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FV4004 Conway
uk_fv4004_conway.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
7.0/7.0/7.0BR
4 peopleCrew
Mobility
50.8 tWeight
5 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
120 mm Ordnance QF Tk. L1A2 cannonWeapon 1
20 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 10°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm L3A1 machine gunWeapon 2
3 600 roundsAmmunition
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
120 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
300 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 980 / 7 839/3 440 / 4 509/3 150 / 4 129Repair
85 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
300 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 200 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.96 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage Conway.jpg


The FV4004 Conway is a Rank V British tank destroyer with a battle rating of 7.0 (AB/RB/SB). The tank destroyer was released with Update 1.57 "Battle March". It is armed with a cannon developed to take on the heavy Soviet IS-3 tank. It excels in fighting the top-rank heavies.

This tank plays very similarly to the KV-2. It lacks armor on all sides and has a very large caliber gun, able to penetrate everything it faces, severely damaging most. It can be played as a usual tank destroyer, excelling at it with its high velocity APDS rounds, sniping from a distance. Extraordinarily, it is also able to take a heavy tank in a 1v1 as well.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 76.2 mm (58°) Front glacis
76.2 mm (47-48°) Lower glacis
50.8 (12°) + 6 mm 38 mm (8-12°) 29 mm
8-14 mm Engine deck
Turret 132 mm (19°) Turret front
140 mm (7-61°) Gun Mantlet
95 mm (0-6°) Front
47 mm (2°) Middle
30 mm Rear
30 mm Border
20 mm Hatch
17 mm
Armour Front Sides Roof
Cupola 47 mm 47 mm Right side 30 mm Left & Rear 47 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 30 mm thick.
  • Turret sides are angled, causing inaccurate shots to bounce.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
49.8 N/A 41 (AB)
37 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 902 1,110
Realistic/Simulator 562 635
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 18.11 22.28
Realistic/Simulator 11.28 12.75

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: L1A2 (120 mm)
120 mm Ordnance QF Tk. L1A2
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
20 -5°/+10° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 15.9 21.94 26.64 29.46 31.34
Realistic 10.7 12.6 15.3 16.92 18.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
19.4 17.13 15.79 14.9
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Shot L1G APDS 362 361 359 354 339 321
Shell L1TK HESH 152 152 152 152 152 152
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
Shot L1G APDS 1493 7.6 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 75° 78° 80°
Shell L1TK HESH 792 15.87 0.4 0.1 3,100 +0° 73° 77° 80°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Conway.
Full
ammo
Ammo
Part
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
20 Projectiles
Propellants
17 (+3)
16 (+4)
14 (+6)
10 (+10)
13 (+7)
(+19)
(+19)
 
No

Turret empty: 10 (+10)

Machine guns

Main article: L3A1 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm L3A1
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
3,600 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

As a tank destroyer, you might want to go for heavy tank hunt. In this case, you should check the battle rating of opposing team. Despite having heavy gun, your best bet in uptier would be long range flank sniping. This is due to APDS doing less damage to crew and components, the thicker the armor it penetrated was, thus doing minimal damage through heavy tank's frontal armour. As such, you are less dangerous to superheavy tanks (especially the ones from 8.0) from front, compared to FV 4005, which many players will mistake you for. You still can penetrate most of breakthrough tanks, forcing them to retreat or slip up at critical moment. Since APDS is super high velocity, you can snipe across the map with little issue, and do fatal damage from sides.

To everything else you are extremely dangerous, and, if detected, have some presence factor. This can be beneficial and bad at same time, since you can scare off heavy tanks and attract medium and light tanks, and even other SPG's. Your turret might hold off a few stray shots from distant or weak opponents, but your hull is still quite fragile, and reload times are still too long, so there is no room for mistakes at close range duels. For these reasons, if possible, adversaries must be kept away from you, so their guns are inadequate at fighting you, your hull must be kept hidden, and enemy SPG and "sniper" oriented medium tanks must be neutralized on sight.

In case if light vehicle is stalking you, sometimes it's better to just load HESH, provoke, then hopefully blast enemy away. Heavily armoured vehicles are still more vulnerable to APDS, than HESH, regardless of range, unless you hit them at specific weakspots with it.

Modules

The first upgrades to head for is Parts and FPE for increased survivability. Once you got these two, everything is good, but get the rangefinder for enhanced RB or SB gameplay. It is also important to get Fire adjustment and Elevation gear upgrades, since they reduce probability of a miss.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very powerful 120 mm gun.
  • Gun mantlet has decent armour.

Cons:

  • Weak armour overall
  • Long reload time
  • Fairly low speed for a lightly armoured vehicle.
  • Only carries a maximum of 20 shells.

History

When the Centurion tanks entered service in British service in 1945, the British didn't tank account to the sudden appearance of the Soviet IS-3. The IS-3 tank showed the Western Allies needed to reconsider their tank inventories, which at the time the IS-3 was introduced only composed of mostly M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings, and the Centurions. The British, recognizing the need of a bigger gun to fight the IS-3, started production on Conqueror tank. However, development takes time and the Conqueror would not be ready until 1955. As an interim project until it is done, the British took a Centurion Mk 3 tank and upgraded with a new turret made from rolled plate that can mount the 120 mm L1 gun, the same gun meant for the Conqueror. This vehicle, designated the FV4004 Conway was to have the heavy armament, yet the same maneuverability as the base Centurion. One of such vehicle was made in this matter before the whole thing was cancelled in 1951. The sole piece made is now stored in the Bovington Tank Museum.

Another attempt at this kind of mounting with the Centurion was the FV4005, which was meant to be a tank destroyer with a larger 183 mm gun. The project started in 1951 and developed in July 1955. The gun was mounted in a similar fashion as the Conway on a lightly armoured turret. This was a limited production and by August 1957, the whole project was disassembled. The FV4005 also has survived in the Bovington Tank Museum.

Media

Skin and Camouflages for the Conway in Warthunder Live.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Britain tank destroyers
Based on infantry tanks  3 inch Gun Carrier · SP 17pdr. Valentine
M10 Achilles  Achilles · Achilles (65 Rg.)
End war  A30 SP Avenger · A39 Tortoise
Post-war  Tank Medium Gun Charioteer Mk VII · FV4005 Stage II · FV4004 Conway
ATGM  FV438 Swingfire · FV102 Striker