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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} German tank destroyer {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.87 "Locked On"]] as a reward in the [https://warthunder.com/en/news/6145-special-battlefield-engineer-en "Battlefield Engineer"] event.
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a gift rank {{Specs|rank}} German tank destroyer {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.87 "Locked On"]] as a reward in the [https://warthunder.com/en/news/6145-special-battlefield-engineer-en "Battlefield Engineer"] event.
  
Also known as the [[wikipedia:Grille_10|Grille 10]], the Flak 37 auf '''S'''onder'''f'''ahrgeste'''l'''l (German: special purpose-built vehicle), or the abbreviated technical name Sfl.IVc, was originally developed as a mobile gun platform using 8.8 cm flak guns.  
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Also known as the [[wikipedia:Grille_10|Grille 10]], the Flak 37 auf '''S'''onder'''f'''ahrgeste'''l'''l (German: special purpose-built vehicle), or the abbreviated technical name Sfl.IVc, was originally developed as a mobile gun platform using 8.8 cm flak guns.
  
 
Designed by the Krupp corporation originally as an anti-tank vehicle in 1941, it was realized that by using 8.8 cm flak cannons, it could achieve not only an anti-tank role but also an anti-aircraft one as well. Because of this, this vehicle was given the 8.8 cm Flak 41 as its main and only armament.
 
Designed by the Krupp corporation originally as an anti-tank vehicle in 1941, it was realized that by using 8.8 cm flak cannons, it could achieve not only an anti-tank role but also an anti-aircraft one as well. Because of this, this vehicle was given the 8.8 cm Flak 41 as its main and only armament.
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== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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The {{Specs|pseudonym}} has decently high survivability in battle, utilizing its thin armour to great effect. After all,''"no armour is the best armour".''  The vehicle is effective both with side skirts up and down and out of the way. The Versuchsflakwagen does not have hull-break, so there is no need to worry about high caliber HE shells triggering instant destruction of the vehicle.
  
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When the side skirts are in the up position, they will cover the sides of the exposed crew and gun, offering two layers of 5 mm armour, adding up to a total of 10 mm of armour which can protect you from oncoming machine gun fire. They may also prevent damage by shrapnel from artillery barrages that land near, though not directly on your vehicle. However, they will not hold up to a round fired from the main gun of a tank. Fortunately, due to the thin armour, enemy shells may simply pass through without detonating, only doing minor damage depending on where they hit. Its armour is not enough to protect it from high caliber machine guns and autocannons.
  
The {{Specs|pseudonym}} has decently high survivability in battle, utilizing its thin armour to great effect. After all,''"no armour is the best armour".''  The vehicle is effective both with side skirts up and down and out of the way.  
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With the skirts down, the tank destroyer can easily be disabled due to the exposure of the four crew members to the elements, or the gun being taken out of commission. On the other hand, if the tank, gun, or both are still in action, the front panels of the Flak 41 can be used to block machine gun fire, effectively protecting any crew still remaining to operate the gun. Folding the side skirts down also allows the turret to rotate 360 degrees horizontally.
  
When the side skirts are in the up position, they will cover the sides of the exposed crew and gun, offering 5 mm of armour which can protect from oncoming machine gun fire. However, they will most likely not hold up to a round fired from the main gun of a tank.
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In both configurations, the crew is very spaced out, and separated by armour into three groups, greatly enhancing its suitability. It is near impossible for an enemy tank to take out all its crew members in a single shot. The loader, gunner, and commander can be killed by a shot to the left of the turret, but both crew members in the driving compartment and the second loader will likely survive so you can escape. The only real danger of the VFW being destroyed in one hit would either be from an ammo rack detonation, which is unlikely as all the ammunition is safely stored in the hull, or from a bomb or artillery landing too close. Beware that its survivability depends solely on crew count and placement rather than armour. In other words, you can easily take one or two hits, but ultimately there is a limited number of shots you can tank before you are sent back to the hangar.
 
 
With the skirts down, the tank destroyer can easily be disabled due to the exposure of the four crew members to the elements, or the gun being taken out of commission. On the other hand, if the tank, gun, or both are still in action, the front panels of the Flak 41 can be used to block machine gun fire, effectively protecting any crew still remaining to operate the gun.
 
  
 
=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Mobility characteristics
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|-
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! Weight (tons)
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! Add-on armour<br>weight (tons)
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! Max speed (km/h)
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|-
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| rowspan="2" | 26.0 || rowspan="2" | N/A
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| 65 (AB)
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|-
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| 60 (RB/SB)
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Engine power (horsepower)
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|-
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! Mode !! Stock !! Upgraded
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|-
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| ''Arcade'' || 567 || 630
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|-
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| ''Realistic/Simulator'' || 338 || 360
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
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|-
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! Mode !! Stock !! Upgraded
 +
|-
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| ''Arcade'' || 21.81 || 24.20
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|-
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| ''Realistic/Simulator'' || 13.00 || 13.85
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|-
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|}
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Main armament ===
 
=== Main armament ===
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{{main|FlaK 41 (88 mm)}}
 
{{main|FlaK 41 (88 mm)}}
  
The VFW is armed with the Flak 41 cannon allowing it to disable or destroy a majority of its intended targets within its battle rating range. The reload speed of the gun is around 5 seconds which allows for quick and consistent firing upon targets.
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The VFW is armed with the Flak 41 cannon allowing it to disable or destroy a majority of its intended targets within its battle rating range. The reload speed of the gun is around 5 seconds which allows for quick and consistent firing upon targets. Do note that folding the sides skirts up will slow its reload speed down by approximately 2 seconds which can detract from this advantage.
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="6" | [[FlaK 41 (88 mm)|88 mm FlaK 41]]
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Capacity
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! Vertical<br>guidance
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! Horizontal<br>guidance
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! Stabilizer
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|-
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| colspan="3" | 48 || -3°/+90° || ±180° || N/A
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|-
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! colspan="6" | Turret rotation speed (°/s)
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|-
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! Mode
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! Stock
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! Upgraded
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! Prior +<br>Full crew
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! Prior +<br>Expert qualif.
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! Prior +<br>Ace qualif.
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|-
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| ''Arcade'' || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.??
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|-
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| ''Realistic'' || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.??
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|-
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! colspan="5" | Reloading rate (seconds)
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|-
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! Side skirt<br>configuration
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! Stock
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! Prior +<br>Full crew
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! Prior +<br>Expert qualif.
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! Prior +<br>Ace qualif.
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|-
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| ''Down'' ||5.2 s||4.72 s|| 4.36 s || ??.??
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|-
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| ''Up'' || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.?? || ??.??
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|-
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|}
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==== Ammunition ====
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
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! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
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|-
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
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! colspan="6" | '''Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)'''
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|-
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
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|-
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| PzGr 39/43 || APCBC || 230 || 228 || 216 || 201 || 188 || 176
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|-
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| PzGr 40/43 || APCR || 275 || 272 || 250 || 226 || 204 || 184
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|-
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| Sprgr. Flak 41 || HE || 14 || 14 || 14 || 14 || 14 || 14
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|-
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|}
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{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
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! colspan="11" | Shell details
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|-
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! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
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! rowspan="2" | Velocity<br>(m/s)
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! rowspan="2" | Projectile<br>Mass (kg)
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse delay<br>(m)
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse sensitivity<br>(mm)
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! rowspan="2" | Explosive Mass<br>(TNT equivalent) (g)
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! rowspan="2" | Normalisation at 30°<br>from horizontal
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! colspan="3" | Ricochet
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|-
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! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
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|-
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| PzGr 39/43 || APCBC || 980 || 10.16 || 1.2 || 14.0 || 108.8 || +4.0° || 48° || 63° || 71°
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|-
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| PzGr 40/43 || APCR || 1,125 || 7.3 || N/A || N/A || N/A || +1.5° || 66° || 70° || 72°
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|-
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| Sprgr. Flak 41 || HE || 1,000 || 9.4 || 0.1 || 0.5 || 1000 || +0.0° || 79° || 80° || 81°
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|-
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|}
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==== [[Ammo racks]] ====
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! Full<br>ammo
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! 1st<br>rack empty
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! 2nd<br>rack empty
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! 3rd<br>rack empty
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! 4th<br>rack empty
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! 5th<br>rack empty
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! 6th<br>rack empty
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! Visual<br>discrepancy
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|-
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| '''48''' || ?? ''(+??)'' || ?? ''(+??)'' || ?? ''(+??)'' || ?? ''(+??)'' || ?? ''(+??)'' || ?? ''(+??)'' || ??
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|-
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|}
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==== [[Optics]] ====
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! colspan="3" | {{PAGENAME}} Optics
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|-
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!
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! Default magnification
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! Maximum magnification
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|-
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! Main Gun optics
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| X5.6 || X6.0
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|-
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! Comparable optics
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| colspan="2" | ???
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|-
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|}
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
Because of its great cannon and non existent armor, the VFW is best used as a Glass cannon for long range engagements. Find a spot on a hill or slope and wait for targets. If use in urban area is unavoidable, choose the "side skirts down" mode. This makes the cannon more flexible and gives you a quicker reload time. Make sure to stay in cover, since with your side skirts down, you will be an easy kill for planes an artillery.
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Because of its great cannon and non existent armour, the VFW is best used as a glass cannon for long range engagements. Find a spot on a hill or slope and wait for targets. If use in urban area is unavoidable, choose the "side skirts down" mode. This makes the cannon more flexible and gives you a quicker reload time. Make sure to stay in cover, since with your side skirts down, you will be an easy target for planes and artillery.
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=== Modules ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Tier
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! colspan="2" | Mobility
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! colspan="2" | Protection
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! Firepower
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|-
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| I
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| Tracks
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|
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| Parts
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| Side skirts up
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| Horizontal Drive
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|-
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| II
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| Suspension
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| Brake System
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| FPE
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|
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| Adjustment of Fire
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|-
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| III
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| Filters
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|
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| Crew Replenishment
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|
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| Elevation Mechanism
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|-
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| IV
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| Transmission
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| Engine
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|
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|
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| PzGr 40/43
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|-
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|}
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* Surprising durability, very difficult to one-shot
 
* Surprising durability, very difficult to one-shot
 
* Large crew allows for fast reloading
 
* Large crew allows for fast reloading
* Reasonable transverse allows for quick escape when in a tight spot  
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* Reasonable transverse allows for quick escape when in a tight spot
 
* Side-skirts can be raised for added protection from machine guns
 
* Side-skirts can be raised for added protection from machine guns
* Side-skirts can be lowered for a greater range of turret movement  
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* Side-skirts can be lowered for a greater range of turret movement
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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The VFW was the first of several projects of the Krupp company to mount a heavy anti-air gun on a mobile armored chassis. This initially developed version, which mounts the 8.8cm FlaK 41 cannon onto a heavily modified Panzer IV chassis, was created in 1944.
 
The VFW was the first of several projects of the Krupp company to mount a heavy anti-air gun on a mobile armored chassis. This initially developed version, which mounts the 8.8cm FlaK 41 cannon onto a heavily modified Panzer IV chassis, was created in 1944.
  
Initial tests of the vehicle were performed throughout 1944. However, apart from tests producing mixed results, it was lacking interest that eventually led to the project’s ultimate cancellation later that year. As a result, the VFW never left prototype stage and only a single experimental vehicle was ever produced.
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Initial tests of the vehicle were performed throughout 1944. However, apart from tests producing mixed results, it was lacking interest that eventually led to the project's ultimate cancellation later that year. As a result, the VFW never left prototype stage and only a single experimental vehicle was ever produced.
  
 
''- From [https://warthunder.com/en/news/6144-development-vfw-german-ballista-en Devblog]''
 
''- From [https://warthunder.com/en/news/6144-development-vfw-german-ballista-en Devblog]''
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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<div><ul>
 
<div><ul>
 
<li style="display: inline-block;"> [[File:VFW Open.jpg|thumb|none|450px|Image of the '''{{PAGENAME}}''' with its side-skirts open.]] </li><!--
 
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== External links ==
 
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* [https://warthunder.com/en/news/6144-development-vfw-german-ballista-en [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> VFW: German Ballista]
 
* [https://warthunder.com/en/news/6144-development-vfw-german-ballista-en [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> VFW: German Ballista]

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Versuchsflakwagen
germ_vsw_flak_41.png
FIND ON MARKETPLACE
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.7/5.7/5.7BR
6 peopleCrew
101 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
20 / 14 / 14Hull
12 / 0 / 0Turret
Mobility
26.0 tWeight
687 hp360 hpEngine power
26 hp/t14 hp/tSurface density
65 km/h forward
5 km/h back
59 km/h forward
4 km/h back
Speed
Armament
88 mm Flak 41 cannonMain weapon
48 roundsAmmunition
4.0 / 5.2 sReload
-3° / 90°Vertical guidance
Economy
Sl icon.png4 600/3 430/3 590Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
290 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
710 Ge icon.pngAces
166 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage VFW.jpg


The Versuchsflakwagen is a gift rank III German tank destroyer with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On" as a reward in the "Battlefield Engineer" event.

Also known as the Grille 10, the Flak 37 auf Sonderfahrgestell (German: special purpose-built vehicle), or the abbreviated technical name Sfl.IVc, was originally developed as a mobile gun platform using 8.8 cm flak guns.

Designed by the Krupp corporation originally as an anti-tank vehicle in 1941, it was realized that by using 8.8 cm flak cannons, it could achieve not only an anti-tank role but also an anti-aircraft one as well. Because of this, this vehicle was given the 8.8 cm Flak 41 as its main and only armament.

General info

Survivability and armour

The VFW has decently high survivability in battle, utilizing its thin armour to great effect. After all,"no armour is the best armour". The vehicle is effective both with side skirts up and down and out of the way. The Versuchsflakwagen does not have hull-break, so there is no need to worry about high caliber HE shells triggering instant destruction of the vehicle.

When the side skirts are in the up position, they will cover the sides of the exposed crew and gun, offering two layers of 5 mm armour, adding up to a total of 10 mm of armour which can protect you from oncoming machine gun fire. They may also prevent damage by shrapnel from artillery barrages that land near, though not directly on your vehicle. However, they will not hold up to a round fired from the main gun of a tank. Fortunately, due to the thin armour, enemy shells may simply pass through without detonating, only doing minor damage depending on where they hit. Its armour is not enough to protect it from high caliber machine guns and autocannons.

With the skirts down, the tank destroyer can easily be disabled due to the exposure of the four crew members to the elements, or the gun being taken out of commission. On the other hand, if the tank, gun, or both are still in action, the front panels of the Flak 41 can be used to block machine gun fire, effectively protecting any crew still remaining to operate the gun. Folding the side skirts down also allows the turret to rotate 360 degrees horizontally.

In both configurations, the crew is very spaced out, and separated by armour into three groups, greatly enhancing its suitability. It is near impossible for an enemy tank to take out all its crew members in a single shot. The loader, gunner, and commander can be killed by a shot to the left of the turret, but both crew members in the driving compartment and the second loader will likely survive so you can escape. The only real danger of the VFW being destroyed in one hit would either be from an ammo rack detonation, which is unlikely as all the ammunition is safely stored in the hull, or from a bomb or artillery landing too close. Beware that its survivability depends solely on crew count and placement rather than armour. In other words, you can easily take one or two hits, but ultimately there is a limited number of shots you can tank before you are sent back to the hangar.

Mobility

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forward and backwards.

Mobility characteristics
Weight (tons) Add-on armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
26.0 N/A 65 (AB)
60 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 567 630
Realistic/Simulator 338 360
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 21.81 24.20
Realistic/Simulator 13.00 13.85

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: FlaK 41 (88 mm)

The VFW is armed with the Flak 41 cannon allowing it to disable or destroy a majority of its intended targets within its battle rating range. The reload speed of the gun is around 5 seconds which allows for quick and consistent firing upon targets. Do note that folding the sides skirts up will slow its reload speed down by approximately 2 seconds which can detract from this advantage.

88 mm FlaK 41
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
48 -3°/+90° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior +
Full crew
Prior +
Expert qualif.
Prior +
Ace qualif.
Arcade  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??
Realistic  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??
Reloading rate (seconds)
Side skirt
configuration
Stock Prior +
Full crew
Prior +
Expert qualif.
Prior +
Ace qualif.
Down 5.2 s 4.72 s 4.36 s  ??.??
Up  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??  ??.??

Ammunition

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
PzGr 39/43 APCBC 230 228 216 201 188 176
PzGr 40/43 APCR 275 272 250 226 204 184
Sprgr. Flak 41 HE 14 14 14 14 14 14
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
PzGr 39/43 APCBC 980 10.16 1.2 14.0 108.8 +4.0° 48° 63° 71°
PzGr 40/43 APCR 1,125 7.3 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Sprgr. Flak 41 HE 1,000 9.4 0.1 0.5 1000 +0.0° 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
48  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ?? (+??)  ??

Optics

VFW Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X5.6 X6.0
Comparable optics  ???

Usage in battles

Because of its great cannon and non existent armour, the VFW is best used as a glass cannon for long range engagements. Find a spot on a hill or slope and wait for targets. If use in urban area is unavoidable, choose the "side skirts down" mode. This makes the cannon more flexible and gives you a quicker reload time. Make sure to stay in cover, since with your side skirts down, you will be an easy target for planes and artillery.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Side skirts up Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine PzGr 40/43

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • A very fast reload on a very powerful gun
  • Surprising durability, very difficult to one-shot
  • Large crew allows for fast reloading
  • Reasonable transverse allows for quick escape when in a tight spot
  • Side-skirts can be raised for added protection from machine guns
  • Side-skirts can be lowered for a greater range of turret movement

Cons:

  • Virtually nonexistent gun depression
  • Very thin armour, exposed crew and wide vehicle profile (large target)
  • Extremely vulnerable to virtually any form of enemy aircraft or artillery fire
  • Raised side-skirts to restrict turret movement, an immobilized VFW can only fire at vehicles directly in front of it
  • Side-skirts can only be raised or lowered before the start of the game

History

The VFW was the first of several projects of the Krupp company to mount a heavy anti-air gun on a mobile armored chassis. This initially developed version, which mounts the 8.8cm FlaK 41 cannon onto a heavily modified Panzer IV chassis, was created in 1944.

Initial tests of the vehicle were performed throughout 1944. However, apart from tests producing mixed results, it was lacking interest that eventually led to the project's ultimate cancellation later that year. As a result, the VFW never left prototype stage and only a single experimental vehicle was ever produced.

- From Devblog

  • Due to its box-like shape, the player base gave this vehicle the nickname "Flaktoaster" or just "Toaster"

Media

  • Image of the VFW with its side-skirts open.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


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