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".
Survivability and armour
The Centauro has little armour but enough to trigger the fuze in APHE type projectiles. The lack of armour makes this vehicle very agile.
- Rolled Homogeneous Armor (hull, turret)
- Wheel (tires)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 15 mm (80°) Upper Glacis
35 mm (45°) Lower Glacis
| 25 mm (47°) Top
25 mm (0-28°) Bottom
|20 mm (21°)|| 15 mm (20°) Front glacis |
20 mm Crew compartment
10 mm Engine vent
|Turret|| 25 mm (19°)Turret front
40 mm (6°-51°-56°) Gun mantlet
|25 mm (18°)|| 15+15 mm (12°) Left section
15 mm Right section
10 mm (85°) Turret overhang
| 15+15 mm (5°) Front |
15 mm Rear
- The wheels and suspension bars are 10 mm thick.
- The rear of the turret is covered with 5 mm of structural steel.
- Additionally to the external armour, an armour plate is also found inside the vehicle:
|Spaced Armour||Front (Slope angle)|
|Hull||8 mm (except driver view port)|
- The engine is separated from the driver position and the crew compartment by a RHA armour plate.
- The driver viewport is a weak spot as it is the only place where the inner armour does not overlap with the external armour. It is a small spot though.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|105 mm OTO Melara 105/52||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy time
| Screen hold time
| Explosive Mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|40||29 (+11)||17 (+23)||12 (+28)||1 (+39)||No|
- Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
- Racks 3 and 4 are first stage ammo racks. They totals 16 shells and get filled first when loading up the tank.
- These racks are also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 4 - 3 - 1 - 2.
- Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1-2 into rack 4 then 3. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.
Secondary weapons are a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun, and another 7.62 mm machine gun on the roof for anti-aircraft purposes.
|7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
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.
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
- Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
- Vehicles equipped with the same gun
- Other vehicles of similar configuration and role
|Italy tank destroyers|
|M41||75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 90/53 M41M|
|M43||105/25 M43 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43|
|Other||L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40|
|Post-War||Centauro · Centauro ROMOR · Centauro MGS|
|USA||▄M18 · M36B1 · M113A1 (TOW)|
|Germany||▄StuG III G|