VBC (PT2)

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VBC (PT2)
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VBC (PT2)
AB RB SB
8.7 8.7 8.7
Class:
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Description

The Veicolo Blindato da Combattimento, Prototipo 2, «combat» is a rank VI Italian light tank with a battle rating of 8.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone".

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
Hull72 / 52 / 38
Turret40 / 40 / 40
Crew3 people
Visibility136 %

The VBC (PT2) has enough armour to protect it against heavy machine gun fire and low level autocannon fire. Due to this, it is quite well suited to facing other lightly armoured vehicles and will be able to take a beating as long as it's not hit in any important modules. However, the machine will not be able to withstand high-calibre rounds such as APFSDS or HEAT shot by MBTs. It is advised that you keep in mind what type of damage an enemy can do to you when facing each other, make the most out of your armour when possible but don't completely rely on it for every engagement.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 72 mm 15 mm Top
30 mm Bottom
30-50 mm 10-15 mm
Turret 25-40 mm Turret front
22 mm Gun mantlet
40-6 mm 40 mm 25-40 mm
Cupola 40 mm 40 mm 40 mm 25 mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB123 / 25 km/h
RB and SB110 / 23 km/h
Number of gears10 forward
4 back
Weight26.0 t
Engine power
AB992 hp
RB and SB520 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB38.2 hp/t
RB and SB20.0 hp/t

The VBC is equipped with a powerful 520 hp engine that is capable of taking this vehicle to a top speed of 110 km/h. Should it need to back out, it has a 40 km/h reverse gear available, which is very effective if it is an emergency. Thanks to its six steerable wheels, it can change direction quickly, accurately and effectively without bothering the aiming. The wheels and excellent suspension ensure that the VBC can operate smoothly on all surfaces.

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 25 26 806 992 31 38.15
Realistic 110 23 460 520 17.69 20

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 760 → 6 361 Sl icon.png
RB4 110 → 6 954 Sl icon.png
SB5 470 → 9 255 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications151 400 Rp icon.png
253 600 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
110 / 130 / 170 % Sl icon.png
214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
Research:
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Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
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
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
1 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
1 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 600 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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25mm_M242_HE_ammo_pack
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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25mm_M242_APDS_ammo_pack
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 600 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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LWS/LR
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 600 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Airstrike
Research:
6 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 600 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Scout UAV
Research:
8 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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25mm_M242_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
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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.

Main armament

25 mm Oerlikon KBA B02 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition400 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate561 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 60°
25 mm Oerlikon KBA B02 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 400 (100) 560 -10°/+60° ±180° Two-plane 54.5 75.5 91.7 101.4 107.9 10.40 9.20 8.48 8.00
Realistic 34.1 40.1 48.7 53.9 57.3

Ammunition

  • Default: APDS · HEI-T* · HEI-T*
  • M792: HEI-T* · HEI-T* · HEI-T*
  • M791: APDS · APDS · APDS
  • PMB 090: APFSDS
Penetration statistics
Belt Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Default 80 79 73 67 61 55
M792 3 3 3 3 3 3
M791 80 79 73 67 61 55
PMB 090 92 90 83 75 62 58
Belt details
Belt Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M792 HEI-T* 1,100 0.19 0 0.1 54.4 79° 80° 81°
M791 APDS 1,335 0.13 N/A N/A N/A 75° 78° 80°
PMB 090 APFSDS 1,385 0.1 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the VBC (PT2)
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
4 (+1) (+2) (+3) 0(+4) __ (+__) __ (+__) No

Machine guns

Ammunition4 600 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
7.62 mm Beretta MG42/59
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,600 (200) 1,200 N/A N/A
Pintle 2,000 (200) 1,200 -8°/+20° -160°/+60°

Usage in battles

The VBC PT2 incorporates the playstyle of the Centauros and the Dardo IFVs, so it's best to play this vehicle as a support to your more armoured allies. The VBC is wheeled meaning that whenever it finds a road it's able to go at much higher speeds compared to many other vehicles at the battle rating. It is best to stick with allies when possible if you are planning to fight enemies head-on. The VBC at times can be used effectively in urban combat. If you pick a side street to set up, when the enemy goes past hopefully without seeing you, you will be able to hit them in the side with your main 25 mm cannon. By doing this you can become quite the annoyance to the enemy team as there's not much they can do to stop you. If you've been spotted however you will need to move as quickly as possible. The VBC, although being fast, is not very survivable. Its armour is only good against machine gun fire and low level autocannon fire. An enemy MBT will make short work of you. One of the many weaknesses of the VBC is the fact that it also has a big profile which usually means hiding is not possible at times.

When playing stock as the VBC PT2, it might be hard to earn points, you can still however be useful by actively scouting enemy players and attacking enemy aircraft, which the 25 mm cannon is more than able to do. The VBC can also work well late game when capturing points is essential to getting the victory, make the most out of its mobility. Once you research the important modifications for this vehicle (APFSDS and Thermals), your offensive capabilities are greatly improved. The VBC has a 25 mm Oerlikon-Buhrle cannon, which is able to use APDS and APFSDS. The stock round for the 25 mm cannon is not too good at dealing with enemies but once the APFSDS round is unlocked, the VBC PT2 can easily make short work of MBTs and light vehicles frontally or from the sides. Sadly, unlike the VCC-80 'Dardo', the VBC doesn't have ATGMs so keep that in mind if more armoured foes present themselves. Other neat additions that will greatly aid you is the VBC's thermal imaging device made by Kollsman. Although only available for the gunner, it is a great asset that you'll be able to use once unlocked to easily pick out and spot enemies. In terms of defence systems, it has access to smoke dischargers, which at times can prove to be very useful. Another system the VBC PT2 has is a laser warning receiver which will alert you when an enemy vehicle is lasing you, such as when laser rangefinding or guiding laser-guided missiles.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast-firing 25 mm cannon
  • Potent sub-calibre rounds
  • Superb mobility
  • Light protection against HMGs and low-level autocannon fire

Cons:

  • Weak against high calibre projectiles
  • Not the best off-road mobility
  • High profile

History

The history of the OTO Melara/Iveco VBC begins during the late stages of the Cold War. In 1995, shortly after the development of the B1 Centauro tank destroyer made by OTO Melara and Iveco, Italy would begin to show interest in what they could do to the design of the Centauro to allow it to be used for different roles and scenarios. This was partially due to Italy finally being somewhat independent in its military industrial complex, which allowed more homegrown designs to be put into service. Whilst the Cold War had been raging on, Italy had begun to rapidly re-arm itself mainly due to the post WW2 laws no longer being in effect, and Italian companies such as OTO Melara became able to continue work on military projects.

As the B1 Centauro was being produced, the Ministry of Defense would green-light a set of programs that would aim to modify and equip the Centauro with many different weapon systems to fit different roles which would make it more versatile. One of them would be named "VBC", standing for "Veicolo Blindato da Combatimento" (armoured vehicle for combat in English). The first vehicles which came out of the VBC program would firstly only have slightly modified B1 Centauro hulls, one would go on to mount the OTO TC 20 turret, it was armed with an automatic 20 mm Rheinmetall Rh202 cannon, at the time the turret was installed on the Fiat 6616. Another variant would install what was known at the time as the OTO TC 25 Hitfist turret, this was armed with an Oerlikon KBA 25 mm automatic cannon. This turret was already installed on the VCC-80 'Dardo' infantry fighting vehicles. These vehicles would be shown extensively during military vehicle expos but ultimately did not generate any interest so a different design would be made in hopes for it to be picked up. The next vehicle which was also known as the VBC under that program would instead have a heavily modified hull, the main changes would be the introduction of a proper space for infantry to be carried at the back of the vehicle and the new weapon system known as the OTO 60 mm HVMS. This sadly would not be picked up and development would begin to slow down.

Fast forward to the early/mid 2000s, and OTO Melara alongside Iveco would showcase a new prototype of IFV which would also be known as the VBC. This would be the second prototype which would use a lot of the technical know-how gained during the early stages of the program. The main differences would be an entirely new hull, and it only shared a few things to the hull it was based off. The crew compartment would be remade to allow for more room, the protection of the vehicle also increased. In terms of speed, it got a new engine and was able to go over speeds of 105 km/h on roads. Off-road it still held its own but naturally being wheeled meant that it had a harder time compared to its tracked counterparts. The vehicle would be much taller and wider than a standard B1 Centauro, it would fitted with the latest technology but for testing purposes, OTO Melara opted to arm the prototype with the OTO TC 25 Hitfist turret which was still used by the VCC-80 'Dardo'. The turret was the exact same for the most part, for example the ability to mount TOW ATGMs was kept and also used during testing, the only difference from the standard Dardo turret was the additional 7.62 mm machine gun attachment on top of the turret roof. This vehicle would eventually be better known as the "Freccia IFV" prototype. After rigorous testing OTO Melara decided to finally remove the Dardo turret and substitute it with a more modern turret which was able to fire Israeli-made Spike ATGMs. Eventually the Italian army would decide to make an order for the vehicle and by 2009 the Freccia IFV was in full time service.

Devblog

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Following the procurement of the Centauro into service by the Italian armed forces, the designer consortium, made up of the IVECO and OTO Melara companies, continued work on the design in an effort to create further, complementing variants. One such variant would be conceived as an IFV, equipped with a further developed turret used on the tracked Dardo IFV, which would later become the Hitfist turret.

Based on a modified Centauro chassis and fitted with the new turret designed by OTO Melara, the first prototype of the new IFV design was constructed and handed over for testing to the Italian army in 1996. As the testing was deemed successful, the Italian army placed an initial order calling for 249 units of various modifications to be manufactured in 2006, thus officially adopting the design into service. Simultaneously, the new vehicle received the official designation 'Freccia' (eng. Arrow) in Italian service.

The Freccia represents the spearhead of the Italian light armored units and is among the most advanced vehicles in service with the Italian forces. Outside of the military exercises, the Freccia has not taken part in any active combat operations and Italy remains its sole operator until the present day.

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Italy light tanks
L6/40  L6/40 · L6/40 (31 Rgt.)
M11/39  M11/39
Autoblindo Fiat-Ansaldo  AB 41 · AB 43
Fiat 6614/6616  FIAT 6614 · AUBL/74 · AUBL/74 HVG
R3 Capraia  R3 T106 FA
Centauro  Centauro I 105 · Centauro I 105 R · Centauro I 120 · VRCC
IFV  C13 T90 · Dardo · VCC-80/60 · VCC-80/30 · VBC (PT2)
Hungary  Toldi IIA
USA  ▄M3A3 · ▄M24 · ▄M18