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GB24_Centurion_Mk3 (Stock)

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Totals
3515000 Price
1620 Hit Points
51.42 / 51.5 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
120.7/50.8/31.8Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
152.4/88.9/88.9Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
650 h.p.Engine Power
40 km/hSpeed Limit
30 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
230 Standard Shell Damage
226 mmStandard Shell Penetration
6 Reload Time
36 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
400 mView Range
550 mSignal Range
Centurion Mk. 7/1
IX
Centurion Mk. 7/1
3515000
This upgraded version of the Centurion was developed by Leyland Motors and featured an expanded hull, improved cabin design, larger fuel tanks, and enhanced armor.

The Centurion Mk. 7/1 was the ancestor of the MBTs (main battle tanks). It takes the features of the Mk. I, adopts them and improves upon them greatly. While its propensity for module and crew damage seems to remain, the new Centurion has somewhat tougher armor both on the hull and turret, which combines with the good gun depression and quick acceleration to make it an even fiercer hill-climber. But probably most significant is the fact that it is able to mount the Tier X caliber 105mm L7A1 cannon; as the [Type 61] and the Leopard prototyp A (which shares the same 105mm L7A1) are the only colleagues with a tier 10 gun, the Mk. 7/1 possesses a significant edge in terms of alpha damage and penetration. Thanks to its gun, this tank is able to provide top-tier fire support, and should have no problem contributing to a team above its own tier if it hangs back slightly.

Centurion Mk. 7/1

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VIII Centurion Mk. 7 10400 152.4/88.9/88.9 36 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII OQF 20-pdr Gun Type A Barrel 1242 226/258/42 230/230/280 10 0.33 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine V Rolls-Royce Meteor Mk. IVB 744 650 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII Centurion Mk. 7 11000 51.5 30
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VIII WS No. 19 Mk. III 0 550

Centurion Mk 7/2

Recon

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VIII Centurion Mk. 7 10400 152.4/88.9/88.9 36 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IX OQF 20-pdr Gun Type B Barrel 1282 226/258/42 230/230/280 10.53 0.32 1.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IX Rolls-Royce Meteor Mk. IVC 744 750 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII Centurion Mk. 7 11000 51.5 30
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VIII WS No. 22 0 700

Centurion Mk 9

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IX Centurion Mk. 9 10900 152.4/88.9/88.9 36 410
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun X 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A1 1282 268/210/105 390/480/480 5 0.32 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine X Rolls-Royce Griffon 952 950 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IX Centurion Mk. 9 11000 54 32
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X SR C42 0 750

Centurion Mk 7/3

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IX Centurion Mk. 9 10900 152.4/88.9/88.9 36 410
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IX OQF 20-pdr Gun Type B Barrel 1282 226/258/42 230/230/280 10.53 0.32 1.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine X Rolls-Royce Griffon 952 950 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IX Centurion Mk. 9 11000 54 32
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X SR C42 0 750

Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 1
Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Horizontal Coil Springs 2 Class
Improved Ventilation Class 2
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Pudding and Tea
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • L7A1 gun; the best of its era for many years in real life, is insane for its tier
  • Great turret armor with a large, thick gun mantlet
  • Maneuverability
  • Gun depression and aim time
  • High penetration values on the standard and prem HESH rounds can be used to one-shot tier IX artillery (480 alpha)


Cons:


  • Poor hull armor
  • Bulky and visible
  • Crew and module damage
  • Sluggish top speed
  • Slow reload with the 105mm L7A1 compare to other tier 9 mediums (10.12s for 100% crew, 9.90s with 100% crew and B


Performance

The key to playing this tank is taking all the lessons learned from the Comet and the Centurion Mk. I and applying them to an even further extent. Your gun is sure to be the quickest and might even be the most hard-hitting on your entire team, and you have the ability to take cover very well, so make use of this. Unlike the Cromwell and Comet, you should not even consider acting as a scout, since your cannon is much too valuable to be lost in an early skirmish. Instead, follow the main line and set up deadly long-range fire support, using cover at every opportunity. Your gun's brilliant aim time and high muzzle velocity also makes you a very effective scout-killer.


Early Research

  • Suspension
  • B-barrel cannon
  • Upgraded turret
  • L7A1 cannon
  • Engine
  • Radio


Historical Info

In 1943, the Directorate of Tank Design was asked to produce a new design for a heavy cruiser tank under the General Staff designation A41. After a series of fairly marginal designs in the A series in the past, and bearing in mind the threat posed by the German 88 mm gun, the War Office demanded a major revision of the design requirements, specifically: increased durability and reliability, and the ability to withstand a direct hit from the German 88 mm gun withn a maximum weight of 40 tons. The hull was to offer more protection against mines and top speed was not vital while agility was to be equal to that of Comet. A high reverse speed was also required.

Development history

The department responded by extending the long-travel five-wheel suspension used on the Comet with the addition of a sixth wheel and an extended spacing between the second and third wheels. The Christie suspension, with vertical spring coils between side armour plates, was replaced by a Horstmann suspension with external horizontal springs. The hull was redesigned with welded, sloped armour and featured a partially cast turret with the highly regarded 17 pounder as the main gun and a 20 mm Polsten cannon in an independent mounting to its left. With a Rover-built Rolls-Royce Meteor as used on the Comet and Cromwell, the new design would have excellent performance.

Shortly after the programme commenced, it became clear that the requirement to withstand 88 mm weapons would be impossible to meet within the permitted weight. The original specification had been set so that the A41 could be carried on the existing Mark I and Mark II transport trailers, which were limited to a 40-ton load. The War Ministry decided it would be wiser to build new trailers, rather than hamper what appeared to be a superb design. Even before prototypes of the original 40-ton design were completed, the design of a heavier version was well under way. The new version carried armour equal to the heaviest infantry tanks, and cross-country performance was superior to even the early cruiser tanks. The A41 was the first British tank that could "do it all", leading to the new designation "universal tank". The design mockup built by AEC Ltd was viewed in May 1944. Subsequently twenty pilot models were ordered with various armament combinations: ten with 17 pdr and 20mm Polsten gun of which half had a Besa machine gun in the turret rear and half an escape door, five with 17pdr and forward Besa and escape door, and five with QF 77mm gun and driver-operated hull machine gun. Prototypes of the original 40-ton design, the Centurion Mark I, had 76 mm of armour in the front glacis, which was thinner than the then current infantry tank designs such as the Churchill which had 101 mm, but the glacis plate was highly sloped and so the effective thickness of the armour was very high—a design feature shared by other effective designs such as the German Panther tank and Soviet T-34. The turret was extremely well armoured at 152 mm. The tank was also highly mobile, and easily outperformed the Comet in most tests. The uparmoured Centurion Mark II soon arrived; it had a new 118 mm-thick glacis and the side and rear armourhad been increased from 38 mm to 51 mm. Only a handful of Mk I Centurions had been produced when the Mk II replaced it on the production lines. Full production began in November 1945 with an order for 800 on production lines at Leyland Motors, Lancashire the Royal Ordnance Factories at Leeds and Woolwich, and Vickers at Elswick. The tank entered service in December 1946 with the 5th Royal Tank Regiment.

Soon after the Centurion's introduction, Royal Ordnance finished work on the Ordnance QF 20 pounder (84 mm) tank gun. By this point the usefulness of the 20 mm Polsten had been called into question, it being unnecessarily large for use against troops, so it was replaced with a Besa machine gun in a completely cast turret. The new Centurion Mark III also featured a fully automatic stabilisation system for the gun, allowing it to fire accurately while on the move, dramatically improving battlefield performance. Production of the Mk 3 began in 1948. The Mk 3 was so much more powerful than the Mk 1 and Mk 2 that the earlier designs were removed from service as soon as new Mk 3s arrived, and the older tanks were then either converted into the Centurion Armoured Recovery Vehicle (ARV) Mark 1 for use by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers or upgraded to Mk 3 standards. Improvements introduced with the Mk 3 included a more powerful version of the engine and a new gunsight and gun stabiliser. The 20 pounder gun was used only for a short time, until the Royal Ordnance Factories introduced the now legendary 105 mm L7 gun. All later variants of the Centurion, from Mark 5/2 on, used the L7. Design work for the Mk 7 was completed in 1953 with production beginning soon afterwards.

The Centurion was used as the basis for a range of specialist equipment, including combat engineering variants with a 165 mm demolition gun Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (AVRE). It is one of the longest-serving designs of all time, serving as a battle tank for the British and Australian armies from the Korean War (1950–1953) to the Vietnam War (1961–1972), and as an AVRE during the Gulf War in January–February 1991.


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France IIID2 IXLorraine 40 t XBat.-Châtillon 25 t
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China VType T-34 VIType 58 VIIT-34-1 VIIIT-34-2 VIIIT-34-3 IXWZ-120 X121
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