AS 42

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RANK 4 FRANCE
Somua SM PACK
Camionetta AS 42 Tipo II "Metropolitana"
it_as_42_metropolitana.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.3/1.3/1.3BR
Class
2 peopleCrew
58 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
0 / 0 / 0Hull
0 / 0 / 0Turret
Mobility
6.0 tWeight
210 hp110 hpEngine power
35 hp/t18 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
91 km/h forward
23 km/h back
84 km/h forward
21 km/h back
Speed
Armament
20 mm Breda Mod.35 cannonMain weapon
1 200 roundsAmmunition
3.0 / 3.9 sReload
12 roundsBelt capacity
240 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 90°Vertical guidance
-150° / 150°Horizontal guidance
Economy
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png360 / 466/270 / 350/240 / 311Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
30 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png10 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage AS 42.jpg


The Camionetta AS 42 Tipo II "Metropolitana" (shortened as just AS 42) is a rank I Italian self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Structural steel (chassis, gun breech, gun mount)
  • Wheel (tires & spares)
  • Gun Steel (cannon barrel)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Chassis 3 mm
Gun mount 150 mm Gun Breech
20 mm Gunner's Seat
20 mm Elevation and Traverse Mechanisms
N/A

Notes:

  • Tires are 10 mm thick. * There is a spare tire on the front and on the rear of the vehicle.
  • Storage boxes, fuel containers and fenders are 3 mm thick.
  • Storage Boxes and fuel Containers cover much of the flanks in addition to the chassis armour.
  • The belly of the car is 3 mm thick.

The AS 42 lacks in armour and is very vulnerable to attacks from the air. While the sloped 3 mm of armour may be sufficient against standard machine guns, most heavy machine guns are able to shred this vehicle and as such it is not recommended to engage in slugging matches.

Though the armour itself is not sufficient against heavy machine guns, it is possible to use the rear engine compartment as armour to protect the crew from the heavy machine guns projectiles. The ammunition compartments at the sides of the vehicle may stop machine guns from penetrating all the way through to harm the crew, but these have dubious protection values in the long run. However, due to these extreme thin armour thickness, standard armour-piercing rounds tend to penetrate straight through with minimal damage.

The AS 42 has 2 crew with ammo located in the flanks of the car. In rare cases, the gun's armour can protect the gunner.

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 91 23 6 156 210 26 35
Realistic 84 21 97 110 16.17 18.33

The tank has very high mobility with speeds exceeding 80 km/h on concrete and 35 km/h offroad.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: Breda Mod.35 (20 mm)
20 mm Breda Mod.35 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 1,200 (12) 501 -10°/+90° ±150° N/A 30.8 42.7 51.8 57.3 60.9 3.9 3.4 3.2 3.0
Realistic 20.8 24.5 29.8 32.9 35.0

Ammunition

  • Default: API-T · HEFI-T* · HEFI-T* · HEFI-T* - The belt composition means that 75% of the shells (HEFI-T*) are useless against tanks. However, this belt is reliable against open-topped or lightly armoured targets like SPAA vehicles.
  • Granata mod.35: HEFI-T* - This belt does little damage against armoured targets and should be used especially against aircraft or open-topped vehicles. The high-explosive filler is deadly to crew members.
  • Perforante mod.35: API-T - This belt offers a good transition from the Default to the PzGr 40 belt. The round offers decent damage against lightly armoured tanks, especially at close range. Due to lack of high-explosive filler, however, it is better to focus on the PzGr 40 belt to maximize penetration power.
  • PzGr 40: HVAP-T · API-T - Probably the belt with the best penetrating shell for the vehicle. While the damage effects post-penetration can be quite poor, the rapid fire from the autocannon can remedy this problem by following up quickly with another penetrating shot. In close combat, these shells should be used against modules and crew member to make the most of each shell. Against angled armour, however, the HVAP ammo may not be very effective.
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default API-T/HEFI-T* 38 36 27 19 14 10
Granata mod.35 HEFI-T 2 2 2 2 2 2
Perforante mod.35 API-T 38 36 27 19 14 10
PzGr 40 HVAP-T/API-T 64 63 27 19 14 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Granata mod.35 HEFI-T 830 0.14 0.3 0.1 3 79° 80° 81°
Perforante mod.35 API-T 832 0.14 1.2 9 1.7 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack
empty
2nd
rack
empty
3rd
rack
empty
4th
rack
empty
5th
rack
empty
6th
rack
empty
7th
rack
empty
8th
rack
empty
9th
rack
empty
10th
rack
empty
11th
rack
empty
12th
rack
empty
13th
rack
empty
14th
rack
empty
15th
rack
empty
16th
rack
empty
17th
rack
empty
Visual
discrepancy
100 94 (+6) 88 (+12) 82 (+18) 76 (+24) 70 (+30) 64 (+36) 58 (+42) 52 (+48) 46 (+54) 40 (+60) 34 (+66) 28_ (+72) 22 (+78) 16 (+84) 10 (+90) (+96) (+100) Yes
Ammo racks of the AS 42

Notes:

  • The visual discrepancy is the rack 17. It contains 4 clips whereas only one is modeled.
  • Racks 1 to 16 contain 6 clips each.
  • Clips are modeled by sets of 2 and disappear from the rack after you've fired/loaded both clips in the set.

Usage in battles

Combat tactics

The main role of the AS 42 is as an anti-air asset. Position the vehicle in an open space to be able to detect aircraft from a distance, usually near your spawn point. You can move forward and stay close to your teammates to offer the best AA support but you'll then become target to enemy tanks (especially with artillery strikes and MG fire). Engage approaching aircraft only under 1,000 m to increase your chances of hitting (ideal distance is 500-700 m) and avoid being detected too early. Your fire rate is poor for an AA gun so you have to shoot precisely and make every shot count. Your vehicle's protection is non-existent: plan to have an obstacle nearby you can use as cover (building, rock formation, etc).

You can also play as a scout car on some maps: use your speed to flank enemy forces and ambush them. Retreat and relocate after destroying an enemy. Avoid frontal engagements at all cost as your vehicle and your crew are fully unprotected. Keep in mind that you have good mobility on hard terrain (solid ground, roads, etc.) but not on soft terrain (mud, sand, snow) because of your tires. The big turn radius of the AS 42 also prevents it from sneaking through narrow passages in urban maps. Drive precisely: any obstacle will immobilize you very quickly if you don't pay attention and your mobility is key to your survival in this role.

Notable enemies

Pretty much any enemy can destroy the AS 42 in seconds. The most lethal enemies are:

  • Strafing planes. The biggest threat is enemy aircraft, as even a 7.62 mm MG can kill your SPAA in one burst.
  • Vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns. They will destroy you from 1 km distance in a heartbeat.
  • Tanks firing HEAT or HE shells. The blast effect is deadly to your already limited and unprotected crew.
  • Heavily armoured tanks that are immune to your gun, even if you catch them by surprise.
How to defeat a AS 42

Being a vehicle without any armour, it remains a vehicle easy to destroy: the 2 quickest ways to deal with the AS 42 are MG/autocannons and HEAT/HE projectiles. But any shell with explosive filler will do. Avoid close quarters and engage from long distance to increase your armour advantage while decreasing the AS 42's firepower. You can also force your opponent to play on a terrain hindering its mobility (mud, snow, sand) to negate its main advantage. Aim for the driver or the engine to immobilize it, meaning almost certain death for a barely protected vehicle.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tires Parts Horizontal Drive Granata mod.35
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire Perforante mod.35
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support PzGr 40

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High top speed
  • Access to PzGr 40 rounds
  • Sloped frontal armour, may deflect some rounds
  • High penetration for the 20mm cannon

Cons:

  • Small magazine for SPAA
  • Virtually no protection at all, even rifle rounds will penetrate the armour
  • Only has two crew members
  • Crew is exposed

History

The AS (Autosahariana) 42 was derived from the AB 41 armoured car. It was, however, unarmored and did not have the rear driver position. Designed for long-range reconnaissance in North Africa, it had a cross country range of almost 500 miles (800 km). It was also known as the Camionetta Desertica (Desert Weapons Carrier) mod. 42, or "la Sahariana" (the Saharan). The main armament varied: 20 mm anti-aircraft cannons, 20 mm anti-tank rifles, and machine guns were common alternatives. About 200 were built and saw service in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. After the armistice, some continued in use with Fascist Italian forces and Germany, including on the Eastern Front, and in the Ardennes in 1944-5.

Media

Skins
Videos

See also

Vehicles equipped with the same gun
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


Italy anti-aircraft vehicles
AS 42 · M42 Contraereo · R3 T20 FA-HS · SIDAM 25 · SIDAM 25 (Mistral) · OTOMATIC