SF40 Leichte

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SF40 Leichte
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SF40 Leichte
AB RB SB
2.7 2.7 2.7
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Description

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The Siebelfähre 40 Leichte Flakkampffähre is a Rank III German anti-air ferry with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" in the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Mobility

Without modifications, the SF40 will make around 22 knots at FLK speed and 28 with full modifications. For her size, the Leichte offers captains decent maneuverability since she has technically 2 engines and 2 rudders. Bringing her about can be done in under 10 seconds. Most other players will overestimate her sluggishness making dodging torpedoes and dive bombers easier than one would expect.

Armament

Primary armament

The 4 x 20 mm Vierlingsflak C/38 cannons are the star of this ship, capable of shredding apart any type of ship, at least at low rank. The ammo doesn't really matter as there is an abundant reserve for mass firings. Despite the sheer volume of fire, the 20 mm Vierlingsflak has an effective range of just over 2 Km, limiting the SF40 Leitche to fairly close quarters fighting. The lengthy reload time for the Vierlingsflak C/38 requires players to use 1-2 seconds bursts, more than enough time to wipe out any similar leveled vessels.

Secondary armament

The 37 mm is rather useless compared to the primary armament due to its limited armaments, but can be used to peg weak ships at a distance and pester off incoming aircraft. Its position above the deck limits its firing arc against surface ships. However, unlike the 20 mm, the 37 mm extends the range of the SF40 Leichte's AA capabilities. Your crew will begin engaging air targets within 3.5 KM, well beyond the 2 KM range of 20 mm and lower guns. With Auxillary Gunner Accuracy upgrades, the 37 mm can shower planes with a steady and accurate wall of flak. Since the gun reloads in under 1 second, fire will remain constant for any targets flying within 3.5 KM of your SF40 Leichte.

Usage in battles

The best method of using the SF40 Leichte is to hide behind a rock near the capture points and rake anything that tries to cap with the large assortment of autocannons. It is also possible to flank around, get to the sides of the enemy and riddle them with cannon ammo as well.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 4 flakvierlings absolutely shred every aircraft and light armored vessel
  • Almost invincible to guns of rank 3 ships and below as well as aircraft machine guns and low caliber cannons
  • Twin-hulled barge, making the deck very stable for firing
  • Packs a lot of ammo

Cons:

  • Easy target for torpedoes and dive bombers
  • Reacts extremely slow to rudder input
  • Large target from any angle.
  • Placement of the flakvierlings mean that at most 3 of them can fire at the same surface target.
  • 20mm rounds struggle with armored targets
  • Firing leaves a storm of tracers, making you extremely easy to locate and identify

History

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See also

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