Centauro

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Blindo Armata B1 Centauro
it_b1_centauro.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.0/8.0/8.0BR
4 peopleCrew
Mobility
27.0 tWeight
5 forward
2 back
Gear box
Armament
105 mm OTO Melara 105/52 cannonWeapon 1
40 roundsAmmunition
-6° / 15°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
2 000 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
4 500 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
1 200 shots/minFire rate
Economy
210 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
550 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 400 / 7 522/5 100 / 7 104/2 700 / 3 761Repair
160 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
550 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.00 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage Centauro.jpg


The Blindo Armata B1 Centauro is a Rank V Italian tank destroyer with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Mobility

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Armaments

Main armament

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Additional armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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Pros:

  • Easily the fastest and most agile tank in its battle rating range from 7.0 to 9.0
  • Excellent reverse speed of 40 km/h
  • Has a two-plane gun stabiliser
  • High penetration on the HEATFS rounds (400 mm)
  • One of the best top speeds in the game (110 km)
  • Decent reload time, 8.7 seconds when stock, 7.7 with expert crew + all reloading skills, and 6.7 seconds with an aced crew
  • Three types of ammunition available (APDS, HEATFS, HESH)
  • Upper plate will occasionally bounce incoming shells due to its angle, even HEATFS and HESH!
  • Has access to smoke grenades and smoke shells
  • Low silhouette
  • Hard to kill in a single shot due to crew placement
  • Can perform a wide variety of roles, ranging from support, sniper and QRF
  • A group of well-coordinated players in Centauros are unstoppable

Cons:

  • Lacking in armour department, every gun at its BR can penetrate it including SPAA
  • Has hull-break
  • Rather difficult stock grind as the stock APDS post-penetration performance is rather poor
  • Turret traverse is slow compared to other vehicles at the same battle rating such at the T95E1, BMP-2, and Warrior which you will face often
  • HEATFS is the best ammunition type but costs a whopping 920 SL per shot
  • Poor accuracy at a medium-long range when stock
  • HEATFS is a tier 4 upgrade
  • Doesn't come with stock HESH like the chieftain; has to be researched
  • No explosive-filler shells (APHE, APCB)
  • HEATFS while it has solid penetration, it deals only punctual damage; does not shrapnel well

History

Development of the B1 Centauro began during the 1980s after the Italian Army issued a set of requirements for a new vehicle that would have equivalent firepower to the Leopard 1 MBT in Italian service at the time, but with greater combat mobility.

In response to this, the Italian companies Fiat, Iveco and Oto Melara joined forces to begin developing the vehicle requested by the Italian Army. In this joint venture, Fiat and Iveco were developing the vehicle’s hull and power supply, whilst Oto Melara took care of the vehicle’s turret and weapon systems.

In 1986, the final prototype of the B1 Centauro project was unveiled on Sardinia. The presented vehicle was an eight-wheeled lightly armored tank destroyer, equipped with a derived modification of the L7 105mm cannon, capable of reaching a very high top speed and covering large distances under its own power.

Impressed by the B1 Centauro, the Italian Military placed orders for a number of vehicles, with the first ones entering service as early as 1992. Early on in its service life, the Centauro received an ERA upgrade package that allowed for the installation of ROMOR ERA packs on the vehicle’s hull and turret sides as well as rear.

B1 Centauros took part in most major conflicts that defined the '90s and early 2000s, most notably in former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan and others. Apart from the Italian Army, other noteworthy operators of the Centauro include Spain, Jordan and Oman.

Around 400 B1 Centauros were built until 2006, including some other derived modifications of the vehicle filling other roles. The B1 Centauro still serves with the Italian as well as other armed forces to this day.

- From Devblog

Media

Skin and Camouflages for the Centauro in Warthunder Live.

See also

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External links


Italy tank destroyers
Casemate  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40 · 75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 75/34 M42 · 90/53 M41M · 105/25 M43 · 105/25 M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
Centauro  Centauro · Centauro ROMOR
  Breda 501 · M36B1 · M113A1 (TOW)