Lorraine 40t

From War Thunder Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
RANK 4 FRANCE
Somua SM PACK
Lorraine 40t
fr_lorraine_40t.png
GarageImage Lorraine 40t.jpg
Lorraine 40t
AB RB SB
7.0 7.7 7.3
Class:
Research:95 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:260 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
Show in game

Description

The Char de bataille de 40 tonnes (40 tons battle tank), also known as the Lorraine 40t (Lorraine is both a region of France and the company that made this tank), is a rank IV French medium tank with a battle rating of 7.0 (AB), 7.7 (RB), and 7.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance". Introducing tremendous firepower at its BR with its 100 mm SA46 L/58 gun on a highly mobile chassis. Unfortunately, it is plagued with poor armour, which encourages a battle role more similar to that of a light tank.

The Lorraine is one of the best representative of rank IV French medium tanks: it has good mobility, an oscillating turret (fitted with an autoloader), sloped armour in front and back, high hull, high gun placement, good gun depression, 4 crew member, a coaxial MAC 31 machinegun and large tracks. Specifically, the Lorraine distinguishes itself by having a pike nose, similar to that of an IS-3, road wheels instead of metal ones and it is the first French vehicle to be able to consistently pierce more than 200 mm of armour at standard combat ranges and it can do it seven times a minute.

Even if its armour pattern is very efficient, with strong and well-designed angles, it is only at most 40 mm thick, meaning it will only bounce HMG fire. The best way to protect this tank is staying away from the action and taking down its foes as far as possible.

This "medium" tank actually behaves as a light one: high top speed and acceleration, good turning rate (neutral steering) and awesome hill climbing capacity. Use its mobility to follow light tanks into large flanking manoeuvres, providing them an extra punch for scouted targets. In a more "static" usage (i.e. once in good position), its good reverse speed should get it fast enough into cover and out of bad situations if required.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull40 / 30 / 25
Turret45 / 30 / 30
Crew4 people
Visibility109 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Casemate hull)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Driver's hatch)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 40 mm (57-69°) Front glacis
35 mm (59°) Lower glacis
40 mm (69°) Driver's hatch
30 mm (30°) Top
30 mm Bottom
25 mm (31°) 20 mm
8 mm Engine grille
Turret 45 mm (52-64°) Turret front
30 mm (20-53°) Turret base
50 mm (9-83°) Barrel shroud
30 mm (0-56°) Turret
30 mm (0-28°) Turret base
30 mm (1-29°) Turret bustle
30 mm (6-22°) Pivot ball
20 mm (72-89°) Turret underside
20 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 30 mm 20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 30 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB67 / 26 km/h
RB and SB60 / 23 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
2 back
Weight39.7 t
Engine power
AB1 622 hp
RB and SB850 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB40.9 hp/t
RB and SB21.4 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 67 26 39.7 1,317 1622 33.17 40.86
Realistic 60 23 752 850 18.94 21.41

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 690 → 8 610 Sl icon.png
RB8 080 → 10 398 Sl icon.png
SB17 780 → 22 882 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications87 100 Rp icon.png
129 300 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training75 000 Sl icon.png
Experts260 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 150 / 180 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
9 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
9 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement fr.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 200 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
11 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
9 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

100 mm SA47 L/58 cannon
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition49 rounds
First-order7 rounds
Reload4.0 s
Vertical guidance-8° / 15°
Main article: SA47 L/58 (100 mm)
100 mm SA47 L/58 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 49 -8°/+15° ±180° N/A 28.6 39.5 48.0 53.1 56.5 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00
Realistic 17.9 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0

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
100 mm Obus de rupture APCBC 273 270 257 242 228 215
100 mm Obus explosif HE 18 18 18 18 18 18
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%
100 mm Obus de rupture APCBC 1,000 15 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
100 mm Obus explosif HE 1,000 14.8 0.1 0.5 1,400 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Lorraine 40t
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
9th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
49 46 (+3) 41 (+8) 35 (+14) 29 (+20) 24 (+25) 19 (+30) 14 (+35) (+42) (+48) No

Machine guns

Ammunition4 800 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Fire rate1 350 shots/min
Main article: MAC 31 (7.5 mm)
7.5 mm MAC 31
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,800 (150) 1,350 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The Lorraine 40t can be used in a lot of combat roles as it has great mobility, weapon, silhouette and has an autoloader. When it comes to medium tanks at the battle rating, it is one of the tanks which has a relative low armour penetration, but this does not stop the Lorraine from performing excellently at some roles.

When in urban combat:

The Lorraine just lacks stabilizer to be one of the best tanks in urban combat. It is capable of doing everything but being an assault tank when it comes to urban maps. The Lorraine should be used as a support vehicle for heavier vehicles, flanker or sniper (in maps like Eastern Europe). Thanks to the 4.0 second reload with autoloader, the Lorraine is able of engaging multiple targets at a time with its turret rotation speed of 21.0°/s, be aware that the autoloader is a revolver autoloader, meaning the barrel has to be replenished after all the rounds have been fired. You can also use your quick reload as bait, meaning you can fire a single round at the air to make enemies push as they will think you will be reloading slowly but by the time they have sight on you you will be able to fire them multiple times and incapacitate or destroy them. It also should be noted that the autoloader will reload regardless of if you are on fire or the loader is has been knocked, only 1 crew member needs to be alive in the turret in order to reload. Thanks to its speed and agility, the Lorraine is able to "Hit N' Run" when flanking and engaging multiple targets at a time.

When in rural combat:

The Lorraine has almost the mobility of an M18 but with greater firepower. The relatively high muzzle velocity of the gun makes the Lorraine capable of doing sniping attacks and hit them continiously thanks to the autoloader. Thanks to its mobility, it is able to travel with great speed to one side of the map to another in little time. When sniping, always stay on the move after firing. Fire and move, hence and repeat. This is to maintain the Lorraine's reduced profile when enemy players try to take revenge with tanks or aircraft. Do not stray too far from friendly tanks as they will be your main line of defence as you do not have great armour. Always stay aware of your surroundings.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • One of the fastest and most agile medium tank in the game. Can legitimately outrun and outmanoeuvre many of the light tanks at the BR.
  • Excellent 100 mm gun that has great penetration and damage potential.
  • Equipped with an 8-shot autoloader, giving this tank an outstanding 4 second reload.
  • The excellent speed and manoeuvrability coupled with the 8-shot autoloader makes the Lorraine one of the most dangerous flankers/ambushers in the game. Can single-handedly decimate half a dozen enemies in seconds.
  • The high reverse speed coupled with the 8 degrees of gun depression makes cresting ridgelines a viable tactic.
  • 6x magnification on the gunners optics. Good for both close and long range engagements.

Cons:

  • Abysmal levels of frontal armour and absolutely terrible side armour. Tanking shots will lead to a quick death.
  • Bad roof armour too. Attackers and artillery is extremely hazardous to the Lorraine.
  • The Lorraine has a rather large and long silhouette. Not that easy to find proper concealment.
  • Like most French tanks, doesn't have access to any APHE shells.
  • Conical fragmentation makes side shots less effective.
  • Extremely high repair cost.
  • Due the the nature of oscillating turrets, the tank has bad turret elevation.
  • Despite the length of the barrel, the 100 mm gun has sub-par levels of accuracy. Sniping at weak points past 500 meters is not that easy.

History

At the end of the 1940s, during development of the AMX-50 heavy tank project, French engineers also decided to try creating a lighter tank that could serve the same role as the AMX-50.

The project was initially designated "40 ton battle tank" with an oscillating turret on the Cannon D'assaut Lorraine's chassis. Later, the vehicle was called the Lorraine 40t, based upon the name of the region in which the experimental prototypes of it were built. The tank used many of the same technological developments of the experimental, specially the CA Lorraine but sharing also technology with the AMX-50 prototype, specifically the revolver autoloader.

With armour plating at a maximum thickness of 45mm, the Lorraine 40t isn't as well armoured as the AMX-50. The designers, however, set the armour plates on the Lorraine 40t at clever angles and implemented a chevron shape for the front of the hull (for which the tank is known). This effectively armoured the most vulnerable parts of the front projection and effectively exceeded the equivalent of 90 mm armour.

In addition, the Lorraine 40t's lighter armour significantly reduced its weight, thereby increasing its speed and allowing the use of steel paired roller wheels with bulletproof tires. Combined with the 850 horsepower German Maybach engine, the Lorraine 40t could reach 60 km/h, move smoothly and fire effectively at low speeds.[1]

Two prototypes of the Lorraine 40t were completed in 1952. But the tank never reached production due to the creation of NATO, France invitation to NATO and the US supplying M47 Patton to France due to the Korean War outbreak.

Media

Skins
Videos

See also

Vehicles equipped with the same gun
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links

References

  1. From Devblog


France medium tanks
  D2 · S.35 · Lorraine 40t
AMX  AMX M4 · AMX-32 · AMX-40 · AMX-50
AMX-30  AMX-30 · AMX-30 (1972) · AMX-30B2 · AMX-30B2 BRENUS · AMX-30 ACRA · AMX-30 Super
Leclerc  Leclerc · Leclerc S2
Based on M4  ▄M4A1 · M4A1 (FL10) · ▄M4A3 (105) · ▄M4A4 · M4A4 (SA50)
Foreign  Panther "Dauphiné" (Germany)