Centauro I 105

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This page is about the Italian light tank Centauro I 105. For other versions, see Centauro (Family).
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Centauro I 105
AB RB SB
8.7 8.7 8.7
Class:
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Description

The Blindo pesante Centauro, Preserie is a rank VI Italian light tank with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

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
Hull35 / 25 / 20
Turret25 / 25 / 15
Crew4 people
Visibility84 %

The Centauro I 105 has little armour but enough to trigger the fuse in APHE type projectiles. The lack of armour makes this vehicle very agile.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (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

Notes:

  • 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)

Notes:

  • 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.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB123 / 45 km/h
RB and SB110 / 40 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
2 back
Weight27.0 t
Engine power
AB992 hp
RB and SB520 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB36.7 hp/t
RB and SB19.3 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 123 45 27 739 992 27.37 36.74
Realistic 110 40 460 520 17.04 19.26

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 200 → 5 145 Sl icon.png
RB5 600 → 9 004 Sl icon.png
SB5 020 → 8 072 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications153 000 Rp icon.png
256 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts500 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces890 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 150 / 180 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
Research:
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Cost:
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330 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
9 600 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 600 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
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410 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
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Cost:
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440 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
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310 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
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440 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
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105mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
9 600 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Airstrike
Research:
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Cost:
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105mm_us_M416_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
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Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
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105mm_usa_HESH_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
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LWS/LR
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
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105mm_usa_M735_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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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

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition40 rounds
First-order16 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-6° / 16°
105 mm OTO Melara 105/52 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 40 -6°/+16° ±180° Two-plane 21.7 30.0 36.5 40.3 42.9 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 13.6 16.0 19.4 21.4 22.8

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
M456 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
M393A2 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M735 APFSDS 353 350 342 333 322 312
DM23 APFSDS 337 335 330 322 314 306
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%
M456 HEATFS 1,173 10.5 0.05 0.1 1,270 65° 72° 77°
M393A2 HESH 732 14.85 0.05 0.1 4,310 73° 77° 80°
M735 APFSDS 1,501 3.7 N/A N/A N/A 76° 77° 80°
DM23 APFSDS 1,455 3.79 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M416 730 11.4 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Centauro I 105
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
40 29 (+11) 17 (+23) 12 (+28) 1 (+39) No

Notes:

  • 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.

Machine guns

Ammunition4 500 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min

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
Coaxial 4,500 (200) 1,200 N/A N/A
Pintle 2,000 (200) 1,200 -8°/+20° ±120°

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

Pros:

  • 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 (APFSDS, 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

Cons:

  • Lacking in armour department, every gun can penetrate it including SPAA
  • Vulnerable to overpressure damage (HE shells, rochets, missiles, bombs, artillery strikes)
  • 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
  • Doesn't come with stock HESH; has to be researched
  • No explosive-filler shells (eg APHE, APCB)
  • HEATFS 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 armoured 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

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See also

Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


Italy light tanks
Tanks  L6/40
Armoured car  AB 41 · AB 43
  AUBL/74 · AUBL/74 HVG · FIAT 6614 · R3 T106 FA
  Centauro I 105 · Centauro I 105 R · Centauro I 120
IFV  C13 T90 · Dardo
Hungary  Toldi IIA
USA  ▄M3A3 · ▄M24 · ▄M18