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The A30 SP Avenger is a Rank III British tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It is armed with the 17-pounder, with no secondary armament. It was based on a lengthened Cromwell hull from the A30 Challenger from World War II.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour
|Hull|| 63.5 mm (1°) Front plate
30 mm (71°) Front glacis
57.15 mm (19°) Lower glacis
|14 mm|| 38.1 mm (1°) Top
38.1 mm (13-59°) Bottom
|Turret|| 63.5 mm (0-49°) Turret front
40 mm (30-31°) Gun mantlet
|40 mm (0-1°)||40 mm (8-40°)||20 mm|
- Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
- Rack on top of the hull rear seems to be stacking 38.1 mm armour. No concrete evidence of their effectiveness as of yet.
|Weight (tons)|| Add-on Armour
|Max speed (km/h)|
|Engine power (horsepower)|
|Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|76 mm OQF 17-pounder|
|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°|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
Mass in kg
| Screen radius
| Screen time
| Screen hold time
| Explosive Mass in g|
|17pdr Shell SS Mk.1||754||8.4||13||5||20||50|
|55||49 (+6)||42 (+13)||35 (+20)||28 (+27)||21 (+34)||14 (+41)||7 (+48)||1 (+54)||yes|
Turret empty: 49 (+6)
Usage in the battles
The Avenger plays like an upgunned and a bit more sluggish Cromwell. There are two main play styles possible with this vehicle.
Close range flanker: The Avenger's mobility allows it to sneak up to the enemy's flank without too much problems. With its awesome gun depression, it can pop over a hill and shoot before engaging a "turn fight" (running around the enemy's tank too fast so he can't aim at you). Such manoeuvre has a greater chance of success on isolated enemies since you need to get at least 2 shots to destroy any tank you might encounter. This kind of strategy is great early in the game, to counter-capture a point by , for example, an enemy Hellcat that rushed it. A small note there: make sure to pre-aim in the general direction of your enemy since the turret turning rate is not so great.
Sniper: As said earlier, the Avenger's crazy depression angles and good gun, combined with its great mobility and good climbing characteristics makes it ideal for the sniper role. It's mobility allows the Avenger to get anywhere on the map, an intelligent pilot will avoid main roads where encountering enemies upfront is often a death sentence and prefer unexpected roads, surprising camping spots, your enemy must never know where to expect a shot from. When firing, make sure to change position every 2-3 shots (every time you kill a tank). With a good mix of luck and skill, you can even find a good viewing point on the enemy's base pretty early in the game (even in AB !). Make sure sure to hide your turret top since HE and some APHE can detonate from the thin plate of your half open-topped turret, resulting in a crew knock out. One last thing to consider: the Avenger's functional elevation angle is lower than its characteristics says: the optics gets blinded in the last 1-2 degrees.
What's great with this vehicle is it can change role pretty fast in the game. A great way to use this vehicle at its plains potential is on a map like Mozdok or El Amalein. A good example of tactics is being flanker early game, then sniper to clear the next capture point and then flanker again to go get it (provided you do not get shut down).
Pros and cons
- Cromwell-esque controls with good acceleration and speed.
- Neutral steering allows for quick alignment of hull.
- Access to the 17-pounder "Quickfire" cannon.
- Good gun depression.
- Very fast rate of fire.
- No machine gun armament.
- 17-pounder AP shells are all solid shot, no explosive filler.
- Vulnerable turret, no exterior gun mantlet.
- Sluggish handling.
- Terrible reverse speed.
- Armour is not sloped.
- Very poor side armour.
- Gun traverse speed is only subpar.
The A30 Challenger tank was an improved variant of the Cromwell tank made to improve the firepower of the armoured brigades in the British Army. While equipped with the 17-pounder, the Challenger ran into issues with production and mechanical issues, along with design deficiencies that was much criticized by the crew that manned the tank. The Challenger had thin armour, had a tendency for track throwing, and had a high profile. However, it was praised for its speed, agility, and firepower with the 17-pounder gun. The Challenger was ordered in February 1943 for 200 vehicles, but the development of the Firefly from the Sherman tank proved much easier and cheaper than the Challenger and was thus cancelled.
An attempt to improve on the Challenger was the A30 SP Avenger, which used a different open-topped turret to save weight on the tank design. However, due to priorities on the Comet tank in the Vauxhall Motors plant, they were not being built until 1945 and weren't used until after the war in Europe is over. 250 unit were built and formed part of the British Army of the Rhine stationed in Germany after the war. They did not see any combat action during their service life.
An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.
|Britain tank destroyers|
|Based on infantry tanks||3 inch Gun Carrier · SP 17pdr. Valentine|
|M10 Achilles||Achilles · Achilles (65 Rg.)|
|End war||A30 SP Avenger · A39 Tortoise|
|Post-war||Tank Medium Gun Charioteer Mk VII · FV4005 Stage II · FV4004 Conway|
|ATGM||FV438 Swingfire · FV102 Striker|