Bussard

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This page is about the German motor torpedo gun boat Bussard. For the other Albatros-class boat, see Albatros.
Bussard
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Description

The Albatros-class, Bussard (143) is a gift rank V German motor torpedo gun boat with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Red Skies" as a reward for the 2021 Summer Landing event.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull45 mm (wood)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section6
Displacement391 t
Crew40 people

The survivability of the Bussard is abysmal. Even with its crew count higher than PT boats', the vessel is completely unprotected by any kind of armour and any gunfire will make short work of her crew and internal compartments. The crew is large at 40 sailors, but they are quickly taken out by gunfire.

The turrets and ammunition magazine are relatively compact, so ammo detonations are possible but not extremely common. The secondary armament, four machine guns above the bridge, is very small and hard to hit. The bridge and the engine compartment are very large targets and are often the first things destroyed when taking fire.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB101 / 53 km/h
RB76 / 40 km/h

The ship is powered by four MTU 16V 956 TB91 diesels, each producing 17,700 shaft horsepower. This gives the Bussard a very good speed for its size, and provides quick manoeuvring at any speed. The vessel can reach a forward speed of slightly over 41 knots spaded, and has a very respectable 22 knot reverse speed. The ship isn't as good as other coastal craft at stopping from full speed, but it is enough to avoid constantly crashing into islands on heavily clustered maps. The rudder shifting is very responsive, taking around five seconds to go completely from one side to the other.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 101 53
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 76 40

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 270 → 4 038 Sl icon.png
RB4 420 → 5 458 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications201 600 Rp icon.png
296 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training180 000 Sl icon.png
Experts610 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
160 / 250 / 100 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods new ship rudder.png
Rudder Replacement
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
49 000 Sl icon.png
710 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods manual ship extinguisher.png
Fire Protection System
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
Smokescreen
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
49 000 Sl icon.png
710 Ge icon.png
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.50 AP belt
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
.50 APIT belt
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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76 mm HE-RF
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new aux caliber turrets.png
Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact automatic gun
Ammunition115 rounds
Vertical guidance-15° / 85°

The two fast-firing 76 mm/62 OTO-Melara Compact (76 mm) guns are hard-hitting and have access to some excellent ammunition: a very effective HE shell and a HE-VT shell that easily shreds incoming aircraft.

The reload time of the weapons is fixed at 0.9 seconds with the installed autoloader, with a ready-use ammo supply of 85 rounds per gun. The ballistics are excellent at close to medium range, but at long range begins to suffer given the small calibre of the weapons.

Against enemy ships, the HE shell is the obvious choice. A very potent explosive mass will shred other coastal vessels and can start fires on larger ships.

Against enemy aircraft and to a lesser extent small vessels, the HE-VT shells are very effective. Enemy aircraft nearby will not last long against the quick-firing proximity shells, and smaller vessels are susceptible to them as they act like normal HE against surface targets.

Secondary armament

2 х Turret12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate577 shots/min
2 х TurretMG-3 machinegun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Fire rate1200 shots/min

The secondary armament is very lacklustre, but is still capable of doing some damage. Two AN-M2 (12.7 mm) heavy machine guns and two MG3 (7.62 mm) light machine guns, one of each on the port and starboard sides of the bridge, provide limited defense against other coastal craft and nearby aircraft.

The .50 cal weapons come stock with a Universal belt, and you can unlock an AP and APIT belt with higher portions of Incendiary and Armour-Piercing rounds.

Additional armament

Setup 12 x 533 mm Seal DM2A1 torpedo
Main article: Seal DM2A1 (533 mm)

The Bussard has also access to two 533 mm Seal DM2A1 torpedoes on the rear deck. The torpedoes launch backwards and quickly turn around before continuing on their course. The weapons have a very long range and good speed, and while the warhead is mediocre at 250 kg of explosive mass it is still effective against light craft and destroyers.

Usage in battles

The Bussard is best used as a second-line ship, supporting faster or more manoeuvrable vessels with its powerful main armament. She relies on nearby allies since her hull is very weak and at the same time represents a large target. It can also be an effective anti-aircraft escort for friendly vessels with its fast-firing proximity rounds, air search radar, and air target tracking radar that can lock onto enemy aircraft and provide a lead indicator.

Everything in the game is a major threat to this ship given its large size and easily damaged internal modules. Vessels such as the American PT boats with their large-calibre 20 mm and 40 mm cannons are top priority, with any coastal craft or destroyer it can face being a danger.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Large-calibre, fast-firing main guns.
  • Effective ammunition choices.
  • Very good speed and manoeuvrability for her size.
  • Air search and tracking radar.

Cons:

  • Large target and no armour, gets destroyed very easily.
  • Only two primary weapons, one being destroyed heavily impacts damage potential.
  • Secondary/AA armament is extremely lacking.

History

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External links


Germany boats
Motor torpedo boats  Jaguar · LS 3 · LS 4 Esau · R-301
  S-38 · S-38b · S-100 · S-100 (1944) · S-204 Lang · VS-10
Motor gun boats  R-41 · R-130
Motor torpedo gun boats  Albatros · Bussard · MZ1 · Pr. 206
Minelayers  VS-8