OTOMATIC

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OTOMATIC
AB RB SB
10.3 10.3 10.3
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Description

The OTO Main Anti-aircraft Tank for Intercept and Combat (shortened to OTOMATIC) is a rank VI Italian self-propelled anti-aircraft gun with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

The OTOMATIC is a radar-equipped SPAAG that is capable of shooting proximity fused frag rounds and can destroy planes even in a single, well-aimed shot. Shooting down aircraft should be the primary use of this vehicle at least until APFSDS rounds are unlocked, so staying in a cap zone is recommended, as the unit doesn't carry a lot of ammo (90 shells for a cannon with a 0.5s reload). When APFSDS are available, the OTOMATIC may defend capture points against enemy tanks as well, while still dealing with aircraft, or it can switch to a more mobile, MBT-like playstyle, mostly thanks to the excellent penetration of the sabot rounds and the two-axis stabiliser.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull50 / 30 / 25
Turret25 / 25 / 25
Crew4 people
Visibility-207 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Structural steel (Radar equipment, Mudguards)
  • Rubber-fabric screens
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 70 mm (59°), 35 mm (81°) Front glacis
50 mm (52°) Lower glacis
25 mm (81°), 50 mm (30-46°) Ammo stowage hatch
25-35 mm Top
30 mm Bottom
25 mm (1-40°) 30 mm (89°) Front
15 mm (89°) Rear
5 mm Engine grille
Turret 25 mm (25-45°) Turret front
25 mm (17-83°) Gun mantlet
25 mm (0-11°) 25 mm (1-10°) 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 1,179 1584 25.63 34.43
Realistic 66 26 734 830 15.96 18.04

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 950 → 11 829 Sl icon.png
RB7 000 → 10 416 Sl icon.png
SB4 870 → 7 246 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications272 100 Rp icon.png
440 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
150 / 150 / 170 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
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Brake System
Research:
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Cost:
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
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410 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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410 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
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430 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
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320 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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76mm_oto_APDSFS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition90 rounds
Reload0.5 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 60°
The OTOMATIC is armed with the most famous naval autocannon, the OTO Breda Cannone da 76/62. This specific configuration is the Compact version, meaning the carousel is smaller for size reduction but with an increase is ROF. This particular gun, if already used in vessels, has one of the best tradeoff in accuarcy, stopping power and range. Different from other cannons, the 76mm is the biggest anti-air caliber yet the smallest caliber for modern vehicles. The version mounted on the OTOMATIC is set to super-rapid fire, speeding the ROF from 60 RPM to 120 RPM. This has its own pros and cons. From one side you have a tremendous stopping power which can deal with all threats in seconds, including ground. However, on the other side, you devore ammunition when doing continuous fire, getting from 90 shells to 60 in a matter of seconds.
76 mm OTO Breda Cannone da 76/62 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 90 -5°/+60° ±180° Two-plane 61.6 85.3 103.6 114.6 121.9 0.50 0.50 0.50 0.50
Realistic 41.6 49.0 59.5 65.8 70.0

Ammunition

The OTOMATIC has access to both anti-air and anti-tank ammunitions capable of dealing with a high variety of threats, from lightly armored IFV's to heavily armored MBT's.

SAPOM:

The Semi Armor-Piercing High Explosive Incendiary rounds has a multipurpose capabilities with a little bit of everything. It has a nice tradeoff between anti-air and anti-tank capabilities due to the explosive mass and armor penetration. However, the SAPOM is not really suggested for anything rather than anti-tank roles as the HE-VT* is more than capable of dealing with enemy threats. It should be notted most of the targets faced can be killed from the sides if shot between the road wheels in the lower half of the chassis (in case for NATO tanks), engine deck (will only cause fire and damage to transmission), Gunner's Primary Sight (in case of M1 Abrams and XM-1's). When it comes to dealing with Russian targets (the most generally armored MBT's in the game), SAPOM should be fire almost at the ground hitting the lowest part of the chassis. It is recommended to destroy their tracks and barrels in order to let friendly units take them out for this reason. SAPOM is capable of destroying all lightly armored targets seen at the battle-rating (IFV's, SPAA's, etc).

APFSDS:

The dart ammunition has a full anti-tank role though it can be used for anti-air roles, however it is not recommended. It has decent penetration and stopping power as a dart and is more than capable with dealing enemy tanks. It is able to destroy enemy targets in one hit if it's a well placed shot. Ammunition should be targeted with the APFSDS as the low ammount of ammunition carrying can make it run out of APFSDS before destroying the enemy. Trapshots are suggested (driver's port, cupola, mantlets, etc).

HE-MOM:

The High Explosive Variable Time fuze proximity shell has a full anti-air role with zero anti-tank role. Thanks to the high caliber, the HE is able to carry a proximity fuze with a lethal explosive mass, making it capable of destroying all aerial threats with one or two hits. Trigger discipline is recommended as, due to the fast fire rate, the OTOMATIC can spend the whole ammunition reserve really fast. Thanks to being a big shell, most enemy helis and aircraft will not redirect course when being fired at until it's too late compared to the continious fire smaller caliber SPAA have (25mm, 30mm, 35mm, 40mm, etc). They do not trigger Missile Alert Warning, making them the ultimate helicopter killer.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
76/62 SAPOM SAPHEI 60 59 54 50 46 43
76/62 APFSDS APFSDS 311 308 301 291 281 271
76/62 HE-MOM HE-VT* 15 15 15 15 15 15
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
76/62 SAPOM SAPHEI 910 6.35 1.2 14 662.4 79° 80° 81°
76/62 APFSDS APFSDS 1,580 2.18 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
76/62 HE-MOM HE-VT* 910 6.3 0 0.1 1,070 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the OTOMATIC
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
90 64 (+26) 55 (+35) 27(+63) (+90) No

Radars

Main articles: SMA VPS-A05‎, SMA VPG-A06

The OTOMATIC is equipped with a SMA VPS-A05 search radar and a SMA VPG-A06 tracking radar; both radars are located on the top of the turret, with the SMA VPS-A05 being mounted on an arm at the rear, and the SMA VPG-A06 being mounted further forwards on the left hand side of the turret roof. The radar system is capable of tracking a target while scanning, but can only track targets within a 180° arc from the front of the turret. Both radar can be folded.

SMA VPS-A05 - Target Detection Radar
Maximum
Detection
Range
Minimum
Detection
Range
Max Azimuth
Scan Angle
Max Elevation
Scan Angle
Minimum
relative speed
20,000 m 500 m 360° -__°/+__° 10 m/s (36 km/h)
SMA VPG-A06 - Target Tracking Radar
Maximum
Tracking
Range
Minimum
Tracking
Range
Azimuth Tracking
Angle
Elevation Tracking
Angle
Minimum
target speed
16,000 m 75 m ±90° -15°/+87° 15 m/s (54 km/h)

Usage in battles

The OTOMATIC is one of the more role-diverse SPAA in the game, akin to that of the ADATS with its anti-air/anti-tank missiles. However, the OTOMATIC can practice these diverse roles without needing to notify the enemy of what role it is prior to an engagement. The OTOMATIC has the mobility, speed, armor and electronics to make it one of the best SPAA or anti-tank vehicle, depending on what the commander or battlefield situation dictate.

The OTOMATIC has a big ammo rack with three types of ammunition for all types of players, for those who want to be deadly to only aircraft and control the skies as quickly as possible, and for those who want to carry out as much destruction as possible regardless if they want to go anti-air or anti-tank. The only drawback is that the OTOMATIC can only carry 12 APFSDS rounds. The recommended round load is 50 HE-VT*, 20 SAPOM, and 12 APFSDS for both anti-air and anti-tank capabilities. Each of these rounds are well-suited for the targets they are specialized to fight against.

HE-VT*

This round makes nailing aircraft such an easy task, though it has its pros and cons compared to missiles that other high-ranking SPAA are using. As a con, a HE-VT* shell carries less explosive power, cannot be guided, and has a slower muzzle velocity compared to missiles. However, the HE-VT* as a shell will not trigger the aircraft's Missile Approach Warning system (MAW) and so the enemy may be caught unaware of an incoming 76 mm HE-VT* shell if they do not see it coming. The only visual cue they would have is the flying tracer round, compared to a missile smoke streak that may be traced to the firing SPAA vehicle. The larger number of HE-VT* shells carried also means the OTOMATIC can quickly follow-up a shot if the first shot missed, without too much worry on ammunition waste.

This round helps make the OTOMATIC one of the more reliable SPAA at the top-rank battlefield. A missile would cause hovering aircraft like helicopters to simply find cover as soon as the MAW is activated. Top-rank SPAA that uses missile also have a reliance to their radar lock, as it must maintain that lock for the missile to track and hit the target. The OTOMATIC also has access to thermal sights and a laser rangefinder to help locate aircraft in the air and find their range without use of the radar. With this, the OTOMATIC can track a helicopter and find their distance without the enemy helicopter being aware that they are within the OTOMATIC's sights and firing range.

SAPOM

This round provides some flexibility in the usage of the OTOMATIC. It is a Semi Armour-Piercing High-Explosive Incendiary (SAPHEI) round that does not have the penetration values of a likewise APCBC round, while also not having as much high-explosives as a dedicated HE shell. However, this round in the 76 mm calibre does still present some general-purpose uses. While there is enough high-explosives in the shell to use against an aircraft, the presence of the HE-VT* shell makes this role redundant by a more capable shell. The shell can fight enemy armoured fighting vehicles, but a maximum penetration of 60 mm at point-blank range means this round will struggle against any main battle tanks fought at the OTOMATIC's battle-rating. Nevertheless, as the only armour-piercing round available to the OTOMATIC before it unlocks the APFSDS, it must be used with caution, patience, and practice for maximum efficiency.

Arguably one of the best use of the SAPOM round is as a reserve so that the valuable 12 APFSDS that can be carried in the OTOMATIC is not wasted; or in the worst case all HE-VT* is spent. As such, its use should be reserved to fighting lightly-armoured vehicles, when out of APFSDS against ground units, or out of HE-VT* against air targets.

Fighting Specific Tanks with SAPOM

NATO allegiance MBT's (Leopard, Abrams, Leclerc, etc.):

  • When facing from the front:
    • Aim at the main gun to disable the tank's firepower. After that is disabled, aim for the tracks to immobilize the vehicle. Then allow a more capable ally destroy the enemy tank.
  • When facing from the side/rear:
    • Aim at medium lower section of a tank's hull sides, in between the road wheels where the armour is generally weaker.
    • If the OTOMATIC is positioned to be somewhere towards the vehicle's rear, aim instead at the turret bustle ammunition rack. No tank has enough armor to withstand multiple hits to the ammo rack. Aiming at engine deck is worthless if gun is not disabled.

CSTO allegiance MBT's (T-80, T-90, ZTZ-99, etc.)

  • When facing from the front:
    • Aim at the main gun to disable the tank's firepower. After that is disabled, aim for the tracks to immobilize the vehicle. Then allow a more capable ally destroy the enemy tank.
  • When facing from the side/rear:
    • Unfortunately, CSTO MBTs are often more well-armoured at the sides than NATO tanks, enough so to resist SAPOM rounds more easily with slight angling. As such, an attack with SAPOM rounds should not be attempted even from the sides.
    • If able to hit the vehicle's rear, the only place of worth the OTOMATIC may penetrate is the engine deck. Shoot there to disable the enemy's mobility, but make sure to disable the enemy's gun as it reacts otherwise it may destroy the OTOMATIC.

Generally speaking, try and avoid combat with CSTO MBTs if the OTOMATIC only has SAPOM rounds available, unless it is mission-critical that the enemy tank must be immobilized or disabled.

APFSDS

This is probably the most used round by the OTOMATIC when it is being used for anti-tank purposes. This is the same round the Rooikat uses, meaning it is a reliable round with good capabilities, but does require trigger discipline, situational awareness and knowledge of the enemy tank's "anatomy" to make every single round count as there are only 12 round carried. While the APFSDS round has nowhere enough penetration power to deal with enemy MBT, it does have enough to penetrate weakpoints and from favorable angle-of-attacks.

NATO allegiance MBT's (Leopard, Abrams, Leclerc, etc.):

  • When facing from the front:
    • As explained above, utilize the terrain to the OTOMATIC's advantage against the enemy. However, a frontal encounter is highly discouraged
  • When facing from the side/rear:
    • Aim at the hull ammo racks
      • Leopard/Leclerc/Type 90: Next to driver
      • Abrams: Almost at engine deck, a small wall ammo rack
    • If able to hit the enemy from an angle closer to their rear, aim exclusively at turret bustle ammo rack. APFSDS will over-penetrate and make the blast shields useless.

CSTO allegiance MBT's (T-80, T-90, ZTZ-99, etc.)

  • When facing from the front:
    • As explained above, utilize the terrain to the OTOMATIC's advantage against the enemy. However, a frontal encounter is highly discouraged
  • When facing from the side/rear:
    • Aim at the hull ammo racks
      • T-64's/T-80's: any hit to the side. Ammo rack is in an "L" shape, making ammo rack hits easy
      • T-72's/T-90: aim in a manner like if the target was a T-80, but closer to the ground due to ammo rack closer to the ground as it is in a "=" shape
    • If able to hit the enemy from an angle closer to their rear, aim exclusively at anywhere is possible to hit. Preferably the turret rear to disable critical modules or even hit an ammunition rack if there is any.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Radar guidance system
  • Equipped by default with HE-VT fuse shells capable of annihilating aircraft within 1-3 indirect hits. Direct hits usually destroy the aircraft in one blow
  • Excellent scoped zoom for an SPAA (8.0x to 16.1x)
  • Immense fire rate for the gun calibre; 120 RPM for a 76 mm gun
  • Two axis stabiliser
  • APFSDS can penetrate up to 311 mm, enough to destroy any top-rank MBT with a well-placed shot
  • Equipped with SAPHEI shells, capable of dealing with many light tanks and the XM-1
  • Capable of taking out long-range helicopters with ammunition which does not explode until approximately 4.6 km away, allowing for shots well past the radar tracking range
  • The OF-40 chassis provides reasonable protection and mobility (especially compared to the M163 and ZSU-23-4)
  • Hits to the chassis will not hull break the tank
  • Fantastic turret rotation and elevation speed
  • Generation 1 thermals for the gunner - makes spotting enemy aircraft, helicopters and tanks a much easier task
  • Fear factor - Enemy pilots who know there is an OTOMATIC around will fall back in a far more cautious playstyle and are less likely to attack friendly ground vehicles in the open
  • Large cannon breech - can soak up shrapnel, thereby protecting the turret crew

Cons:

  • Turret has immensely thin armour, can be penetrated by other SPAA as well as secondary cannons from the MBT-70 or AMX-40
  • Can be hull broken by hits to the turret
  • Several turret-mounted ammo racks that are almost impossible not to hit
  • APFSDS rounds are a tier IV modification
  • APFSDS capacity limited to 12 rounds
  • APFSDS has limited accuracy at range
  • Massive profile, straightforward to spot and shoot
  • This vehicle's reputation precedes it, enemies will prioritise its destruction
  • SAPHEI's penetration is abysmal, and 62 mm consistently fails to penetrate the sides of Abrams or T-64s/T-72s/T-80s
  • First-stage ammo stowage capacity of 29 rounds. The gun's high rate of fire will empty this quickly
  • There must be at least one shell in the first-stage stowage to fire the gun
  • Each round must be loaded into the first-stage stowage individually. This massively increases reload times if the stowage is empty
  • The gun can only elevate 60 degrees. This is below average for an SPAA vehicle of this tier.
  • Rate of fire decreases when your loader is knocked out
  • A hit to the turret, even if it doesn't kill the crew, will always result in a destroyed breech due to the sheer amount of space the breech takes up in the turret

History

Development of the OTOMATIC SPAAG began during the mid 1980s as a private venture of the OTO Melara company. The basic concept behind the OTOMATIC was to take the successful 76 mm Super Rapido utility cannon used on naval vessels and fit it to a suitable mobile platform in order to create a long-range SPAA vehicle that would outmatch similar designs such as the German Gepard or British Marksman system. Although a challenging feat, Italian engineers eventually succeeded in this endeavour, creating a vehicle that wasn't only up to the latest technological standards but also perfectly suited, and even exceeded, various NATO requirements of the time. The first prototype of the OTOMATIC was ready for testing in the late 1980s. Intended to be compatible with a large number of NATO vehicles of the time, the OTOMATIC, similarly to the British Marksman system, was tested on several hulls and it was planned to be capable of fitting any NATO tank, including the Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams. However, as the Cold War ended and general interest for SPAAG vehicles began declining in favour of more modern missile systems, the OTOMATIC project never received any interest from potential users. For the Italian army, the project was initially accepted, but later abandoned due to budget cuts.

- From Devblog

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
Ships equipped with the same gun

External links


Italy anti-aircraft vehicles
AS 42 · M42 Contraereo · R3 T20 FA-HS · SIDAM 25 · SIDAM 25 (Mistral) · OTOMATIC