OTOMATIC

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
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OTOMATIC
AB RB SB
10.3 10.3 10.3
Class:
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Purchase:690 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The OTO Main Anti-aircraft Tank for Intercept and Combat (shortened to OTOMATIC) is a Rank VI Italian self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). This vehicle was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

The OTOMATIC is a radar-equipped SPAAG that is capable of shooting proximity fused frag rounds and can destroy planes even in a single, well-aimed shot. Shooting down aircraft should be the primary use of this vehicle at least until APFSDS rounds are unlocked, so staying in a cap zone is recommended, as the unit doesn't carry a lot of ammo (90 shells for a cannon with a 0.5s reload). When APFSDS are available, the OTOMATIC may defend capture points against enemy tanks as well, while still dealing with aircraft, or it can switch to a more mobile, MBT-like playstyle, mostly thanks to the excellent penetration of the sabot rounds and the two-axis stabiliser.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull50 / 30 / 25
Turret25 / 25 / 25
Crew4 people
Visibility-207 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Structural steel (Radar equipment, Mudguards)
  • Rubber-fabric screens
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 70 mm (59°), 35 mm (81°) Front glacis
50 mm (52°) Lower glacis
25 mm (81°), 50 mm (30-46°) Ammo stowage hatch
25-35 mm Top
30 mm Bottom
25 mm (1-40°) 30 mm (89°) Front
15 mm (89°) Rear
5 mm Engine grille
Turret 25 mm (25-45°) Turret front
25 mm (17-83°) Gun mantlet
25 mm (0-11°) 25 mm (1-10°) 15 mm

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB71 / 28 km/h
RB and SB66 / 26 km/h
Number of gears7 forward
2 back
Weight46.0 t
Engine power
AB1 584 hp
RB and SB830 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB34.4 hp/t
RB and SB18.0 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 71 28 46 1179 1584 25.63 34.43
Realistic 66 26 734 830 15.96 18.04

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 950 → 11 829 Sl icon.png
RB7 000 → 10 416 Sl icon.png
SB4 870 → 7 246 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications272 100 Rp icon.png
440 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
150 / 150 / 170 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
6 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
5 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement it.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
370 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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76mm_oto_APDSFS_ammo_pack
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

76 mm OTO Breda Cannone da 76/62 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition90 rounds
Reload0.5 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 60°
76 mm OTO Breda Cannone da 76/62
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
90 -5°/+60° ±180° Two-plane
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 35.2 48.8 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 23.8 28.0 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
76/62 SAPOM SAPHEI 60 58 50 45 35 30
76/62 APFSDS APFSDS 311 308 301 291 281 271
76/62 HE-MOM HE-VT* 14 14 14 14 14 14
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
76/62 SAPOM SAPHEI 910 6.35 1.3 15 662.4 +0° 79° 80° 8°1
76/62 APFSDS APFSDS 1580 2.18 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 78° 80° 81°
76/62 HE-MOM HE-VT* 910 6.3 0.2 0.1 969.12 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Ammo racks
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
90 XX (X+)  (+)  (+)  (+) no

Radars

Main articles: SMA VPS-A05‎, SMA VPG-A06

The OTOMATIC is equipped with a SMA VPS-A05 search radar and a SMA VPG-A06 tracking radar; both radars are located on the top of the turret, with the SMA VPS-A05 being mounted on an arm at the rear, and the SMA VPG-A06 being mounted further forwards on the left hand side of the turret roof. The radar system is capable of tracking a target while scanning, but can only track targets within a 180° arc from the front of the turret. Both radar can be folded.

SMA VPS-A05 - Target Detection Radar
Maximum
Detection
Range
Minimum
Detection
Range
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
Minimum
relative speed
20,000 m 500 m 360°  ??? 10 m/s (36 km/h)
SMA VPG-A06 - Target Tracking Radar
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
Minimum
target speed
16,000 m 75 m ±90° -15°/+87° 15 m/s (54 km/h)

Usage in battles

This vehicle provides abundant playstyles depending on how players are comfortable using it. You can take a full ammo load of 90 rounds and hide in a re-spawn point or building as a conventional SPAA. It can do this job very well, and you can also reduce the ammunition load to join your team on the front lines. The suggested ammo distribution is 12 APDSFS & 16 HE-VT, and 2 APHE shells as additional firepower while intercepting aircraft.

The OTOMATIC has the ability to defend itself from ground and aerial vehicles extremely well due to its armament. Its 76 mm HE-VT rounds that will shred any aircraft with ease. The 76/62 APFSDS round that it can use to defend itself with 311 mm of penetration at 10 m, combined with a high rate of fire, allows it to take care of most hostiles with ease. With those 2 abilities the vehicle can play aggressive or passive. You can stay back in cover protecting your team from aircraft while having the ability to protect yourself and not relying on teammates. The other approach is playing aggressive. Pushing up with your team assisting in destroying enemy vehicles along with any aviation that they might bring into battle. But be advised, the OTOMATIC does have a very large silhouette making you an easy target.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Radar guidance system
  • Equipped by default with HE-VT fuse shells capable of annihilating aircraft within 1-3 indirect hits. Direct hits usually destroy the aircraft in one blow
  • Excellent scoped zoom for an SPAA.
  • Immense fire rate for the gun calibre; 120 RPM for a 76 mm gun
  • Two axis stabiliser
  • APFSDS can penetrate up to 311 mm, enough to destroy any top-rank MBT with a well-placed shot
  • Equipped with APHE shells, capable of dealing with many light tanks and the XM-1
  • Capable of taking out long-range helicopters with ammunition which does not explode until approximately 4.6 km away, allowing for shots well past the radar tracking range
  • Doesn't hull break
  • The OF-40 chassis provides reasonable protection and mobility (especially compared to the M163 and ZSU-23-4)
  • Fantastic turret rotation and elevation speed
  • Generation 1 thermals for the gunner - makes spotting enemy aircraft, helicopters and tanks a much easier task
  • Fear factor - Enemy pilots who know there is an OTOMATIC around will fall back in a far more cautious playstyle and are less likely to attack friendly ground vehicles in the open
  • Large cannon breech - can soak up shrapnel, thereby protecting the turret crew

Cons:

  • Turret has immensely thin armour, can be penetrated by other SPAA as well as secondary cannons from the MBT-70 or AMX-40
  • Several turret-mounted ammo racks that are almost impossible not to hit
  • APFSDS rounds are a tier IV modification
  • APFSDS capacity limited to 12 rounds
  • APFSDS has limited accuracy at range
  • Massive profile, straightforward to spot and shoot
  • This vehicle's reputation precedes it, enemies will prioritise its destruction
  • APHE's penetration is abysmal, and 62mm consistently fails to penetrate the sides of Abrams or T-64s/T-72s/T-80s
  • Magazine capacity of 12 rounds. Every round must be individually loaded into the magazine, significantly increasing reload speed
  • The gun doesn't elevate fully
  • Rate of fire decreases when your loader is knocked out
  • A hit to the turret, even if it doesn't kill the crew, will always result in a destroyed breech due to the sheer space the breech takes up in the turret

History

Development of the OTOMATIC SPAAG began during the mid 1980s as a private venture of the OTO Melara company. The basic concept behind the OTOMATIC was to take the successful 76mm Super Rapido utility cannon used on naval vessels and fit it to a suitable mobile platform in order to create a long-range SPAA vehicle that would outmatch similar designs such as the German Gepard or British Marksman system. Although a challenging feat, Italian engineers eventually succeeded in this endeavour, creating a vehicle that wasn't only up to the latest technological standards but also perfectly suited, and even exceeded, various NATO requirements of the time. The first prototype of the OTOMATIC was ready for testing in the late 1980s. Intended to be compatible with a large number of NATO vehicles of the time, the OTOMATIC, similarly to the British Marksman system, was tested on several hulls and it was planned to be capable of fitting any NATO tank, including the Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams. However, as the Cold War ended and general interest for SPAAG vehicles began declining in favour of more modern missile systems, the OTOMATIC project never received any interest from potential users. For the Italian army, the project was initially accepted, but later abandoned due to budget cuts.

- From Devblog

Media

See also

Predecessor

Similar vehicles in other nations

External links


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