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Blindo Armata B1 Centauro
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
84 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
35 / 25 / 20Hull
25 / 25 / 15Turret
27 tWeight
992 hp520 hpEngine power
36.7 hp/t19.3 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
120 km/h forward
44 km/h back
110 km/h forward
40 km/h back
105 mm OTO Melara 105/52 cannonMain weapon
40 roundsAmmunition
16 roundsFirst-order
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-6° / 16°Vertical guidance
4500 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
1200 shots/minFire rate
2000 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
1200 shots/minFire rate
170000 Rp icon.pngResearch
440000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3470 / 5579/4210 / 6769/2600 / 4180Repair
130000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
440000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1400 Ge icon.pngAces
208 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
140 % Sl icon.png140 % Sl icon.png100 % Sl icon.png


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

Centauro has little armour, though, enough to trigger the fuze in APHE type projectiles. The lack of armour makes this vehicle very agile.

Armour in mm@0°
Hull Turret
Front 35 25
Side 25 25
Rear 20 15


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 120 44 27 739 992 27.37 36.74
Realistic 110 40 460 520 17.04 19.26


Main armament

105 mm OTO Melara 105/52
Capacity Vertical
40 -6°/+16° ±180° Two-plane
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 21.5 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 14.5 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
6.7 __.__ __.__ __.__


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
M392A2 APDS 303 302 296 277 257 252
M393A2 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M456 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
M392A2 APDS 1478 4.0 N/A N/A N/A 75° 78° 80°
M393A2 HESH 732 14.85 0.4 0.1 4,310 73° 77° 80°
M456 HEATFS 1173 10.5 0.0 0.1 1,270 65° 72° 77°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
Screen deploy time
Screen hold time
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M416 730 11.4 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

rack empty
rack empty
40 26 (+14) (+39) no

Machine guns

8 mm Beretta MG 42/59
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
___ ___ (___) ___ N/A N/A
___ ___ (___) ___ -__°/+__° ±__°

Secondary weapons are a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and another 7.62 mm machine gun on the roof for anti-aircraft purposes

Usage in battles

With a top speed of 110 km/h, a two-plane stabilizer, and access to thermals and HEAT-FS, the Centauro is truly a jack of all trades. This AFV can fill a variety of roles with frightening efficiency.

As a sniper

In a sniping role, the Centauro has two primary advantages: it has access to HEAT-FS, and it has thermal imaging. The HEAT-FS round has good velocity and is often more than enough to deal significant damage to any poor enemy tank that enters your gunsights. The thermal imaging mod allows you to pick out targets and countersnipe like nobody's business, letting you be able to dominate the battlefield for your team.

As a flanker

As a flanker, the Centauro's lightning fast speed and two-plane stabilizer allows this AFV to quickly obliterate unaware enemy tanks and move on before anyone notices. This deadly combo makes the Centauro one of, if not the best vehicle for flanking in the entire game. A resourceful Centauro player can often make use of their low profile and fast speed to quickly break through enemy lines and wreck havoc on tunnel-visioned snipers.

As a Quick Response Force

The Centauro's fast speed and very deadly gun, along with its aforementioned stabilizer and thermals also make it a very good choice for a QRF, especially on maps covered mostly in asphalt, like Cargo Port, American Desert, or Alaska, to name a few. The fast speed of the Centauro allows to to quickly move to a capture point or to kill a pesky spawncamping Rooikat at a moments notice, and its two-plane stabilizer and thermal imaging lets it quickly find and dispatch its target.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tires Parts Horizontal Drive NVD
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire Airstrike M393A2
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism Improved optics M416
IV Transmission Engine Smoke grenade Artillery Support LWS/LR M456

Pros and cons


  • Easily the fastest and most agile tank compared to its contemporary competitors
  • 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/h)
  • 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 destroy in a single shot due to crew placement
  • Can perform a wide variety of roles, ranging from support, sniper and QRF
  • Has thermal sights, very advantageous at the rank
  • A group of well-coordinated players in Centauros are unstoppable
  • Classified as a tank destroyer, making spawn costs cheaper in RB and SB
  • Thermal imaging is a tier 1 mod, allowing you to unlock it immediately


  • Lacking in armour department, every gun 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
  • Poor accuracy at a medium-long range when stock
  • HEATFS is a tier 4 upgrade
  • Doesn't come with stock HESH; has to be researched
  • No explosive-filler shells (eg APHE, APCB)
  • HEATFS while it has solid penetration, it deals only punctual damage; does not shrapnel well


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


Skin and Camouflages for the Centauro in Warthunder Live.


See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Italy tank destroyers
M41  75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 90/53 M41M
M42  75/34 M42
M43  105/25 M43 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
Wheeled  Breda 501
Other  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40
Post-War  Centauro · Centauro ROMOR · Centauro MGS
America  ▄M18 · M36B1 · M113A1 (TOW)