M163 Vulcan

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General info

The M163 Vulcan Air Defense System in the Garage.

The Gun Air Defence Artillery Self-Propelled 20-mm M163, or the M163 Vulcan Air Defense System (VADS) is a Rank VI American anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 8.0. It was introduced in Update 1.63 "Desert Hunters". Featuring the 20 mm Vulcan gatling gun on a mobile mount, the high volume of fire allows for a saturation of fire on a distant target, perfect for anti-aircraft duties.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

The M163 looks like a slightly rounded box. The most obvious feature is the multi-barreled cannon, which has a sizable radar dish mounted on the side. The turret is small and has many struts on the front.

Tactics

Saturate the airspace with shells, and play like a Wirblewind. The high rate of fire can fill up entire sections of the sky, and can effectively deny enemy aircraft specific angles of attack if used well. When engaging tanks, simply fire at them, you can easily blind their sights, forcing them into 3rd person cam. Another way to play is to use waterways or the M163's speed and flank, some tanks like the Leopard series are very vulnerable from the sides.

Specific enemies worth noting

Other SPAA vehicles can be deadly, due to the lack of effective armor. Simply fire at them- there is a good chance that you will get a good hit, and many times more than that due to the sheer fire rate. Against more armored vehicles, you can blind their sights.

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 20 mm Vulcan that fires 3000 rounds per minute.
  • High amount of ammo.
  • High engine hp/ton ratio.
  • Has radar.
  • Amphibious.

Cons:

  • Has to reload halfway through ammo.
  • Thin aluminium armour.
  • Gunner is exposed on top.
  • Unable to penetrate Rank V vehicles even from the sides.

Specifications

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Main armament

1 x 20 mm M168 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 2200 Shells (Two 1100 round magazines)
  • Fire Rate: 3000 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 80°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 44.63°/s (Stock), 61.7°/s (Upgraded), 75°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 82.9°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 88.2°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 26s (Stock), 23s (Full Crew), 21.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 20 mm M168 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 2200 Shells (Two 1100 round magazines)
  • Fire Rate: 3000 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 80°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 44.63°/s (Stock), 52.5°/s (Upgraded), 63.8°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 70.5°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 75°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 26s (Stock), 23s (Full Crew), 21.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 20 mm M168 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 2200 Shells (Two 1100 round magazines)
  • Fire Rate: 3000 rounds per minute
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 80°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 44.63°/s (Stock), 52.5°/s (Upgraded), 63.8°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 70.5°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 75°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 26s (Stock), 23s (Full Crew), 21.2s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 20s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)

Ammunition

Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
API-T 40 39 29 20 13 9 1030 0.15 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
HEF-I 2 2 2 1 1 1 1030 0.10 0.3 0.1 10 +0° 79° 80° 81°
HEFI-T 2 2 2 1 1 1 1030 0.10 0.3 0.1 9 +0° 79° 80° 81°

Belt types

Belts Shell composition Combat usage
Default API-T / HEF-T / API-T
HEI HEFI-T / HEFI-T / HEFI-T / API-T
API API-T / API-T / API-T / HEFI-T

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the M163 Vulcan.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
XX XX (X+) Keep Full no

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Driver

Total: 3 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Aluminum alloy 7039
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 38 + 6 mm (46°) Front glacis
38 mm (25°) Lower glacis
44 + 6 mm 38 mm (10-11°) 38 mm
Turret 60 mm 17 mm 17 mm N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 10 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 11.0 ton

Max Speed: 70 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 301 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 27.36 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 17°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 11.0 ton

Max Speed: 64 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 187 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 18°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 11.0 ton

Max Speed: 64 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 187 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 18°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png M163 Vulcan
Nation USA
Type SPAA
Rank 6
Battle Rating
8.0
8.0
8.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
11,000 kg
24,250 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
38/44/38/38 mm
1.5/1.7/1.5/1.5 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
301 hp
187 hp
187 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
212 hp
212 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
27.36
27.80
17.00
17.27
17.00
17.27
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
19.27
19.58
19.27
19.58
Max speed
70 km/h
43 mph
64 km/h
40 mph
64 km/h
40 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 20 mm M168 Autocannon
Ammo stowage 2,200 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/80°
Economy
Required RP 380,000 RP
Vehicle cost 990,000 SL
Crew training cost 280,000 SL
Max repair cost*
15,310 SL
1,800 SL
4,800 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
12d
9d
10d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_d __h
_d __h
_d __h
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