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PGZ09
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PGZ09
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8.3 8.3 8.3
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Description

The PGZ09, nicknamed the "猎手", or Hunter, is a rank VI Chinese SPAA with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Red Skies".

The PGZ09 is a Chinese counterpart to the Flakpanzer Gepard and Type 87 designed to intercept incoming aerial targets such as helicopters, drones, or cruise missiles. With its high off-road speed, advanced electronic system with separated search/tracking radar, electro-optical tracking system, as well as a 2nd gen thermal sight, it can prove deadly to both careless aerial and ground targets and provide field air-defence to its allies wherever they are with its mobility.

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
Visibility500 %

The chassis provides sufficient protection to the crew against small-calibre guns and shrapnel from explosions. As it is a SPAA, only the hull front is sufficient to stop HMGs and maybe some autocannons, while the turret itself offers little protection with only 8 mm of armour. Vulnerable to overpressure damage, the PGZ09 cannot survive artillery strikes, bombs, rockets or high-calibre HE shells. Its tall search radar is very visible and therefore likely to attract fire. If it is hit by anything with explosive filler it will be broken, the shrapnel and blast will also pass down the thin turret roof and damage/destroy components like the targeting radar and crew. Thus you need to be aware of whether the search radar antenna is exposed even when the tank is behind cover.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 10 mm Upper front (74°)
12 mm Lower front(25°)
8 mm Top
10 mm Bottom
10 mm 8 mm
Turret 8 mm 8 mm 8 mm 8 mm
Cupola N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Mudguard and side skirts are 5 mm thick.
  • Tracking radar is 15 mm of structural steel.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB71 / 17 km/h
RB and SB66 / 16 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight38.0 t
Engine power
AB1 526 hp
RB and SB800 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB40.2 hp/t
RB and SB21.1 hp/t

Thanks to the powerful 8V150 engine producing almost 800 hp, this turbocharged diesel engine lets the PGZ09 have a satisfying top speed of 65 km/h, a vast improvement over the WZ305 and making it one of the fastest tracked SPAAGs along with the Gepard, AMX-30 DCA and VEAK 40. It can follow teammates with ease and retreat to a safe position if anything comes at you with its -15 km/h reverse (currently the second fastest among all Chinese vehicles, only falls behind his successor PGZ04A by -2 km/h).

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 17 38 1136 1526 29.89 40.16
Realistic 66 16 708 800 18.63 21.05

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 960 → 7 380 Sl icon.png
RB4 310 → 6 413 Sl icon.png
SB4 400 → 6 547 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications150 300 Rp icon.png
260 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts500 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 160 / 190 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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35mm_kda_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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35mm_kda_APHEI_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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35mm_kda_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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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

2 x 35 mm PG99-35-2 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition440 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
1.3 → 1.0 s
Fire rate550 shots/min
Vertical guidance-2° / 85°
Main article: PG99-35-2 (35 mm)

As a variant of the Swiss Oerlikon GDF-002, the PG99-35-2 shares the same traits as the 35 mm Oerlikon KDA guns found on other nations' SPAAs: high rate of fire, high muzzle velocity, and sufficient penetration to tear down most vehicles from the sides with ease. But due to the internal design of the PGZ09, it has lower ammo count than its Western and Japanese counterparts and carries only 40 APDS rounds as emergency anti-armour.

35 mm PG99-35-2 (x2) 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 440 (200) 550 -2°/+85° ±180° Two-plane 79.3 109.7 133.2 147.3 156.7 1.30 1.15 1.06 1.00
Realistic 53.5 63.0 76.5 84.6 90.0

Ammunition

  • Default: API-T · HEI-T*
  • DKG01A: HEI-T* · HEI-T* · HEI-T* · API-T
  • DKP01A: API-T · API-T · API-T · HEI-T*
  • DM23: APDS · APDS · APDS · APDS
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 68 65 52 40 30 23
DKG01A 68 65 52 40 30 23
DKP01A 68 65 52 40 30 23
DM23 127 125 119 111 104 97

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the PGZ09
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
4 (+2) No

Note:

  • Ammo racks disappear after 40 rounds from each belt have been fired.

Usage in battles

Like its counterparts in NATO and Japan, speed is your friend and the PGZ09 is among the fastest ones, as an SPAA, your first priority should be aircraft and helicopters. At its BR range, few aircraft come with an RWR, so there should no worries on keeping the radar always on. If brought to a higher BR, do not keep your radar on for extended periods of time, as it will give yourself away to aircraft with RWR, so turn it off and only utilize the tracking radar after enemies have been spotted; alternatively, it comes with optoelectronic tracking system which helps concealing yourself from RWR equipped aircrafts (hotkey Y-1-4 by default changes between its tracking systems) or tracking low-flyers with excellent accuracy; another thing worth mention is that it's the only Oerlikon GDF-002 equipped SPAAG that comes with a thermal gunner sight (2nd generation), further accelerate your speed on spotting enemies from the background. Keep in mind your subpar ammunition count, so unless in emergency or fast-and-close targets, trigger-happy firing is not an option.

The PGZ09 can also be used in an anti-armour role to a certain extent thanks to the good penetration of 35 mm shells, these rounds are lethal to lightly armoured vehicles and the sides of Cold War MBTs, albeit the PGZ09 has the worst gun depression among SPAAs (at a mere -2°), making it struggle in even slightly uneven terrain, so keep some distance from land-based enemies if you're in a gunfight. Additionally, it has only 40 rounds of APDS at disposal so think twice before unleashing them on enemies. Do remember that those 8-10 mm of steel all-around won't help you too much on stopping some higher calibre machine guns, autocannons and anything with explosive fillers.

Note: when using the PGZ09 in the anti-armour role with thermals on, avoid placing the target at the front-right side of the hull. This is the location of the engine exhaust pipe, to the right of the driving compartment. Its heat will glare the gunner's thermal optic and heavily disrupt your aim.

Enemies worth noting:

  • SA 313B, UH-1C, etc. These early helicopters, despite being small and fragile, can give some nasty bites with their ATGMs. Experienced helicopter pilots tend to hover ~2-4 km away from the frontline firing missiles from afar, and at that distance it is somewhat difficult for the PGZ09 to effectively destroy them. If they are more than 3 km away and are slowly sliding sideways, hold your fire as the accuracy of your shells drop drastically and will be easily evaded, revealing your position. Instead, you should evade the helicopter, track its range with your radar, and once it gets within 3 km consider shooting it (still, remember that the closer the better). Note that with your gunner thermals you can clearly see the helicopter's missile, allowing you to take early action to try to avoid it.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good firepower:
    • First Chinese SPAA with search and fire control radars, significantly boosting anti-air capabilities
    • Autocannons are deadly against common aircraft like G.91
    • Fast gun targeting speed, can keep up with most targets
    • Gunner thermal assists fighting in bad weather
    • DM23 APDS allows it to fight back against MBTs such as XM-1
    • Comes with optoelectronic tracking system that excels excellent accuracy and concealing yourself from RWRs.
  • Good mobility:
    • High speed, one of the fastest SPAAs in the game
    • Adequate reverse speed of -15 km/h
  • 2 salvos of smoke grenades can help conceal the vehicle for repositioning

Cons:

  • Poor survivability:
    • Search radar antenna is tall, can expose the location of the PGZ09
    • Armour is only proof against small calibre machine gun bullets
  • Poor weapon handling:
    • Limited DM23 capacity of 40 rounds
    • Extremely poor gun depression of only -2°, poor in even urban environment let alone hills
    • Gun placement makes close-range aiming quite awkward

History

During the late 1980s, after attempts to make their own AA guns to replace the obsolete Soviet 37 mm, the PLA sought instead to purchase the renowned Swiss Oerlikon 35 mm GDF-002 cannon. In 1987, a deal was made and examples were imported along with the Skyguard system, and in 1990, China got a license for domestic production under the name PG90. When the later arms embargo in the 1990s stopped additional importation, Chinese-made domestic upgrades resulted in the PG99, which is said to be on-par with the GDF-003.

It saw extensive use defending facilities and as a towed gun. The PLAGF found the need for a new SPAAG to replace the PGZ95 (later the PGZ04A) for mobile field air-defense, and made good use of the 35 mm cannon with modern electronics.

In 2011, a new type of SPAAG was seen on state television, designated "PGZ07" by observers, little was known about it until the Victory Day parade in 2015 where this SPAAG was officially revealed by the PLA, officially known as the PGZ09 and it shared the same universal chassis with PLZ05 SPH. Equipped with the latest doppler search radar and optoelectronic equipment onboard, AHEAD and airburst shells, and the ability to equip 4 surface-to-air missiles, it, along with its predecessor the PGZ04A, serve as the cornerstone of the PLAGF's field air-defense system.

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See also

Similar SPAAs armed with the 35 mm Oerlikon

External links


China anti-aircraft vehicles
Wheeled  CCKW 353 (M45)
Radar SPAAG  PGZ09
Gun and Missile SPAAG  PGZ04A
Other  ZSD63 · WZ305
USA  ␗M42
Vietnam  Phòng không T-34