Centurion Mk.2

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This page is about the premium British medium tank Centurion Mk.2. For other versions, see Centurion (Family).
Centurion Mk.2
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Centurion Mk.2
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Description

The Centurion Mk 2 was the second variant of the Centurion medium tank family. The Centurion Mk 1 was widely regarded as a success, but the Soviet tank threat necessitated the development of a more heavily armoured version, known as the Centurion Mk 2. It also possessed a brand-new, completely cast turret. The Centurion Mk 1 was swiftly replaced on the production line, with 800 Centurion Mk 2 ordered in November 1945 from Leyland Motors and Vickers (Elswick), the Royal Ordnance Factories in Leeds and Woolwich. A newly developed two-plane fully automatic stabilization system for the 76 mm Ordnance QF 17-pounder tank gun is also included in the Centurion Mk 2. The Centurion Mk 2 entered service with the 5th Royal Tank Regiment in December 1946. All Centurion Mk 1s and 2s were converted to recovery vehicles or modified to the Centurion Mk 3 standards after production was replaced by the Centurion Mk 3.

Introduced in Update "Sky Guardians" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season XI, "Her Majesty's Hussar", the premium Centurion Mk 2 is one of the first tanks to include a two-plane fully automatic stabilization system. Players no longer have to worry about opponents appearing around corners and stopping to take aim, making it easier to fire on the move than ever before. Despite aggressive manoeuvring, the gun sights are efficiently stabilized, ensuring that the player always fires first upon spotting an enemy. Other than that, playstyles are comparable to Centurion Mk 1, but players can be significantly more aggressive with Centurion Mk 2, allowing new tactics during combat.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull76 / 51 / 38
Turret152 / 89 / 89
Crew4 people
Visibility119 %

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Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB39 / 14 km/h
RB and SB35 / 12 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
2 back
Weight48.8 t
Engine power
AB1 221 hp
RB and SB640 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB25.0 hp/t
RB and SB13.1 hp/t

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 39 14 48.8 992 1,221 20.33 25.02
Realistic 35 12 566 640 11.6 13.11

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 099 Sl icon.png
RB2 474 Sl icon.png
SB3 234 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts320 000 Sl icon.png
Aces800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 050 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 120 / 180 / 210 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 172 / 172 / 172 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
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Suspension
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Brake System
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Filters
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Transmission
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Engine
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Improved Parts
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Improved FPE
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
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76mm_britain_17pdr_APCBC_ammo_pack
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Adjustment of Fire
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Elevation Mechanism
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Smoke grenade
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Artillery Support
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76mm_britain_Smoke_ammo_pack

Armaments

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition77 rounds
First-order8 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
7.6 → 5.9 s
Vertical guidance-12° / 20°
Main article: QF 17-pounder (76 mm)
76 mm QF 17-pounder Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 77 -12°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 19.0 26.4 32.0 35.4 37.6 7.67 6.79 6.25 5.90
Realistic 11.9 14.0 17.0 18.8 20.0

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
Shot Mk.6 AP 171 168 155 139 126 113
Shell Mk.1 HE 20 20 18 16 15 13
Shot Mk.4 APC 171 168 155 139 126 113
Shot Mk.8 APCBC 190 187 172 155 140 126
Shot SV Mk.1 APDS 269 264 246 226 207 189
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%
Shot Mk.6 AP 883 7.71 - - - 47° 60° 65°
Shell Mk.1 HE 883 6.98 0.2 0.1 580 79° 80° 81°
Shot Mk.4 APC 883 7.71 - - - 48° 63° 71°
Shot Mk.8 APCBC 883 7.71 - - - 48° 63° 71°
Shot SV Mk.1 APDS 1,204 2.48 - - - 75° 78° 80°
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)
17pdr Shell SS Mk.1 229 8.44 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
77 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Unlike the MK.1, the ammunition is first stored next to the driver. So you only have a possibility to drive with an empty front ammunition rack if you take 8 rounds of standby ammunition with you.

Machine guns

Ammunition3 375 rounds
Belt capacity225 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: BESA (7.92 mm)
7.92 mm BESA
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,375 (225) 600 - -

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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Pros:

Cons:

History

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Media

Skins
Videos

See also

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

External links


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Challenger 3  Challenger 3 TD
Australia  A.C.I · A.C.IV · Centurion Mk.5/1
South Africa  Olifant Mk.1A · Olifant Mk.2 · TTD
India  Vijayanta · Bhishma TWMP
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Jordan  Khalid
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