Ariete PSO

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This page is about the Italian medium tank Ariete PSO. For other versions, see Ariete (Family).
Ariete PSO
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Ariete PSO
AB RB SB
10.7 10.7 10.7
Class:
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Purchase:1 030 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The C1 Ariete PSO is a rank VII Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

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 Ariete PSO's armour can withstand some 105mm APFSDS shells, though the turret can resist some high ranking HEAT-FS shells as well. Though the composite side skirts does not provide much protection against kinetic shells, it does affect HEAT-FS shells in that even if one penetrates, the penetrating projectile does not travel as far into the tank and so reduces the overall damage to the tank (outside of direct hits to the ammunition racks).

A common weak point on the Ariete PSO from the front is the gun mantlet, as some shots may go through the armour and damage the gun breech and/or the crew. When dealing with a shell that can penetrate, the Ariete PSO's left side (right when facing directly at the Ariete) has three ammo racks lined up with each other, and so a frontal penetration at that side of the Ariete has a high chance of detonating these rack, or a shot at the Ariete's left side.

Under normal circumstance however, the Ariete PSO's four crew members make it a relatively survivable tank to drive, as the common knock-out of the gunner and commander with a penetration through the turret will leave just two (loader and driver), allowing the Ariete PSO to withdraw and continue fighting at the expense of a longer reload time.

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 53 0.8 1,761 2480 33.23 46.1
Realistic 65 31 1,150 1300 21.7 24.16

The top speed is similar to other tanks, but the acceleration is bad so take this into consideration with tactical mobility. While the Ariete can't turn well at low speeds, it does have a good neutral turning speed on the spot.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 430 → 8 872 Sl icon.png
RB7 200 → 11 764 Sl icon.png
SB5 700 → 9 313 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications476 200 Rp icon.png
447 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training300 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 030 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
140 / 150 / 180 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
7 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
5 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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PSO Tipo 2
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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120mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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LWS/LR
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 Ge icon.png
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120mm_DM_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
29 000 Sl icon.png
470 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°

The armament of the Ariete PSO is one of the greatest in the game, with a large amount of penetration in every armour-piercing shell. Their performance lines-up with other 120 mm guns in other tanks like the Leopard, and so it should be able to deal with the majority of the top-ranking vehicles with consideration of armour weak points and vulnerabilities.

While the Ariete starts off like most other high BR vehicles with HEAT-FS, that challenge is easily overcome once you get the 1st round which is DM33, a tier 1 modification which brings its firepower equivalent to the Leopard 2A5 and Type 90. As for a tier 4 modification you get access to the CL3143 APFSDS, which is the second most powerful round in the game currently that will be able to dispatch your enemies with ease.

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
Visual
discrepancy
42 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) No

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
7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,500 (200) 1,200 ±5° N/A
Commander's cupola 2,000 (200) 1,200 -8°/+60° ±120°
Loader's cupola 2,000 (200) 1,200 -8°/+60° ±120°

Usage in battles

The Ariete won't win any races with its mobility but it has the firepower to back it up. The Ariete can sit back and use its powerful APFSDS to take care of enemies at range to make up for its rather lacklustre armour for a top BR vehicle. The Ariete you can also play it aggressive but be warned! The Ariete doesn't have any composite armour on the front of the hull, only spaced armour on the upper plate. When playing aggressive you need to rely on fast reflexes otherwise there is a good chance that the 1st hit from a enemy will cripple you or knock you out of battle.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful OTO Breda 120/44 cannon
  • Currently shares the second best APFSDS round with the regular Ariete
  • Turret armour gives crew good survivability

Cons:

  • Mobility is not as good as other top tier tanks
  • Weak lower glacis

History

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Media

See also

External links

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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