A30 SP Avenger

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This article is about the British tank destroyer. For other uses, see Avenger (Disambiguation)


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General info

The A30 SP Avenger in the garage.

The A30 SP Avenger is a Rank III tank destroyer on the British tree with a battle rating of 4.7. It is armed with the 17-pounder, with no secondary armament. It was based on a lengthened Cromwell hull from the A30 Challenger from World War II.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The Avenger plays like an upgunned and a bit more sluggish Cromwell. There are two main play styles possible with this vehicle.

Close range flanker: The Avenger's mobility allows it to sneak up to the enemy's flank without too much problems. With its awesome gun depression, it can pop over a hill and shoot before engaging a "turn fight" (running around the enemy's tank too fast so he can't aim at you). Such manoeuvre has a greater chance of success on isolated enemies since you need to get at least 2 shots to destroy any tank you might encounter. This kind of strategy is great early in the game, to counter-capture a point by , for example, an enemy Hellcat that rushed it. A small note there: make sure to pre-aim in the general direction of your enemy since the turret turning rate is not so great.

Sniper: As said earlier, the Avenger's crazy depression angles and good gun, combined with its great mobility and good climbing characteristics makes it ideal for the sniper role. It's mobility allows the Avenger to get anywhere on the map, an intelligent pilot will avoid main roads where encountering enemies upfront is often a death sentence and prefer unexpected roads, surprising camping spots, your enemy must never know where to expect a shot from. When firing, make sure to change position every 2-3 shots (every time you kill a tank). With a good mix of luck and skill, you can even find a good viewing point on the enemy's base pretty early in the game (even in AB !). Make sure sure to hide your turret top since HE and some APHE can detonate from the thin plate of your half open-topped turret, resulting in a crew knock out. One last thing to consider: the Avenger's functional elevation angle is lower than its characteristics says: the optics gets blinded in the last 1-2 degrees.

What's great with this vehicle is it can change role pretty fast in the game. A great way to use this vehicle at its plains potential is on a map like Mozdok or El Amalein. A good example of tactics is being flanker early game, then sniper to clear the next capture point and then flanker again to go get it (provided you do not get shut down).

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

This tank destroyer is best used in a secondary line, sniping position, or using its top speed to get to a concealed flanking fire position. Like many allied tanks it has great gun depression, this coupled with the low silhouette means you can use the terrain to hide its complete lack of armour.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Cromwell-esque controls with good acceleration and speed.
  • Neutral steering allows for quick alignment of hull.
  • Access to the 17-pounder "Quickfire" cannon.
  • Good gun depression.
  • Very fast rate of fire.

Cons:

  • No machine gun armament.
  • 17-pounder AP shells are all solid shot, no explosive filler.
  • Vulnerable turret, no exterior gun mantlet.
  • Sluggish handling.
  • Terrible reverse speed.
  • Armour is not sloped.
  • Very poor side armour.
  • Gun traverse speed is only subpar.

Specifications

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Armament

1 x 76.2 mm QF 17-pounder cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 55 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 17°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 11.5°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.2s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76.2 mm QF 17-pounder cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 55 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 17°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.2s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76.2 mm QF 17-pounder cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 55 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 17°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 8.3°/s (Stock), 9.8°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 7.2s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
Shot Mk.6 160 157 133 112 96 86 AP 883 7.7 N/A N/A N/A -1° 43° 30° 25°
Shell Mk.1 9 9 9 9 9 9 HE 883 7.0 0.4 0.5 580 +0° 11° 10°
Shot Mk.4 165 160 138 108 94 81 APC 883 7.7 N/A N/A N/A -1° 42° 27° 19°
Shot Mk.8 171 168 156 143 130 120 APCBC 883 7.7 N/A N/A N/A +4° 42° 27° 19°
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
17pdr Shell SS Mk.1 Smoke 754 8.4 13 5 20 50
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Avenger
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
55 49 (+6) 42 (+13) 35 (+20) 28 (+27) 21 (+34) 14 (+41) (+48) (+54) Turret empty: 49 (+6) yes

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour Type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 63.5 mm (1°) Front plate
30 mm (71°) Front glacis
57.15 mm (19°) Lower glacis
14 mm 38.1 mm (1°) Top
38.1 mm (13-59°) Bottom
20 mm
Turret 63.5 mm (0-49°) Turret front
40 mm (30-31°) Gun mantlet
40 mm (0-1°) 40 mm (8-40°) 20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Rack on top of the hull rear seems to be stacking 38.1 mm armour. No concrete evidence of their effectiveness as of yet.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 31.5 ton

Max Speed: 56 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 852 hp @ 2550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 27.05 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 1049 hp @ 2550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 33.30 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 31.5 ton

Max Speed: 52 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 531 hp @ 2550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.86 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 600 hp @ 2550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.04 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 31.5 ton

Max Speed: 52 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 531 hp @ 2550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.86 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 600 hp @ 2550 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.04 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

As per usual,"Parts" and "FPE" should be the focus first for modifications to increase combat survivability. Everything else is fair game after you get those two.

History of creation and combat usage

Basis

The A30 Challenger tank was an improved variant of the Cromwell tank made to improve the firepower of the armoured brigades in the British Army. While equipped with the 17-pounder, the Challenger ran into issues with production and mechanical issues, along with design deficiencies that was much criticized by the crew that manned the tank. The Challenger had thin armour, had a tendency for track throwing, and had a high profile. However, it was praised for its speed, agility, and firepower with the 17-pounder gun. The Challenger was ordered in February 1943 for 200 vehicles, but the development of the Firefly from the Sherman tank proved much easier and cheaper than the Challenger and was thus cancelled.

The Avenger

An attempt to improve on the Challenger was the A30 SP Avenger, which used a different open-topped turret to save weight on the tank design. However, due to priorities on the Comet tank in the Vauxhall Motors plant, they were not being built until 1945 and weren't used until after the war in Europe is over. 250 unit were built and formed part of the British Army of the Rhine stationed in Germany after the war. They did not see any combat action during their service life.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-gbr.png A30 SP Avenger
Nation Britain
Type Tank destroyer
Rank 3
Battle Rating
4.7
4.7
4.7

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
31,500 kg
69,446 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
63.5/46/38.1/14 mm
2.50/1.81/1.50/0.55 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
852 hp
531 hp
531 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
1,049 hp
600 hp
600 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
17.64
17.92
11.02
11.20
11.02
11.20
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
21.73
22.08
12.44
12.64
12.44
12.64
Max speed
56 km/h
35 mph
52 km/h
32 mph
52 km/h
32 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 76 mm QF 17-pounder Cannon
Ammo stowage 55 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/17°
Economy
Required RP 46,000 RP
Vehicle cost 170,000 SL
Crew training cost 49,000 SL
Max repair cost*
1,400 SL
2,310 SL
1,930 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
1d 15h
3d 12h
3d 04h
Free repair time (Upgraded)
13h
1d 04h
1d 01h
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