Smoke Screen refers to the ability to conceal movement or location by the usage of smoke. This tactic is exclusive to Ground forces.
For quite a long time, the rumour of the addition of smoke into the game had been tossed around by the community and developers. Depending on the year, it went from a speculated to a denied addition.
The first tease of the smoke screen was in the 2017 April Fool's events, where the tanks in the event being able to deploy functional smoke grenades, creating a smoke screen around the vehicle. The event showcased the usage of smoke to the community, which was met with much optimism and support, as well as speculation that the feature would be coming in a future update.
The feature was added into the game in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica". Smoke screening became a valid tactic through three different implementations, smoke shells fired from the tank's armament, smoke launchers fired from the tank's exterior, and fuel injection into the engine to produce smoke.
Effect of Smoke screen
Using smoke in the game creates a large white cloud at the area of impact. Smoke varies between the application on screen radius, screen time, and screen holding time.
- Screen radius: How wide the smoke screen is effective
- Screen time: Time it takes for the smoke to become effective
- Screen holding time: Time smoke is effective before dissipating
The smokescreen obscures line-of-sight vision rather well once deployed. In addition of concealing movement to the eyes, markers also disappear if obscured by the smoke, granting full concealment to those who could use smoke well. While smoke does indeed conceal a precise position of a vehicle, the presence of smoke is also a good indication for the enemy on the general direction the smoke users are, so its use must be exercised with caution.
Smoke shells are generally not an offensive weapon due to its utility and lower muzzle velocity, however, the smoke shells are treated like explosive shells and could be used to devastating effect on open-topped and lightly-armoured vehicles in some cases.
Vehicles with Smoke
As of v.188.8.131.52
Exhaust Smoke System
|M1 Abrams|| T-55A
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