OF-40 (MTCA)

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OF-40 (MTCA)
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OF-40 (MTCA)
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Description

The Carro Armato OTO Melara OF-40 (MTCA) is a premium gift rank VI Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull70 / 35 / 25
Turret68 / 47 / 30
Crew4 people
Visibility86 %

The OF-40 (MTCA) has very little in the way of armour - effectively identical to both OF-40 models in the tech tree - with just enough to protect its crew from most frontal attacks from light autocannons - however even then the turret ring and some other small weak spots are reasonably vulnerable. Despite this, the OF-40's steep constructional angles may on occasion bounce even APFSDS rounds, while the (minimalist) spaced armour in the turret may absorb some less-powerful chemical rounds. Regardless, the safest approach is to avoid enemy fire whenever possible.

The OF-40's survivability is comparable to the Leopard A1A1 (L/44), as most of the vehicle's ammunition is stored in the hull adjacent to the driver, with a small portion of the ammunition being placed in primary stowage below the loader. The unfortunate result is that almost any hull penetration in the front half of the vehicle is liable to destroy ammunition with a high chance of detonation. Additionally, the turret crew are very poorly spaced and a well-placed round can easily knock out the entire crew simultaneously.

The result of the lack of survivability and armour is that the OF-40 (MTCA) is not viable as a front-line MBT, but rather should be played in flanking or sniping roles.

Armour type:

  • Rolled Homogeneous Armour - Hull and Turret
  • High Hardness Rolled Armour - Turret
  • Rubber-Fabric Screens - Sideskirts
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 70 mm (68°) Upper Glacis

50 mm (50°) Lower Glacis

35 mm Upper Crew Compartment

25 mm Upper Engine Compartment

30 mm Lower

25 mm 15 - 30 mm
Turret 30 - 68 mm (Various Angles) Turret front

30 mm (~58°) + 45 mm (Curved) Gun mantlet

Spaced: 30 mm + 80 mm air + 35 mm Forward

Spaced: 12 mm + 120 mm + 35 mm Rearward

30 mm 20 - 40 mm

Notes:

  • The turret sides use spaced armour, and are therefore stronger than they appear in the armour viewer.
  • Beneath the angled outer portion of the gun mantlet is a curved 45 mm plate.
  • There are 10 mm rubber-fabric screens protecting the upper suspension.
  • The rear of the turret has 5 mm of structural steel in addition to the base armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB78 / 29 km/h
RB and SB71 / 26 km/h
Number of gears7 forward
2 back
Weight43.0 t
Engine power
AB1 908 hp
RB and SB1 000 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB44.4 hp/t
RB and SB23.3 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 78 29 43 1,550 1908 36.05 44.37
Realistic 71 26 884 1000 20.56 23.26

The OF-40 (MTCA) has an improved engine over its tech tree predecessors, offering its driver a notably improved power-to-weight ratio of 23.26 hp/ton (RB, spaded), relative to the Mk.2A's 19.3. This is a significant improvement that is easily noticeable, and the MTCA comfortably displays better mobility characteristics than most of its contemporaries.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB5 100 Sl icon.png
RB5 300 Sl icon.png
SB7 100 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts790 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 000 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 140 / 160 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 214 / 214 / 214 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
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Suspension
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Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
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Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
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Crew Replenishment
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_usa_HESH_ammo_pack
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_usa_HEAT_FS_ammo_pack
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_us_M416_Smoke_ammo_pack
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_usa_M735_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder

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

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition61 rounds
First-order19 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-9° / 20°
105 mm OTO Melara 105/52 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 61 -9°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 38.1 52.7 64.0 70.8 75.3 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 23.8 28.0 34.0 37.6 40.0

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
M392A2 APDS 303 302 296 277 257 252
M393A2 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M456 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
DM23 APFSDS 337 335 330 322 314 306
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%
M392A2 APDS 1,478 4 N/A N/A N/A 75° 78° 80°
M393A2 HESH 732 14.85 0.05 0.1 4,310 73° 77° 80°
M456 HEATFS 1,173 10.5 0.05 0.1 1,270 65° 72° 77°
DM23 APFSDS 1,455 3.79 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M416 730 11.4 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
9th
rack empty
10th
rack empty
11th
rack empty
12th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
61 55 (+6) 54 (+7) 47 (+14) 46 (+15) 39 (+22) 38 (+23) 31 (+30) 30 (+31) 23 (+38) 20 (+41) 16 (+45) (+60) No
Notes:
  • Racks 11 and 12 are first stage ammo racks, meaning they will deplete when shots are fired but will then replenish from the other racks in the order from 1-9. Rack 11 depletes before rack 12, which is the last rack to deplete.

Machine guns

Ammunition1 080 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate577 shots/min
Vertical guidance-8° / 20°
Horizontal guidance-120° / 120°
Ammunition4 000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 1,080 (200) 576 -8°/+20° ±120°
7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,000 (200) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • One of the most mobile and speedy main battle tanks of its rank; notably more mobile than the Leopard A1A1 and L/44.
  • Great gun handling - vertical and horizontal turret/gun speeds are some of the best
  • Laser rangefinder and excellent optics permit easy sniping and long-range shots
  • Plentiful selection of ammo; APDS, APFSDS, HESH, HEATFS, and smoke shells, handy for marking enemies or blocking their line of sight
  • Spaced turret armour can save you from some autocannon fire, the front and sides are immune to HESH, and AP shot can bounce if angled
  • 12.7 mm (.50 cal) commander's roof gun with 1,080 round ammo count is great for disabling light vehicles and fending off harassing planes and helicopters

Cons:

  • Rather large profile; the turret is quite large while peeking over a hilltop or ridgeline (although it can bounce shots; see above)
  • Low ready rack capacity (19+1); if carrying more than 20 shells, the spare rounds are placed next to the driver in the lightly armoured hull
  • Not having thermals at 9.0 limits its potential in night battles as most of the opposition has access to thermals

History

The United Arab Emirates was the only operator of the OF-40, receiving 18 OF-40 Mk.1 tanks and later 18 more OF-40 Mk.2 tanks; the original 18 Mk.1 vehicles were also upgraded to the OF-40 Mk.2 standard. The UAE was unhappy with the mobility characteristics of their OF-40s, so Fiat offered them two options. They could have the engine replaced with a Fiat MTCA V-12 1,000 hp engine, or they could have the existing engine uprated to 950 hp. It would seem that neither option was ever retrofitted onto the UAE's OF-40 Mk.2 tanks.

Media

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See also

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External links


Italy medium tanks
M11/39  M11/39
M13/40  M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III)
M14/41  M14/41 · M14/41 (47/40)
M15/42  M15/42
M16/43  Celere Sahariano
P26/40  P40 · P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
OF-40  OF-40 · OF-40 Mk.2A · OF-40 (MTCA)
Ariete  Ariete (P) · Ariete · Ariete PSO
Foreign  ▄M4 Hybrid · M4 Tipo IC · ▄Sherman Vc · ▄M4A4
  ▄Pz.III N · ▄Pz.IV G
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · ▄Leopard 1A5

Italy premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  M13/40 (II) · AUBL/74 HVG
Medium tanks  M14/41 (47/40) · Celere Sahariano · P40 "G.C. Leoncello" · ▄M4 Hybrid · ▄Pz.IV G
  M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · OF-40 (MTCA)
Tank destroyers  M43 "G.C.Leoncello"