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C1 Ariete
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
88 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
110 / 65 / 20Hull
140 / 60 / 20Turret
53.8 tWeight
2 480 hp1 300 hpEngine power
46 hp/t24 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
72 km/h forward
34 km/h back
64 km/h forward
30 km/h back
120 mm OTO Breda 120/44 cannonMain weapon
42 roundsAmmunition
15 roundsFirst-order
6.0 / 7.8 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
4 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
4 500 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
390 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png10 350 / 16 135/11 000 / 17 148/3 700 / 5 768Repair
290 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 020 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
232 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian MBT Ariete. For other vehicles of the family, see Ariete (Family).


GarageImage Ariete.jpg

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

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.


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 72 34 52.8 1 1761 2,480 33.35 46.1
Realistic 64 30 1150 1,300 21.78 24.16


Main armament

  • One 120 mm OTO/Breda 120/44 gun (42 rounds)

Additional armament

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Machine guns

  • One coaxial 7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59 machine gun (4500 rounds)
  • Two pintle-mount 7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59 machine guns (4000 rounds per gun)

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Has DM33 APFSDS as stock ammo
  • The CL3143 APDSFS round is the best round in the game and can penetrate almost all tanks even in the turret cheeks
  • The turret cheeks are reasonably armored especially with the WAR kit modification equipped
  • Decent mobility both in froward and reverse
  • The commander has access to thermal sights, and both gunner and commander thermals are Gen 2 (higher resolution)


  • Hull armor almost non existent
  • Placement of crew members and first stage ammo rack make hits to the hull fatal
  • The lack of armor is not counteracted by improved mobility, the mobility is average for a rank VII tank
  • The CL3143 round is a tier 4 modification
  • The WAR kit armor package is a tier 4 modification
  • Current transmission bug makes low speed maneuvering sluggish


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See also

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Italy medium tanks
Carro Armato  M11/39 · M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III) · M14/41 · M15/42
  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"