ZSU-37

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This page is about the Soviet SPAA ZSU-37. For the twin-barrelled version, see ZSU-37-2.
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ZSU-37
AB RB SB
4.0 3.3 3.3
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Description

The ZSU-37 is a rank II Soviet self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB) and 3.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.43. It is based on a SU-76M chassis with a special turret mounting the 37 mm 61-K mod. 1939 anti-aircraft cannon. Its fast-firing cannon will bring down any plane coming at range and thanks to its HVAP ammunition it also has the potential to destroy tanks with a little less than 90 mm penetration.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull35 / 15 / 15
Turret15 / 15 / 8
Crew5 people
Visibility71 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret)
  • Structural steel (gun breech, storage boxes, mudguards)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 35 mm (60°) Front glacis
45 mm (30°) Lower glacis
60 mm (34-84°) Driver's port
15 mm 10 mm Top
15 mm (32°) Bottom
6 mm
Turret 15 mm (16°) Turret front
15 mm (0-12°) Gun mantlet
15 mm (1-2°) 8 mm N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • The turret has an armoured basket which is 10 mm thick
  • Belly armour is 10 mm thick.
  • Storage boxes and mudguards are 4 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB46 / 6 km/h
RB and SB43 / 6 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight12.2 t
Engine power
AB267 hp
RB and SB140 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB21.9 hp/t
RB and SB11.5 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 46 6 12.2 199 267 16.31 21.89
Realistic 43 6 124 140 10.16 11.48

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 234 → 1 588 Sl icon.png
RB983 → 1 265 Sl icon.png
SB1 475 → 1 898 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications19 510 Rp icon.png
32 100 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost980 Ge icon.png
Crew training13 000 Sl icon.png
Experts47 000 Sl icon.png
Aces330 Ge icon.png
Research Aces280 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
70 / 90 / 130 % Sl icon.png
136 / 136 / 136 % 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:
1 500 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
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Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
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120 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
3 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
2 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
100 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
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Cost:
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90 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
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120 Ge icon.png
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37mm_ussr_61K_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
1 600 Sl icon.png
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37mm_ussr_61K_AP_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
1 500 Sl icon.png
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37mm_ussr_61K_APCR_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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120 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
2 000 Sl icon.png
120 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
3 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition290 rounds
Belt capacity5 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
0.6 → 0.5 s
Fire rate160 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 85°
Main article: 61-K (37 mm)
37 mm 61-K Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 290 (5) 160 -5°/+85° ±180° N/A 26.4 36.6 44.4 49.1 52.2 0.65 0.58 0.53 0.50
Realistic 17.9 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0

Ammunition

  • Default: AP-T · HEFI-T*
  • UO-167: HEFI-T*
  • BR-167: AP-T
  • BR-167P: HVAP-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEFI-T* 8 8 7 5 4 3
AP-T 70 68 56 45 36 29
HVAP-T 87 82 65 49 37 28
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HEFI-T* 866 0.73 0.1 0.1 56.98 79° 80° 81°
AP-T 868 0.77 - - - 47° 60° 65°
HVAP-T 960 0.62 - - - 66° 70° 72°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the ZSU-37
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
58 49 (+9) 39 (+19) 29 (+29) 20 (+38) 10 (+48) (+57) Yes

Usage in battles

Overview:

The ZSU-37 is a dedicated AA, however the gun can also threaten enemy ground vehicles. Air targets should be the ZSU-37's main priority. The ZSU-37 has thin armour and low survivability, but it should stay near friendly tanks, as it may prove useful in supporting them with its cannon. Staying near the front can also help with shooting down enemy aircraft, as the ZSU-37 will be close to them when they make attack runs on friendly vehicles.

Tips:

The ZSU-37 is best used as a second or third spawn, because aircraft will not spawn at the beginning of the match. Do not engage aircraft too early, as you will only expose yourself. Begin firing at no more than 1-1.5 km range for the best effect. Always watch out for multiple aircraft, as one may hit you with bombs or rockets while you are distracted. The gun is surprisingly potent, and will quickly dispatch most air targets after a few hits, even against heavy fighters and bombers. The 37 mm gun does have a somewhat slow fire rate, so it may be difficult to hit enemy aircraft. It is a good idea to learn the weak spots of enemy ground vehicles you will commonly face near the ZSU-37's BR, as knowing these will allow the ZSU-37 to penetrate enemy tanks with more ease.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Single 37 mm 61-K cannon is capable of completely destroying enemy aircraft with only one or two hits
  • Great anti-armour performance with AP belts of ~60 mm and HVAP-T belts of ~90 mm penetration at close range, allowing the vehicle to engage lightly armoured vehicles easily from the front, and more heavily armoured ones through their sides or rear
  • Very fast reload; able to fire almost constantly until the ammo storage is empty

Cons:

  • Crew members are very vulnerable to aerial strafing and tank machine gun fire due to open-top construction
  • Struggles in rough terrain and steering is very stiff due to low engine power
  • Slow, sluggish, and cumbersome
  • Turret rotation is very slow
  • Vulnerable to overpressure
  • Very weak protection
  • Large ammo racks
  • Low fire rate can make hitting aircraft very difficult
  • Bad stock grind

History


Archive of the in-game description

Since tank divisions were facing greater losses from attacks by enemy assault aircraft, the decision was made to create a self-propelled anti-air mount based on light tanks. Work on the creation of a self-propelled installation based on the T-70 tank began in 1942. Two experimental models were released. Serious design flaws were uncovered during the testing phase.

In December, 1943 the ZSU-37 SPG was built at Factory #38 under the management of M.N. Shukin. It was armed with a 37 mm KB M.N. Loginov 61-K AA cannon. The vehicle was based on the SU-76M SPG, but instead of a combat cockpit they installed an open, rotating turret. An experimental model of the vehicle successfully underwent state-run testing and was recommended for serial production. However, due to production difficulties, serial production was moved to Factory #40 in Mytishchi.

The vehicle's design was enhanced at the new factory, and, after undergoing testing in October-November 1944, the vehicle began to be released serially. The vehicle was released in a small series of 75 units from 1945-1946. It was never used in combat.


Media

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


Gorky Automobile Plant (Го́рьковский автомоби́льный заво́д)
SPAA  GAZ-AAA (4M) · GAZ-AAA (DShK) · GAZ-MM (72-K)
  ZUT-37 · ZSU-37
Light Tank  T-60 · T-70 · T-80
Tank Destoyer  SU-76M · SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps) · SU-85A
  ZiS-30
Rocket  BM-8-24

USSR anti-aircraft vehicles
GAZ-AAA  GAZ-AAA (4M) · GAZ-AAA (DShK)
BTR-152  BTR-152A · BTR-152D
Wheeled/Half-tracked  GAZ-MM (72-K) · ZiS-12 (94-KM) · ZiS-43
Radar SPAAG  ZSU-23-4 · ZSU-37-2
SAM  ZSU-23-4M4 · Strela-10M2 · 2S6 · Pantsir-S1
Other  ZUT-37 · ZSU-37 · BTR-ZD · ZSU-57-2
Czechoslovakia  M53/59
North Vietnam  ▂Phòng không T-34