Flakvierling Half-track Symbol

Flakvierling Half-track

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Vehicle
Flakvierling Half-track
Flakvierling Half-track Portrait
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Light vehicle very effective against infantry. Can damage light vehicles and shoot down aircraft. Can be damaged by small-arms.

The Flakvierling Half-Track is a DAK light vehicle unit. In multiplayer skirmishes it is available from the Light Support Kompanie after Fire Support Elements has been researched.

The Flakvierling is armed with an anti-aircraft autocannon - thus, it has one of the few weapons in the game capable of taking down aircraft. Against ground targets, it is effective against infantry and light vehicles, although it lacks penetration and thus struggles to deal with most armour.

The Flakvierling fulfills a similar niche to the 8 Rad Armored Car, in that they are best used as shock vehicles to overrun infantry and heavy weapons. If attained early, the Flakvierling can be devastating to infantry unless they are in cover, thanks to its impressive anti-infantry performance even at long range.

Unlike most vehicles, the Flakvierling is capable of suppressing infantry with its default weapon. This is what really makes it powerful against infantry, as it is capable of doing this but is not restricted like an MG team would be. This means it can still move while firing and has no need for long set-up times. Having suppression on a mobile vehicle allows the Flakvierling to be able to actually fight effectively against even infantry armed with anti-tank weapons, since it can actively suppress troops while 'kiting' at long range, assuming the player can keep up with micromanagement demands.

As with most halftracks, this unit has low durability with low health and armour values, so careful positioning is essential. It is vulnerable to damage from small arms, and can be easily destroyed by most weapons. In addition, the Flakvierling's weapon faces the rear of the vehicle naturally which creates a delay when firing at targets in front of it, although this weapon can turn and fire in any direction. While the Flakvierling has similar top speed to the 8 Rad and Humber armoured cars, it ultimately has less mobility due to its worse acceleration which makes it difficult to quickly move and stop in combat situations. As such, unlike those aforementioned units, the Flakvierling is best used at range rather than rushing in from the flanks unless it is truly safe to do so (due to its slow acceleration and low durability).

At veterancy level 1 it gains the active ability Armor-Piercing Ammunition which temporarily increases its penetration at the cost of reduced area of effect. Its attack will also slow enemy vehicles for this duration. This ability can be quite handy when damage is needed against the more armoured light vehicles like M8 Greyhounds and M3 Stuarts, although it is not a replacement for true anti-tank weapons.

Armor


light halftrack

CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon10
CoH3 Stats negative Cover Icon10
CoH3 Stats light halftrack Portrait
CoH3 Stats heavy Cover Icon10
CoH3 Stats light Cover Icon10

Veterancy


Veteran Star FullVeteran Star EmptyVeteran Star Empty

1200 XP

Unlocks veteran ability. Increases rotation rate, accuracy, and acceleration.
Veteran Star FullVeteran Star FullVeteran Star Empty

3600 XP

Increases speed, rotation rate, rate of fire, and accuracy.
Veteran Star FullVeteran Star FullVeteran Star Full

7200 XP

Increases speed, acceleration, health, range, and rate of fire.

Veterancy Abilities

  • Armor-Piercing Ammunition: Active ability gained upon reaching veterancy level 1. Once activated, for a limited duration the Flakvierling has increased penetration but reduced area of effect., in addition to slowing enemy vehicles it attacks. This basically allows it to temporarily have better anti-vehicle performance at the cost of reduced anti-infantry performance. While the penetration increase is significant, it is not a replacement for a true anti-tank weapon. It will improve its damage against many light vehicles, but ultimately will still require many bursts to actually take down more armoured vehicles like the M8 Greyhound, M24 Chaffee, or M3 Stuart. As such, this is best used against snared vehicles that cannot run away, and/or firing into the flanks especially at close range. The slowing effect can be quite handy to help keep a vehicle in place for more appropriate anti-tank weapons to fire on it.

Abilities


Hold Fire Disabled icon
Hold Fire Disabled
Unit will not engage unless given a manual attack order when active.
Stealth Off icon
Stealth Off
Toggle to enable Stealth. Vehicle must be out of combat for at least 6 seconds before it can stealth again.
Armor-piercing Ammunition icon
Armor-piercing Ammunition
Load armor-piercing rounds effective against light vehicles. Slows vehicles on damage.
+100% penetration, -50% blast radius. Slows vehicles on penetrating hits by -10% hit for %4% seconds. The slow effects stack.
Munitions Cost

45

Time Cost

60

Blitzkrieg icon
Blitzkrieg
Increases vehicle speed, rate of fire, and makes unit harder to hit when active.
Munitions Cost

40

Time Cost

60

Emergency Repair Kits icon
Emergency Repair Kits
The unit will slowly repair damage when out of combat and stationary.
Restores +%1% health per second.
Smoke Canisters icon
Smoke Canisters
Orders the vehicle crew to deploy smoke canisters in front of the vehicle.
Munitions Cost

25

Time Cost

120

Vehicle Awareness icon
Vehicle Awareness
Enables the vehicle to detect enemy vehicles in the fog of war.
Vehicle Capture icon
Vehicle Capture
Increases speed, rotation rate, and allows the vehicle to capture and decapture territory.
+20% speed and +15% rotation rate.

Note: Blitzkrieg is a campaign exclusive ability and is not available in skirmishes.

Armory Upgrades/Abilities

  • Emergency Repair Kits: Passive ability. The unit will repair itself when stationary and out of combat. Requires the Emergency Repair Kits upgrade from the Armory.

  • Smoke Canisters: Active ability. Drops smoke directly in front of the vehicle. Requires the Vehicle Survival Package upgrade from the Armory.

  • Vehicle Capture: Passive ability. The unit gains increased movement speed, rotation rate, and is able to capture/decapture territory. Requires the Rapid Advance upgrade from the Armory.

  • Tungsten Core Ammunition: Globally upgrades the penetration of all tank guns and autocannons. Cosmetically the weapon's tracer effects are also changed to a greenish colour.

Armored Support Battlegroup

  • Vehicle Awareness: Passive ability. The vehicle can detect enemy vehicles in the fog of war. Requires the Vehicle Awareness perk.

  • Panzer Storm: Active battlegroup ability. Upon activation, globally increases the speed of all vehicles and grants them immunity to engine criticals for the duration.

Weapons


20mm-halftrack-flak-ak
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Mid
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Accuracy0.440.420.36
Range102045
Penetration161412
5
2
Tank-smoke-ak
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Mid
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Range027.555
Penetration353535