ZSU-57-2 (Israel)

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This page is about the SPAA ZSU-57-2 (Israel). For other versions, see ZSU-57-2 and ZSU-57-2 (Sweden).
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ZSU-57-2
AB RB SB
7.0 7.0 7.0
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Description

The ZSU-57-2 is a rank V Israeli SPAA with a battle rating of 7.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Fire and Ice".

An SPAA built on a heavily-modified T-54 chassis, the ZSU-57-2 features two powerful 57 mm guns, good mobility, and very light armour. It has proven to be more of a menace to ground vehicles than aircraft with its high-velocity cannons, but low sustained rate of fire and poor accuracy.

ZSU-57-2s were captured by Israel from Egypt and Syria during the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. It is otherwise identical in all aspects to the Soviet ZSU-57-2.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull15 / 15 / 6
Turret15 / 13 / 13
Crew6 people
Visibility103 %

Armour type:

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

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 13.5 mm thick.
  • A 6 mm RHA plate separates the engine compartment from the crew.
  • Hatches and air intake are 6 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB55 / 9 km/h
RB and SB51 / 8 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight28.0 t
Engine power
AB992 hp
RB and SB520 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB35.4 hp/t
RB and SB18.6 hp/t

The ZSU-57-2's mobility is rather good. It is faster than most medium tanks, while weighing 28 tons and having a 520 hp engine at 2,000 RPM. Manoeuvrability is good at all speeds, as its a relatively light tank with a powerful engine. It bleeds a lot of speed while turning, but the turning is fast and responsive and does not have neutral steering. The maximum speed is limited by the transmission to 51 km/h forwards and -8 km/h in reverse for RB, and 55/-9 km/h for AB.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 55 9 28 739 992 26.39 35.43
Realistic 51 8 460 520 16.43 18.57

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 530 → 4 543 Sl icon.png
RB3 810 → 4 903 Sl icon.png
SB5 260 → 6 769 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications95 100 Rp icon.png
158 700 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training90 000 Sl icon.png
Experts310 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 180 / 250 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
4 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
6 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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57mm_AP_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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57mm_APCBC_ammo_pack
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

2 x 57 mm S-68 cannon
Ammunition296 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
2.6 → 2.0 s
Fire rate120 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 85°
Main article: S-68 (57 mm)

Although this is an AA vehicle, its twin 57 mm cannons are still equally deadly against ground units. When stock, their accuracy isn't good so the shells fly all over the place as the distance increases, and the belt is made up of half AP, half HE, meaning it is not efficient when dealing with either planes or tanks. Therefore the best tactic for a fully stock ZSU-57-2 is to shoot the enemies' side up close or to target low-flying helicopters.

When the BR-281 belt (full APHE) is available, the player can go into full anti-tank mode as this shell packs quite a punch, and it can penetrate pretty much any tank's side armour (excluding the Maus, in which case take out its gun barrel) and some tanks' frontal armour. In a flank the ZSU-57-2 can finish off a group of opponents at an unbelievable speed. Two shells will slice through their side armour and explode, so theoretically one clip is enough to wipe out four tanks in a row (aiming at the crew compartment only, of course). A few seconds later, another clip will be loaded, ready to hunt more prey. Be aware that each clip only contains 8 rounds (4 for each of the two cannons), so do not waste your shots.

This shell also performs alright in the AA role, since its calibre is quite large for planes, and a direct hit usually critically damages the plane, if not killing it instantly. However, unlike its Chinese brother, WZ305, the ZSU-57-2 does not have access to any VT shells so it is always beneficial to lead with extra care and only open fire if the plane is close enough.

The BR-281U belt does not offer any extra penetration and thus should not be used. Its efficiency decreases as half the belt is made up of HE shells with no anti-armour potential.

57 mm S-68 (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 296 (4) 120 -5°/+85° ±180° N/A 52.8 73.1 88.8 98.2 104.5 2.60 2.30 2.12 2.00
Realistic 35.7 42.0 51.0 56.4 60.0

Ammunition

  • Default: HE* · APCBC
  • BR-281SP: APCBC
  • OR-281U: HE*
  • BR-281U: APCBC

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
BR-281SP APCBC 151 147 132 114 100 87
OR-281U HE* 5 5 5 5 5 5
BR-281U APCBC 151 147 132 114 100 87
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
BR-281SP APCBC 1,000 2.8 - - - 48° 63° 71°
OR-281U HE* 1,000 2.8 0 0.1 235.62 79° 80° 81°
BR-281U APCBC 1,000 2.8 1.2 9 20.02 48° 63° 71°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
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Usage in battles

Versatile in the anti-aircraft and anti-tank role, this heavily modified T-54 chassis delivers two heavy 57 mm punches. The ZSU-57-2 can be used for two roles.

Anti-air role

Even though the ZSU-57-2 was designed as an SPAA, it is not very good at destroying planes compared to other SPAA vehicles at similar battle ratings, which often have a significantly higher rate of fire or even radar. However, this is compensated for by its comparatively massive firepower compared to similar SPAA platforms. The large 57 mm cannons will often disable, or more likely destroy a plane with its first hit. It is also extremely effective in an anti-helicopter role, as helicopters are much slower than planes.

Tank Destroyer

Using the 57 mm cannons in an anti-tank role is possible and have been exploited by many players. Using BR-281 ammo, the guns can effectively pierce the sides and rear of any tank (excluding the Maus). Remember the ZSU-57-2's armour does not compare to other tanks armour so one shot could be the end of the SPAA. Play cat-and-mouse and wait for the enemy to go into an engagement with another target and then jump out into the open and fire upon them while they are distracted. It is recommended to the first aim for their rear to disable their engine and cause a fire, they will have to stop what they are doing and put it out. During this time they won't be able to move or fire upon the ZSU-57-2, allowing a chance to finish off the crewmen inside by unloading the 57 mm cannons into the side of the enemy tank. Any shot from the 57 mm cannons into an enemies' ammo load will also instantly kill them. Almost all British tanks have very weak side armour, and your BR-281U ammo will easily rip through even at an angle. Aim for the front portion of their tank, where their driver is. Their ammo rack is located right next to the driver, meaning that you can easily ammo rack them.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Multi-role weaponry able to fight both planes and tanks
  • Excellent turret rotation speed
  • 57 mm guns will destroy or cripple aircraft with one hit, and can easily take out tanks from the sides too
  • Very high penetration for an SPAA at 151 mm
  • Very effective against lightly armoured vehicles like the Leopard 1 or AMX-30

Cons:

  • Large vehicle size
  • Very vulnerable turret (ammo on all sides of turret + very thin armour)
  • Crew is very crowded in the turret (1 shot has the potential to knock out 5 crew members with ease)
  • Shells have bad accuracy after consecutive shots
  • Sub-par anti-air capability due to low rate of fire and poor accuracy

History

After being captured by Israel from Egypt and Syria during the 1967 war, they were repainted in Israeli sand camouflage, and given IDF numbers. They were paraded in Israel's independence parade along with other captured equipment, however they did not enter Israeli service.

Media

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See also

Related development

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


Israel anti-aircraft vehicles
Half-track  TCM-20
M163 derivatives  Hovet · Machbet
Captured  ZSU-57-2 · ZSU-23-4