes


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See also

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External links

France anti-aircraft vehicles
P.7.T AA · CCKW 353 AA · AMX-13 DCA 40 · AMX-30 DCA · Roland 1