P40 "G.C. Leoncello"

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Fiat-Ansaldo P40 Gruppo Corazzato "Leoncello"
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/3.3/3.3BR
4 peopleCrew
Mobility
26.0 tWeight
5 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34 cannonWeapon 1
63 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 23°Vertical guidance
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunWeapon 2
288 roundsAmmunition
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
8 mm Breda Mod. 38 machine gunWeapon 3
288 roundsAmmunition
24 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
Sl icon.png2 110/2 130/2 120Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
80 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
270 Ge icon.pngAces
x 2.30 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage P40Leoncello.jpg


The Fiat-Ansaldo P40 Gruppo Corazzato "Leoncello" is a gift rank II Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.73 "Vive la France" as one of the first Italian ground vehicles implemented. The P40 "Leoncello" is part of the revenue share program and was created by Nicola "Kolin0" Faggiani and Riccardo "BlueBeta" Lo Verso.

The P40's best description in its place on the War Thunder battlefield is "average". Average armour, average gun, and average mobility. For this reason, it can perform most roles of a typical medium tank in a flanking or support role, but should not be relied on to be a shield or a speedster.

The P40 features a default tri-tone camouflage of yellow, green, and red-brown; colors not too unlike that of late German tanks.

The P40 presents all-around sloped armour on the hull with sand skirts handing over the suspension area, which consists of leaf spring bogies not too unlike those found on the Panzer IV. The turret is also sloped in all sides, and is relatively low profile in comparison to the rest of the tank size. The construction of the whole tank also consists of rivets, rather than weld or cast, which gives the detail of numerous circular rivets around the tank.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Structural steel
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50 mm (45°), 30 mm (78°), 45 mm (45°) Front glacis
50 mm (38°) Lower glacis
74 mm (45°) Driver's hatch
45 mm (35°) Top
40 mm Bottom
40 mm Fighting compartment rear
40 mm (10-40°)
45 mm Front
15 mm Rear
Turret 50 mm (20°) Turret front
48 + 48 mm (1-78°) Gun mantlet
45 mm (25-26°) 45 mm Top
23 + 50 + 45 mm Turret bustle
20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, bogies are 10 mm thick, and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • 4 mm side skirts line up parts of the bottom side hull.
  • Belly armour is 14 mm thick.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
26.0 N/A 45 (AB)
40 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 511 630
Realistic/Simulator 292 330
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 19.65 24.23
Realistic/Simulator 11.23 12.69

Armaments

Main armament

75 mm Ansaldo 75 L/34
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
63 -10°/+23° ±180°
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 8.30 11.50 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 8.30 9.80 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
6.50 _.__ _.__ _.__
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
Granata Perforante 75/32 APCBC 75 72 66 59 53 48
EPS M42 HEAT 100 100 100 100 100 100
Granata 75/32 HE 9 9 9 9 9 9
Shell details
Ammunition 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%
Granata Perforante 75/32 624 6.2 1.3 15 270 ° 48° 63° 71°
EPS M42 552 5.3 0.0 0.1 656.64 +0° 62° 69° 73°
Granata 75/32 552 6.4 0.4 0.1 600 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the P 26/40.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
63 58 (+5) 53 (+10) 48 (+15) 43 (+20) 22 (+41) (+62) No

Sponsons empty: 43 (+20)

Machine guns

Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)
8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
288 (24) 600 -10°/+20° ±180°
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
288 (24) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The P40 can be played like other medium tanks like the Panzer IV in that use the mobility to try and get a position of opportunity against the enemy. Though the 75 mm APCBC is generally inadequate in a frontal engagement, the usage of the HEAT round could level the disparity in armour and firepower.

Support
Simply put, stick together with allies during an assault or defense of a base. The P40 is still a vital piece as a team player and would still attract the enemy's attention either as an easy target or a threat with the 75 mm gun. Allow the enemy tanks to try and take attention of the P40 or another ally and while the lone enemy is targeting one, the other moves in to hit the enemy. Coordinate effectively to control choke points against the enemy movements.

Flanking
The P40 "Leoncello" has quite a forward mobility and this can be used to get to areas around the main point of contention to get to the enemy's sides. This would be beneficial as the P40 75 mm APCBC ammunition can do its work in piercing the weaker armour on the sides and use the huge explosive filler in each round for a crippling effect on the penetrated enemy tank. Take cover behind concealment and lob rounds at the enemy as they move to engage the bulk of the allies in the expected fighting zones. Take care not to get hit and compound angle to make the most of the front sloping 50 mm of armour on the front.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent sloped armor
  • Good HE filler for APCBC rounds
  • Good forward mobility
  • Has smoke grenade launchers

Cons:

  • Bad acceleration
  • Slow reverse
  • 40 km/h top speed
  • Only 75 mm of pen for APCBC round
  • Slow turret traverse
  • Machine gun magazines are small, can't sustain fire
  • Armour is not strong enough for a straight-on hit from most guns at its contemporaries
  • Large 15 mm armoured engine deck could be pierced from aerial heavy machine gun attacks
  • SPAA auto cannons could penetrate through the flat turret face
  • Pintle mount machine gun can only be adjusted in elevation, not horizontally
  • Smoke grenade pops up behind tank, can't create a screen in front

History

The P 26/40 was by Italian standards a heavy tank, with the designation "P" standing for "Pesante". It was adopted in 1940 and weighed 26 tonness. The P40 was the only heavy tank to be conceived by the Italians and only a few were made. Only 2 P40s are still in existance

Media

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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


Italy medium tanks
Carro Armato  M11/39 · M13/40 (I) · M13/40 (II) · M13/40 (III) · M14/41 · M15/42 · P40 · P40 "G.C. Leoncello"
OF-40  OF-40 · OF-40 Mk.2A · OF-40 (MTCA)
Ariete  Ariete (P) · Ariete
Foreign chassis  M4 Tipo IC · M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M26A1 · M47 (105/55) · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete"

Italy premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  M13/40 (II) · AUBL/74 HVG
Medium tanks  P40 "G.C. Leoncello" · M26 "D.C.Ariete" · M60A1 "D.C.Ariete" · OF-40 (MTCA)
Tank destroyers  105/25 M43 "G.C.Leoncello"