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Gepard

35-mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun

Gepard SPAAG

The Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun's radar has search on the move capability



Entered service 1973
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 47.3 t
Length (gun forward) 7.68 m
Hull length ?
Width 3.71 m
Height (radar lowered) 3.29 m
Armament
Main gun 2 x 35-mm
Machine guns -
Projectile weight 0.55 kg
Maximum slant range 4 km
Maximum firing range 12 km
Rate of fire 1 100 rpm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 680 rounds
Machine guns -
Mobility
Engine MTU MB 838 Ca M500 diesel
Engine power 830 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.15 m
Trench 3 m
Fording ~ 1.2 m

 

   The Gepard (cheetah) self-propelled anti-aircraft gun was developed as a private venture in 1960s. First prototypes were built in 1968. It entered service with the Bundeswehr in 1973 as the Flakpanzer-1 Gepard. A total of 420 of these vehicles were built for the German Army. It's role is to protect combat units, troops and key installations against air attacks. The Gepard is currently in service with Germany, Brazil, Chile, Jordan, Romania and the Netherlands.

   Vehicle is fitted with twin Oerlikon GDF 35-mm guns. These guns are belt-fed. Maximum rate of fire for a single gun is 550 rounds per minute. Ammunition load of the Gepard consists of 640 armor-piercing-incendiary rounds for firing against air targets and 40 armor-piercing rounds against ground targets.

   General search radar is located at the rear of the turret roof and tracking radar is located between the guns. Vehicle is fitted with friend-or-foe identification system. Radar of the Gepard has a range of 15 km. It provides all-round scanning with simultaneous target tracking. Vehicle has search on the move capability. This SPAAG is also fitted with fire control system.

   Hull of the Gepard provides protection against small caliber cannons, while turret protection is only against small arms fire and artillery shell splinters. It is also fitted with NBC protection system.

   The Gepard has a crew of three, including commander, gunner and driver.

   Vehicle is based on the chassis of the Leopard 1 main battle tank. It is powered by the MTU MB Ca M500 diesel engine, developing 830 horsepower. The Gepard is fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems when the main engine is turned off. Engine and transmission of the Gepard can be replaced in 20 minutes in field conditions.

 

Variants

 

   Gepard 1A2, upgraded variant with new fire control system. It has increased range and reduced reaction time. The Gepard 1A2 also uses new ammunition;

   Gepard CA1, Dutch variant fitted with different radar.

 

Video of the Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun

 
Gepard SPAAG

Gepard SPAAG

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Gepard SPAAG

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