FlaRakRad

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FlaRakRad
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GarageImage FlaRakRad.jpg
FlaRakRad
AB RB SB
10.7 11.0 11.0
Class:
Research:390 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:1 060 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Flugabwehrraketensystem Roland auf Radkraftfahrzeug is a rank VII German SPAA with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB) and 11.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull5 / 5 / 5
Turret15 / 15 / 15
Crew3 people
Visibility3000 %
Internal armour of the FlaRakRad (5 mm)

As the FlaRakRad is the largest ground vehicle in game, and an SPAA, it is not hard for one to guess how the protection situation is. As there is no armour to speak of, the best bet for protecting this vehicle is not to be seen. Try hiding behind large hills, buildings near spawn, and other large obstacles. The non retractable search radar makes it hard to find spots tall enough to hide the FlaRakRad's immense size. However, due to the size of this vehicle, it can take ATGMs from helis occasionally, and can sometimes even eat APFSDS. However, any shot is very likely to cripple you, as the transmission is huge and easily hit.

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 5 mm 5 mm 5 mm 5 mm
Turret 15 mm 15 mm 15 mm 10 mm

Notes:

  • The chassis is 30 mm thick.
  • The windows in the cab have no armour.
  • The tracking radar is 15 mm thick.
  • There are 5 mm plates inside the rear compartment (see image).

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB110 / 39 km/h
RB and SB101 / 36 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
2 back
Weight27.5 t
Engine power
AB687 hp
RB and SB360 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB25.0 hp/t
RB and SB13.1 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 110 39 27.5 511 687 18.58 24.98
Realistic 101 36 318 360 11.56 13.09

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB11 000 → 17 280 Sl icon.png
RB11 000 → 17 280 Sl icon.png
SB9 900 → 15 552 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications464 800 Rp icon.png
468 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training300 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 060 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 170 / 170 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new wheels.png
Tires
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods new car suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement ger.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
163mm_vt_1_aam_ammo_pack
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Roland SAM
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition10 rounds
Belt capacity2 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Fire rate145 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 80°
Fire on the moveup to 1 km/h
Main article: Roland
Roland SAM (x2) Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 10 (2) -10°/+80° ±180° N/A 74.9 103.6 125.8 139.1 148.0 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Realistic 50.6 59.5 72.3 79.9 85.0

Ammunition

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
Roland 3 SAM 54 54 54 54 54 54
VT1 SAM 59 59 59 59 59 59
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Roland 3 SAM 575 8,000 77 0 0.1 6,810 79° 80° 81°
VT1 SAM 1,250 12,000 73 0 0 7,860 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
5 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Usage in battles

It is recommended to change the radar range from 10 to 16 km, find a concealed spot near spawn and memorize where the helicopters' airfield is. Helicopters are easy prey for the FlaRakRad; but be careful to take them out quickly or you'll find you have a 9M127 Vikhr headed right at you. Be careful to not radar lock helicopters, as they usually have RWR and will detect you if you lock them. Try instead to hand guide the missiles. This isn't as hard as it seems, as helicopters mostly hover and without the RWR won't know where the missile is coming from. Once the VT1 missile is unlocked, this allows the FlaRakRad to be able to finally engage aircraft with any hint of reliability. Still, one must exercise discipline when choosing when to engage aircraft, as the VT1 can still be dodged. As for the VT1 against helicopters, it just allows the FlaRakRad to kill enemy helicopters quicker, giving them less time to react. All in all, the FlaRakRad is a competent SPAA once one unlocks the missile and has the flexibility to engage aircraft as well as helis. Keep in mind that after firing the second missile, the FlaRakRad will not begin reloading until the second missile hits a target or reaches its max range and self-destructs. This means if you miss the second missile, you are vulnerable to air attack while waiting to reload. Take care not to be hit, and you'll have a good time.

Countering Vikhr-equipped helicopters

Experienced Ka-50/52 players will often fire multiple Vikr missiles at you, hoping that the first two of them will neutralize your missiles or they will have loaded rockets that will explode after a fixed distance and will try to shoot your VT1 missiles. You can make their life hard if you circle the target by moving the aiming reticle around the target in small circles, causing your missile to change direction really fast and making it nearly impossible to counter if done right. Remember that you do not need to hit the target directly due to the missile's proximity fuse.

Countering advanced planes

Experienced pilots will try to side-climb outside your range and will try to attack from the top where your radar will not show the incoming plane. In order to prevent this from happening, set the range of the radar to 16 km instead of 10 km to detect any side-climbing planes to prioritize before they climb above the maximum radar elevation range.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good speed and mobility; easy to move around on larger maps
  • High speed missile with long range
  • 1st generation gunner thermals allow the FlaRakRad to track targets without the use of radar easier

Cons:

  • The single biggest ground vehicle in the game, longer and taller than a Maus - finding proper concealment is nigh impossible
  • Every single gun in the game, MGs included, poses a threat
  • No defence against any ground vehicles
  • Lack of guns means it cannot defend itself from close aircraft
  • No survivability from attacks from the ground or air

History

Devblog

The FlaRakRad self-propelled anti-aircraft missile system with the Roland 3 surface-to-air missile system became the most advanced modification of the Roland, Franco-German anti-aircraft missile. While the army version of the FlaRakPz 1 self-propelled air defense system was equipped with a tracked chassis, the air defense services and the German naval forces settled on wheeled chassis for AA systems for airfield protection. At the end of the 90's, a MAN 6x6 truck was chosen as a chassis for the Roland 2 complex, but soon a unified command vehicle on the chassis of the MAN 15t mil gl KAT I A1 (8×8) truck was adopted, which served as the basis for further development of the Roland family.

One of the latest modernization programs for the complex for the needs of the German army assumed the possibility of launching not only Roland 2 and Roland 3 missiles, but also promising long-range VT1 missiles, but the program was not completed and by 2003 Germany refused to further modernize the Roland complex in favor of more modern systems.

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See also

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External links


Germany anti-aircraft vehicles
Half-track  Sd.Kfz.251/21 · Sd.Kfz. 6/2
Flakpanzer IV  Wirbelwind · Ostwind · Ostwind II · Kugelblitz
Other Flakpanzers  Flakpanzer I · Flakpanzer 38 · Flakpanzer 341
Wiesel AWC  Wiesel 1A4 · Ozelot
Radar SPAAG  Gepard
Missile SPAA  FlaRakPz 1 · FlaRakRad