The Flakpanzer IV Ostwind is a rank III German SPAA with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB) and 4.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43. The younger brother of the infamous Wirbelwind, Ostwind, is another German SPAAG, which is another force to be reckoned with. It switches quad 20mm autocannons for one 37mm gun, which comes with its advantages and disadvantages. The chassis is the same as on the previous SPAAG. While the player doesn't have to reload the primary weapon, which allows for the continuous fire, he or she has to be aware of overheating. Default belt works wonders again planes and ground tech alike.
Survivability and armour
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|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|37 mm FlaK43||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Mode||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal||Stabilizer||Stock||Upgraded||Full||Expert||Aced||Stock||Full||Expert||Aced|
- Default: ·
- Sprgr. 18:
|Belts||Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Belts|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|125||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
Usage in battles
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|I||Tracks||Parts||Sprgr. 18||Horizontal Drive|
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||PzGr||Adjustment of Fire|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||M.Gr. 18||Elevation Mechanism|
Pros and cons
- Never need to reload
- Very little lead required to hit enemy aircraft
- Reasonable rate of fire for the calibre (37 mm)
- A single hit often cripples or completely destroys an enemy aircraft
- An M18's worst nightmare
- Rather difficult to kill with one shot
- Turret is better armoured than the Wirbelwind
- Based on the chassis of a 4.0 tank; here the armour lacking and is slow moving
- A viewing port in the turret allows enemies to kill the gunner with machine gun fire
- Open turret; susceptible to aerial gunfire or bomb blast shrapnel
- Significantly harder to hit and kill an enemy aircraft when compared to the Wirbelwind
- Pz. Gr. belt no longer has 65 mm of penetration; combat ability is debatably worse than the Wirbelwind
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A development of the Wirbelwind project. The goal of the Ostwind project was to increase the unit’s firepower, protection, and effective range. For this purpose, a 3.7 cm FlaK 43 anti-air gun was installed on it, and its turret’s armor was increased to 25 mm. The first prototype was completed in September, 1944. In the same month, on the 23rd, it was used in combat operations on the Eastern Front. Between 1944 and 1945 Ostbau-Sagan released 43 mounts. They were more effective than their predecessors had been.
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|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|