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The Gun, Air Defence Artillery, Self-Propelled: 20-mm, M163 is a rank VI American self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters".
Survivability and armour
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A 20 mm VADS, or Vulcan air defence system. Used initially during the Vietnam war, it was a 20 mm air-cooled minigun attached to a small turret on the M163. Dangerous to anything in the sky, it will lock on and rip through anything in its path.
Usage in battles
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The M163 is equipped with an AN/VPS-2 tracking radar, with no search radar. The radar is fitted to the side of the turret.
|In order to lock on you must be looking through your sight, position the crosshair over a target (within 7 km) and press the lock on key. The target must be within a 2° cone from the centre of the crosshair.|
|AN/VPS-2 - Tracking Radar|
|7,000 m||100 m||360°|| -20°/+85°
(lock between -20°/+20°)
|15 m/s (54 km/h)|
Pros and cons
- Quick acceleration
- Good traverse, especially when fully upgraded
- Insane rate of fire of 3000 rpm; can literally shred incoming enemy aircraft.
- Has a tracking radar
- Light armour
- Not keen to climbing hills until performance modules are equipped
- Relatively slow for the rank
- Slow in water
- Inaccurate/wobbly in water
- One of the longest rearm/reload times in the game
- No search radar
The VADS was used during the Vietnam war and onwards and was based on the chassis of the M113 armoured personnel carrier. NATO used it as an anti-aircraft gun platform.
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|USA anti-aircraft vehicles|
|Based on M3||Multiple Gun Motor Carriage M13 · Multiple Gun Motor Carriage M16 · Combination Gun Motor Carriage M15A1|
|Based on M24||Twin Gun Motor Carriage M19|
|Post-war||Twin 40 mm Self-Propelled Gun M42 Duster · Gun, Air Defence Artillery, Self-Propelled: 20-mm, M163 · Gun, Air Defence Artillery, Self-Propelled, 40-mm, M247|