PGZ04A

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PGZ04A
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PGZ04A
AB RB SB
10.0 10.0 10.0
Class:
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Description

The PGZ04A is a rank VII Chinese SPAA with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Red Skies". PGZ is the Chinese PLA designation for its SPAA platforms. With PGZ being the Pinyin abbreviation for "炮,高射,自走" (Pao, Gaoshe, Zizou), or Lit. "Artillery, Anti-Air, Self-Propelled".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull12 / 10 / 10
Turret8 / 8 / 8
Crew3 people
Visibility341 %

An usual characteristic of a SPAAG is their light armour, and the PGZ04A is no exception. At only 22.7 tons, its does not have any high protection and is very unlikely to survive any high-explosive and overpressure damages.

The chassis of the PGZ04A is still enough to stop 12.7 mm rounds from going through it up front while that would not be the case for the sides and the rear of the chassis so at best keep your enemies in front of you. The turret, with only 8 mm of steel on every side, barely stops shrapnel and smaller-calibre firearms, anything above 12.7 mm can penetrate the turret with ease.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 10 mm (69°) Upper glacis
12 mm (36°) Lower plate
8 mm (11°) Top
10 mm Bottom
10 mm (7°) 8 mm
Turret 8 mm Turret front 8 mm 8 mm 8 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick, tracks are 15 mm thick, and torsion bars are 22 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB61 / 19 km/h
RB and SB56 / 18 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight22.7 t
Engine power
AB731 hp
RB and SB383 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB32.2 hp/t
RB and SB16.9 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 61 19 22.7 _,___ 731 __.__ 32.2
Realistic 56 18 _,___ 383 __.__ 16.87

Thanks to its light weight and a 383 hp F12L412 diesel engine, the PGZ04A can drive at a surprising top speed of 53 km/h. It was also the very first Chinese vehicle that comes with a hydropneumatic suspension (only lifting/lowering), making it a fast and nimble enough vehicle to move around the battlefield and take cover if anything is coming to cause you some trouble. Another rare advantage is the great reverse speed of -18 km/h. Being significantly faster than the majority of Chinese vehicles, this speed not only allows the PGZ04A to retreat back to safety in time but also gives it more tactical agility for repositioning and flanking.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 680 → 8 451 Sl icon.png
RB3 650 → 5 431 Sl icon.png
SB7 020 → 10 445 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications453 800 Rp icon.png
450 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training260 000 Sl icon.png
Experts930 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 170 / 250 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
7 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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25mm_cn_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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25mm_cn_AP_ammo_pack
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 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

4 x 25 mm PG87 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition1 032 rounds
Belt capacity163 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
32.5 → 25.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 85°
Main article: PG87 (25 mm)

The PGZ04A is equipped with 4 x 25 mm PG87 25x183B AA guns mounted on the side of the turret, which is the same gun as the ZSD63 at tier II.

With its above average velocity and high rate of fire, these 4 cannons combined can cause total annihilation of low-flying aircraft within its 2.5 km firing range and its ammunition has sufficient penetration to cause some trouble to lightly armoured vehicles. However, all this comes at a cost: you have only 1,032 rounds in total at your disposal. For players who are trigger-happy, this might a good chance to learn how to conserve their ammo and wait for the chance to deliver the fatal blow to enemy targets.

25 mm PG87 (x4) 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 1,032 (258) 600 -5°/+85° ±180° Two-plane 70.4 97.5 118.4 130.9 139.3 5.20 4.60 4.24 4.00
Realistic 47.6 56.0 68.0 75.2 80.0

Ammunition

  • Default: AP-T · FI-T*
  • Type 87 HE: FI-T*
  • Type 87 AP: AP-T
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 63 60 47 35 26 19
Type 87 HE 2 2 2 2 2 2
Type 87 AP 63 60 47 35 26 19
Belt details
Belt Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Type 87 HE FI-T* 1,050 0.25 0 0.1 19 47° 56° 65°
Type 87 AP AP-T 1,050 0.25 N/A N/A N/A 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
Visual
discrepancy
8 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Additional armament

HN-6 SAM
Ammunition4 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate60 shots/min
Main article: HN-6

The HN-6 is a MANPADS that comes with a 7 km rear-aspect locking range and a 4.5 km all-aspect locking range, which will prove very useful for handling low-flying helicopters and sometimes earn a surprise kill on careless jets.

HN-6 missile
Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer
4 N/A N/A N/A

Ammunition

Ammunition details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HN-6 SAM 600 7,000 (rear aspect)
4,500 (all aspect)
10.7 1 10 770 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
4 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Usage in battles

With its rapid-firing 25 mm guns and IR missiles, the PGZ04A dominates in close to mid-range air defense. Consider it to have two layers of defence: missiles for up to 7 km (often limited to a moderate 4.5 km due to lock-on aspect), and the 25 mm cannons for anything within 3 km. The IR missiles have questionable tracking ability and often give up track on a target entirely if it manoeuvres to evade. However, it will help to distract incoming aircraft and bleed their speed, making them easier to be finished with the 25 mm cannons. The PGZ04A will have a tough time dealing with helicopters hovering at their maximum range launching ATGMs, as neither of the PGZ04 armaments can reach anything that's beyond 7 km.

The PGZ04A's anti-ground ability is limited, due to its smaller calibre 25 mm cannons. They have no dedicated APDS rounds that were found in its predecessor, the PGZ09 (which also has larger cannons of 35 mm). The 25 mm struggles to penetrate the sides of top-tier MBTs, with some of them completely immune (for example, the Merkava Mk.3D), although exterior modules can be quickly destroyed, especially tracks. If aimed well (and some luck), you can take out gun barrels of the enemy tank, but it is better to avoid engaging with MBTs to begin with. The 25 mm rounds also have poor post-pen effects, even against thinly armoured targets, but is counteracted by the high firerate and fire density of the 4 barrels.

It is suggested to play the PGZ04A as a dedicated anti-air platform. However, due to its shorter range than its counterparts, you need to leave the spawn to be effective. While doing that, always have friendly tanks to screen you, as the moment you're caught alone by enemy ground targets you will have exceptionally low chance of survival.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good rate of fire (600 rpm) plus 4 x autocannons mean high fire density
  • 4 x IR missiles further improve its anti-air strengths especially against helicopters like AH-1
  • The tracking device is optoelectrical tracker that can hide yourself from RWR equipped aircrafts
  • Gunner thermal assists fighting in poor conditions
  • Great mobility with adequate reverse speed
  • 2 salvos of smoke grenades provide critical concealment
  • Profile is quite low

Cons:

  • IR missiles are quite short-ranged and slow, can be evaded/outran easily by fast jets like F-104, Su-7
  • 25 mm shells are not as potent as 35 mm or 57 mm shells at longer ranges
  • Low penetration of 25 mm guns, struggles to penetrate MBT sides
  • Completely exposed autocannons and missiles mean they are easily damaged
  • Search radar antenna is tall and big, can expose the location of PGZ04A
  • Like all SPAA, armour can only resist small calibre machine gun bullets

History

The story of PGZ04A goes back to his predecessor, PGZ95.

During the 1980s when Mainland China was seeking for modernization of PLA, one major inventory they were lacking of was a SPAAG with onboard radar. It was during that time Egypt handed in some ZSU-23-4 to the Chinese, which at first decided that they would go for a reverse-engineered version of the infamous Shilka. But later, they found another major problem: Shilka's optical system wasn't designed for all-weather operations and capabilities at night would be very limited. Meanwhile, another group of PLAGF's officials often went to Europe for equipment development exchanges and weapon tests, one time during the 1980s, they saw the SIDAM 25 that came with all-weather operation capabilities .

The NORINCO Northwest Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (西北机电工程研究所 at Xianyang City, Xi'an, Shaanxi) started its development and eventually, the older brother of PGZ04A- PGZ95 was accepted into PLAGF commission and it was first shown on the parade on 1st October, 1999 (the 50th National Day of PRC). Completed with a S-band CLC-1 search radar and opto-electronic tracking system, as well as 2 pairs of QW-2 MANPADS mounted on its turret. Due to the new electronic system, estimations showed that a PGZ-95 was even more expensive than a brand new ZTZ99.

Later in the 2000s, the PGZ95 received an overhaul upgrade on its systems and upgraded its MANPADS to 2 pairs of HN-6 (exported by CATIC as FN-6), eventually this upgraded version was named a PGZ04A. Along the PGZ09, it became the cornerstone of PLAGF's field air defense.

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See also

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External links


China anti-aircraft vehicles
CCKW 353 (M45) · ␗M42 · Phòng không T-34 · WZ305 · ZSD63 · PGZ09 · PGZ04A