Ariete

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
This page is about the Italian MBT Ariete. For other vehicles of the family, see Ariete (Family).
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GarageImage Ariete.jpg
Ariete
AB RB SB
10.3 10.3 10.3
Class:
Research:390 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:1 020 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The C1 Ariete is a rank VII Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 10.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Survivability and armour

Composite armour
Balanced protection against all types of ammunition
Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
LWS
Notifies about the vehicle's exposure to laser emissions
Armourfront / side / back
Hull110 / 65 / 20
Turret140 / 60 / 20
Crew4 people
Visibility88 %

The C1 Ariete is the least armored top tier MBT currently in the game but that does not mean it has no armor to speak of. The turret front is decently protected especially with the WAR kit modification allowing it to stop all APFSDS rounds fired from guns smaller than 120mm as well as most of the weaker 120mm APFSDS rounds such as the 3BM22, L23A1 and DM13. The WAR kit also makes the turret invulnerable to all HEAT threats except for tandem ATGMs. The mantlet on the Ariete is not too large but it will be your weak spot from the front but that is also true for all other MBTs. The gunner and commander sit on the left side of the turret while the loader sits on the right, and the large optics block on the left side of the turret can occasionally save your gunner and commander by soaking up the post penetration damage.

Unfortunately that's where the armor ends, the hull is one large weak spot with a huge LFP consisting of just one angled 50mm plate that won't stop anything fired at you even from 8.7 vehicles; while the UFP is made out of spaced armor that can only stop auto-cannon rounds or 105mm APDS shells. Shots through the hull will most likely take out the tank immediately, a shot on the left side of the hull front would take out the driver, gunner and commander, while a shot to the right side would hit the first stage ammo rack. Like most top tier vehicles, the tank sides offer little protection, though the fuel tanks in the side of the hull might soak up the occasional HEAT round but it isn't something you can rely on. Ultimately, it is advised to play this tank away from the front lines sniping whenever possible peaking from behind cover to maximize the use of your turret armor.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB73 / 35 km/h
RB and SB65 / 31 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
2 back
Weight53.8 t
Engine power
AB2 480 hp
RB and SB1 300 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB46.1 hp/t
RB and SB24.2 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock AoA Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 73 35 52.8 1 1,761 2480 33.35 46.1
Realistic 65 31 1,150 1300 21.78 24.16

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 060 → 7 888 Sl icon.png
RB7 200 → 11 224 Sl icon.png
SB5 100 → 7 950 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications277 400 Rp icon.png
439 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training290 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 020 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 150 / 160 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
4 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement it.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods tank additional armor.png
War kit
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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LWS/LR
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_DM_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

120 mm OTO Breda 120/44 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition42 rounds
First-order15 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
7.8 → 6.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
120 mm OTO Breda 120/44 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 42 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 38.1 52.7 64.0 70.8 75.3 7.80 6.90 6.36 6.00
Realistic 23.8 28.0 34.0 37.6 40.0

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
DM12A1 HEATFS 480 480 480 480 480 480
DM33 APFSDS 481 478 470 461 450 440
CL3143 APFSDS 625 622 613 601 588 575
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%
DM12A1 HEATFS 1,140 13.5 0.05 0.1 2,150 65° 72° 77°
DM33 APFSDS 1,640 4.3 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
CL3143 APFSDS 1,705 5.6 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
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Machine guns

Ammunition4 500 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Ammunition4 000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,500 (200) 1,200 N/A N/A
Pintle (Commander (right)) 2,000 (200) 1,200 -__°/+__° ±__°
Pintle (Loader (left)) 2,000 (200) 1,200 -__°/+__° ±__°

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The DM33 APFSDS round is a tier 1 modification
  • The CL3143 APFSDS round can penetrate almost all tanks even in the turret cheeks
  • The turret cheeks are reasonably armoured especially with the War kit modification equipped
  • Decent mobility both forwards and backwards
  • The commander has access to thermal sights, and both gunner and commander thermals are Gen 2 (higher resolution)
  • Outstanding gun handling characteristics
  • Quick and responsive reverse
  • Fairly decent and reactive mobility at medium to high speeds
  • Quick neutral steering
  • CL3143, combined with great thermals and a laser rangefinder make for an exceptionally deadly sniper

Cons:

  • Hull armour almost non-existent
  • Placement of crew members and first stage ammo rack make hits to the hull fatal
  • The lack of armour is not counteracted by improved mobility, the mobility is average for a rank VII ground vehicle
  • The CL3143 round is a tier 4 modification
  • The War kit armour package is a tier 4 modification
  • The War kit armour package only increases chemical protection, with missiles and 125 mm HEAT-FS still able to penetrate
  • Transmission makes low speed manoeuvring sluggish
  • Russian tanks, coated in CONTACT-5 ERA, can withstand CL3143 directly on the ERA blocks
  • Narrow FOV and mediocre zoom in the gunner sights

History

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Italy medium tanks
M11/39  M11/39
M13/40  M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III)
M14/41  M14/41 · M14/41 (47/40)
M15/42  M15/42
M16/43  Celere Sahariano
P26/40  P40 · P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
OF-40  OF-40 · OF-40 Mk.2A · OF-40 (MTCA)
Ariete  Ariete (P) · Ariete · Ariete PSO
Foreign  ▄M4 Hybrid · M4 Tipo IC · ▄Sherman Vc · ▄M4A4
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · ▄Leopard 1A5