VFM5

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VFM5
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VFM5
AB RB SB
9.0 9.0 9.0
Class:
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Description

The Vickers/FMC VFM5 is a rank VI British light tank with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull38 / 44 / 25
Turret50 / 38 / 12
Crew4 people
Visibility81 %

The VFM5 has little to no armour protection from anything larger than 7.62 mm rounds, the M2 .50 cal being able to penetrate its sides. The most protected section of the tank is the front of the hull towards the more extreme angles around the driver's ports, which is up to 160 mm of effective thickness, however this is halved by APFSDS, not that it would matter either way. HEATFS is even more effective, the thickness against chemical rounds dropping to approximately 23 mm.

The tank can survive a shot, however shots to the turret have a higher chance, as long as the spalling created by the shell is blocked by the cannon breech. Shots to the left side of the turret (or the right side looking front-on) will likely detonate the ready-rack ammunition. Side shots can be survived as long as they are to the hull due to large amounts of empty space. To increase your chance of survival of side shots, a player should take no more than 30 rounds to ensure the room below the turret is ammunition-free. As one would expect from a tank of this type, taking shots should not be attempted under any circumstances.

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 38.1 mm (79°) Upper Glacis

38.1 mm (Various Angles) Driver's Hatch

38.1 mm +6.35 mm (Curved) Lower Glacis

25.4 mm + 6.35 Upper
44 mm Lower
25.4 mm 5 - 25.4 mm
Turret 50.8 mm (37-43°) Turret front
38.1 mm (37-43°) Gun mantlet

25.4 mm Gunner Optics

38.1 mm + 6.35 mm 12.7 mm +12.7 mm 25.4 mm
Cupola 25.4 mm 25.4 mm 25.4 mm 25.4 mm

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB78 / 18 km/h
RB and SB71 / 16 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight19.8 t
Engine power
AB1 068 hp
RB and SB560 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB53.9 hp/t
RB and SB28.3 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 78 18 19.8 868 1068 43.84 53.94
Realistic 71 16 495 560 25 28.28

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 250 → 9 956 Sl icon.png
RB5 890 → 9 382 Sl icon.png
SB3 870 → 6 164 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications467 400 Rp icon.png
442 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 140 / 150 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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320 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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105mm_usa_HESH_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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105mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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320 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Airstrike
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
31 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
490 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
27 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge 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.

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition41 rounds
First-order7 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: LRF (105 mm)
105 mm LRF Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 41 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 38.1 52.7 64.0 70.8 75.3 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 23.8 28.0 34.0 37.6 40.0

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
M456A2 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
M393A2 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M735 APFSDS 353 350 342 333 322 312
C76A1 APFSDS 334 330 323 314 306 297
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%
M456A2 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°
C76A1 APFSDS 1,509 3.6 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the VFM5
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
41 34 (+7) 28 (+13) 22 (+19) 11 (+30) (+41) Yes

Machine guns

Ammunition600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate577 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 25°
Horizontal guidance-120° / 100°
Ammunition4 500 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 600 (200) 576 -5°/+25° -120°/+100°
7.62 mm L8A2
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,500 (200) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Equips the renowned 105 mm L7 cannon
  • Good mobility

Cons:

  • Lightly armoured

History

The VFM 5, also known as Vickers Mk.5, was a light tank built by Vickers. It was based on the hull of the American Close Combat Vehicle Light (CCV-L), which was built by VFM, but with a new turret and main armament. It was primarily designed for export.

Development

The CCV-L was first revealed by FMC at AUSA in October 1985. Vickers Defense Systems and FMC formed a cooperative agreement later that year to design an export version of the tank. It had been designed as a cheaper version of the CCV-L, and it was designated as the VFM 5. After the prototype was completed in 1986, it was displayed at the British Army Equipment Exhibition of the same year. No production orders were received.

Design

The hull was nearly unmodified from the CCV-L, made of welded aluminum armour with applique steel armour available for the front and sides.

The layout of the VFM 5 was conventional. The driver was located in the front, the fighting compartment in the center, and the engine compartment at the rear.

The driver sat in the center of the front of the hull. His seat was adjustable, with a folding backrest to allow access to the fighting compartment. His hatch was opened by use of hinges on the rear, and it had five periscopes for viewing to the front and sides. When necessary, the center, forward facing periscope could be replaced with a passive periscope for night operations.

The turret is different from that of the CCV-L. The turret had a crew of three, and it was constructed in the same way as the hull, with welded aluminum armour and applique steel plates. The turret was mounted on a high-accuracy low-friction turret ring that is tilted down 3° at the front.

The main armament of the VMF 5 was a 105 mm Low Recoil Force gun, fitted with an integral muzzle break and a rigid thermal sleeve. 41 rounds of 105 mm ammunition were carried. 22 rounds were stored in the front of the hull, 11 on each side of the driver. 19 rounds were stored in the fighting compartment, located below the turret ring. Unlike the CCV-L, the VFM 5 features a loader, rather than an automatic loading system.

A Marconi fire-control system (FCS) is used, which includes computerized fire-control systems and a two-axis gun stabilizer. The turret traversed electronically 360°, while the gun elevated from -10° to +20°.

The secondary armament consisted of a coaxial 7.62 mm L8 machine gun. A total of 2,600 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition were carried in boxes of 200 rounds. Additionally, a 7.62 mm or 12.7 mm machine gun could be pintle-mounted at the leader's hatch. 500 rounds could be carried if the 12.7 mm machine gun was fitted.

A bank of six smoke grenade launchers was located on each side of the turret, for a total of twelve smoke or fragmentation grenades. They were fired electronically by the bank's commander from the interior.

The gunner's primary sight was a NANOQUEST telescopic sight with a zoom of x10. It incorporated a laser rangefinder and muzzle reference system. The gunner also had a NANOQUEST periscope for wide-angle observation. A thermal imaging system was available as an option.

The commander had a rear-opening, single piece hatch with fiver periscopes. He also had a Pilkington PE/Raven II day/night sight with magnification of x1 and x8, as well as image intensification for night operations.

The loader also had a single piece, rear-opening hatch with a single AFV No 3 Mk 1 periscope with 360° of rotation.

The suspension of the VFM 5 is a torsion bar type. There are six road wheels on each side of the chassis and a shock absorber at each road wheel. 38 cm double-pin tracks are used.

The engine is a General Motors (GM) Detroit Diesel Model 6V-92 TA 6-cylinder, producing 550 horsepower. A General Electric (GE) HMPT-500-3 transmission is used, with three forward gears and one reverse gear. The powerpack is cooled by a water radiator and oil cooler. Easy access to the engine is provided by a rear hull ramp, which the engine can be slid down for maintenance or replacement. Access covers are located on the engine compartment roof for easy maintenance as well.

The engine compartment is protected by an automatic fire-suppression system, and one can also be fitted for the crew compartment. Handheld extinguishers are also provided.

Devblog

In 1985, Vickers formed a consortium with the American FMC company in order to develop a modern, yet cost-effective light tank for the export market. To achieve this, development and production costs had to be kept as low as possible. As a result, the decision was made to combine the CCVL hull developed by FMC for the US Army's AGS project with a Vickers-built turret, housing a modified low-recoil version of the widely used L7 cannon.

The first prototype was built in 1986 and subsequently revealed to the public at the British Army Equipment Exhibition that year. However, despite its modern equipment, excellent mobility and low weight thanks to the wide use of aluminum alloys, the VFM 5 failed to attract any attention from potential international operators at first.

However, testing and further refinement of the vehicle's design continued into the late 1980's and early 1990's, just at that time negotiations were held with Malaysia to supply the tank to the national armed forces, but it ultimately never came to a production agreement. In the end, only a single prototype of the VFM 5 was ever constructed.

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Britain light tanks
Armoured cars  Daimler Mk II · AEC Mk II
A13  A13 Mk I · A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II · A13 Mk II 1939
A15  Crusader II · Crusader "The Saint" · Crusader III
A17  Tetrarch Mk I
Post war  Warrior · VFM5
  Foreign
USA  Stuart I · Stuart III
South Africa  SARC MkVI (2pdr) · SARC MkVI (6pdr) · Eland 90 Mk.7 · Ratel 20 · Ratel 90 · Rooikat Mk.1D