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The Vijayanta (विजयंता; lit. Victorious) was the first MBT built in India as the licensed variant of the British Vickers Mk.1. As the export tank designed by the Vickers-Armstrong, Vickers Mk.1 were designed to be a lighter yet as powerful medium tank as the Centurion series in British service; the design of this tank was acquired by India in 1961 and development soon started in UK. The development was completed by 1964 with a prototype delivered to India and joined the Indian Army a year later under the name Vijayanta. The tank was saw in action during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 and Indo-Pakistan War of 1999; although planned for decommission by 2008, the introduction of Russian-built/licensed MBTs and complications on the domestic Arjun MBT however didn't fully phrase-out all Vijayanta with were still spotted as late as 2019, serving as batteries for border troops.

Introduced in Update "La Royale" as a premium British medium tank, the Vijayanta is essentially a Vickers Mk.1 with M456 105 mm HEAT-FS, other than the additional ammunition option, both tanks can be utilize with same tactics as a supporting tank while players have to pay extra caution to avoid frontline battles at all cost since the protection is rather poor for its tier.

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 %

A short answer to the protection of Vijayanta: it is totally identical to Vickers Mk.1. As Vickers Mk.1 was designed to be the alternative to the fleet of Centurion tanks in British and overseas services, the main design feature was retaining the same firepower as the post-Mk.10 Centurions while having better mobility thanks to its lighter weight; but lighter weight also means lesser protection. The later variants of Centurion has around 240 mm RHA on UFP - for Vijayanta, it's less than half of Centurions (barely over 100 mm RHA); at its tier where APFSDS and HEATFS are very commonplace, it can be said that chances of non-penetration or ricochet is very minimal.

For the internal layout, like Vickers Mk.1, the crews are rather cramped and three of them are on the same axis by the right side (from Vijayanta's PoV), the problem is further worsen due to the ammunition layout of the tank (up to 25 shells up front, next to the driver); any penetrated shots at the center-mass or from the right side will very like knock down the tank right away, if not detonate right away (at full load). So staying behind the lines to maximize its survivability while helping the team to take out enemy targets.

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

Thanks to the lighter chassis, it can be said that Vijayanta traded its protection for far better mobility than the Centurion series. It can go as "fast" as 48 km/h while still retains similar reverse at 11.1 km/h; while it is nowhere comparable to Warsaw-Pact and most other NATO tanks (any but M48 and M60 series), it does give Vijayanta more flexibility than Centurion.

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

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB3 182 Sl icon.png
RB3 469 Sl icon.png
SB4 638 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts730 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 140 / 210 / 250 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Improved Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
Improved FPE
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Crew Replenishment
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods tank ammo.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
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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
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 26.4 36.5 44.3 49.0 52.2 6.50 5.75 5.30 5.00
Realistic 16.5 19.4 23.5 26.0 27.7


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
M728 APDS 265 263 252 240 228 216
Shell L35 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M456 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
M728 APDS 1,426 4.53 - - - 75° 78° 80°
Shell L35 HESH 720 11.4 0.1 4 3.15 73° 77° 80°
M456 HEATFS 1,174 10.5 0.05 0.1 1.27 65° 72° 77°

Ammo racks

rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
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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)
12.7 mm L21A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 600 (3) 300 - -

Machine guns

Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate650 shots/min
Ammunition3 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
7.62 mm L3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,000 (250) 500 - -
7.62 mm L37A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 1,000 (100) 650 -10°/+30° ±60°

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • 5 second reload with max crew
  • Two-plane stabilizer
  • 3 machine guns (2 x 7.62 mm & 1 x 12.7 mm) with one on the roof
  • An effective HEAT shell with a relatively high muzzle velocity
  • Access to APDS and HESH as well
  • Above average speed in comparison to some other British tanks thanks to lighter weight


  • Poor armour all around, front armour is only good against autocannons
  • Lacks the speed to keep up with NATO/Warsaw-Pact counterparts
  • Only -7° of gun depression compared to the more common -10°
  • The coaxial 12.7 mm machine gun is meant for rangefinding and has only 7 mm of penetration
  • The roof machine gun is only 7.62 mm
  • Ammo rack in the front right next to the driver
  • Slow gun elevation speed affects gun handling


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See also

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External links

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"

Britain premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II 1939 · AEC Mk II · Crusader "The Saint" · Rooikat 105
Medium tanks  A.C.I · Grant I · Cromwell V (RP-3) · Sherman IC "Trzyniec" · A.C.IV · Comet I "Iron Duke IV"
  Centurion Mk.2 · ▄Strv 81 (RB 52) · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk.5/1 · ▄Sho't Kal Dalet · Centurion Action X
  Vijayanta · Khalid · Challenger DS · Challenger 2 OES
Heavy tanks  Independent · Matilda Hedgehog · Excelsior · TOG II · Churchill Crocodile · Black Prince
Tank destroyers  Alecto I · Achilles (65 Rg.) · QF 3.7 Ram