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The Fiat-Ansaldo Autoblinda 43 (shortened as AB 43) is a rank II Italian light tank with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".
Survivability and armour
As a thin-skinned armoured car, the AB43 offers very little in the way of real protection with 8mm of armour all around, and a slightly thicker 35mm gun mantlet. This struggles to keep out heavy machine-gun fire at anything other than long-range and remains extremely vulnerable to artillery.
The vehicles' internal modules relatively widely spaced, however, so solid-shot AP rounds will often not knock out the AB 43 in a single hit. The cars' low-mounted ammo racks also reduce the likelihood of an ammo detonation.
The AB 43 offers outstanding mobility on flat smooth ground. As well as a very high top speed, the vehicle also has an excellent turning circle making it extremely agile on more urban maps. The car also has fantastic reverse speed, being almost as fast in reverse as it is going forward. This allows the AB43 to escape from a bad situation incredibly quickly when the need arises.
As with most wheeled vehicles, however, the AB43 loses much of its speed on soft ground. Sand, thick mud and water of almost any depth slow the car to a crawl making it extremely vulnerable to enemy fire.
|47 mm 47/40 mod.38|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 90°|
|Granata Perforante mod.39||APBC||69||67||59||50||43||36|
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Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|Granata Perforante mod.39||APBC||755||1.4||1.2||15||30||°||48°||63°||71°|
|8 mm Breda Mod. 38|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
Usage in battles
The AB43 makes for an extremely effective vehicle at its BR, combining outstanding mobility with an effective gun. This allows the vehicle to scout extremely well for its team, while still having the firepower to punish enemies who allow it to flank. Urban maps give the vehicle a chance to use its speed and mobility to quickly enter caps and good flanking positions, and their close-range gives the car a chance to outmanoeuvre larger enemies and fire shots into their rear and side armour.
On larger rural maps the AB43 will have to stick to roads in order to maintain its speed advantage, so players should be careful not to charge directly into enemy tanks. Players must be careful not to get caught out in the open, as the vehicles' tall profile makes it an easy target for enemies firing from a distance even when moving quickly.
The vehicle remains a fairly effective scout at higher battle ratings and can be a viable choice in higher-rank lineups if properly played. The 47 mm gun can still penetrate the side armour of most medium tanks up to 3.7, and its strong post-penetration effects give it good one-shot potential
The most consistently dangerous enemies for the AB43 are those with fast traversing, fast-firing guns that can hit the car as it races around the map. Heavy tanks such as the KV-1 are effectively immune to the 47mm gun, but only appear if the AB43 is teamed with higher-rank Italian tanks.
Pros and cons
- Excellent speed and agility on flat ground, with an outstanding reverse speed
- Effective high-velocity gun against enemy contemporaries
- Speed and scouting ability remains useful in higher-rank lineups
- Very poor armour and general survivability
- Extremely slow over poor terrain
- Large flat profile presents a good target for enemy guns
- The Italian tech tree lacks effective vehicles on par with AB43's matchmaking, often forcing players to make a lineup with higher-rank tanks
A prototype successor to the successful AB 41 armoured car. The turret was widened, with plans for a 47 mm gun (either the 47/32 or the new 47/40 to be used in the new M15/42 tanks) and a higher horsepower engine. The Germans seized the prototypes in the fall of Italy and ordered 102 made for their own use, which used the AB 41's 20 mm gun instead. These were sometimes designated AB 41/43s in German service.
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