The Modern Flak panzer

The Gepard has gained a reputation as a potent drone killer in Ukraine,

This side view gives an indication of the size of the Gepard turret; note the grenade launchers mounted on the turret sides

In World War Two, the Germans deployed anti-aircraft cannons mounted on tank chassis, which were designed to keep up with the Panzer Divisions. The early types were based on the Panzer I & 38(t) but later models such as the Mobelwagen and Wirbelwind utilised the chassis of the ubiquitous Panzer IV. Allied airmen consequently gained a healthy respect for German mobile light-flak when operating at low levels. It was these wartime Flakpanzers that influenced the design of the Gepard anti-aircraft tank, later produced for the Bundeswehr.

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