Alecto I

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Alecto I
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Description

The Alecto I is a premium gift rank I British tank destroyer with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Wind of Change" as a reward for the "Battle for Arachis" event.

Arriving a tad late to meet proper action in the Second World War, the Alecto was developed as a close-support self-propelled gun, to provide support fire to the reconnaissance and airborne units. As timing is no longer an issue, the Alecto is now prepared to reinforce the early British lineup, with much competent firepower.

Constant repositioning and long-range firing will be crucial as this is where the Alecto excels at; mobility and firepower. Despite not having solid shot rounds, the chemical HEAT rounds bring unexplored capabilities to the explosive-lacking British Rank I.

Overall, a very uncomplicated vehicle with some obvious drawbacks yet a very dynamic playstyle. Players that enjoyed the swiftness of the Tetrarch and the lightness of the Stuart will surely get the best out of it.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull10 / 10 / 10
Turret10 / 0 / 0
Crew4 people
Visibility104 %

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat? If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 6 mm (36°) Front glacis
10 mm (7°) Lower glacis
5 mm Top - Front upper plate
6 mm (57°) Top - Front centre glacis
5 mm Top - Front lower plate
6 mm (33°) Top - Rear glacis
10 mm (37°) Bottom
10 mm Upper plate
6 mm (36°) Lower glacis
4 mm Engine compartment
Gun shield 10 mm (cylindrical) Turret front
10 mm Gun mantlet

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and torsion bars are 20 mm thick, while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 6 mm thick.
  • There is a 6 mm thick plate separating the crew compartment from the engine compartment.
  • The driver seats in a compartment surrounded with 4 mm thick plates on the front and the sides.
  • Mudguards are 4 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB53 / 7 km/h
RB and SB49 / 7 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight8.0 t
Engine power
AB315 hp
RB and SB165 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB39.4 hp/t
RB and SB20.6 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 53 7 8 234 315 29.25 39.38
Realistic 49 7 146 165 18.25 20.63

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB540 Sl icon.png
RB190 Sl icon.png
SB150 Sl icon.png
Crew training450 Sl icon.png
Experts3 000 Sl icon.png
Aces40 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 20 / 20 / 20 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
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Suspension
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Brake System
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Filters
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Transmission
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Engine
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Parts
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FPE
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
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Adjustment of Fire
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Elevation Mechanism
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95mm_howitzer_Smoke_ammo_pack

Armaments

Main armament

95 mm Howitzer, Tank №1, Mk.I
Ammunition48 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
11.1 → 8.6 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 25°
Horizontal guidance-15° / 15°
95 mm Howitzer, Tank No.1, Mk.I Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 48 -5°/+25° ±15° N/A 8.8 12.2 14.8 16.4 17.4 11.18 9.89 9.12 8.60
Realistic 6.0 7.0 8.5 9.4 10.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Shell H.E./A.T. HEAT 110 110 110 110 110 110
Shell Mk.Ia HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Shell H.E./A.T. HEAT 502 6.72 0 0.3 781.66 62° 69° 73°
Shell Mk.Ia HE 320 11.34 0 0.1 666 79° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Shell SE Mk,I 320 11.34 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Alecto I
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
48 25 (+23) (+47) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.

Usage in battles

The Alecto's usage in battle could be somewhat monotonously difficult if no situational awareness or thoughtful positioning is used, due to the relatively poor defensive qualities of the SPG. Fortunately, This can be easily overcome when considering the vehicle's main traits. Therefore, the sniper role is, by far, the go-to role if a player wants to enjoy and learn the best out of the Alecto.

The decent ballistics of the gun and the capable HEAT shell can stand for some serious long-range shooting. Considering that most British tanks at its rank are armed with the 2-pounder, the Alecto provides an upper hand in long-range engagements due to the chemical rounds. This explosive sniper game style should not be overlooked, as it allows for an often enjoyable learning experience for latter gameplays as the FV4005 or the G6 Rhino.

The HE and HEAT rounds come with the valuable bonus of overpressure damage, something often difficult to achieve on the 40 mm 2-Pounder gun due to the poor or lacking HE filler. At the rank, many lightly-armoured or exposed vehicles such as Panzerjäger I or Flakpanzer 38 can be found; these will often become easy targets for the Alecto.

The fixed gun limits the close-range engagements since most tanks encountered will be agile enough to manoeuvre easily around the Alecto. Therefore the sniper role will favour this fixed gun design. The Alecto got nothing to envy in the mobility department, so the commanders could take advantage of the nimble chassis and find good sniping positions or be ready to relocate when necessary.

Something important to note is the limited elevation of the howitzer. Often the most irregular terrains such as those on Tunisia, Ash River or Frozen Pass will be challenging for the Alecto. Not only on gun traversing but in practical firing positioning. Here is when knowledge of the map terrain will help players get the most out of the flexibility of Alecto's mobility.

Since no tank design is perfect, the Alecto will be no exception. The thin protection and the lack of any roof armour mean the tank can suffer from the lightest of the guns, namely 12.7 mm Browning machine guns and small calibre autocannons as those on the Anti-aircraft vehicles. Smart tankers should seek to never stay in the same position for too long, as enemy aircraft or revengeful players could find their way to you. The smoke shells can help in this regard. Whenever in trouble, a few smoke shells can obscure the enemy's sight enough for a retreat or a brave standoff up close and personal. Players should never forget to load some smoke rounds for the most desperate needs.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Highly capable HEAT; excellent for Rank I armour
  • Excellent mobility for an SPG; fast acceleration and steering
  • Flexible shell arsenal: smoke, HE and HEAT shells
  • Sufficient ammo load for prolonged fighting

Cons:

  • Long reload time; no match for fast-firing guns at the rank
  • Thinly armoured and open-topped; easily destroyed
  • Shell drop can provide difficult long range shooting, practice is needed
  • Fixed gun design limits response time against faster tanks; poor elevation angles worsens this

History

The Alecto I is a British self propelled gun developed from the Tetrach light tank towards the end of the Second World War. Fitted with a newly developed 3.75 inch howitzer in an open top casemate configuration, the Alecto only completed trials after the war had ended, leading to it serving briefly with the British Army in Germany and the Middle East without seeing any combat.

Devblog

A further development of the Tetrarch light tank concept resulted in the Mk.VIII Harry Hopkins light cruiser tank, which Vickers-Armstrongs was creating to be an airborne tank. Since the mass of the vehicle by the beginning of the production exceeded the allowable for the project, and the design itself still required serious improvements, the company's engineering team decided to continue their work, turning the project into a light self-propelled unit with a 3.75”” howitzer Q.F. 95mm. The chassis engine compartment was completely unified with the Harry Hopkins, while the combat compartment and the gun were completely new for the series. The SPG is called Alecto I (or Alecto Mk. I) went to the testing in 1944 and, after implementing new changes (again with an increase in the mass of the machine), the self-propelled guns were built in a small batch by June 1945. The war had already ended by that time, and all units built were used mainly for training purposes and were decommissioned in 1955.

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Vickers-Armstrongs Limited
Ships 
Tribal-class  HMS Eskimo · HMCS Haida
Invincible-class  HMS Invincible***
Kongō-class  IJN Kongo****
Tanks 
Light Tanks  VFM5**
Light Tank Mk VI  Light AA Mk I
Light Tank Mk VII  Tetrarch I
Light Tank Mk VIII  Alecto I
Tank, Infantry, Valentine  Valentine I · Valentine IX · Valentine XI · Archer
Vickers MBT  Vickers Mk.1 · Vickers Mk.3 · Vickers Mk.7**
Heavy Tanks  Independent*
Export  ▂МК-IX "Valentine"
See also  Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft Limited
  ***Previously Armstrong Whitworth
  *Previously Vickers Limited
  **Vickers Defence Systems
  ****Built for Japan

Britain tank destroyers
Infantry tank derivatives  Archer · Gun Carrier (3-in)
Light tank derivatives  Alecto I
M10 Achilles  Achilles · Achilles (65 Rg.)
Post-war  FV4005 · Conway
ATGM  Swingfire · Striker
Other  Tortoise
Canada  QF 3.7 Ram · ADATS (M113)
South Africa  G6 · ZT3A2

Britain premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II 1939 · AEC Mk II · Crusader "The Saint" · Rooikat 105
Medium tanks  A.C.I · Grant I · Cromwell V (RP-3) · Sherman IC "Trzyniec" · A.C.IV · Comet I "Iron Duke IV"
  ▄Strv 81 (RB 52) · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk.5/1 · ▄Sho't Kal Dalet · Centurion Action X
  Challenger DS
Heavy tanks  Independent · Matilda Hedgehog · Excelsior · Churchill Crocodile · Black Prince
Tank destroyers  Alecto I · Achilles (65 Rg.) · QF 3.7 Ram