Vickers Mk.3

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Vickers Mk.3
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Vickers Mk.3
AB RB SB
8.0 8.0 8.0
Class:
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Purchase:420 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Vickers Battle Tank Mk.3 is a rank V British medium tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit".

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
Visibility88 %

The hull armour is weak and cannot be relied upon at this battle rating, while the turret can bounce some poorly shot shells due to its sharp angles towards its side. Getting to a hull down position and utilizing the tank's ability to retreat when a shot is fired or received is necessary to prevent getting shot and damaged. The turret houses 3 of the 4 crew members, meaning that a good shot (unless protected by the gun breach) will knock out all 3 crew members and send this vehicle back to the hangar.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB56 / 13 km/h
RB and SB50 / 12 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight38.7 t
Engine power
AB1 374 hp
RB and SB720 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB35.5 hp/t
RB and SB18.6 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 56 13 38.7 1,116 1,374 28.84 35.5
Realistic 50 12 637 720 16.46 18.6

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 800 → 8 630 Sl icon.png
RB6 280 → 9 344 Sl icon.png
SB11 000 → 16 368 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications129 000 Rp icon.png
214 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training120 000 Sl icon.png
Experts420 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 190 / 150 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
5 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
4 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement uk.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_usa_HEAT_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
7 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png

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

105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A1 cannon
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition50 rounds
First-order9 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 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 50 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 26.4 36.5 44.3 49.0 52.1 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 16.5 19.4 23.5 26.0 27.7

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
M728 APDS 260 258 250 240 231 222
Shell L35 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M456 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
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%
M728 APDS 1,426 4.65 N/A N/A N/A 75° 78° 80°
Shell L35 HESH 720 11.4 0.1 4 3,150 73° 77° 80°
M456 HEATFS 1,174 10.5 0.05 0.1 1,270 65° 72° 77°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Vickers Mk.3
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
50 39 (+11) 35 (+15) 10 (+40) (+49) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Racks 1 and 2 deplete from left to right.
  • Rack 4 is a first stage ammo rack. It totals 9 shells and gets filled first when loading up the tank.
  • This rack is also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 4 - 1 - 2 - 3.
  • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1-3 into rack 4. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.

Additional armament

Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity3 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
0.6 → 0.5 s
Fire rate300 shots/min
Main article: L21A1 (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm L21A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,000 (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
Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 2,000 (200) 600 -10°/+50° ±120°
7.62 mm L3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,000 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

There are multiple ways to play this tank. The most common way is utilising your good acceleration and speed to get into key sniping points on the map. Here the use of your laser rangefinder can help you snipe up to 2 km effectively. For this role, APDS is recommended due to its higher velocity than the HEATFS shell and yet still have decent penetration. Use your first shot to make the enemy tank immobile and then finish them off as it is highly unlikely they shall be able to locate you at a distance, find the proper range (unless they they happen to also have laser rangefinders which is more likely in a uptier battle) and then shoot you. To snipe, it is also advised to go hull-down and use the 10* of gun depression to reduce the amount of area exposed to enemy fire. Although not comparable to other tanks at its BR, the reverse speed of 11 km/h is still decent to get out of sticky situations.

The Vickers Mk.3 can also be used in CQC and urban fighting maps as it has good mobility and turret traverse to be able to react to an enemy in different directions. The commander's machine gun on top of the turret can be used to mark targets for friendly players as well as be able to deter incoming planes or damage them.

A mixture of APDS and HEATFS shells are good as the APDS can reliably damage an enemy tank upon penetration due to its better post-penetration damage than the HEATFS shell. The HEATFS shell can be used in scenarios such as an uptier where the APDS shell may be too lacking for penetrating much better armoured tanks and MBTs

Notable enemies and how to engage them
  • T-55: The UFP can be penetrated by the APDS shell. It is best to shoot the right side of this tanks when head-on as it will incapacitate the driver, gunner and commander, leading to the tank's destruction. Although the left side where the ammo and fuel is stored is still a viable option, it is inconsistent and may not cause the tank to get destroyed.
  • M48/M60: The UFP can bounce the APDS shell when at shot at irregular angles, it is recommended to use the HEATFS shell or attempt to hit its ammo by shooting the LFP with APDS
  • Leopard A1A1: Similar to all NATO tanks, the left side of the weak front hull can be shot and knock out 3 crew members, resulting in a death or aim for the lower hull side on the left to hit the ammo storage area.
How to counter the Vickers Mk.3
  • Aim for the left side of the hull in a head on to defeat the driver, gunner and commander.
  • Aim for the lower left side to detonate the frontal ammo storage.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good mobility, including good reverse speed
  • Equipped with a laser rangefinder
  • Gun depression angle of -10°
  • Gunsight with 10x zoom
  • Access to a HEATFS shell
  • Stock APDS shell retains good penetration at an angle

Cons:

  • Even with the turret upgrade, the armour of the Vickers Mk.3 is poor
  • 10x zoom can be impractical while aiming at close targets
  • The large ammo rack in the front is still present
  • Small-calibre machine guns don't offer much penetration and the rangefinding 12.7 mm MG fires only tracer bullets that have low penetration power

History

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Media

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See also

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External links


Vickers-Armstrongs Limited
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Invincible-class  HMS Invincible***
Kongō-class  IJN Kongo****
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Light Tank Mk VI  Light AA Mk I
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Vickers MBT  Vickers Mk.1 · Vickers Mk.3 · Vickers Mk.7**
Heavy Tanks  Independent*
Export  ▂МК-IX "Valentine"
See also  Vickers-Armstrongs Aircraft Limited
  ***Previously Armstrong Whitworth
  *Previously Vickers Limited
  **Vickers Defence Systems
  ****Built for Japan

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