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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.57 "Battle March"]]. While being an anti-aircraft vehicle, the Falcon has optimal performance against everything, assuming you have enough modifications. Some self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicles have a high fire rate, which allows them to destroy planes instantly or harass them from great distances, although they may have problems with standard ground vehicles due to armour. There are others which can destroy tanks by using high penetration ammunition but have difficulty taking down aircraft due to a lack of explosive filler. The Falcon has the ability to perform both of these roles with a high degree of efficiency.
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle {{Battle-rating}}. This vehicle was introduced in [[Update 1.57 "Battle March"]]. While being an anti-aircraft vehicle, the Falcon has optimal performance against everything, assuming you have enough modifications. There are SPAA with higher fire rate, which can destroy planes instantly or harass them from great distances but have problems with medium tanks or tanks in general. There are SPAA which can destroy tanks but can't shoot down anything besides bombers. Falcon can potentially do both.
 
  
The Falcon looks like light tank chassis with a slightly sloped round turret on the back. Turret also has two long autocannons on its front. It's easy to recognize a Falcon due to its unique features as there are not many vehicles like it on a field at its battle rating.
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The Falcon has the appearance of a light tank with a slightly sloped round turret on the back. It is easy to recognize the Falcon due to its unique features as there are not many vehicles like it on a field at its battle rating.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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{{Specs-Tank-Armour}}
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''If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.''-->
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The armour on the Falcon is not very effective, as it can only reliably protect against rifle-calibre machine guns. Aircraft that are armed with heavy machine guns and cannons are able to destroy it, but the Falcon is quick and highly manoeuvrable compared to most other vehicles which can allow it to escape into cover.
  
The armour is not very good, it can protect against 7.64 mm machine guns, but that's about it. Even fighter aircraft can destroy it, however, this vehicle is mobile and fast, compared to most adversaries it faces.  
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Important to note that some full calibre AP shells do not detonate upon impacting the Falcon's armour, granting it some chances to make narrow escapes. However, is is also possible for these shells to hull-break the Falcon as long as they are of 120+ mm calibre and hit a critical module of the tank. One of the confirmed critical modules is the autocannon breech. Many of the tanks at the Battle Rating of the Falcon also carry 12.7 mm or 14.5 mm heavy machine guns and will fire them at the Falcon, which are easily capable of defeating the armour and will devastate the interior of the vehicle, so as long as the mobility of the vehicle is not hampered it is advisable to keep moving and find cover.
  
It is also worth mentioning, that some APHE shells do not detonate upon impacting falcon's armour, like [[IS-7]]'s AP(HE)CBC, allowing the tank to sometimes make narrow escapes.
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Chemical rounds, such as HEAT-FS and HESH, will also obliterate the Falcon, and artillery can also quickly bring a swift end to the Falcon.
 
 
Problem is, the very same shells can hull-break the Falcon as long as they are of 120+ mm calibre and hit a critical module of the tank. One of the confirmed critical modules are autocannon breach, and so the hit to them can also spell doom for the vehicle, so it seems more up to luck if tank survives or not. Also, most of the tanks that use huge guns also carry 12.7 mm or 14.5 mm machine guns and will fire them at the Falcon, as soon as they realize, that it somehow survived main cannon shot, so don't stop running away if you can move.
 
 
 
The tank will also most likely instantly explode if hit by 105 mm chemical ammunition or artillery.
 
  
 
'''Armour type:'''
 
'''Armour type:'''
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| Hull || 10 mm (80°), 12.7 mm (2-19°) ''Front glacis'' <br> 12.7 mm (37°) ''Lower glacis'' || 12.7 mm ''Top'' <br> 12.7 mm (13°) ''Bottom'' || 10 mm (2°) || 10 mm
 
| Hull || 10 mm (80°), 12.7 mm (2-19°) ''Front glacis'' <br> 12.7 mm (37°) ''Lower glacis'' || 12.7 mm ''Top'' <br> 12.7 mm (13°) ''Bottom'' || 10 mm (2°) || 10 mm
 
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| Turret || 10 mm (4-64°) || 10 mm (14-26°) || 10 mm (2°) || 6 mm  
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| Turret || 10 mm (4-64°) || 10 mm (14-26°) || 10 mm (2°) || 6 mm
 
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* Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
 
* Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
* Armour is so thin, some heavy-calibre rounds won't detonate and only do damage in a straight line. However, most tanks like this have heavy machine guns, which can take Falcon down even faster, unless it destroys them first.
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* The general armour on the Falcon is extremely thin, which allows some full calibre APHE shells to pass through without detonating.
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* Heavy machine guns are able to defeat the armour protection of the Falcon.
  
 
=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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== Armaments ==
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{{Specs-Tank-Armaments}}
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=== Main armament ===
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{{Specs-Tank-Weapon|1}}
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{{main|HSS 831L (30 mm)}}
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The Falcon carries two 30 mm autocannons with a high rate of fire. Together, they can shred tanks and planes apart in mere seconds.
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Autocannons can overheat if continuously fired, so short bursts work best. Firing for more than 6 seconds can cause overheating and jamming and it is advised to refrain from extended firing unless absolutely necessary. The recoil from guns slows you down and pushes you back. If attempting a flanking attack, try to fire over the the side of the vehicle, as otherwise, the opponent's turret might catch up.
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Ammunition is stored in one belt, which ensures uniformity of ammunition but does have several disadvantages Rearming the belt is only possible when all ammunition is expended. This takes an extended period of time (around a full minute), so running out of ammunition is very detrimental, especially if the team lacks map control which prevents rearming at a capture point. Lacking ammunition allows aircraft to easily make attack runs.
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! colspan="3" | Mobility characteristic
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! colspan="6" | [[HSS 831L (30 mm)|30 mm HSS 831L]] (x2) || colspan="5" | Turret rotation speed (°/s) || colspan="4" | Reloading rate (seconds)
 
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! Weight (tons)
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! Mode !! Capacity (Belt) !! Fire rate !! Vertical !! Horizontal !! Stabilizer
! colspan="1" | Add-on Armor<br>weight (tons)
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! Stock !! Upgraded !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
! colspan="1" | Max speed (km/h)
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! Stock !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
 
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| rowspan="2" | 15.9 || colspan="1" rowspan="2" | N/A || colspan="1" | 52 (AB)
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! ''Arcade''
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| rowspan="2" | 620 (310) || rowspan="2" | 600 || rowspan="2" | -10°/+85° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | Two-plane || 70.4 || 97.5 || 118.4 || 130.9 || 139.3 || rowspan="2" | 65.00 || rowspan="2" | 57.50 || rowspan="2" | 53.00 || rowspan="2" | 50.00
 
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|48 (RB/SB)
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! ''Realistic''
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| 47.6 || 56.0 || 68.0 || 75.2 || 80.0
! colspan="3" | Engine power (horsepower)
 
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! colspan="1" | Mode
 
!Stock
 
!Upgraded
 
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|''Arcade''
 
|303
 
|372
 
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|''Realistic/Simulator''
 
|188
 
|213
 
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! colspan="3" | Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
 
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! colspan="1" | Mode
 
!Stock
 
!Upgraded
 
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|''Arcade''
 
|19.06
 
|23.4
 
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|''Realistic/Simulator''
 
|11.82
 
|13.4
 
 
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== Armaments ==
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==== Ammunition ====
=== Main armament ===
 
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{{main|HSS-831L (30 mm)}}
 
 
 
Falcon carries two 30 mm autocannons with a high rate of fire. Together, they can shred tanks and planes apart in mere seconds.
 
  
Autocannons tend to overheat if continuously fired, short bursts work best. Don't fire for longer than 6 seconds, unless you try to destroy enemy tank's protection for allies.
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* '''Default:''' {{Annotation|AP-I|Armour-piercing incendiary}}{{-}}{{Annotation|HEI-T*|High-explosive incendiary tracer (self-destroying)}} - General combat. Avoid heavily armoured vehicles at all costs, but can punish other SPAA and light tanks.
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* '''30x170 HE-I-T:''' {{Annotation|HEI-T*|High-explosive incendiary tracer (self-destroying)}}{{-}}{{Annotation|HEI*|High-explosive incendiary (self-destroying)}}{{-}}{{Annotation|HEI*|High-explosive incendiary (self-destroying)}}{{-}}{{Annotation|AP-I|Armour-piercing incendiary}} - Belt adapted to hunt down planes. Damage to SPAA and light tanks is reduced severely.
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* '''30x170 APHE-I:''' {{Annotation|AP-I|Armour-piercing incendiary}}{{-}}{{Annotation|AP-I|Armour-piercing incendiary}}{{-}}{{Annotation|AP-I|Armour-piercing incendiary}}{{-}}{{Annotation|HEI-T*|High-explosive incendiary tracer (self-destroying)}} - Belt adapted to hunt down light tanks. Damage to planes is reduced, but still adequate.
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* '''30x170 APDS-T:''' {{Annotation|APDS|Armour-piercing discarding sabot}}{{-}}{{Annotation|AP-I|Armour-piercing incendiary}}{{-}}{{Annotation|AP-I|Armour-piercing incendiary}}{{-}}{{Annotation|HEI-T*|High-explosive incendiary tracer (self-destroying)}} - Anti-tank belt. Flank and destroy careless MBT's, damage heavy tanks, while doing AA duty.
  
Recoil from guns slows you down and pushes you back. If you want to do run-n-gun attack, keep that in mind and try to fire a broadside, if possible, as otherwise, tank's turret might actually catch up to you.
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! colspan="7" | Penetration statistics
Ammunition is stored in one belt, which is good for last stand type of fight, but bad in general. Rearming the belt is only possible when you are empty, you can do that in capture point. It takes almost a minute, and then you also have to reload it for about a minute. You really don't want to run out of ammo, if your team is bad at controlling the map. You can be easily taken out even by fighter planes at that state because your armour is weak.
 
 
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
 
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! colspan="6" | [[HSS-831L (30 mm)|30 mm HSS-831L]] (x4)
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! colspan="6" | '''Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)'''
 
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! colspan="2" rowspan="1" style="width:5em" |Capacity (Belt capacity each)
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
! rowspan="1" | Fire rate <br> (shots/minute)
 
! rowspan="1" | Vertical <br> guidance
 
! rowspan="1" | Horizontal <br> guidance
 
! rowspan="1" | Stabilizer
 
 
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| colspan="2" | 620 (310) || 600 || -10°/+85° || ±180° || Two-plane
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| Default || 53 || 50 || 39 || 29 || 21 || 16
 
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! colspan="6" | Turret rotation speed (°/s)
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| 30x170 HE-I-T || 53 || 50 || 39 || 29 || 21 || 16
 
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! style="width:4em" |Mode
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| 30x170 APHE-I || 53 || 50 || 39 || 29 || 21 || 16
! style="width:4em" |Stock
 
! style="width:4em" |Upgraded
 
! style="width:4em" |Prior + Full crew
 
! style="width:4em" |Prior + Expert qualif.
 
! style="width:4em" |Prior + Ace qualif.
 
 
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| ''Arcade'' ||70.45||97.51||118.4||130.94||139.29
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| 30x170 APDS-T || 110 || 101 || 95 || 69 || 52 || 41
 
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| ''Realistic'' ||47.6||56||67.8||75||80
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! colspan="4" | Reloading rate (seconds)
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==== [[Ammo racks]] ====
| colspan="2" |Rearm rate (seconds)
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! colspan="1" style="width:4em" |Stock
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! 1st<br>rack empty
! colspan="1" style="width:4em" |Prior + Expert qualif.
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! 2nd<br>rack empty
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! Visual<br>discrepancy
 
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|65||57.5||53||50
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| '''620''' || 310&nbsp;''(+310)''|| 0&nbsp;''(+620)''|| No
| colspan="2" |~60
 
 
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==== Optics and night vision ====
 
==== Optics and night vision ====
 
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! colspan="7" | {{PAGENAME}} [[Optics]]
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! Gunner's Sight
 
! Gunner's Sight
| X~2 - X~4 || N/A || N/A || N/A || Not Fitted ||  
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| X1.8 - X3.5 || N/A || N/A || N/A || Not Fitted ||
 
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! Commander's View
 
! Commander's View
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| X6 || N/A || N/A || N/A || Not Fitted ||
 
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! Driver's View
 
! Driver's View
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*Zoom level estimated using optics gallery.
 
  
 
Use night vision to avoid hostile tanks or to fight them at close range at night. The image intensifier is not installed for gunner or commander, so be cautious when shifting between third person and other views during night.
 
Use night vision to avoid hostile tanks or to fight them at close range at night. The image intensifier is not installed for gunner or commander, so be cautious when shifting between third person and other views during night.
  
=== Ammunition ===
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== Usage in battles ==
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! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
 
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
 
! rowspan="2" class="unsortable" | Type of <br /> warhead
 
! colspan="6" | '''Penetration''' '''''in mm''''' '''@ 0°/60° Angle of Attack'''
 
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! 10m
 
! 100m
 
! 500m
 
! 1000m
 
! 1500m
 
! 2000m
 
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| Default || AP-I || 52/26 || 50/25 || 39/20 || 29/14 || 21/11 ||16/8
 
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| APDS-T || APDS || 110/42 || 101/39 || 95/36 || 69/26 || 52/20 || 41/16
 
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Note: Description of the belt only displays the penetration for strongest shell in the belt.
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;Combat tactics
  
===Belt types===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
| '''Belts''' || '''Shell composition''' || '''Combat usage'''
 
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| align="left" |'''''Default ''''' || align="left" | AP-I, HEI-T* || align="left" |General combat. Avoid heavily armoured MBT at all costs, punish other SPAA and light tanks.
 
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| align="left" |'''''30x170 HE-I-T''''' || align="left" | HEI-T*, HEI*, HEI*, AP-I || align="left" |Belt adapted to hunt down planes. Damage to light tanks and SPAA is reduced severely
 
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| align="left" |'''''30x170 APHE-I''''' || align="left" | AP-I, AP-I, AP-I, HEI-T*|| align="left" | Belt adapted to hunt down light tanks. Damage to planes is reduced, but still adequate.
 
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| align="left" |'''''30x170 APDS-T''''' || align="left" | APDS, AP-I*, AP-I*, HEI-T* || align="left" |Anti-tank belt. Flank and destroy careless MBT's, damage heavy tanks, while doing AA duty.
 
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=== [[Ammo racks|Ammo racks]] ===
 
[[File:Ammoracks Falcon.png|right|thumbnail|x250px|[[Ammo racks|Ammo racks]] of the Falcon.]]
 
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! class="wikitable unsortable" |Full<br />ammo
 
! class="wikitable unsortable" |1st<br />rack empty
 
! class="wikitable unsortable" |2nd<br />rack empty
 
! class="wikitable unsortable" |Visual<br /> discrepancy
 
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| '''620''' || 310&nbsp;''(+310)''|| 0&nbsp;''(+620)''|| style="text-align:center" | N/A
 
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== Usage in battles ==
 
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Generally, Falcon drives around the battlefield, trying to hide in hard to notice flank positions or behind houses and shoots at planes. In case if someone drives by - flanks them and destroys them, if has AP belt.
 
Generally, Falcon drives around the battlefield, trying to hide in hard to notice flank positions or behind houses and shoots at planes. In case if someone drives by - flanks them and destroys them, if has AP belt.
  
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* Soviet tanks and heavy tanks: A lot of them sport 120 mm cannons, which means, if they fire back at your guns, the shell may just break the hull. They also have superior frontal armour, so try to be careful around them.
 
* Soviet tanks and heavy tanks: A lot of them sport 120 mm cannons, which means, if they fire back at your guns, the shell may just break the hull. They also have superior frontal armour, so try to be careful around them.
  
====Counter-tactics====
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;Counter-tactics
 
<!--What to expect, if it would be in command of the enemy and how to counter it. (i.e. Just flank)-->
 
<!--What to expect, if it would be in command of the enemy and how to counter it. (i.e. Just flank)-->
'''Ground:'''<br>
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AP and APDS belts are most effective when fired at your side armour or back of the turret. If you are attacked by a Falcon, just turn both hull and turret to take better angle against them.  
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''Ground:''<br>
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AP and APDS belts are most effective when fired at your side armour or back of the turret. If you are attacked by a Falcon, just turn both hull and turret to take better angle against them.
  
 
It's best to not let them get a jump on you at all, since it may be able to destroy 2 tanks before anyone even realizes what's going on. Just don't stand with your sides open towards flank directions, instead, turn your hull's front and back there, if the enemy you are currently fighting cannot fire at your hull anyway.
 
It's best to not let them get a jump on you at all, since it may be able to destroy 2 tanks before anyone even realizes what's going on. Just don't stand with your sides open towards flank directions, instead, turn your hull's front and back there, if the enemy you are currently fighting cannot fire at your hull anyway.
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On rare occasions, ramming the Falcon damages it's guns. Ramming at full speed often damages tracks or at least temporarily stops it.
 
On rare occasions, ramming the Falcon damages it's guns. Ramming at full speed often damages tracks or at least temporarily stops it.
  
'''Air:'''<br> The Falcon has questionable accuracy at 2 km range, but it still can force you to disengage just by firing in your general direction. It's still better to not mess with falcon and avoid flying too much near to buildings if you know it's there.
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''Air:''<br> The Falcon has questionable accuracy at 2 km range, but it still can force you to disengage just by firing in your general direction. It's still better to not mess with falcon and avoid flying too much near to buildings if you know it's there.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
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* Very high one-second burst mass
 
* Very high one-second burst mass
 
* Only has one ammo belt per gun so no need to reload
 
* Only has one ammo belt per gun so no need to reload
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* Has a 2 plane stabilizer for both cannons, meaning you can shoot accurately on the move
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* All belts contain APHE Shells with 53mm of Pen
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* Commanders View Night Vision
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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* Approximately 30 seconds worth of ammo before needing to rearm at a capture circle, which takes a long time
 
* Approximately 30 seconds worth of ammo before needing to rearm at a capture circle, which takes a long time
 
* High repair cost in arcade battles of 15k + about 2k for APDS ammunition when spaded
 
* High repair cost in arcade battles of 15k + about 2k for APDS ammunition when spaded
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* Average speed without an experienced driver is 30-35km/h
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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{{Britain anti-aircraft vehicles}}
 
{{Britain anti-aircraft vehicles}}

Latest revision as of 15:52, 2 March 2021

RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
uk_falcon.png
GarageImage Falcon.jpg
Falcon
AB RB SB
7.7 7.7 7.7
Class:
Research:160 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:390 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Falcon is a rank V British self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.57 "Battle March". While being an anti-aircraft vehicle, the Falcon has optimal performance against everything, assuming you have enough modifications. Some self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicles have a high fire rate, which allows them to destroy planes instantly or harass them from great distances, although they may have problems with standard ground vehicles due to armour. There are others which can destroy tanks by using high penetration ammunition but have difficulty taking down aircraft due to a lack of explosive filler. The Falcon has the ability to perform both of these roles with a high degree of efficiency.

The Falcon has the appearance of a light tank with a slightly sloped round turret on the back. It is easy to recognize the Falcon due to its unique features as there are not many vehicles like it on a field at its battle rating.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull12 / 12 / 10
Turret10 / 10 / 10
Crew3 people
Visibility89 %

The armour on the Falcon is not very effective, as it can only reliably protect against rifle-calibre machine guns. Aircraft that are armed with heavy machine guns and cannons are able to destroy it, but the Falcon is quick and highly manoeuvrable compared to most other vehicles which can allow it to escape into cover.

Important to note that some full calibre AP shells do not detonate upon impacting the Falcon's armour, granting it some chances to make narrow escapes. However, is is also possible for these shells to hull-break the Falcon as long as they are of 120+ mm calibre and hit a critical module of the tank. One of the confirmed critical modules is the autocannon breech. Many of the tanks at the Battle Rating of the Falcon also carry 12.7 mm or 14.5 mm heavy machine guns and will fire them at the Falcon, which are easily capable of defeating the armour and will devastate the interior of the vehicle, so as long as the mobility of the vehicle is not hampered it is advisable to keep moving and find cover.

Chemical rounds, such as HEAT-FS and HESH, will also obliterate the Falcon, and artillery can also quickly bring a swift end to the Falcon.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 10 mm (80°), 12.7 mm (2-19°) Front glacis
12.7 mm (37°) Lower glacis
12.7 mm Top
12.7 mm (13°) Bottom
10 mm (2°) 10 mm
Turret 10 mm (4-64°) 10 mm (14-26°) 10 mm (2°) 6 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • The general armour on the Falcon is extremely thin, which allows some full calibre APHE shells to pass through without detonating.
  • Heavy machine guns are able to defeat the armour protection of the Falcon.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB53 / 9 km/h
RB and SB48 / 8 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
1 back
Weight15.9 t
Engine power
AB406 hp
RB and SB213 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB25.5 hp/t
RB and SB13.4 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 53 9 15.9 303 406 19.06 25.53
Realistic 48 8 188 213 11.82 13.4

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB10 700 → 14 766 Sl icon.png
RB7 040 → 9 715 Sl icon.png
SB5 940 → 8 197 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications125 400 Rp icon.png
189 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training110 000 Sl icon.png
Experts390 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 300 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 150 / 190 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
6 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 500 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 500 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
3 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement uk.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
6 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 500 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
30mm_hs_831_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
6 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 500 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
30mm_hs_831_APHEI_ammo_pack
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 600 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
30mm_hs_831_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition620 rounds
Belt capacity310 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
65.0 → 50.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 85°
Main article: HSS 831L (30 mm)

The Falcon carries two 30 mm autocannons with a high rate of fire. Together, they can shred tanks and planes apart in mere seconds.

Autocannons can overheat if continuously fired, so short bursts work best. Firing for more than 6 seconds can cause overheating and jamming and it is advised to refrain from extended firing unless absolutely necessary. The recoil from guns slows you down and pushes you back. If attempting a flanking attack, try to fire over the the side of the vehicle, as otherwise, the opponent's turret might catch up.

Ammunition is stored in one belt, which ensures uniformity of ammunition but does have several disadvantages Rearming the belt is only possible when all ammunition is expended. This takes an extended period of time (around a full minute), so running out of ammunition is very detrimental, especially if the team lacks map control which prevents rearming at a capture point. Lacking ammunition allows aircraft to easily make attack runs.

30 mm HSS 831L (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 620 (310) 600 -10°/+85° ±180° Two-plane 70.4 97.5 118.4 130.9 139.3 65.00 57.50 53.00 50.00
Realistic 47.6 56.0 68.0 75.2 80.0

Ammunition

  • Default: AP-I · HEI-T* - General combat. Avoid heavily armoured vehicles at all costs, but can punish other SPAA and light tanks.
  • 30x170 HE-I-T: HEI-T* · HEI* · HEI* · AP-I - Belt adapted to hunt down planes. Damage to SPAA and light tanks is reduced severely.
  • 30x170 APHE-I: AP-I · AP-I · AP-I · HEI-T* - Belt adapted to hunt down light tanks. Damage to planes is reduced, but still adequate.
  • 30x170 APDS-T: APDS · AP-I · AP-I · HEI-T* - Anti-tank belt. Flank and destroy careless MBT's, damage heavy tanks, while doing AA duty.
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 53 50 39 29 21 16
30x170 HE-I-T 53 50 39 29 21 16
30x170 APHE-I 53 50 39 29 21 16
30x170 APDS-T 110 101 95 69 52 41

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Falcon
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
620 310 (+310) (+620) No

Optics and night vision

Falcon Optics
Type of optic Magnification Night Vision Devices
Image Intensifier Thermal Imager
Resolution
Notes
Resolution Light Mult Noise Level
Gunner's Sight X1.8 - X3.5 N/A N/A N/A Not Fitted
Commander's View X6 N/A N/A N/A Not Fitted
Driver's View X1 / 3PV 800X600  ? high Not Fitted Only useable with tier 4 upgrade

Use night vision to avoid hostile tanks or to fight them at close range at night. The image intensifier is not installed for gunner or commander, so be cautious when shifting between third person and other views during night.

Usage in battles

Combat tactics

Generally, Falcon drives around the battlefield, trying to hide in hard to notice flank positions or behind houses and shoots at planes. In case if someone drives by - flanks them and destroys them, if has AP belt.

It's generally better to stay out of sight, using terrain elevation or houses. You only can choose one belt, AP belt is adequate for any work. If you want to shoot just planes you can take explosive ammo, but then you are completely useless against armour. APDS belt allows harassing even heavily armoured vehicles from sides. You won't need to reload until you are done.

In case if some tank noticed you and wants to destroy you, you can use the fact, that tanks turrets are usually far from the front of the tank. Bait enemy towards your cover, stand far enough away from the corner to see enemy tracks, but not to see an enemy turret, and shoot cannons at the track that is further away from you. That will force the moving tank to topple over and mess with the enemy aim. Before enemy realized what has just happened shred their side armour and destroy them. If that failed - run, they won't be able to get you anyway. You can do that in duels as well, however, just destroying them is better at that point.

In RB, it's possible to hide in forests, waiting for relatively poorly armoured German medium tanks, light tanks and alike, however, if they notice your vehicle first you probably won't do enough damage to stop them from firing again.

In AB, it's possible to just drive around and shoot at everyone, since it's even faster there, however, people dislike being shot at by autocannons, and someone will certainly notice the noise and kill-feed, so don't expect to live long, especially against Soviets, who have lots of frontal armouring and BMPs, which are superior to you in every way.

Some enemies to be concerned about:

  • ATGM: These are worse than any tanks because they won't accidentally hit your loader with AP shell, they will just explode you. Attack only when having the upper hand, be that long range, cover, or surprise.
  • Maus: It's invulnerable to you and has 2 cannons. Even IS-7 can technically be defeated in point blank duel with APDS from the rear, but not The Maus. In AB this means, that you can't drive anywhere it can look and fire at.
  • Soviet tanks and heavy tanks: A lot of them sport 120 mm cannons, which means, if they fire back at your guns, the shell may just break the hull. They also have superior frontal armour, so try to be careful around them.
Counter-tactics

Ground:
AP and APDS belts are most effective when fired at your side armour or back of the turret. If you are attacked by a Falcon, just turn both hull and turret to take better angle against them.

It's best to not let them get a jump on you at all, since it may be able to destroy 2 tanks before anyone even realizes what's going on. Just don't stand with your sides open towards flank directions, instead, turn your hull's front and back there, if the enemy you are currently fighting cannot fire at your hull anyway.

On rare occasions, ramming the Falcon damages it's guns. Ramming at full speed often damages tracks or at least temporarily stops it.

Air:
The Falcon has questionable accuracy at 2 km range, but it still can force you to disengage just by firing in your general direction. It's still better to not mess with falcon and avoid flying too much near to buildings if you know it's there.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High penetrating APDS rounds can actually do some major damage at the tier
  • Very high one-second burst mass
  • Only has one ammo belt per gun so no need to reload
  • Has a 2 plane stabilizer for both cannons, meaning you can shoot accurately on the move
  • All belts contain APHE Shells with 53mm of Pen
  • Commanders View Night Vision

Cons:

  • Weak armour
  • Shotgun effect when fired continuously for more than 10 seconds. Will most likely overheat at that point, too
  • Approximately 30 seconds worth of ammo before needing to rearm at a capture circle, which takes a long time
  • High repair cost in arcade battles of 15k + about 2k for APDS ammunition when spaded
  • Average speed without an experienced driver is 30-35km/h

History

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Media

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See also

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External links


Britain anti-aircraft vehicles
Light AA Mk I · T17E2 · AEC AA · Crusader AA Mk II · Crusader AA Mk I · Falcon · Chieftain Marksman · ZA-35 · Stormer HVM