Centurion Mk.5 AVRE

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Centurion Assault Vehicle, Royal Engineers Mk.5
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
126 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
76 / 50 / 38Hull
152 / 89 / 89Turret
52.2 tWeight
1240 hp650 hpEngine power
23.8 hp/t12.5 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
39 km/h forward
14 km/h back
35 km/h forward
13 km/h back
165 mm ORD BL 6.5in L9A1 demolition charge projectorMain weapon
53 roundsAmmunition
7 roundsFirst-order
21.3 / 27.7 sReload
-10° / 18°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm L3A1 machine gunCoaxial weapon
3250 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm L3A1 machine gunMachinegun
1250 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png1700/3900/7380Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
480000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1200 Ge icon.pngAces
196 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the medium tank Centurion Mk.5 AVRE. For other uses, see Centurion (Family).


GarageImage Centurion Mk.5 AVRE.jpg

The Centurion Assault Vehicle, Royal Engineers Mk.5, or simply the Centurion Mk.5 AVRE is a gift Rank V British medium tank with a battle rating of 7.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X".

General info

Survivability and armour

Overall, the armour on the AVRE is similar to that on the Centurion Mk 3 gun tank with three major differences: ROMOR-A ERA, composite side skirts and a dozer blade. The ERA provides additional protection (300mm HEAT, 30mm KE) on key areas of the tank, namely the turret face and upper glacis plate, but this has little impact against most opponents due to the majority of shells at this rank being of the kinetic energy (KE) variety. It also changes the visible profile of the turret, obscuring the weak points beneath the standard Centurion turret. The composite side skirts provide a significant increase in protection against small calibre HEAT and auto-cannon fire, increasing it to the point where rounds can no longer penetrate the side armour. They do not change the effect of MBT rounds however as the additional protection simply isn't enough to stop them. The dozer blade may seem unimportant at first glance as it consists of 70mm of structural steel, not RHA, but this is not the case. The blade acts as spaced armour against most rounds aimed at the hull, adding around 60mm against KE and 200mm against HEAT. This can also be added to by the ERA on the front plate, overall providing greater than 400mm of protection against HEAT rounds.


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Main armament

165 mm ORD BL 6.5in L9A1 demolition charge projector
Capacity Vertical
53 -10°/+18° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 17.1 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 10.7 __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
27.7 __.__ __.__ __.__
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
L33A1 HESH 203 203 203 203 203 203
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
L33A1 HESH 259 30.6 0.4 2.0 20,310 +0° 73° 77° 80°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Centurion Mk.5 AVRE.
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
53 XX (X+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+)  (+) no

Machine guns

Main article: L3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm L3A1
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,250 (250) 500 -10°/+80° ±180°
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
3,250 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Has a powerful 165mm gun that fires shells with the explosive mass of 15.87 kg, equal to 20.31k g TNT, one hit can always deal serious damage to the enemy vehicles
  • ROMOR-A ERA equivalent protection against 30 mm kinetic energy munitions and 300 mm chemical energy munitions
  • The dozer blade in front it can provide additional protection, especially protect the lower glacis
  • Low muzzle velocity can allow the trajectory to hit some enemies hide behind the slope, especially in AB
  • Composite side skirts
  • Acceptable reload time
  • Can help repair teammates
  • Very useful in the close range combat, especially in urban warfare
  • Good reverse speed
  • Smoke grenade can be released twice
  • A five-man crew, unlike other Centurion designs


  • Terrible muzzle velocity makes this vehicle not very useful in the open area, especially in RB
  • Low top speed
  • Centurion is a large tank = larger target
  • Side armor is still very weak
  • Only has HESH as its only ammunition
  • Based on Centurion Mk 5, which is similar as the Centurion Mk 3, so it has the similar weak spots as the Centurion Mk 3 (like the turret ring)
  • Top of the engine deck can be easily penetrated by planes


In the 1960s, the British army felt the need for a modern multi-functional engineering vehicle. They chose the Centurion Mk 5 main battle tank base to replace the outdated engineering tank, which used a Churchill chassis. Since the engineering vehicle’s tasks were rather specific, the Centurion chassis was given special equipment: the tank received a bulldozer scoop, a device was mounted above the scoop for laying fascines, the altered rear armour plate was equipped with a tow hitch, and a seat was installed next to the driver’s seat for a new, fifth crew member – a navigator. The engineering vehicle, which was called the Centurion AVRE (abbreviated from Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) was designed to carry a special engineering gun capable of destroying fortifications, pillboxes and other fortified defensive positions. That gun was the short-barreled L9, a 165 mm caliber cannon with low recoil. The vehicle received an ammunition complement of 53 shots with high-explosive squash head (HESH) shells with huge destructive force – each charge contained almost 16 kilograms of explosives. The Centurion AVRE became the standard engineering vehicle for the British Army and participated in several armed conflicts, including the 1991 Gulf War. In the 80’s, Centurion AVRE’s were modernized, receiving additional armour including ROMOR reactive armour - this modification was used in operation “Desert Storm”. The vehicle was retired in 1993.

- From Devblog



Skins and camouflages for the Centurion Mk.5 AVRE from live.warthunder.com.


See also

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External links

Britain medium tanks
Cromwell  Cromwell I · Cromwell V · Cromwell V (RP-3)
Based on Cromwell  Challenger · Comet I · Comet I "Iron Duke IV"
Centurion  Centurion Mk 1 · Centurion Mk 3 · Centurion Mk.5 AVRE · Centurion Mk 10 · Centurion Action X · FV4202
Chieftain  Chieftain Mk 3 · Chieftain Mk 5 · Chieftain Mk 10
Challenger  Challenger Mk.2 · Challenger Mk.3 · Challenger 2 · Challenger 2 (2F)
Valentine  Valentine I · Valentine IX · Valentine XI
Vickers  Vickers MBT · Vickers Mk.7
Foreign  Grant I (USA) · Sherman IC "Trzyniec" (USA) · Sherman Firefly (USA) · Sherman II (USA)
  A.C.IV (Australia) · ▄Strv 81 (RB 52) (Sweden) · Sho't Kal Dalet (Israel)

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