From War Thunder Wiki
Revision as of 13:39, 7 December 2019 by DnaGonite (talk | contribs) (Edits)

Jump to: navigation, search
General characteristics
3 peopleCrew
75 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
0 / 0 / 0Hull
0 / 0 / 0Turret
3 tWeight
109 hp57 hpEngine power
36.3 hp/t19 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
49 km/h forward
7 km/h back
45 km/h forward
6 km/h back
12.7 mm DShK machine gunMain weapon
1000 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
50 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
-4° / 45°Vertical guidance
-110° / 110°Horizontal guidance
4000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png440 / 570/120 / 155/300 / 389Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Soviet SPAA vehicle GAZ-AAA (DShK). For the version equipped with 7.62 mm Maxim's, see GAZ-AAA (4M).


The GAZ-AAA (DShK) is a rank I Soviet SPAA with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters".

General info

Survivability and armour

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat? If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.


Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.

Game Mode Mobility characteristics Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Max Speed Weight AoA Weight Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 49 3.0 N/A 81 100 27.00 33.33
Realistic 45 50 57 16.67 19.00


Main armament

Main article: DShK (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm DShK Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 1000 -4°/+45° ±110° N/A 30.8 __._ __._ __._ __._ 10.4 9.2 8.4 8.0
Realistic 20.8 __._ __._ __._ 35.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-I(c) 29 27 25 20 11 8
AP-I 21 20 15 9 6 5
API-T 22 21 15 10 6 5
IAI 2 2 2 2 2 2
T 10 8 7 6 4 3
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
0% 50% 100%
AP-I(c) 815 0.0482 N/A N/A N/A +2.0° 47° 60° 65°
AP-I 815 0.0482 N/A N/A N/A +2.0° 47° 60° 65°
API-T 850 0.0437 N/A N/A N/A +2.0° 47° 60° 65°
IAI 850 0.041 N/A 0.1 N/A +2.0° 47° 60° 65°
T 850 0.0438 N/A N/A N/A +2.0° 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
1000 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __


GAZ-AAA (DShK) Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X2.1 X3.7
Comparable optics ___

Usage in battles

Potentially the most challenging SPAA to use in the game, due to the machine gun's low rate of fire making it relatively ineffective against aircraft, however, it can work in part as a basic tank destroyer and support vehicle.

The key will be to stick to your team and take out the crew of an enemy tank and then let the dedicated tanks finish them off with their harder-hitting rounds. Just remember this only works on all but the most lightly armoured targets, such as other SPAA, early Russian tanks and the side of some American tanks, this works best when your vehicle is down-tiered and not the other way around.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tires Parts API Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE AP Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment API-T Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support

Pros and cons


  • Weapon has increased penetration compared to the preceding GAZ-AAA (4M)


  • Limited magazine of 50 means the armament has to frequently reload
  • Russian 12.7 AP is still notably inferior to the American equivalent
  • Vehicle armament consists of only a single 600 RPM machine gun
  • No armour, can easily be destroyed by .30 cal machine guns
  • Gunner can't swivel around 360 degrees horizontally
  • Limited vertical traverse
  • Will struggle to eliminate passing aircraft due to a low volume of fire
  • Arguably worse as an SPAA than the GAZ-AAA (4M)


Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the vehicle in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: and add a link to it here using the main template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <ref></ref>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <references />. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under === In-game description ===, also if applicable).


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the tank;
  • other literature.

USSR anti-aircraft vehicles
Based on trucks  GAZ-AAA (4M) · GAZ-AAA (DShK) · BTR-152A · GAZ-MM (72-K) · ZiS-12 (94-KM) · ZiS-43
Other  ZUT-37 · ZSU-37 · ▂Phòng không T-34 · ZSU-57-2 · ZSU-23-4 · ZPRK 2S6