|This page is about the SPAA ZSU-23-4 (Israel). For the other version, see ZSU-23-4.|
The ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" is a rank VI Israeli SPAA with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Fire and Ice". The "Shilka" presents a higher rate of fire and more powerful ammunition than its predecessor Hovet, allowing the user to saturate the airspace to increase the chance of hitting a low-flying aircraft.
ZSU-23-4s were captured from Egypt and Syria by Israel during the Yom Kippur War. It is identical in performance to the Soviet ZSU-23-4.
Survivability and armour
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||___ mm|| ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
|___ mm||___ - ___ mm|
|Turret|| ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
|___ - ___ mm||___ - ___ mm||___ - ___ mm|
|Cupola||___ mm||___ mm||___ mm||___ mm|
- Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
- Belly armour is 9.4 mm thick.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|23 mm AZP-23 (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|
- Default: API-T · HEF-I
- HEFI-T: HEF-I · HEFI-T · HEF-I · API-T
- APIT: API-T · API-T · API-T · HEFI-T
|Ammunition||Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Fuse delay|| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|4||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
Usage in battles
The ZSU-23-4 should be played entirely as an AA vehicle. Do not go tank hunting in this vehicle, as you do not have the armour or the penetration. Focus on keeping the skies clear, something that this vehicle does very well. A high rate of fire and very fast turret traverse means that you should be able to target and destroy even the fastest jets.
You have a high ammo count with this vehicle, meaning that you can afford to find a good spot away from the main fight in order to pick off enemy planes. Unless you need to reload your ammo, avoid spawn points. They are usually the hub of most of the fighting and going to them will put you in the firing line.
While it is fully enclosed, the ZSU-23-4 has armour which makes the M18 Hellcat look like a heavy tank. Even 7.62 mm machine guns stand a fair chance of penetrating this vehicle. This makes you a primary target for aircraft, which at this vehicles BR are usually armed with cannons or high penetration machine guns, which will easily take you out.
Missile-equipped aircraft are the greatest threat to your existence. They are capable of sitting comfortably outside your firing range while firing lethal AGMs at you. Hide from them until they are either dealt with by an allied plane or they come close enough to be dealt with by your 23 mm cannons.
Pros and cons
- High rate of fire; allows for area saturation
- Relatively high top speed
- High ammo count
- Fast turret traverse
- Can penetrate lightly armoured vehicles (other SPAAs)
- Radar-assisted fire control; a lead indicator is shown in Realistic.
- Thin armour; aircraft cannons will cause severe damage
- Low power to weight ratio; struggles with slopes and off-road
- Low penetration for 23 mm cannons; means troubles penetrating certain MBTs from the side
- Radar has very low scan speed
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Similar role in USSR
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|Israel anti-aircraft vehicles|
|M163 derivatives||Hovet · Machbet|
|Captured||ZSU-57-2 · ZSU-23-4|