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Revision as of 21:05, 5 November 2020

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The BA-11 is a gift premium rank I Soviet light tank with a battle rating of 1.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.95 "Northern Wind" as a reward for Season 2: Attack from the Sea.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour on the BA-11 is unfortunately inadequate against most tank armaments that it can encounter. It's only thick enough to resist rifle-calibre machine guns from coaxials, whereas heavy machine gun rounds have more than enough power to shred the car's body apart. In terms of surviving a front-on encounter with a tank shell, the only hope is that the engine and fuel tank modules will stop the shell from reaching the crew compartment. However, this hope is mired by the fact that the BA-11 has the hull-break mechanic enabled, so such a shot can ruin the BA-11. Even if the shot doesn't enact the hull-break mechanic, it will immobilize the BA-11 and leave it ready for a more accurate follow-up shot to finish the deed.

The only survivability enhancement the BA-11 can go through is simply to not get hit. Nearly every compartment of the BA-11 has critical components that would cripple the vehicle if not outright destroy it. The front compartment with engine and transmission module can hull-break or immobilise the vehicle. The center driving compartment containing the driver and another crew member, with the transmission right underneath to, again, cripple the vehicle's mobility or activate hull-break. The fighting compartment in the rear with the turret is fully stowed with ammunition with the gun crew, and so a shot there can cause an ammunition detonation that would make short work of the BA-11's life.

Finally, the roof armour on the BA-11 is not sufficient against most type of strafing attacks either, so enemy aircraft going for a gun run will be dangerous to a BA-11 user.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (turret front, gun mantlet)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 13 mm (27°) Windshield glacis
13 mm (28°) Engine hood glacis
8 mm (28°) Radiator vent
13 mm (57°) Lower glacis
10 mm (22-27°) Engine hood
13 mm (22-27°) Crew compartment
6 mm Rear wheels arch
13 mm (24°) Crew compartment
8 mm (7°) Central mudguard
13 mm (17°) Engine hood
8 mm (3-18°) Crew compartment
Turret 13 mm (cylindrical) Gun mantlet
13 mm (cylindrical) Turret front
13 mm (21-25°) 13 mm (24°) 6 mm


  • Wheels are 10 mm thick, add-on tracks are 15 mm thick and mudguards 4 mm thick.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 60 8 8.1 139 172 17.16 21.23
Realistic 54 7 80 90 9.88 11.11


Main armament

Main article: 20-K (45 mm)
45 mm 20-K Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 114 -8°/+25° ±180° N/A 15.23 21.08 25.60 28.31 30.12 3.77 3.33 3.07 2.90
Realistic 9.52 11.20 13.60 15.04 16.00


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
BR-240 APHEBC 70 68 59 50 42 35
BR-240SP AP 73 71 62 52 44 37
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
BR-240 APHEBC 760 1.43 1.2 9.0 29.26 48° 63° 71°
BR-240SP AP 757 1.43 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the BA-11
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
114 108 (+6) 101 (+13) 85 (+29) 69 (+45) 53 (+61) 37 (+77) 21 (+93) (+113) No


  • Shells in racks 1 and 2 (turret) are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Shells in racks 3 to 8 (flanks) are modeled by sets of 4 and disappear after all shells in the set having been loaded or shot.
  • Racks 3 to 8 deplete symmetrically by sets of 4 shells, starting with the left side.
  • Pack 21 (+93) shells (racks 1 to 7 emptied) to go into battle with the turret and the flanks empty of ammo.

Machine guns

Main article: DT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm DT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,890 (63) 600 N/A N/A

The small caliber of the DT machine gun makes it largely ineffective against all armoured vehicles but the ones with an open compartment. It still can be used to ping targets as a rangefinding help. The clip capacity of the machine gun is quite poor, as it relies on a magazine of 63 bullets instead of a belt like similar machine guns from other nations.

Usage in battles

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Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tires Parts Horizontal Drive BR-240SP
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Good gun depression of 8 degrees
  • Car forward mobility is quite good off and on-road, so long as it can pick up speed
  • Front profile rather small due to its long body


  • Armour is only sufficient against rifle-calibre machine guns, anything more will shred the car apart
  • Roof armour above the crew at its thickest is 8 mm, which allows most aircraft to penetrate with a strafing run
  • Interior layout allows any penetrating shot to deal critical damage to something
  • Vehicle length means it can present a large target if driving perpendicular to an enemy's gun
  • Reverse speed is disappointing, restricting ability to withdraw into cover easily


Armoured cars were one of the most popular world trends in the development of armoured vehicles in the pre-war period. The Soviet heavy armoured vehicle BA-11 was one of the typical examples of this type of vehicle. It was created on the basis of a shortened chassis from the military ZIS-6 - a three-axle off-road truck designed on a scheme of 6x4 (rear wheel drive). The new chassis designed by engineers of the Moscow Automobile Plant was supposed to provide the armoured car greater payload and a better cross-country ability which allows improvements in the armour and a better off-road performance in the vehicle.

Compared to the armoured vehicles of the B-6 and B-10 series which had been designed on the basis of the GAZ-AAA truck, the armour of the BA-11 has been increased by 1.5-2 times and in some places, the BA-11 was slightly better armoured than the T-26 and BT-7 tanks. With the increased weight up to 8 tons, the vehicle maintained good driving characteristics: a speed of up to 64 km/h on the highway and 26 km/h over terrain. As well as in the BA-10 the designers also provided overall tracks which were able to help the armoured car to overcome particularly difficult areas. The gun and the turret of the vehicle also receives a 45 mm 20-K cannon from the BA-10 in the turret.

The heavy BA-11 armoured vehicle was produced in limited edition in 1939 and participated in battles at the early stages of WWII. In 1942 it was withdrawn from service.

- From Devblog



See also

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External links

USSR light tanks
T-26  T-26 · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-26-4
BT  BT-5 · RBT-5 · BT-7 · BT-7 TD · BT-7 (F-32) · BT-7M
BMP  BMP-1 · BMP-2 · BMP-2M · BMP-3
Other  T-50 · T-60 · T-70 · T-80 · T-126
  BA-11 · PT-76B · Object 685 · Object 906
China  ▂Type 62

USSR premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  BA-11 · RBT-5 · BT-7 (F-32) · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-126
Medium tanks  T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34E · T-34-57 (1943) · T-34-85E · T-34-100 · T-44-122 · T-55AM-1 · T-72AV (TURMS-T)
  ▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2 · ▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂МК-IX "Valentine"
Heavy tanks  SMK · T-35 · ▂MK-II "Matilda" · KV-1E · KV-2 (1940) · KV-2 (ZiS-6) · KV-122 · KV-220 · IS-2 "Revenge" · IS-6 · T-10A
Tank destroyers  BM-13N · BM-8-24 · SU-57 · SU-76D · SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps) · SU-85A · SU-100Y · SU-122P · Object 120
SPAA  ▂Phòng không T-34 · ZUT-37