The Flugabwehrraketensystem Roland auf Radkraftfahrzeug is a rank VII German SPAA with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB) and 10.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".
Survivability and armour
As the FlaRakRad is the largest ground vehicle in game, and an SPAA, it is not hard for one to guess how the protection situation is. As there is no armour to speak of, the best bet for protecting this vehicle is not to be seen. Try hiding behind large hills, buildings near spawn, and other large obstacles. The non retractable search radar makes it hard to find spots tall enough to hide the FlaRakRad's immense size. However, due to the size of this vehicle, it can take ATGMs from helis occasionally, and can sometimes even eat APFSDS. However, any shot is very likely to cripple you, as the transmission is huge and easily hit.
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||5 mm||5 mm||5 mm||5 mm|
|Turret||15 mm||15 mm||15 mm||10 mm|
- The chassis is 30 mm thick.
- The windows in the cab have no armour.
- The tracking radar is 15 mm thick.
- There are 5 mm plates inside the rear compartment (see image).
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|Roland SAM (x2)||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|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)
|5||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
Usage in battles
It is recommended to find a concealed spot near spawn and memorize where the helicopters' airfield is. Helicopters are easy prey for the FlaRakRad; but be careful to take them out quickly or you'll find you have a 9M127 Vikhr headed right at you. Be careful to not radar lock helicopters, as they usually have RWR and will detect you if you lock them. Try instead to hand guide the missiles. This isn't as hard as it seems, as helicopters mostly hover and without the RWR won't know where the missile is coming from. Once the VT1 missile is unlocked, this allows the FlaRakRad to be able to finally engage aircraft with any hint of reliability. Still, one must exercise discipline when choosing when to engage aircraft, as the VT1 can still be dodged. As for the VT1 against helicopters, it just allows the FlaRakRad to kill enemy helicopters quicker, giving them less time to react. All in all, the FlaRakRad is a competent SPAA once one unlocks the missile and has the flexibility to engage aircraft as well as helis. Keep in mind that after firing the second missile, the FlaRakRad will not begin reloading until the second missile hits a target or reaches its max range and self-destructs. This means if you miss the second missile, you are vulnerable to air attack while waiting to reload. Take care not to be hit, and you'll have a good time.
Pros and cons
- Good speed and mobility; easy to move around on larger maps
- High speed missile with long range
- 1st generation gunner thermals allow the FlaRakRad to track targets without the use of radar easier
- The single biggest ground vehicle in the game, longer and taller than a Maus - finding proper concealment is nigh impossible
- Every single gun in the game, MGs included, poses a threat
- No defence against any ground vehicles
- Lack of guns means it cannot defend itself from close aircraft
- No survivability from attacks from the ground or air
The FlaRakRad self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system with the Roland 3 surface-to-air missile system became the most advanced modification of the Roland, Franco-German anti-aircraft missile. While the army version of the FlaRakPz 1 self-propelled air defense system was equipped with a tracked chassis, the air defense services and the German naval forces settled on wheeled chassis for AA systems for airfield protection. At the end of the 90's, a MAN 6x6 truck was chosen as a chassis for the Roland 2 complex, but soon a unified command vehicle on the chassis of the MAN 15t mil gl KAT I A1 (8×8) truck was adopted, which served as the basis for further development of the Roland family.
One of the latest modernization programs for the complex for the needs of the German army assumed the possibility of launching not only Roland 2 and Roland 3 missiles, but also promising long-range VT1 missiles, but the program was not completed and by 2003 Germany refused to further modernize the Roland complex in favor of more modern systems.
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|Germany anti-aircraft vehicles|
|Half-track||Sd.Kfz.251/21 · Sd.Kfz. 6/2|
|Flakpanzer IV||Wirbelwind · Ostwind · Ostwind II · Kugelblitz|
|Other Flakpanzers||Flakpanzer I · Flakpanzer 38 · Flakpanzer 341|
|Missile SPAA||FlaRakPz 1 · FlaRakRad|