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  1. Sep 30, 2016 Now to get back onto topic instead of having a heated discussion about 'whos right and whos wrong' if you havent tried the m163 in its current state and seen how difficult it is to defend itself from tanks then you really need to take it out for a test drive in a custom mission with the testing grounds and see just how difficult it is to.
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  • 1Description
  • 2General info
    • 2.1Available shells
  • 3Usage in battles


The M168 is a ground version of the M61 family of 20 mm (0.787-in) calibre rotary weapons systems, and in the game is only installed on the M163 in a Vulcan Air Defence System (VADS) mounting.

Vehicles equipped with this weapon

General info

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Available shells

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Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of WarheadPenetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M53 AP-I 53 50 39 28 20 14
M246A1 HEI-T* 2 2 1.5 1 0.5 0
M56A3 HEF-I 2 2 1.5 1 0.5 0
Shell details
Ammunition Type of Warhead Velocity
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Tracer Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
0% 50% 100%
M53 AP-I 1,030 0.147 N/A N/A N/A X ?.?° ?.?° ?.?° ?.?°
M246A1 HEI-T* 1,030 0.101 0.3 0.1 0.0096 ?.?° ?.?° ?.?° ?.?°
M56A3 HEF-I 1,030 0.102 0.3 0.1 0.0128 X ?.?° ?.?° ?.?° ?.?°

Ammunition Belts

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  • Default: AP-I / HEI-T* / AP-I
  • HEI-T: HEI-T* / HEI-T* / HEI-T* / AP-I
  • AP-I: AP-I / AP-I / AP-I / HEI-T*

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Usage in battles

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See also

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Britain and USA anti-aircraft guns
7.92 mm BESA
12.7 mm M2HB
20 mm M168 ·Oerlikon Mk.II
30 mm HSS 831L
35 mm GA-35 ·Oerlikon KDA
37 mm M1A2
40 mm Bofors ·M266
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