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Vickers Mk.1
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The Vickers Battle Tank Mk.1 was a British main battle tank developed as a private project by Vickers-Armstrong intended for export. The development began in the 1960s, using existing components or components currently under development such as the Royal Ordnance L7 105 mm gun, Leyland L60 multi-fuel engine, and FCS and transmission from the Chieftain main battle tank. In 1961, an agreement was made with India to help the country develop and produce a tank, as well as help with setting up the factory to assemble it. The Vickers Mk.1 was made to be a cheap yet effective tank appealing to the less developed countries of Africa or the Middle East. The first prototype was completed in 1963 and in 1964, one of the prototypes was sent to India, where a licensed copy of the Mk.1 called Vijayanta was produced, being the first indigenous Indian tank. 70 tanks were also sold to Kuwait, although these were modified for the desert environment including installation of tropical filters and one of the rear wheels being moved further back to decrease ground pressure for easier traversing over desert terrain.

Introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", the Vickers Mk.1 can be utilized as a sniper vehicle due to its good gun depression and infamously fast reload of 5.0 sec on aced crew. However, the sight offers only 4.9-6.0x zoom, which hinders its long range performance. The mobility of the Vickers is average, and the turret armour is quite weak due to the flat gun mantlet and turret front. The hull however is angled at 60° offering moderate protection. The Vickers is best utilized as a second line vehicle, supporting more armoured allies in their effort to turn the tide of the battle to your side.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull80 / 30 / 20
Turret80 / 40 / 40
Crew4 people
Visibility108 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 60 mm (56°) Front glacis
80 mm (32°) Lower glacis
30 mm Top
30 + 4 mm Bottom
20 mm (4-5°) Top
19 mm (58°)
25 mm
5 mm Grills
Turret 80 mm (19°) Turret front
40-100 mm (1-73°) Gun mantlet
40-60 mm (1-17°) 40 mm (10°)
60 mm (1°) Turret ring
25 mm


  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.


Speedforward / back
AB54 / 13 km/h
RB and SB49 / 12 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight38.1 t
Engine power
AB1 160 hp
RB and SB608 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB30.4 hp/t
RB and SB16.0 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 54 13 38.1 942 1,160 24.72 30.45
Realistic 49 12 538 608 14.12 15.96

The tank has a mediocre off-road top speed of 32 km/h (20 mph) stock, yet can do -11 km/h (-7 mph) in reverse, so don't be afraid to duck back into cover. Suspension is quite strong on this tank, in AB a spaded Vickers Mk.1 can climb hills better than other vehicles. It can even tow other tanks up there if their suspension allows it.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 837 → 5 582 Sl icon.png
RB4 319 → 6 284 Sl icon.png
SB5 964 → 8 677 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications87 200 Rp icon.png
147 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training86 000 Sl icon.png
Experts300 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 200 / 220 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
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6 100 Rp icon.png
9 800 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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8 200 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
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195 Ge icon.png
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9 200 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
7 400 Rp icon.png
12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
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230 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
3 300 Rp icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
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220 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
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9 800 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
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8 200 Sl icon.png
195 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
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9 200 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
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9 200 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
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12 000 Sl icon.png
280 Ge icon.png
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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
Ammunition44 rounds
First-order11 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
6.5 → 5.0 s
Vertical guidance-7° / 20°
105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 44 -7°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 26.37 36.50 44.32 49.01 52.14 6.50 5.75 5.30 5.00
Realistic 16.48 19.39 23.55 26.04 27.70


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Shot L28A1 APDS 350 347 333 317 302 287
Shell L35 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
Shot L28A1 APDS 1,478 4 - - - 75° 78° 80°
Shell L35 HESH 720 11.4 0.1 4 3.15 73° 77° 80°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Vickers Mk.1
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
44 43 (+1) 41 (+3) 39 (+5) 37 (+7) 12 (+32) (+43) No


  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Rack 6 is a first stage ammo rack. It totals 11 shells and gets filled first when loading up the tank.
  • This rack is also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 6 - 1 - 2 - etc. until 5.
  • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1-5 into rack 6. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.

Additional armament

Ammunition600 rounds
Belt capacity3 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
0.6 → 0.5 s
Fire rate300 shots/min
Main article: L21A1 (12.7 mm)

The 12.7 mm L21A1 machine gun is specifically used to determine ranging for the main gun. While the game indicates a very short clip of 3 rounds, it is in fact more accurate to say that the MG only fires small bursts of 3 rounds. It is not fired alongside the other machine guns but through the "Fire from secondary guns" option (Controls > Ground Vehicles > Weaponry).

12.7 mm L21A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 600 (3) 300 N/A N/A

Machine guns

Ammunition3 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
Main article: L3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm L3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,000 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Although it can be done with its excellent reload speed of 5-7 seconds (crew skill depending), mixing ranks with the enemy is ill advised: instead take upon a sniping role. Your gun has only two types of ammo, both stock so research is not required for enhanced destruction. That being said, the APDS is a potent weapon that has 302 mm of pen at 100 m, falling to 252 mm at 2,500 m: all ranges can be targeted, with enemies moving towards more manoeuvrability over armour in the high ranks. However, the rounds lack spalling potential, so the damage inflicted on a tank interior must be in the APDS direct path past the penetration. If you aim for the turret weak spots, the barrel or breech will be your most common hits, incurring 20-30 precious seconds of repair time. If for any reason you're forced to engage while exposed, attempt to disable the enemy's gun or gunner first, before utilizing the excellent reload time to finish the target off.

The HESH shell is a very different story. While this odd round has its uses, it's somewhat limited in effectiveness against many targets. HESH, which stands for High Explosive Squash Head, relies on this so called 'squash head' spreading as much as possible, creating a spalling effect within the targeted vehicle. This means that it's not particularly effective against thick armour; and it should rather be used against lightly-armoured targets or targets which rely on highly angled armour for survivability. Generally, Vickers tankers will learn to prefer their APDS round for most engagements, only resorting to HESH against select targets.

Some enemies that can be rough to deal with:

  • The Lorraine 40t will bounce more shots than you care to admit, or your hits will do minor damage. Just out the nature of the reserved play style this tank likes, any fast tanks will be a problem due to their ability to close the gap as you attempt to reach your favourite position. Engine and transmission upgrades will lessen this, in time.
  • All Soviet tanks are difficult to deal with, yet learning their weak spots will lead you to victory.
  • German tanks are a problem due to their accuracy and fast reload times, however the cheeks of their turrets, especially the Tiger II, are prime targets for eagle-eyed gunners.

Pros and cons


  • Stock APDS shell has very high penetration values
  • APDS shell has a high muzzle velocity, offering a flat trajectory
  • HESH ammunition is effective against lightly armoured vehicles
  • Has a 12.7 mm L21A1 machine gun designed for range finding (same trajectory as HESH)
  • Fast reload speed
  • Above average reverse speed compared to some British tanks
  • Excellent manoeuvrability, even over rough terrain


  • Poor armour, even lower ranked guns are quite a threat
  • Depression of only -7° which is below average for British tanks
  • Lack of ammunition choices, with access to APDS and HESH only
  • APDS causes minimal post-penetration damage, meaning that destroying some vehicles can be a challenge
  • Many SPAA vehicles can penetrate your sides or back
  • The L21A1 machine gun has a very low fire rate (5 rounds/second) and only shoots low-penetration incendiary rounds


The Vickers-Amstrong Company designed the Vickers Mk.1 in the sixties as a cheap and efficient variant of the Chieftain, ready to be exported. In 1961, India purchased the license for development, and Vickers-Armstrong helped to set up the factory. Over the course of its life, many variants were developed, including the Mk.2 and Mk.3. Later, Vickers Valiant(Mk.4) in 1977 and finally Mk.7 MBT. Currently, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania are the foremost operators.



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Vickers-Armstrongs Limited
Tribal-class  HMS Eskimo · HMCS Haida
Invincible-class  HMS Invincible*
Kongō-class  IJN Kongo**
Light Tanks  VFM5*** · Vickers Mk.11***
Light Tank Mk VI  Light AA Mk I
Light Tank Mk VII  Tetrarch I
Light Tank Mk VIII  Alecto I
Tank, Infantry, Valentine  Valentine I · Valentine IX · Valentine XI · Archer
Vickers MBT  Vickers Mk.1 · Vickers Mk.3 · Vickers Mk.7***
Heavy Tanks  Independent****
Export  ▂МК-IX "Valentine" · Vickers Mk.E****
See also  Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft Limited
  *Previously Armstrong Whitworth
  **Built for Japan
  ***Vickers Defence Systems
  ****Previously Vickers Limited

Britain medium tanks
Valentine  Valentine I · Valentine IX · Valentine XI
Cromwell  Cromwell I · Cromwell V · Cromwell V (RP-3)
Cromwell derivatives  Challenger · Avenger · Comet I · Comet I "Iron Duke IV" · Charioteer Mk VII
Centurion  Centurion Mk 1 · Centurion Mk.2 · Centurion Mk 3 · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk 10 · Centurion Action X · FV4202
Vickers MBT  Vickers Mk.1 · Vickers Mk.3 · Vickers Mk.7
Chieftain  Chieftain Mk 3 · Chieftain Mk 5 · Chieftain Mk 10
Challenger 1  Challenger Mk.2 · Challenger Mk.3 · Challenger DS
Challenger 2  Challenger 2 · Challenger 2 (2F) · Challenger 2 TES · Challenger 2 OES · Challenger 2E · Challenger 2 Black Night
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
Israel  ▄Sho't Kal Dalet
Jordan  Khalid
Sweden  ▄Strv 81 (RB 52)
USA  Grant I · Sherman II · Sherman Firefly · Sherman IC "Trzyniec"