Vickers Battle Tank Mk.1

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General info

The Vickers MBT in the garage.

The Vickers Battle Tank Mk.1 is a Rank V British medium tank with a battle rating of 7.0. It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

As with most British tanks, you must remember the doctrine used when creating these machines, reflected by the 4 man crew since the early rank 3/4 tanks: firepower precision and accuracy when removing targets from the battlefield. That in mind, this is a reasonable tank without major pros or cons. A little on the slow side, it can still manoeuvre the battlefield without problems, getting into the optimum positions for dispatching the enemy with its excellent gun at all ranges.

Vehicle characteristics

British tanks are snipers, designed to engage with minimal threat to the tank and its crew while still being a major thorn in the enemy's side. Stick to knowledge of the maps you'll be playing on to enhance your defensive playstyle, grabbing husks of old tanks or tank ditches to your advantage then bursting out of cover to ambush enemies. The tank has a mediocre off-road top speed of 20 mph (stock), yet can do 7 mph in reverse, so don't be afraid to duck back into cover.

That being said, the Vickers has pitiful armour that rarely stands up to any punishment other than SPAA, and even then this is true for the front armour. The ~100 mm frontal armour on the turret is good for stray or hurried shots, although the lack of slopes inhibits your chances of bouncing shots, let the environment do this for you.

Tactics

Although it can be done with its excellent reload speed of 5-7 seconds (crew skill depending), mixing ranks with the enemy is ill advised: instead take upon a sniping role. Your gun has only two types of ammo, both stock so research is not required for enhanced destruction. That being said, the APDS is a potent weapon that has 302 mm on pen at 100 mm, falling to 252mm at 2500m: all ranges are within your kill-zone, with enemies moving towards more manoeuvrability over armour in the high ranks. However, the rounds lack spalling potential, so the damage inflicted on a tank interior must be in the APDS direct path past the penetration. If you aim for the turret weak-spots, the barrel or breach will be your most common hits, incurring 20-30 precious seconds of repair time.

The HESH shell is a very different story. This is an excellent weapon in urban/CQC due to its uncanny ability to rupture ammunition. You only have 127 mm of pen, but this is at all ranges. It can still reach 2800 m without too much compensation, yet with its low pen (for the rank and armour you'll be facing) it is advisable to use this in CQC and when flanking. The thing with this round is that it pens then morphs into a solid ball of HE-based death.

Specific enemies worth noting

The Lorraine 40t will bounce more shots than you care to admit, or your hits will do minor damage. Just out the nature of the reserved play style this tank likes, any fast tanks will be a problem due to their ability to close the gap as you attempt to reach your favourite position. Engine and transmission upgrades will lessen this, in time.

All Russian tanks are difficult to deal with, yet learning their weak spots will lead you to victory. German tanks are a problem based on their accuracy and reload, however the cheeks of their turrets are prime targets for eagle-eyed gunners.

Counter-tactics

If you ever face this vehicle simply aim for it, the front has few places of high ricochet chance and a general armour value of 100 mm, of which all vehicles at this BR can pen, and you're a viable target for SPAA at the sides.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Stock APDS shell has very high penetration values.
  • Gun fires APDS shell at over 1,400 m/s.
  • The addition of HESH ammo with shrapnel effect.
  • Has a 12.7mm L21A1 machine gun which is used for range finding.
  • Fast reload speed, at best 5 seconds.
  • Above average reverse speed compared to some British tanks
  • Excellent maneuverability, even over rough terrain
  • A good counter to Russian heavy tanks (IS3, IS6, IS4) if you know the weak spots

Cons:

  • Poor armour, even lower ranked guns are quite a threat.
  • While top speed is around 49 km/h, you will rarely hit it
  • Depression of only -7° which is below average for British tanks.
  • APDS causes only punctual damage, meaning that killing some vehicles is a challenge

Specifications

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Armaments

1 × 105 mm Gun Royal Ordnance L7A1 cannon (44 rounds)
1 × 7.62 mm M1919A4 machine gun (1,200 rounds)
1 x 12.7 mm L21A1 machine gun (1,200 rounds)

Main armament

1 × 105 mm Gun Royal Ordnance L7A1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 44 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -7°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 10.7/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 × 105 mm Gun Royal Ordnance L7A1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 44 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -7°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 10.7/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 × 105 mm Gun Royal Ordnance L7A1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 44 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -7°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 10.7/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (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 L28A1 303 302 296 277 257 252 APDS 1478 5.8 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 15° 12° 10°
Shell L35 127 127 127 127 127 127 HESH 730 15 0.4 0.1 4,310 +0° 15° 12° 10°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Vickers MBT.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
44 34 (+10) 32 (+12) 30 (+14) 28 (+16) 26 (+18) (+43) Turret empty: 26 (+18) No

Secondary armaments

1 × 7.62 mm M1919A4 machine gun (coaxial)
1 x 12.7 mm L21A1 machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 60 mm (56°) Front glacis
80 mm (32°) Lower glacis
30 mm Top
30 + 4 mm Bottom
20 mm (4-5°) Top
19 mm (58°)
25 mm
5 mm Grills
Turret 80 mm (19°) Turret front
40-100 mm (1-73°) Gun mantlet
40-60 mm (1-17°) 40 mm (10°)
60 mm (1°) Turret ring
25 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 38.1 ton

Max Speed: 54 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 829 hp @ 2375 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 21.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 38°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2375 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 38.1 ton

Max Speed: 48 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 473 hp @ 2375 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.41 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2375 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 38.1 ton

Max Speed: 48 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 473 hp @ 2375 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.41 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2375 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the Vickers MBT from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-gbr.png Vickers MBT
Nation Britain
Type Medium tank
Rank 5
Battle Rating
7.0
7.0
7.0

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
38,100 kg
83,996 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
60/30/20/25 mm
2.36/1.18/0.79/0.98 inches
Statistics
Engine power (Stock)
829 hp
473 hp
473 hp
Engine power (Upgraded)
___ hp
535 hp
535 hp
HP/ton ratio (Stock)
21.76
22.11
12.41
12.61
12.41
12.61
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
14.04
14.27
14.04
14.27
Max speed
54 km/h
33.0 mph
48 km/h
29.9 mph
48 km/h
29.9 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 105 mm L7A1 Cannon
Ammo stowage 44 rounds
Vertical guidance -7°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 12.7 mm L21A1 Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,200 rounds
Mount Coaxial
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,200 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP 120,000 RP
Vehicle cost 300,000 SL
Crew training cost 85,000 SL
Max repair cost*
1,860 SL
4,360 SL
4,500 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
4d 04h
9d
9d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
1d 09h
3d 06h
3d 06h
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