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Improved Chaparral: Oppa Chaparral Style!

The Improved Chaparral SAM will help strengthen the ranks of the US and Israeli ground forces trees when it comes to War Thunder in the upcoming major update!

Improved Chaparral, SAM SPAA, USA (rank VI) and Israel (rank VII)


  • Two types of missiles to choose from.
  • Thermal imager.
  • 12 missiles onboard.
  • Lacks armor protection.

Originally the Chaparral SPAA was designed as an intermediate option until the development of the Mauler air defense system was completed. However, due to the termination of this project, the Chaparral soon became a prospective air defense system project for direct support of land forces. After a series of major improvements and the replacement of the chassis from the Bradley to an army tractor, the Chaparral entered tests in 1965, and was finally commissioned in 1969. The Chaparral received modernization throughout its service life, and was in service with the US Army until 1998. Aside from the American service, the vehicle was exported to Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Portugal and Tunisia.


The American-made Chaparral anti-aircraft missile system will appear in the US and Israeli ground forces research trees in the upcoming “Sons of Attila” major War Thunder update! While the Chaparral does not come with its own radar, each missile can be guided through a normal sight that also features thermal imaging. Let’s dive deeper into the details.

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We’d like to let you know that the incoming Chaparral will arrive at a different rank and Battle Rating within the US and Israeli research trees. This is because of the difference in available missiles. The Chaparral in the US tree will receive two types of Surface-to-air missile — the default MIM-72A, which, interestingly enough, is an adapted AIM-9D Sidewinder, as well as the more advanced MIM-72E, which is available through researching this modification. While the Sidewinder will allow you to securely acquire targets from behind, the MIM-72E is an all-aspect seeker, which certainly makes it more devastating! The Chaparral in the Israeli tree will be located at rank VII, with the MIM-72E missile being available by default after purchasing the vehicle. The more advanced MIM-72G missile will be available through researching this modification, and offers a dual-channel (IR/UV) seeker with rosette scanning capabilities. The total number of missiles that the Chaparral can carry is 12: 4 on the launcher, and 8 spares.

Moving onto the armor, the Chaparral uses an adapted version of the M548 cargo carrier chassis, which means there is virtually no armor to speak of. This means that the Chaparral can be penetrated just by rifle-caliber machine guns. Because of the lack of armor, the Chaparral has a relatively low weight, which allows it to reach up to 61 km/h on paved roads, as well as being able to move smoothly off road.

4 crew members sit perfectly next to each other in the vehicle with their arms out to their front, hence the title reference! Look for the new Chaparral anti-aircraft missile system in the US and Israeli ground forces research tree after the release of the upcoming major update. Stay tuned, as we’re continuing to share news about the most interesting vehicles and features of the upcoming update “Sons of Attila”. See you!

You can greatly speed up the research of the Israeli Improved Chaparral with this premium pack:

Merkava Mk.2D Pack
Merkava Mk.2D Pack
The Kit Includes:
  • Merkava Mk.2D (Israel, Rank VI)
  • 2000 Golden Eagles
  • Premium account for 15 days
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