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Renault FT

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[Client Values; Actual values in
Specifically, the mismatch in crew values caused by commander's 10% crew skill bonus. Outside of a crew of 1 commander only, 100% crew is a fiction. The client values, given for 100% crew, will normally be taken into battle with 110% crew skill members aside from specific functions, causing their actual performance to deviate from the expected client value. These differences are taken into account in tooltip boxes.
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0  Credits Cost
115115 HP Hit Points
4.82/6.84.79/6.8 t Weight Limit
Crew
  1. Commander (Gunner, Radio Operator, Loader)
  2. Driver
Mobility
3939 hp Engine Power
21/8 km/h Speed Limit
6060 deg/s Traverse
8.098.14 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio
NoNo Pivot
Armor
16/16/16 mm Hull Armor
22/22/1622/22/16 mm Turret Armor
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Shell Cost
30/30/368/8/36 HP Damage
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24 r/m 

Standard Gun

Reload Times
Nominal: 2.5 s
50% Crew: 3.18 s
75% Crew: 2.8 s
100% Crew: 2.5 s
Rammer: 2.25 s
Vents: 2.44 s
Both: 2.2 s
Both and BiA: 2.16 s
Both and Max Crew %: 2.07 s

See Crew, Consumables, or Equipment for more information.



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118.11 r/m 

Magazine-fed Gun

Burst Length: 5 rounds
Magazine Size: 15 rounds
Cycle Time: 0.13 s
Magazine Reload Times
Nominal: 5.8 s
50% Crew: 7.38 s
75% Crew: 6.5 s
100% Crew: 5.8 s
With Vents: 5.67 s
With Vents and BiA: 5.56 s

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Rate of Fire






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720

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (30 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 720
50% Crew: 565.8
75% Crew: 642.9
100% Crew: 720
100% Crew
Vents: 736.8
Rammer: 800.1
Both: 818.7
Both and BiA: 834.3
Both and Max Crew %: 870.3

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 750
50% Crew: 595.8
75% Crew: 672.9
100% Crew: 750
100% Crew
Rammer: 830.1
Vents: 766.8
Both: 848.7
Both and BiA: 864.3
Both and Max Crew %: 900.3

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Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (30 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 720
50% Crew: 565.8
75% Crew: 642.9
100% Crew: 720
100% Crew
Vents: 736.8
Rammer: 800.1
Both: 818.7
Both and BiA: 834.3
Both and Max Crew %: 870.3

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 750
50% Crew: 595.8
75% Crew: 672.9
100% Crew: 750
100% Crew
Rammer: 830.1
Vents: 766.8
Both: 848.7
Both and BiA: 864.3
Both and Max Crew %: 900.3

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Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (36 Damage):
With wholly penetrating hits

Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 864
50% Crew: 678.96
75% Crew: 771.48
100% Crew: 864
100% Crew
Vents: 884.16
Rammer: 960.12
Both: 982.44
Both and BiA: 1001.16
Both and Max Crew %: 1044.36

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 900
50% Crew: 714.96
75% Crew: 807.48
100% Crew: 900
100% Crew
Rammer: 996.12
Vents: 920.16
Both: 1018.44
Both and BiA: 1037.16
Both and Max Crew %: 1080.36

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57.84

Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (8 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 57.84
50% Crew: 46
75% Crew: 51.92
100% Crew: 57.84
With Vents: 59.12
With Vents and BiA: 60.16

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 170.96
50% Crew: 160.48
75% Crew: 165.76
100% Crew: 170.96
With Vents: 172.08
With Vents and BiA: 172.96

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Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (8 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 57.84
50% Crew: 46
75% Crew: 51.92
100% Crew: 57.84
With Vents: 59.12
With Vents and BiA: 60.16

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 170.96
50% Crew: 160.48
75% Crew: 165.76
100% Crew: 170.96
With Vents: 172.08
With Vents and BiA: 172.96

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Magazine-fed Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (36 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal: 260.28
50% Crew: 207
75% Crew: 233.64
100% Crew: 260.28
With Vents: 266.04
With Vents and BiA: 270.72

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
Loaded-mag DPM: 769.32
50% Crew: 722.16
75% Crew: 745.92
100% Crew: 769.32
With Vents: 774.36
With Vents and BiA: 778.32

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Damage Per Minute


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0.54 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.687 m
With 75% Crew: 0.605 m
With 100% Crew: 0.54 m
With BiA: 0.528 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.518 m
Maximum possible: 0.496 m

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0.58 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.738 m
With 75% Crew: 0.65 m
With 100% Crew: 0.58 m
With BiA: 0.567 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.556 m
Maximum possible: 0.533 m

For more details, see Crew
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2 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.546 s
With 75% Crew: 2.24 s
With 100% Crew: 2 s
With GLD: 1.818 s
With BiA: 1.954 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.918 s
With both and GLD: 1.743 s
Maximum possible: 1.671 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment


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2 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.546 s
With 75% Crew: 2.24 s
With 100% Crew: 2 s
With GLD: 1.818 s
With BiA: 1.954 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.918 s
With both and GLD: 1.743 s
Maximum possible: 1.671 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment
Aim time
3434 deg/s Turret Traverse
360° Gun Arc
-2°/+35°-10°/+35° Elevation Arc
237720 rounds Ammo Capacity
General
2020 % Chance of Fire






280 m 

With 50% Crew: 220 m
With 75% Crew: 250 m
With 100% Crew: 280 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 294.2 m
With Coated Optics: 308 m
With Binocular Telescope: 350 m
Maximum possible: 400.8 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment






280 m 

With 50% Crew: 220 m
With 75% Crew: 250 m
With 100% Crew: 280 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 294.2 m
With Coated Optics: 308 m
With Binocular Telescope: 350 m
Maximum possible: 400.8 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
View Range


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300 m 

With 50% Crew: 235.7 m
With 75% Crew: 267.9 m
With 100% Crew: 300 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 360 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 330 m
Maximum possible: 431.7 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment


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300 m 

With 50% Crew: 235.7 m
With 75% Crew: 267.9 m
With 100% Crew: 300 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 360 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 330 m
Maximum possible: 431.7 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
Signal Range
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The Renault FT is a French tier 1 light tank.

The vehicle entered service in 1917, with 3,177 vehicles manufactured by the end of World War I and 3,800 vehicles produced in total. At the beginning of World War II, a total of 1,560 vehicles were in service.

The first French tank available to the player, and is the oldest tank in the game. It has good acceleration, but poor top speed. The available guns have only subpar damage output, but a very high rate of fire. The armour is fairly thick for its tier.

The Renault FT leads to the Renault FT AC, the Hotchkiss H35, the Renault FT 75 BS, the D1, the Renault R35, and the FCM 36.

Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables

Modules

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Guns

Tier Gun Penetration
(mm)
Damage
(HP)
Rate of fire
(rounds/minute)
Dispersion
(m/100m)
Aiming time
(s)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I 37 mm APX SA18 29/46/18 30/30/36 24 0.54 2 100 0
I 13.2 mm Hotchkiss mle. 1930 23/36/18 8/8/36 117.39 0.58 2 70 1500

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Turrets

Tier Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear)
(mm)
Turret Traverse Speed
(deg/s)
View Range
(m)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I Renault FT Berliet 22/22/16 34 280 200 0

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Engines

Tier Engine Engine Power
(hp)
Chance of Fire on Impact
(%)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I Renault 39 20 266 0

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Suspensions

Tier Suspension Load Limit
(т)
Traverse Speed
(гр/сек)
Rmin Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

I M26/27 6.8 60 B/2 1200 0

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Radios

Tier Radio Signal Range
(м)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

II ER 52 300 100 0


Compatible Equipment

Light Spall Liner Camouflage Net Coated Optics Experimental Optics Wear-Resistant Gun Laying Drive Venting System Extended Spare Parts Kit Enhanced Gun Laying Drive Improved Ventilation Class 1 Binocular Telescope Toolbox 

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher Natural Cover Optical Calibration Aim Tuning Experienced Firefighters 100-octane Gasoline 105-octane Gasoline Manual Fire Extinguisher Strong Coffee Vent Purge Large First Aid Kit Large Repair Kit Duty Comes First Shell Organizer Focus on Target Increased Focus Small First Aid Kit Small Repair Kit Gearbox Intricacy Steady Hand Pre-Battle Maintenance Combat Course 


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Decently thick and rounded turret armour, though it can't be relied upon at close range
  • Excellent gun elevation
  • Excellent rate of fire
  • High acceleration and hull traverse
  • Good aim times with both guns


Cons:


  • Poor top speed and turret traverse speed
  • Both guns have poor accuracy
  • Upgraded gun has limited effective range
  • Only 2 crew, which is easily taken out by frontal shots
  • Very poor gun depression with the 37 mm


Performance

The FT can play out its strengths on maps with more narrow sections, where you can essentially be a roadblock for enemy tanks. Something to note is that the gun elevation is as good as the T57, but the gun depression is very poor (i.e. it's good at shooting up, but bad at shooting down) with the 37mm Canon.

The 37mm Canon APX SA18 is only decent, as it has poor penetration, especially for a single-shot cannon, but partially makes up for it with its high rate of fire. The only other option is the 13.2 mm Hotchkiss mle. 1930, which can deal a large amount of damage in a short amount of time but pays for it with its effective range (it can only damage targets up to 400 meters away) and even worse penetration.

The armour of the FT is fairly good, especially its turret, which is thick and rounded at the edges. One can try to go "hull-down" with this tank, though the poor gun depression with the 37 mm can make this difficult.

Please note the Map Restrictions for Tier 1 tanks if you consider purchasing a camouflage skin/paint job for this tank.


Early Research

  • Simply get the second gun.


Suggested Equipment


Improved VentilationCamouflage Net Toolbox Enhanced Gun Laying Drive 


Gallery

Historical Info

The Renault FT, model of 1917, was a Char Léger, or French light tank, that is widely acknowledged as one of the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first operational tank to have its armament mounted within a fully rotating turret. The FT's basic configuration with the turret on top, engine in the back, and the driver in front became the standard pattern, repeated in most tanks to this day. Armor historian Steven Zaloga has called the Renault FT "the world's first modern tank". (1)

The FT was the ancestor of a long line of French tanks produced by Renault: the FT Kégresse, the NC1, the NC2, the Char D1, the Char D2, and the R35. (2, 3)    It inspired and influenced many later designs by other manufacturers including the H35 and the Somua 35. (4)    In addition to its pioneering design, the FT proved to be both cheap and suitable for mass production techniques. It became a popular export for France and Renault and was also licensed and copied for production by other countries.

In the U.S., a slightly modified version was built under license from Renault as the Six Ton Tank, or M1917 (of which 950 were built, 64 before the end of WWI, but too late to be used in action). The Italians produced as their standard tank the FIAT 3000, a moderately close copy of the FT. The Soviet Red Army captured fourteen burnt-out Renaults from White Russian forces during the Russian Civil War, and rebuilt them at the Krasnoye Sormovo Factory in 1920. Nearly 15 exact copies, called "Russian Renoe" were produced in 1920-1922, but due to technical production problems, they never actually saw the battlefield. In 1928-1931 the first completely Soviet-designed tank was the T-18, a derivation of the Renault with sprung suspension.

In all, the Renault FT was used by the armies of Afghanistan, Belgium, Brazil, the Republic of China, Czechoslovakia, Estonia, Finland, France, Nazi Germany, Iran, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the Russian White Army, the Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.


Development and Production

Studies on the production of a new light tank were started in May 1916 by the famous car producer Louis Renault. The evidence strongly suggests that Renault himself drew up the preliminary design, unconvinced that a sufficient power-to-weight ratio could be achieved by the medium tanks requested by the military. One of his most talented designers, Rodolphe Ernst-Metzmaier, prepared the final drawings.

Though the project was far more advanced than the first two types of French tank, the Schneider CA1 and the heavy Saint-Chamond, Renault had at first great trouble getting his design accepted by the head of the French tank arm, Colonel (later General) Jean Baptiste Eugène Estienne. Even after the first British use of tanks, on 15 September 1916, when the French people called for the deployment of their own chars, the production of the light tank was almost cancelled in favour of that of a superheavy tank (the later Char 2C). However, now with the support of Estienne and the successive French Commanders in Chief, who saw light tanks as a more feasible and realistic option, Renault was at last able to proceed with the design. The design remained in competition with the Char 2C until the very end of the war.

The prototype was slowly refined during the first half of 1917, although the FT was plagued by radiator fan belt and cooling system problems throughout the war. Only 84 FTs were produced in 1917 but 2,697 were delivered before the WWI Armistice. At least 3,694 FTs were produced in total, perhaps more; some estimates go as high as 4,000 for all versions combined. A total of 3,177 were delivered to the French Army; 514 were directly delivered to the U.S. Army; 24 to Great Britain; and three to Italy - giving a total production number of at least 3,694.

The first FT tanks had a round cast turret; later improvements consisted of either an octagonal turret or an even later rounded turret of bent steel plate (called the Girod turret, after one of the factories that produced it). The latter two turrets could carry a Puteaux SA 18 gun, or a 7.92 mm Hotchkiss machine gun.


Service History

The FT was widely used by the French and the US in the later stages of World War I, after 31 May 1918. It was cheap and well-suited for mass production. It reflected an emphasis on quantity, both on a tactical level and strategic: Estienne proposed to overwhelm the enemy defences using a "swarm" of light tanks, and the Entente was thought to be able to gain the upper hand by outproducing the Central Powers. A goal was set of 12,260 to be manufactured (including 4,440 of the US version) before the end of 1919.

After WWI, FT tanks were exported to many countries. As a result, FT tanks were used by most nations having armored forces, invariably as their first tank type, including the United States. They took part in many later conflicts, such as the Russian Civil War, Polish-Soviet War, Chinese Civil War, Rif War, Spanish Civil War and Estonian War of Independence.

FT tanks were also used in the Second World War, among others in Poland, Finland, France and Kingdom of Yugoslavia, although they were completely obsolete by then. In 1940 the French army still had eight battalions equipped with 63 FTs each and three independent companies with ten each, for a total strength of 534, all with machine guns.

During the battle of France, in June 1940, when the German drive to the Channel cut off the French and British units, the complete French materiel reserve was sent to the front as an expediency measure; this included 575 FT tanks. Earlier, 115 sections of FT had been formed for airbase defence. The Wehrmacht captured 1,704 FT tanks. A hundred were again deployed in German service and used for airfield defence. Another 650 were used for patrolling occupied Europe. Some of the tanks were also used by the Germans in 1944 for street-fighting in Paris. (5)

Today, approximately 41 Renault Ft survive, in addition to two Russian-built copies known as Russkiy Renos, three FT TSF command tanks, and twenty American-built M1917's.


Historical Gallery

Historical Accuracy Errata

The following are consensus errors or inconsistencies which have been identified with the configuration of the vehicle in question and conflict with information available on the public record. The causes for these divergences in the game are normally not disclosed and may be rooted in game balance.

* The Renault FT never mounted the 13.2 mm Hotchkiss mle. 1930. The machine guns it was equipped with were the 8 mm Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun and the Reibel 7.5mm machine gun, both of which aren't available in game.
  • The FT could not go faster than 7.7 km/h.


Sources and External Links

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