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General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
101 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
20 / 14 / 14Hull
12 / 0 / 0Turret
26 tWeight
687 hp360 hpEngine power
26.4 hp/t13.8 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
66 km/h forward
6 km/h back
60 km/h forward
5 km/h back
88 mm Flak 41 cannonMain weapon
48 roundsAmmunition
4 / 5.2 sReload
-3° / 90°Vertical guidance
Sl icon.png5410/4890/5500Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
290000 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.png90 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage VFW.jpg

The Versuchsflakwagen is a 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 for 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 little to no armour setup, depending on which mode is selected, to allow for the term "No armour is the best armour" to be effective by having the side skirts up or down out of the way.

When the side skirts are enabled in the up position, it will cover the sides of the exposed crew and gun, offering 5 mm of armour which can protect both from oncoming machine gun fire. However, they will most likely not hold up to a round fired from the main gun of a tank.

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.


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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.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • A very fast reload on a very powerful gun.
  • 'No armour is best armour' is in full effect: it is very difficult to one-shot, and the large crew, fast reloading, and reasonable transverse speed mean that you'll often be returning fire before the attacker has finished reloading.
  • Side-skirts can be raised for added protection from machine guns or lowered for greater range of turret movement, depending on player preference.


  • Virtually nonexistent gun depression.
  • Very thin armour, a very exposed crew, and a very wide profile (particularly with the side-skirts down) make it extremely vulnerable to virtually any form of enemy aircraft or artillery fire.
  • Raised side-skirts offer some more protection from machine gun fire for the crew, but any advantage this brings against tanks is effectively nullified by the restriction of the turret. An immobilized VFW with its side-skirts raised cannot threaten anything that isn't directly in front of it.
  • Side-skirts can only be raised or lowered before the start of the game.


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


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See also

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External links

Germany tank destroyers
Based on Pz.38(t)  Marder III · Marder III H · Jagdpanzer 38(t)
Based on Pz.I  Panzerjäger I
Based on Pz.II  15cm sIG 33 B Sfl
Based on Pz.III  StuG III A · StuG III F · StuG III G · StuH 42 G
Based on Pz.IV  Jagdpanzer IV · Panzer IV/70(V) · Panzer IV/70(A) · Brummbär · Dicker Max · Nashorn
Based on Pz.V  Jagdpanther · Bfw. Jagdpanther
Based on Pz.VI  Sturer Emil · Ferdinand · Jagdtiger
  JPz 4-5 · Waffenträger · VFW · VT1-2
Wheeled/Half-track  Sd.Kfz.251/10 · 8,8 cm Flak 37 Sfl. · Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4
Rocket/Missile  15 cm Pz.W.42 · RakJPz 2 · RakJPz 2 (HOT)

Germany premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  Pz.II C (DAK) · Pz.Sfl.Ic · Sd.Kfz. 140/1 · Sd.Kfz.234/1 · Ru 251
Medium tanks  Nb.Fz. · Pz.III N · Pz.Bef.Wg.IV J · ▀M4 748 (a) · ▀T 34 747 (r) · Ersatz M10 · mKPz M47 G · Leopard A1A1 (L/44)
Heavy tanks  ▀Pz.Kpfw. Churchill · ▀KV-IB · ▀KV I C 756 (r) · ▀KV II 754 (r)
  VK 45.01 (P) · ␠Tiger · Pz.Bef.Wg.VI P · Tiger II (H) Sla.16
Tank destroyers  Sd.Kfz.234/3 · Sd.Kfz.234/4 · Sd.Kfz.251/10 · 15 cm Pz.W.42 · Brummbär · Panzer IV/70(A) · Bfw. Jagdpanther · VFW