ZA-35

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
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ZA-35
AB RB SB
8.3 8.3 8.3
Class:
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Purchase:590 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Rooikat ZA-35 is a rank VI British SPAA with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike". Role-wise it is a successor to the Falcon.

General info

Survivability and armour

ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull25 / 25 / 20
Turret10 / 10 / 10
Crew3 people
Visibility84 %

The ZA-35 is based on the Rooikat armoured car chassis, and as such retains the low protection of the family. The most heavily armoured part of the vehicle is the central band in front of the driver. A 25 mm plate sloped at 77° will soak up lower power autocannon fire easily, but the same cannot be said for the 30 mm flat plate that protects the transmission and the driver's feet. Despite the light armour, the hull can survive .50 cal machine guns from many angles and even prevent overpressure damage from being taken at certain spots.

The same cannot be said about the turret. The ZA-35's turret armour is comprised of 10 mm rolled homogeneous armour plating on all sides, so it is vulnerable to heavy machine guns. Two of the three crew members sit inside the turret, so one good high explosive hit will probably knock the vehicle out. The vehicle is very weak to attack from aircraft, so striking first is of paramount importance.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret)
  • Wheels (tires)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm (0°-28°) Driver's optic area
25 mm (77°) Upper front plate - Central band 30 mm (23°) Lower glacis - Central band
10 mm (23°-75°) Outer armour bands
20 mm (25°) Top
25 mm (0°-63°) Bottom
10 mm Wheelhouse
20 mm (0°-29°) Rear plate
10 mm Wheelhouse
10-20 mm
Turret 10 mm (0°-70°) Turret front
10 mm (0°-80°) Gun mantlet
10 mm (0°-55°) 10 mm (0°-76°) 10 mm
Cupola 10 mm 10 mm 10 mm 10 mm

Notes:

  • Wheels and torsion bars are 10 mm thick.
  • Gun racks (to the left and right of the lower front turret face) and the mast of the radar array are 10 mm thick structural steel.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB131 / 40 km/h
RB and SB121 / 37 km/h
Number of gears12 forward
4 back
Weight32.0 t
Engine power
AB1 082 hp
RB and SB567 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB33.8 hp/t
RB and SB17.7 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 131 40 32 805 1082 25.16 33.81
Realistic 121 37 501 567 15.66 17.72

Like the other members of the Rooikat family, one of the ZA-35's greatest strengths is its mobility. With the same chassis, engine, and overall weight as the Rooikat Mk.1D, drivers can expect near identical performance. Its strengths are incredibly high average and top speed. Some weaknesses include a large turn radius and poor torque on inclines.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 840 → 10 921 Sl icon.png
RB5 700 → 7 940 Sl icon.png
SB8 700 → 12 119 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications188 100 Rp icon.png
315 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training170 000 Sl icon.png
Experts590 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 130 / 150 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
3 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
2 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
ESS
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
35mm_kda_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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35mm_kda_APHEI_ammo_pack
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
9 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
17 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
530 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition460 rounds
Belt capacity230 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
1.3 → 1.0 s
Fire rate550 shots/min
Vertical guidance-8° / 81°
Main article: GA-35 (35 mm)
35 mm GA-35 (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 460 (230) 550 -8°/+81° ±180° Two-plane 39.6 54.8 66.6 73.6 78.4 1.30 1.15 1.06 1.00
Realistic 26.8 31.5 38.3 42.3 45.0

The GA-35 (35 mm) autocannon is functionally identical to the Oerlikon KDA (35 mm) found on the Chieftain Marksman, Gepard, and Type 87. However, the GA-35 is unable to utilize the 35 mm APDS belts found on the vehicles mentioned. Despite this, at close range, the GA-35 can penetrate the sides of a majority of medium tanks found at the ZA-35's battle rating, including even the lower sides of Soviet medium tanks. Unfortunately, the gun depression is quite poor, so ideally Soviet tanks should not be approached at point blank ranges and instead circled around at about 50m range. Many of American brawler tanks are immune to AP belt from the sides and will only be vulnerable in a turret ring or engine roof (and even that is not guaranteed).

The high rate of fire of the cannons can burn through the 460 rounds of ammunition in under half a minute of sustained fire, so firing in short bursts is generally ideal, as the restocking time at friendly captured points is quite long.

Ammunition

  • Default: API-T · HEI-T*
  • DM11A1: HEI-T* · HEI-T* · HEI-T* · API-T
  • DM13: API-T · API-T · API-T · HEI-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 68 65 52 40 30 23
DM11A1 68 65 52 40 30 23
DM13 68 65 52 40 30 23

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the ZA-35
Full
ammo
Ammo
type
1st
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
2
460
Clips
Rounds
(+2)
0
No

Notes:

  • Ammunition is modelled as 2 clips of 230 rounds.
  • It is not possible to select how many rounds to bring into battle.

Radars

Unlike the Chieftain Marksman, the ZA-35 has an independent tracking unit and detection unit, which allows the vehicle to detect new targets even while locked on to another target or to disable radar for safety reasons and still maintain the lock. The ZA-35 utilizes an enormous EDR 110 tracking radar fitted on a mast which can extend up to 5 m into the air. The mast is foldable and the radar array will fold behind the turret. Instead of a tracking radar, the ZA-35 uses an electro-optical target tracking system, which uses visual line of sight from the gunner's sight in the front to track airborne targets. The tracking system does not enjoy the same height advantage as the detection radar, and the optical system will lose target tracking if any kind of visual obstruction (including the ZA-35's own ESS) is in the way for any significant length of time. However, the system will not trigger radar warning receivers since it uses passive tracking, nor will chaff defeat the lock-on.

EDR 110 - Target Detection Radar
Maximum
Detection
Range
Minimum
Detection
Range
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
Minimum
relative speed
30,000 m 500 m 360° -__°/+__° __ m/s (__ km/h)
Electro-Optical Target Tracking Radar
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
Minimum
target speed
_,___ m __ m ±__ -__°/+__° __ m/s (__ km/h)

Usage in battles

The ZA-35's greatest strengths over its predecessor, the Chieftain Marksman, are its vastly increased mobility and improved radar. The mobility of the vehicle allows players to control exactly when and where they want to engage ground or air targets.

Against air targets, the vehicle should be used as a traditional radar-guided SPAA system. Drivers may not want to advance too far in the thinly armoured ZA-35, but it is near your teammates that you will be able to provide the best air cover. The ideal engagement distance for enemy planes tends to be around 1.5 km to 2 km. Waiting for enemy planes to close in can be dangerous but is ideal to ensure a successful attack. The system may struggle to track a low, fast target, so waiting to engage until too late is not ideal if the driver is relying on the tracking system.

Despite lacking the APDS belts of its contemporaries, the ZA-35 can also perform well against enemy ground targets. The 35 mm AP belts are best utilized at close range, where they can penetrate even the lower sides of Soviet medium tanks. Softer targets will be destroyed very quickly. The Rooikat chassis allows the ZA-35 to quickly move in and out of the battle zone and surprise enemies from the side or rear. The vehicle is not easy to hide, but lowering the radar mast will at least make it slightly harder to spot.

No matter what you are using it for, sitting still in this vehicle can prove fatal. With a two-plane gun stabilizer, the vehicle can reliably and accurately fire on the move. This is likely the best option, as the vehicle sitting still presents a huge target, even with the radar folded.

In Arcade mode, the ZA-35 can be used as a dedicated light tank destroyer, as it is far easier for aircraft to dodge its shots, but it still can achieve the ridiculous 90 km/h offroad while firing its weapons and outspeeding practically any other light tank, allowing it to flank across the map or even to strafe entire tank squads without being hit. In general, any lightly armoured tank ranging from BMP-1 and up to Dardo, which are spawned in overabundance at this BR range, disintegrate if the ZA-35 fired at their turret for longer than 1 second, while it can take a lot of shots, unless enemy immediately fires at its turret as well, making it the best anti light tank the British can have. It also can be used to flank medium tank campers, as most NATO tanks have problems with surviving any kind of side shots. Even the radar mast can be used as a tool to taunt enemy medium tanks and to bait shots, if necessary.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Search radar and tracking optics can work separately - optical tracking can track player sighted targets with radar disabled, or track a target while the radar continues to search for more targets
  • Rooikat chassis provides good mobility
  • While the ZA-35 does not have APDS belts, it is still very effective at defeating lightly armoured tanks and can do serious damage to medium tanks with some effort taken
  • Tall radar mast allows the ZA-35 to track air targets while behind cover
  • Radar takes up minimal space in folded position, and quickly deploys or folds

Cons:

  • Super tall radar mast gives you away very quickly in RB or SB
  • Track radar is electro-optical and can lose track very quickly when it's obstructed by objects such as trees or by smoke screens
  • No night vision devices
  • No APDS belts like similar twin KDA platforms
  • Turret is only 10 mm RHA with the commander and gunner sitting very close to each other, making .50 cals a death sentence if enemy is used to just fire it as a first reaction to anything they see
  • ESS does not really protect against thermal scopes
  • When fighting in town, the ZA-35 might get stuck on a narrow street or in between remains of other tanks due to its poor turn rate

History

The ZA-35 was a South African self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) variant of the Rooikat armoured car and designed in the 1990s. It was developed by Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR) and one prototype or possibly more was built before the project was cancelled. Had it entered production the ZA-35 would have served in a battery of three ZA-35 SPAAGs, one ZA-HVM surface-to-air missile launcher (also based on the Rooikat hull), and a local warning radar.[1]

The hull was a standard Rooikat hull but the turret was a completely new design by LEW. It has a crew of 3 with the driver in the hull and the commander and gunner in the turret. The armament consisted of two 35 mm M-35 automatic guns produced by Lyttleton Engineering. The guns have a rate of fire of 550 rounds per minute which is a 1,100 rpm combined rate of fire. Ammunition carried is of two types: HE-FRAG rounds for air targets and AP-I rounds for ground targets. A total of 920 rounds was carried in four belts of 230 rounds (two belts for each gun). The computerized fire control system (FCS) was linked to a fully stabilized gunner's sight with an integrated laser rangefinder. An EDR 110 search and tracking radar was fitted for finding and tracking enemy aircraft, mounted on a mast that could be raised five meters in order to get the radar clear of obstacles low to the ground. The ZA-35 can effectively eliminate targets during both day and night conditions. The armour protects against small arms fire and shrapnel all around and 23 mm projectiles over the frontal arc. Propulsion is provided by a rear 563 horsepower engine, allowing the 34 tons vehicle to reach a speed of 120 km/h.[1][2]

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Britain anti-aircraft vehicles
Light AA Mk I · Staghound AA · AEC AA · Crusader AA Mk II · Crusader AA Mk I · Falcon · Chieftain Marksman · ZA-35 · Stormer HVM