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The ZUT-37 is a premium rank II Soviet self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB) and 3.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43.
Survivability and armour
The ZUT-37 is basically a T-70 with a weak turret and a 37 mm auto-cannon.
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|Hull|| 35 mm (61°) Front glacis
45 mm (32-79°) Lower glacis
35 mm (54-70°) Driver's hatch
|15 mm (0-1°)|| 10 mm (71°) Top
25 mm (41°) Bottom
|Turret|| 16 mm (22-53°) Turret front
16 mm (26-83°) Gun mantlet
|16 mm (20-21°)||16 mm (1-8°)||N/A|
- Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
- Belly armour is 10 mm thick.
The mobility of the ZUT-37 is quite well with a top speed of 46 km/h and reverse speed of -6 km/h.
It has very good turning while on the move and fairly good turn rate when at a stop. Its acceleration is pretty good in comparison to some of the Rank II vehicles.
|Weight (tons)|| Add-on Armour
|Max speed (km/h)|
|Engine power (horsepower)|
|Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The ZUT-37's only armament is the 37 mm auto-cannon which has an average reload time of around 6.5 seconds, however, this will depend greatly on the skill level of the tank crew.
It's extremely difficult to hit aircraft with this gun, especially since the magazine only holds five rounds and has a long reload time, but if the shells connect with an aircraft, it will do major amounts of damage if not knock it out of the sky.
It is best used at medium-long range and firing your 5 rounds slower than it can allow you so you can re-aim back on target. Otherwise, if you are in close range (less than 50 m), just fire off the whole magazine and run, looking for cover while waiting for the gun to reload. Remaining out in the open while reloading puts a large bulls-eye on the tank for anyone to attack.
|37 mm Sh-37|
|Capacity (Belt capacity each)|| Fire rate
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|Belts||Shell composition||Combat usage|
|Default|| AP-T, HEFI-T
(Armour Piercing Incendiary tracer – High Explosive Fragmentation Incendiary tracer) shell
|50% of this belt are useless against tanks or planes. However against other SPAA this belt can reliably take out crew, armament, ammo and engine. Having one belt in reserve does not hurt.|
(High Explosive Fragmentation Incendiary tracer) shell
|Versus planes and open combat compartment vehicles. Aircraft will usually take three to six hits. Heavy armoured attack aircraft and bombers may require more though.|
(Armour Piercing Incendiary tracer) shell
|So-so, will work on the lighter armoured ground forces and can be used against aircraft in desperation.|
|40||21 (+19)||1 (+39)||no|
Usage in battles
The ZUT-37 can be used in multiple roles, as a tank and as an AA battery. Its weapon has enough penetration for its BR to be used in light tank roles. It has very few rounds in each magazine, but if it hits it causes devastating damage to the plane.
One thing to take account when using the ZUT-57 is handling. The T-70 chassis is already somewhat unstable to drive, and this modification is not an improvement. It takes a considerable time for the suspension to settle from any substantial braking, leaving the vehicle unable to shoot accurately for some seconds. Is no use for shooting on the move because of this.
This vehicle also proves to be very helpful in SB or RB as a scout tank. The very good speed and acceleration allow you to quickly rush a contested point, or to quickly spot enemies once the round starts. Make sure to use the low profile to spot targets while moving through trenches or simply spotting over a small hill.
Pros and cons
- Quick and small allowing it to ambush other vehicles
- Has a quick firing magazine
- When it hits a plane it easily rips it to shreds
- Can take a tank apart in a few seconds if used properly
- Fairly weak armour
- Two crew members, a well-aimed shot can take out both
- Longish reload making the vehicle vulnerable for around 6-7 seconds
- Not very good at short range attacks because it doesn't have much armour and can be outflanked with its slow turret rotation speed
- Cannot hit planes very well because of its slow turret rotation speed
- Can easily be destroyed if hit directly with artillery
- Prone to hull-break
- Open fighting compartment can allow for aerial attacks to knock out enemies
In the Summer of 1942, the design bureau at Plant No.37 attempted to create an anti-aircraft tank. N.A. Popov had the tank design based on the light tank T-70 and was supposed to mount a 37 mm gun Sh-37 gun autocannon originally developed for the IL-2 plane. constructed by Boris G. Shpitalny. The muzzle velocity of the gun was 1000 m/s with 200 rounds stored inside the tank, and the gun can fire at a rate of 170 - 185 rpm.
The ZUT-37 was capable of firing both at air and ground targets due to the equipping of a telescopic sight and red dot sighting on the tank. The gun traversed on two special racks. The vehicle was not put into production because of the unfavourable arrangement of the crew compartment and was shelved.
The ZUT-37 anti-air tank was an enhanced version of the project by B. Shpitalny that was built in June, 1942 on the chassis of the T-70. The enhanced model underwent testing in December 1942 – January 1943. In general it passed the tests. Among the conclusions drawn from the results of the tests was the possibility of building an experimental batch of ZUT-37s once certain observations regarding the Sh-37 cannon had been rectified. However, this project was abandoned.
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|USSR anti-aircraft vehicles|
|Based on trucks||GAZ-AAA (4M) · GAZ-AAA (DShK) · KB ZIS BTR-152A · GAZ-MM (72-K) · ZiS-12 (94-KM) · ZiS-43|
|Other||ZUT-37 · ZSU-37 · Type 65 · ZSU-57-2 · ZSU-23-4 "Shilka" · ZPRK 2S6 "Tunguska"|
|USSR premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-126(SP) · RBT-5|
|Medium tanks||▂T-III · ▂M3 Medium · "Panther" · ▂M4A2 (76) W · T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 1941 (1st Gv.T.Br.)|
|T-34E · T-34-57 (1943) · T-34-85E · T-34-100 · T-44-122 · T-55AM-1|
|Heavy tanks||▂MK-II "Matilda" · T-35 · SMK · KV-1E · KV-122 · KV-220 · KV-2 (1940) · KV-2 (ZiS-6) · IS-2 "Revenge for the Hero brother" · IS-6|
|Tank destroyers||SU-57 · SU-85A · BM-8-24 · BM-13N · SU-76M (5th Guards Cavalry Corps) · SU-100Y · SU-122P · Object 120 "Taran"|
|Anti-aircraft||ZUT-37 · Type 65|