AS 42

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Camionetta AS 42 Tipo II "Metropolitana"
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
58 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
0 / 0 / 0Hull
0 / 0 / 0Turret
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
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
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png360 / 466/250 / 324/210 / 272Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
20 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png


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

The AS42 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 tank 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 AS42 has 2 crew with ammo to the turret placements sides. The gun's armour is thick enough to protect the gunner in rare circumstances.


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.


Main armament

Main article: Breda Mod.35 (20 mm)
20 mm Breda Mod.35
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,200 (12) 501 -10°/+90° ±150° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 30.8 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 20.8 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
3.9 __.__ __.__ __.__
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Granata mod.35 HEFI-T 2 2 2 2 2 2
Perforante mod.35 API-T 40 38 29 20 14 10
PzGr 40 HVAP-T 64 63 29 20 14 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
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%
Granata mod.35 HEFI-T 830 0.14 0.3 0.1 3 ° 79° 80° 81°
Perforante mod.35 API-T 832 0.14 1.3 15 1 ° 47° 60° 65°
PzGr 40 HVAP-T N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ammo racks
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
XX XX (+XX) XX (+XX) XX (+XX) XX (+XX) XX (+XX) XX (+XX) No

Usage in battles

With its high speed, the AS42 has the ability to flank and, with its autocannon, able to cause high amounts of damage fast. If unable to penetrate, you will be able to escape quite quickly and leave to fight another day. The tank loses most of its advantages of stealth and positioning when going into Arcade Battles.

Pros and cons


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


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


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.


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