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Gepard
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Description

The Flakpanzer I Gepard is a rank VI German Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft (SPAA) vehicle with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters". An anti-aircraft vehicle based on the Leopard 1 chassis, it possesses 2x35mm Oerlikon KDA cannons with 340 rounds each (680 in total, in 2 continuous belts of ammunition, one for each cannon). As in real life, the Gepard is equipped with a radar that can track and calculate the lead necessary to effectively engage a target. This is represented in the game by the ability to lock onto a target and display an arcade-style lead indicator on the target when they are within effective range, a trait that all radar-guided SPAAs possess. This allows the 35 mm cannons, which have a tendency to cripple enemy plane and helicopters alike with a hit, to maximize its damage potential.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Hull break
Low structural strength makes the vehicle susceptible to serious damage
Armourfront / side / back
Hull30 / 25 / 20
Turret25 / 20 / 20
Crew3 people
Visibility313 %

Common among almost all SPAAs, the Gepard's armour can only withstand heavy machine guns and aircraft cannons and such, even other SPAAs and light tanks will pose a threat. Having 30mm of armour at its thickest point, in the game, the Gepard can be hull broken by shells of a calibre of 75mm and higher.

X-RayImage TopView Gepard.jpg

The Gepard has a crew of 3, consisting of a gunner, a commander and a driver with the first 2 residing in the turret and the third in the hull. The ammunition is stored in its entirety in the turret basket, below the crew; in practice, the Gepard is rarely ammo racked, and most often it is your crew that will be knocked out or the tank being burned down by chemical munitions fired from enemy aircraft that it faces, such as helicopters and jet attack aircraft which are both a threat and a tricky target.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30 (59°) Front glacis
30 mm (48°) Lower glacis
25 mm (40-41°) Top
20 mm Lower
20 mm (6°) Top
20 mm (49°) Bottom
30 mm Driver/Co-driver port area
15 mm Everywhere else
Turret 25 mm (1-30°) 20 mm Turret side
10 mm Cannon mounts
20 mm (3°) 15 mm

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB71 / 28 km/h
RB and SB66 / 26 km/h
Number of gears7 forward
2 back
Weight46.0 t
Engine power
AB1 584 hp
RB and SB830 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB34.4 hp/t
RB and SB18.0 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 71 28 46 1179 1584 25.63 34.43
Realistic 66 26 734 830 15.96 18.04

Having the chassis of the Leopard 1, the Gepard is almost identical in mobility to the MBT, possessing the same engine power, making it useful at capturing zones and getting out of harm's way.

Its top speed is 57 km/h forward and -22 km/h backwards, with acceleration time and neutral steering speed depending on the installed modules. The engine is the same engine as in the Leopard 1 its the MTU (Motoren- und Turbinen-Union Friedrichshafen GmbH) MB 838 CaM-500 610 kW (830 hp) it outputs this ammount of hp at 2200 rpm.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 200 → 9 741 Sl icon.png
RB3 570 → 4 830 Sl icon.png
SB4 700 → 6 359 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications150 100 Rp icon.png
243 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts490 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 120 / 150 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
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390 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement ger.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
35mm_kda_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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35mm_kda_APHEI_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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35mm_kda_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
510 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

2 x 35 mm Oerlikon KDA cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition680 rounds
Belt capacity320 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
1.3 → 1.0 s
Fire rate550 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 85°
Main article: Oerlikon KDA (35 mm)

The armament consists of 2x35mm Oerlikon KDA cannons with 340 RPG with a quick, fixed fire rate and can make use of 3 types of munitions :

  • High-explosive incendiary tracer (self-destroying, note that the self-destruction range coincides with the radar's lead indicator maximum distance, making the shell inadequate at longer ranges)
  • Armour-piercing incendiary tracer, which can be used against lightly armoured vehicles and enemy SPAAs, though the damage to enemy aircraft is reduced, the shell can be used outside radar range since it does not self destruct
  • High-velocity armour-piercing tracer (APDS), which can be used against targets mentioned above and additionally, can be used to attack the side profile of enemy MBTs with reasonable effectiveness. Use against air targets is possible but the damage output is highly reduced.
35 mm Oerlikon KDA cannon (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 680 (340) 550 -10°/+85° ±180° Two-plane 79.3 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ 1.3 _.__ _.__ 1
Realistic 53.5 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__

Ammunition

Ammunition Belt
Composition
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Default API-T, HEI-T* 67 64 52 39 30 23
35x228 MSB/K HEI-T*, HEI-T*, HEI-T*, API-T 67 64 52 39 30 23
35x228 PSBH/B API-T, API-T, API-T, HEI-T* 67 64 52 39 30 23
35x228 PKLH APDS, APDS, APDS, APDS 112 110 101 90 71 62

Belt types

Belts Shell composition Combat usage
Default API-T — HEI-T*
Sprgr. HEI-T* — HEI-T* — HEI-T* — API-T
PzGr API-T — API-T — API-T — HEI-T*
PzGr 40 APDS — APDS — APDS — APDS

Ammo racks

Ammo racks for the Flakpanzer I Gepard.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
680 (+680) no

Rack empties when all rounds are spent

Radars

Main articles: MPDR 12, Albis

The Gepard is equipped with a MPDR 12 search radar and an Albis tracking radar. Both radars are located on the turret, the MPDR 12 is mounted at the rear of the turret and folds back when not in use, the Albis is mounted on the front of the turret. The radar system is capable of tracking a target while scanning, but can only track targets within a 200° arc from the front of the turret.

MPDR 12 - Target Detection Radar
Maximum
Detection
Range
Minimum
Detection
Range
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
Minimum
relative speed
15,000 m 500 m 360°  ??? 10 m/s (36 km/h)
Albis - Target Tracking Radar
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
Minimum
target speed
15,000 m 75 m ±100° -20°/+85° 15 m/s (54 km/h)

Usage in battles

The Gepard performs best when stalking enemy aircraft, scanning the sky for a target and waiting until it gets in range of the radar, and only attacking when the radar can provide a lead estimation, thus preserving ammunition which is critical since the cannons will expend it quickly in combat situations. Helicopters will more than often chose to keep a reasonable distance, usually outside your radar's range but this can be countered by using the API-T rounds in short burst until the range of the enemy has been deduced, it only takes a few rounds to destroy an enemy aircraft.

Engaging ground vehicles comes with the risk of being destroyed without doing any significant damage so weigh your options carefully, unsuspecting light tanks are fair game but most tanks will pose a threat even when attacking their side without the appropriate ammunition belts.

Capturing points is also an option thanks to the good mobility of the vehicle, although you will have to make sure the capture point is clear and there is no risk of being attacked by an enemy tank.

Against enemy threats:

  • Arcade: Keep your head on a swivel, and when enemies start air battles be prepared to react very soon; jets can reach the battle in seconds. Try to fire as soon as the enemy reaches within 2 kilometres, any closer and you risk the aircraft being able to open fire on you or even ram you and induce Hull Break. Helicopters should be treated with a similar deal of respect, so try to limit the amount of time they have within firing range by coating them in a blank of anti-air fire as soon as the lead indicator appears.
  • Realistic/Simulator: If using the Gepard in higher rank games, be mindful of aircraft such as the AH-1Z and FJ-4B VMF-232. Their long-range guided missiles allow them to attack you outside of the range of your lead indicator or even out of the range of your guns themselves. Stay hidden until they draw closer, and then attempt to "ambush" them as they are pre-occupied attacking other allies. Stay away from common traffic areas if your only goal is to take out these aircraft, and try to sneak as close as possible to them so that you can re-acquire the lead indicator. Thanks to the fact the Gepard is vulnerable to being Hull Broken, it only takes a missile landing near to completely disable the anti-aircraft vehicle.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Has the mobility of the Leopard tank, though the increased weight is noticeable
  • Very fast turret rotation
  • Good stock grind thanks to its already good gun handling
  • Can penetrate many tanks from the side even with its default belt
  • High penetration with DM23 belt that is also cheaper to restock than other belts
  • Twin 35 mm cannons are very deadly against both aircraft and tanks with a high rate of fire and accuracy
  • Has stabilizer - can shoot targets while on the move, air and ground ones alike
  • Good amount of ammo in reserve
  • Search and tracking radars, the search radar finds targets while the tracking radar gives a very accurate lead indicator
  • Search radar dish can be folded when not in use to reduce vehicle height and visibility
  • Low repair cost in RB and SB
  • Low spawn point cost in RB

Cons:

  • Relatively high profile, and a spinning radar dish atop the vehicle
  • Very thin armour that can be easily destroyed with hull-break
  • Cannons are mounted on the sides of the turret that can make shooting weak spots at close range almost impossible
  • Relatively low rate-of-fire compared to the M163 and ZSU-23-4
  • Incredibly long reload time when all ammo is expended
  • Can only take 40 x DM23s to battle, must be fired very carefully
  • Expensive unlockable ammo belts (except the DM23 belt)
  • High repair cost in AB

History

Development

Development began on a dedicated self-propelled anti-aircraft gun for the German Bundeswehr in the 1960s. The first pilot models were produced in 1969 testing 30 and 35 mm autocannons for the armament. The decision to use a 35 mm autocannon as the basis of the anti-aircraft armament came on 25 June 1970. In 1971 the second phase of pilot models was tested, the Dutch Army expressed interest in the project and ordered a few models once completed. It was around this phase that the Leopard 1 was chosen as the chassis of the vehicle, and a modified variant was produced. In September 1973, the order was made to Krauss-Maffei manufacturer to produce 432 turret and 430 hulls. The Bundeswehr accepted the vehicle as to the Flugabwehrkanonenpanzer Gepard (Anti-aircraft cannon tank "Cheetah"), or better known as the Flakpanzer Gepard. At least 430 Flakpanzer Gepard units were produced in total from 1973 onwards.

Design

The Flakpanzer Gepard uses the 35 mm Oerlikon KDA autocannon, which was a dual-mounted cannon that each can fire around 550 rounds per minute. The Gepard has a search radar on the back, a tracking radar in front, and a laser range finder in the front to track air targets. The Flakpanzer Gepard uses a modified Leopard chassis, modified by different wheel spacing and battery placement. The vehicle was powered by a multi-fuel engine capable of pumping around 819 horsepower. There was also an auxiliary engine that powers the turret functions so the main engine can run the vehicle unhindered by additional energy requirement. The Gepard as a whole actually cost three times more than a standard Leopard 1 tank, possibly due to all the guidance system and radars needed to make the Gepard an effective anti-aircraft gun.

Usage

The Gepard entered service in the German Bundeswehr in 1973 and made up a core of West Germany's anti-aircraft power. The Gepard was constantly upgraded with better guidance systems and other electronic hardware. From the 1980s onward, the Gepard units were attached to Stinger surface-to-air missile systems to exploit the Gepard's extended tracking system to locate targets for the Stingers. A proposal was made to combine these two units into one vehicle with a dual Stinger launcher mounted onto a Gepard, but budget restrictions prevented this. The Flakpanzer Gepard still sees use today in the storage of the Bundeswehr, although in reduced numbers from 377 originally to just 94. They are expected to be replaced by the SysFla project, which is a stationary and mobile platform armed with the MANTIS gun system and the new LFK NG missiles.

The Gepards were successful in the export market. The first to order were Belgium and the Dutch, 55 and 95 units respectively. When the Bundeswehr started the downsize their forces, their Gepards were sold to various countries such as Brazil, Romania, and Chile; though Chile returned their Gepards due to the high costs maintaining them. The Dutch also sold 60 of their surplus stock to Jordan. Belgium and the Dutch have recently withdrawn the Gepards from military service.

Media

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Images
  • GarageImage Gepard (2).jpg
Videos

See also

Similar SPAAs:

External links


Germany anti-aircraft vehicles
Tracked  Flakpanzer I · Flakpanzer 38
Half-track  Sd.Kfz.251/21 · Sd.Kfz. 6/2
Based on Pz.IV  Wirbelwind · Ostwind · Ostwind II · Kugelblitz
Based on Pz.V  Flakpanzer 341
Post-war  Gepard · FlaRakPz 1 · FlaRakRad