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Vickers Mk.VIA AA Mk.I
General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
108 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
14 / 14 / 14Hull
14 / 14 / 14Turret
4.9 tWeight
168 hp88 hpEngine power
34 hp/t18 hp/tSurface density
54 km/h forward
6 km/h back
50 km/h forward
6 km/h back
4 x 7.92 mm BESA machine gunMain weapon
3 600 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
225 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png180 / 233/140 / 181/150 / 194Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
30 % Sl icon.png40 % Sl icon.png20 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Mk.VIA AA.jpg

The Vickers Mk.VIA AA Mk.I is a Rank I British self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X".

This tank makes for a good entry level AA vehicle; Good speed, manuverability and a devastating short to medium range AA attack. This vehicle should be used in the rear end of an assault, watching the skies for incoming bogies. However the real ace is that the guns lack accuracy but trade-off for a sheer volume of fire, filling the skies with a hailstorm of bullets that can discourage bandits from lining up on an attack run. However anything beyond effective range won't be struck down effectively.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Main armament

Main article: BESA (7.92 mm)
Ammo racks
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Recommendations Visual
3600 288 (X+) 576 (+) 936 (+) 1800 (+) Keep full no

Usage in the battles

The key to playing this vehicle effectively is by being patient. Wait until your target is nice close and then let loose. The four machine guns will shred enemy bogies if you aim well so try and nail him before he has a chance to dart out of range.

Avoid engaging enemy aircraft at long range as the drop-off goes away out of effective range; Not only will you give away your position, the enemy will be very likely to hunt you down and it won't fare well against a direct confrontation with ground units.

Pros and cons


  • Great placement as a Rank I SPAA.
  • 4x BESA machine guns means a high ammo load and a good rate of fire.
  • 4x machine guns means that you have a high hit probability.
  • Armour provides some protection from machine gun fire, though the gunner is vulnerable if hit.
  • Excels at taking down fighters.
  • Can be used against low tier SPAA and open top tank destroyers, however, it is best suited to strictly SPAA duties.
  • Small and mobile.


  • Cannot defend itself from ground attacks, all belts cannot penetrate any tanks.
  • Damage output is no where near comparable to SPAA armed with 20mm auto cannons at this tier.
  • The gunner is exposed to machine gun fire from above and the front.
  • The armour will not protect you from 12.7mm rounds and above.
  • Vulnerable to artillery.


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Read also

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Britain anti-aircraft vehicles
Mk.VIA AA · T17E2 · AC Mk II AA · Crusader AA Mk II · Crusader AA Mk I · Falcon · Chieftain Marksman · Stormer HVM