VCC-80/30

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This page is about the Italian light tank VCC-80/30. For other versions, see VCC-80 Dardo (Family).
VCC-80/30
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VCC-80/30
AB RB SB
9.7 9.7 9.7
Class:
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Description

The VCC-80 (HITFIST 30) is a rank VII Italian light tank with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ground Breaking".

The VCC-80/30 is one of the prototypes created during development of the Italian Dardo IFV, featuring a 30 mm quick firing Bushmaster II gun and a commander's sight.

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
Visibility88 %

The survival of the VCC-80/30 is characterized by good armour and crew. The armour is made of rolled homogeneous armour and aluminum that make up an effective armour of 77 mm at the top of the hull, while at the bottom, the most vulnerable part, the armour amounts to 46 mm. This armour is very weak, it can barely defend against 20 mm shells.

Inside the VCC-80/30 there are 3 crew members: the driver, the commander and the gunner.

The engine is at the front of the vehicle and is separated from the driving area with a rolled homogeneous plate of 6 mm. This plate that separates the driver from the engine serves to increase the vehicle's resistance against shrapnel and fire.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Aluminium alloy 5083 (Hull front, hull rear)
  • Aluminium alloy 7039 (Turret, hull sides)
  • Composite screen (Sideskirts)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm + 8 mm (78°) Upper

50 mm + 22 mm (38°) Lower

25 mm (33°) Upper

25 mm, 52 mm, 32 mm Lower

38 mm (30°) 25 mm
Turret 40 mm + 22 mm (18°) Turret front

40 mm + 6 mm (22°) Turret front sides

25 mm + 25 mm Gun mantlet

40 mm (22-25°) 40 mm (26°) 40 mm (80°) Front

25 mm Rear

Cupola 40 mm (cylindrical) 25 mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB78 / 36 km/h
RB and SB70 / 32 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
4 back
Weight23.5 t
Engine power
AB992 hp
RB and SB520 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB42.2 hp/t
RB and SB22.1 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 78 36 23.5 806 992 34.3 42.21
Realistic 70 32 460 520 19.57 22.13

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 060 → 8 060 Sl icon.png
RB5 000 → 7 965 Sl icon.png
SB10 000 → 15 930 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications457 400 Rp icon.png
451 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training260 000 Sl icon.png
Experts930 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
100 / 160 / 220 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
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30mm_173_HEI_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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152mm_us_tow_2a_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
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Airstrike
Research:
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Cost:
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
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LWS/LR
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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30mm_173_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
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Cost:
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152mm_us_tow_2_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

30 mm Bushmaster 2 Mk.44 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition360 rounds
Belt capacity90 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
13.0 → 10.0 s
Fire rate201 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 60°
30 mm Bushmaster 2 Mk.44 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 360 (90) 200 -10°/+60° ±180° Two-plane 54.5 75.5 91.7 101.4 107.9 13.00 11.50 10.60 10.00
Realistic 34.1 40.1 48.7 53.9 57.3

Ammunition

  • Default: APDS · HEI-T* · HEI-T*
  • MK266: HEI-T*
  • MK258: 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 87 86 81 75 70 65
MK266 3 3 3 3 3 3
MK258 116 115 110 104 99 93
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%
MK266 HEI-T* 1,080 0.36 0 0.1 54.4 79° 80° 81°
MK258 APFSDS 1,430 0.1 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
4 3 (+1) 2 (+2) 1 (+3) N/A N/A N/A No

Additional armament

Ammunition8 rounds
Belt capacity2 rounds
Fire rate120 shots/min
Vertical guidance-6° / 30°
Fire on the moveup to 5 km/h
Main article: BGM-71 TOW
BGM-71 TOW missile Reloading rate (seconds)
Capacity (Belt) Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Full Expert Aced
8 (2) -6°/+30° N/A N/A 13.0 11.5 10.6 10.0

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
TOW-2 ATGM 800 800 800 800 800 800
TOW-2A ATGM (tandem) 800 800 800 800 800 800
TOW-2B ATGM 100 100 100 100 100 100
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
TOW-2 ATGM 329 3,750 21.45 0.05 0.1 4,100 80° 82° 90°
TOW-2A ATGM (tandem) 329 3,750 22.63 0.4 0.1 4,190 80° 82° 90°
TOW-2B ATGM 309 3,750 22.59 0.05 0.1 3,140 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
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Machine guns

Ammunition1 200 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 1,200 (200) 1,200 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The VCC-80/30 has a different style of gameplay than the Dardo IFV, but instead is very similar to the M3A3 Bradley. Do not rush at capture points or enemies, because your main gun cannot damage enemy tanks as easily as the previous Dardo. It's best to stay hidden and therefore not fire as many shots. In terms of the mobility, the VCC-80/30 is almost equal to the Dardo IFV since the hull is the same, just slightly taller. The TOW launchers are equipped with TOW-2, TOW-2B, and also the TOW-2A ATGM with tandem warhead (to penetrate tanks that have ERA protection). It is always recommended to bring some TOW-2B while the rest of the vehicle holds the TOW-2A. The TOW launchers can only be used when in battle mode or when stationary. In addition to the TOW launchers, the VCC-80/30 carries a 30 mm Bushmaster II cannon with a slow rate of fire and increased penetration using APDS and APFSDS. It is very useful for attacking less armoured enemies on the side. Do not to rush the capture points or go to contact with the enemy, look for a way to get around them or attack them by surprise, because only one hit is enough to destroy you.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fantastic mobility
    • High speed, both forwards (70 km/h) and in reverse (-34 km/h)
    • Responsive neutral steering
    • Eager to accelerate both forwards and in reverse
  • Uses the 30 mm Bushmaster II instead of the 25 mm Oerlikon - increased APFSDS penetration
  • Access to a full APFSDS belt
  • Various missiles at your disposal - standard TOW-2s, tandem-charge TOW-2As and the infamous top-attack TOW-2Bs
  • Great zoom and wide FOV in the gunner's and commander's sight
  • High gun elevation - capable of engaging helicopters and other aircraft
  • Capable of firing 2 missiles without having to wait for the launchers to elevate
  • Low profile, unlike its American and Swedish contemporary, the M3A3 Bradley and Strf 9040 BILL
  • Very fast turret rotation

Cons:

  • Much slower rate of fire (200 rpm) than the 25 mm Oerlikon found on the Dardo
  • Weak armour, as is expected from an IFV
  • Stock belts consists of one single APDS shot, this, combined with the slow rate of fire, can land you in serious trouble when engaging enemy vehicles
  • Cramped turret with only 2 crew members - hits on the turret are usually fatal
  • Cannot fire missiles on the move, unlike the Russian BMP-2M
  • Tendency to oversteer at high speeds

History

After the VCC-80 "Dardo" program was finalized, OTO Melara also had many plans to export the machine, or parts of the machine, to foreign countries who might've been interested in acquiring Italian technology. The standard version of the VCC-80 'Dardo' IFV would itself be armed with a 25 mm Oerlikon autocannon, which would be installed onto the OTO TC-25 Hitfist turret, however during the '90s OTO had designed an upgrade kit for the TC-25 Hitfist turrets, which were primarily made as optional armament available for anyone interested in up-gunning the IFV from a 25 mm Oerlikon to a 30 mm Bushmaster.

This version of the TC-25 Hitfist turret would be mainly seen in military arms exhibitions, but for testing reasons, this up-gunned version of the turret would also be tested on the VCC-80 'Dardo' IFV. Not much is known in regards to the tests, however it is safe to assume that the Italian army at the time was not interested.

The upgraded TC-25 Hitfist was armed with a stabilised dual-fed 30 mm Bushmaster II which could fire a variety of munitions, including 30 mm APFSDS. In addition, it had access to a 7.62 mm MG with 700 rounds, and 2 TOW ATGM launchers, which were able to fire ITOW, TOW-2, TOW-2A, and TOW-2B. In terms of FCS, it utilised the same Kollsman Day/Night sight already present of the production batches of the Dardo IFV, more interestingly tests conducted on the up-gunned Dardo also showed that despite the new caliber, a commander sight was still always available. Lastly, if there was a need to disengage from a firefight, 8 x 80 mm smoke launchers were still available. Overall this would've been a great potential upgrade which could be easily done for the Dardo, however since the Italian army had no interest it was never done in a high amount. Instead, nearly 20 years later, OTO Melara would showcase a new upgrade for the Dardo which would use a 30 mm autocannon, but instead of the TC-25 Hitfist turret it would be presented on the 30 mm OWS turret.

OTO would continue to showcase and hopefully sell the TC-25 Hitfist turret up to the early 2000s. The modified turret would generate some interest in the UK, specifically with the Alvis Stormer 30, which started as a private venture. The reasoning was mainly so the new vehicle could meet potential user requirements for a high-mobility air-portable armoured reconnaissance vehicle. The development of the Stormer 30 started in 1995, with the first prototype completed in the year 1997. Sadly, Alvis didn't manage to generate any interest with the Stormer 30 so OTO Melara was once again without a potential customer for one of their items.

Devblog

During the development of the Dardo IFV, several variants of chassis and turrets with different guns took part in the competition. The prototype VCC-80 with a HITFIST turret is slightly higher than Dardo, and designed to mount the American 30mm Bushmaster II cannon. Despite the more advanced fire control system and an additional electro-optical periscope for the commander, the military preferred a more compact version of the turret with a 25mm gun, the HITFIST turret later used for a prototype infantry fire support vehicle and escorting motorized columns with a 60mm gun.

The VCC-80/30 is another variant of one of the best infantry fighting vehicles in War Thunder, the Italian Dardo. Despite the similarity of these machines, the VCC-80/30 - although it is only a prototype of the Dardo - surpasses its serial brother in some aspects. The main difference between the machines is the turret and the gun. The prototype has a HITFIST 30 turret, which houses a 30mm Bushmaster II cannon, which is more powerful than the first version already familiar to you from the Bradley, but with about the same rate of fire.

Just like the Dardo, it has ATGM launchers for the TOW-2, the tandem-warhead TOW-2A, and TOW-2B, that hit the enemy from above. The up-to-date fire control system includes sights with NVD (and thermal imaging for the gunner), it also includes a laser rangefinder, and an effective two-axis stabilizer. An additional periscope commander's sight is installed on the tower.

Media

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See also

Related development

External links


OTO Melara
Light Tanks/IFVs 
Centauro  Centauro I 105 · Centauro I 105 R · Centauro I 120
Dardo  Dardo · VCC-80/30 · VCC-80/60
Other  C13 T90 · R3 T106 FA
MBTs 
OF-40  OF-40 · OF-40 Mk.2A · OF-40 (MTCA)
Ariete  Ariete (P) · Ariete · Ariete PSO
Other  M47 (105/55)
Tank Destroyers  M113A1 (TOW)
SPAA  R3 T20 FA-HS · SIDAM 25 · SIDAM 25 (Mistral) · OTOMATIC
See Also  OTO

Italy light tanks
L6/40  L6/40
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
IFV  C13 T90 · Dardo · VCC-80/60 · VCC-80/30
Hungary  Toldi IIA
USA  ▄M3A3 · ▄M24 · ▄M18