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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_Vickers MBT.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British medium tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica"]].
 
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British medium tank {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica"]].
  
The Vickers MBT is like a sniper, designed to engage with minimal threat to the tank and its crew while still being a major thorn in the enemy's side. Stick to the knowledge of the maps you'll be playing on to enhance your defensive playstyle, grabbing husks of old tanks or tank ditches to your advantage then bursting out of cover to ambush enemies. The tank has a mediocre off-road top speed of 20 mph (stock), yet can do 7 mph in reverse, so don't be afraid to duck back into cover.  
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The Vickers MBT is like a sniper, designed to engage with minimal threat to the tank and its crew while still being a major thorn in the enemy's side. Stick to the knowledge of the maps you'll be playing on to enhance your defensive playstyle, grabbing husks of old tanks or tank ditches to your advantage then bursting out of cover to ambush enemies. The tank has a mediocre off-road top speed of 20 mph (stock), yet can do 7 mph in reverse, so don't be afraid to duck back into cover.
  
That being said, the Vickers has pitiful armour that rarely stands up to any punishment other than SPAA, and even then this is true for the front armour. The ~100 mm frontal armour on the turret is good for stray or hurried shots, although the lack of slopes inhibits your chances of bouncing shots, let the environment do this for you.  
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That being said, the Vickers has pitiful armour that rarely stands up to any punishment other than SPAA, and even then this is true for the front armour. The ~100 mm frontal armour on the turret is good for stray or hurried shots, although the lack of slopes inhibits your chances of bouncing shots, let the environment do this for you.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.-->
 
 
'''Armour type:'''
 
'''Armour type:'''
  
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=== Mobility ===
 
=== Mobility ===
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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! rowspan="2" | Game Mode
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! colspan="3" | Mobility characteristics
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! colspan="2" | Engine power (horsepower)
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! colspan="2" | Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Mobility characteristic
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! Max Speed
|-
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! {{Annotation|Weight|Vehicle Weight (Tons)}}
! Weight (tons)
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! {{Annotation|AoA Weight|Add-on Armour Weight (Tons)}}
! colspan="1" | Add-on Armor<br>weight (tons)
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! Stock
! colspan="1" | Max speed (km/h)
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! Upgraded
|-
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! Stock
| rowspan="2" | 38.1 || colspan="1" rowspan="2" | N/A || colspan="1" | 54 (AB)
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! Upgraded
|-
 
|48 (RB/SB)
 
|-
 
! colspan="3" | Engine power (horsepower)
 
|-
 
! colspan="1" | Mode
 
!Stock
 
!Upgraded
 
|-
 
|''Arcade''
 
|829
 
|1021
 
|-
 
|''Realistic/Simulator''
 
|473
 
|535
 
|-
 
! colspan="3" | Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
 
|-
 
! colspan="1" | Mode
 
!Stock
 
!Upgraded
 
|-
 
|''Arcade''
 
|21.76
 
|26.79
 
 
|-
 
|-
|''Realistic/Simulator''
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! Arcade
|12.41
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| 54 || rowspan="2" | 38.1 || rowspan="2" | N/A || 930 || ___ || 24.41 || __.__
|14.04
 
 
|-
 
|-
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! {{Annotation|Realistic|Simulator uses Realistic FMs}}
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| 48 || 531 || 600 || 13.94 || 15.75
 
|}
 
|}
  
*Suspension is quite strong on this tank, and so in AB spaded Vickers MBT can climb mountains, which are supposed to be unreachable by players. As an example, the plateau on [[Korea_(Ground_Forces)|38th parallel's]] south - even indestructible stone "guard rails", which were ''specifically'' placed to prevent this from happening, cannot stop experienced Vickers MBT user from going up. It can even tow other tanks up there if their suspension allows it.
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* Suspension is quite strong on this tank, and so in AB spaded Vickers MBT can climb mountains, which are supposed to be unreachable by players. As an example, the plateau on [[Korea_(Ground_Forces)|38th Parallel's]] south - even indestructible stone "guard rails", which were ''specifically'' placed to prevent this from happening, cannot stop an experienced Vickers MBT user from going up. It can even tow other tanks up there if their suspension allows it.
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Main armament ===
 
=== Main armament ===
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{{main|L7A1 (105 mm)}}
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{{main|Royal Ordnance L7A1 (105 mm)}}
  
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
|-
 
! colspan="6" | [[L7A1 (105 mm)|105 mm L7A1]]
 
|-
 
! colspan="3" rowspan="1" style="width:5em" |Capacity
 
! rowspan="1" | Vertical <br> guidance
 
! rowspan="1" | Horizontal <br> guidance
 
! rowspan="1" | Stabilizer
 
|-
 
| colspan="3" | 54 || -7°/+20° || ±180° || Two-plane
 
|-
 
! colspan="6" | Turret rotation speed (°/s)
 
|-
 
! style="width:4em" |Mode
 
! style="width:4em" |Stock
 
! style="width:4em" |Upgraded
 
! style="width:4em" |Prior + Full crew
 
! style="width:4em" |Prior + Expert qualif.
 
! style="width:4em" |Prior + Ace qualif.
 
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| ''Arcade'' || 10.70 || 14.80 || 18.00 || 19.90 || 21.20
 
 
|-
 
|-
| ''Realistic'' || 10.70 || 12.60 || 15.30 || 16.92 || 18.0
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! colspan="5" | [[Royal Ordnance L7A1 (105 mm)|105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A1]] || colspan="5" | Turret rotation speed (°/s) || colspan="4" | Reloading rate (seconds)
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Reloading rate (seconds)
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! Mode !! Capacity !! Vertical !! Horizontal !! Stabilizer
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! Stock !! Upgraded !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
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! Stock !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="1" style="width:4em" |Stock
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! ''Arcade''
! colspan="1" style="width:4em" |Prior + Full crew
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| rowspan="2" | 44 || rowspan="2" | -7°/+20° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | Two-plane || 26.4 || __._ || __._ || __._ || __._ || rowspan="2" | 6.5 || rowspan="2" | 5.7 || rowspan="2" | 5.3 || rowspan="2" | 5.0
! colspan="1" style="width:4em" |Prior + Expert qualif.
 
! colspan="1" style="width:4em" |Prior + Ace qualif.
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 6.50 || 5.75 || 5.30 || 5.00
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! ''Realistic''
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| 16.5 || __._ || __._ || __._ || 27.7
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
===== Ammunition =====
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==== Ammunition ====
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
 
! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
 
! colspan="8" | Penetration statistics
 
|-
 
|-
 
! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
 
! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
! rowspan="2" class="unsortable" | Type of <br /> warhead
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
! colspan="6" | '''Penetration''' '''''in mm''''' '''@ 0° Angle of Attack'''
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! colspan="6" | '''Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)'''
 
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|-
! 10m
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
! 100m
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|-
! 500m
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| Shell L35 || HESH || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127
! 1000m
 
! 1500m
 
! 2000m
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| Shot L28A1 || APDS || 303 || 302 || 296 || 277 || 257 || 252
 
| Shot L28A1 || APDS || 303 || 302 || 296 || 277 || 257 || 252
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| Shell L35|| HESH || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127 || 127
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
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|-
 
! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
 
! rowspan="2" data-sort-type="text" | Ammunition
! rowspan="2" class="unsortable" | Type of <br /> warhead
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! rowspan="2" | Type of<br>warhead
! rowspan="2" |Velocity <br /> in m/s
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! rowspan="2" | Velocity<br>(m/s)
! rowspan="2" |Projectile<br />Mass in kg
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! rowspan="2" | Projectile<br>Mass (kg)
! rowspan="2" | ''Fuse delay''
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse delay<br>(m)
''in m:''
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! rowspan="2" | Fuse sensitivity<br>(mm)
! rowspan="2" | ''Fuse sensitivity''
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! rowspan="2" | Explosive Mass<br>(TNT equivalent) (g)
''in mm:''
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! rowspan="2" | Normalisation at 30°<br>from horizontal
! rowspan="2" | ''Explosive Mass in g<br /> (TNT equivalent):''
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! colspan="3" | Ricochet
! rowspan="2" | ''Normalization At 30° <br> from horizontal:''
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! colspan="3" | ''Ricochet:''
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! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
 
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|-
! 0%
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| Shell L35 || HESH || 730 || 14.85 || 0.4 || 0.1 || 3,827 || +0.0° || 73° || 77° || 80°
! 50%
 
! 100%
 
 
|-
 
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| Shot L28A1 || APDS || 1,478 || 4.0 || N/A || N/A || N/A || +1.5° || 75° || 78° || 80°
 
| Shot L28A1 || APDS || 1,478 || 4.0 || N/A || N/A || N/A || +1.5° || 75° || 78° || 80°
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| Shell L35 || HESH || 730 || 14.85 || 0.4 || 0.1 || 4,310 || +0° || 73° || 77° || 80°
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
===== [[Ammo racks|Ammo racks]] =====
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==== [[Ammo racks]] ====
[[File:Ammoracks_Vickers MBT.png|right|thumbnail|x250px|[[Ammo racks|Ammo racks]] of the Vickers MBT.]]
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[[File:Ammoracks_{{PAGENAME}}.png|right|thumb|x250px|[[Ammo racks]] of the {{PAGENAME}}]]
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="text-align:center"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! class="wikitable unsortable" |Full<br /> ammo
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! Full<br>ammo
! class="wikitable unsortable" |1st<br /> rack empty
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! 1st<br>rack empty
! class="wikitable unsortable" |2nd<br /> rack empty
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! 2nd<br>rack empty
! class="wikitable unsortable" |3rd<br /> rack empty
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! 3rd<br>rack empty
! class="wikitable unsortable" |4th<br /> rack empty
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! 4th<br>rack empty
! class="wikitable unsortable" |5th<br /> rack empty
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! 5th<br>rack empty
! class="wikitable unsortable" |6th<br /> rack empty
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! 6th<br>rack empty
! class="wikitable unsortable" |Visual<br /> discrepancy
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! Visual<br>discrepancy
 
|-
 
|-
|| '''44''' || 34&nbsp;''(+10)'' || 32&nbsp;''(+12)'' || 30&nbsp;''(+14)'' || 28&nbsp;''(+16)'' || 26&nbsp;''(+18)'' || 1&nbsp;''(+43)'' || style="text-align:left" | No  
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| '''44''' || 34&nbsp;''(+10)'' || 32&nbsp;''(+12)'' || 30&nbsp;''(+14)'' || 28&nbsp;''(+16)'' || 26&nbsp;''(+18)'' || 1&nbsp;''(+43)'' || style="text-align:left" | No
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
Turret empty: 26&nbsp;''(+18)''
 
Turret empty: 26&nbsp;''(+18)''
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==== [[Optics]] ====
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! colspan="3" | {{PAGENAME}} Optics
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|-
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!
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! Default magnification
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! Maximum magnification
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|-
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! Main Gun optics
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| X4.9 || X6.0
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|-
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! Comparable optics
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| colspan="2" | ___
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|-
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|}
  
 
=== Machine guns ===
 
=== Machine guns ===
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{{main|L21A1 (12.7 mm)|L3A1 (7.62 mm)}}
 
{{main|L21A1 (12.7 mm)|L3A1 (7.62 mm)}}
  
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="7" | [[L21A1 (12.7 mm)|12.7 mm L21A1]]
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! colspan="5" | [[L21A1 (12.7 mm)|12.7 mm L21A1]]
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="7" | ''Coaxial mount''
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! Mount
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! Capacity<br>(Belt capacity)
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! Rate of fire<br>(shots/minute)
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! Vertical<br>guidance
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! Horizontal<br>guidance
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" rowspan="1" style="width:5em" |Capacity (Belt capacity)
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| Coaxial || 600 (3) || 300 || N/A || N/A
! rowspan="1" | Fire rate <br> (shots/minute)
 
! rowspan="1" | Vertical <br> guidance
 
! rowspan="1" | Horizontal <br> guidance
 
|-
 
| colspan="4" | 1,200 (3) || 300 || N/A || N/A
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="7" | [[L3A1 (7.62 mm)|7.62 mm L3A1]]
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! colspan="5" | [[L3A1 (7.62 mm)|7.62 mm L3A1]]
|-
 
! colspan="7" | ''Coaxial mount''
 
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" rowspan="1" style="width:5em" |Capacity (Belt capacity)
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! Mount
! rowspan="1" | Fire rate <br> (shots/minute)
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! Capacity<br>(Belt capacity)
! rowspan="1" | Vertical <br> guidance
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! Rate of fire<br>(shots/minute)
! rowspan="1" | Horizontal <br> guidance
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! Vertical<br>guidance
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! Horizontal<br>guidance
 
|-
 
|-
| colspan="4" | 1,200 (250) || 500 || N/A || N/A
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| Coaxial || 3,000 (250) || 500 || N/A || N/A
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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Although it can be done with its excellent reload speed of 5-7 seconds (crew skill depending), mixing ranks with the enemy is ill advised: instead take upon a sniping role. Your gun has only two types of ammo, both stock so research is not required for enhanced destruction. That being said, the APDS is a potent weapon that has 302 mm of pen at 100 m, falling to 252 mm at 2500 m: all ranges can be targeted, with enemies moving towards more manoeuvrability over armour in the high ranks. However, the rounds lack spalling potential, so the damage inflicted on a tank interior must be in the APDS direct path past the penetration. If you aim for the turret weak-spots, the barrel or breach will be your most common hits, incurring 20-30 precious seconds of repair time. If for any reason you're forced to engage while exposed, attempt to disable the enemy's gun or gunner first, before utilizing the excellent reload time to finish the target off.
Although it can be done with its excellent reload speed of 5-7 seconds (crew skill depending), mixing ranks with the enemy is ill advised: instead take upon a sniping role. Your gun has only two types of ammo, both stock so research is not required for enhanced destruction. That being said, the APDS is a potent weapon that has 302 mm of pen at 100 m, falling to 252 mm at 2500 m: all ranges can be targeted, with enemies moving towards more manoeuvrability over armour in the high ranks. However, the rounds lack spalling potential, so the damage inflicted on a tank interior must be in the APDS direct path past the penetration. If you aim for the turret weak-spots, the barrel or breach will be your most common hits, incurring 20-30 precious seconds of repair time. If for any reason you're forced to engage while exposed, attempt to disable the enemy's gun or gunner first, before utilizing the excellent reload time to finish the target off.  
 
  
The HESH shell is a very different story. While this odd round has its uses, it's somewhat limited in effectiveness against many targets. HESH, which stands for High Explosive Squash Head, relies on this so called 'squash head' spreading as much as possible, creating a spalling effect within the targeted vehicle. This means that it's not particularly effective against thick armour; and it should rather be used against lightly-armoured targets or targets which rely on highly angled armour for survivability. Generally, Vickers tankers will learn to prefer their APDS round for most engagements, only resorting to HESH against select targets.  
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The HESH shell is a very different story. While this odd round has its uses, it's somewhat limited in effectiveness against many targets. HESH, which stands for High Explosive Squash Head, relies on this so called 'squash head' spreading as much as possible, creating a spalling effect within the targeted vehicle. This means that it's not particularly effective against thick armour; and it should rather be used against lightly-armoured targets or targets which rely on highly angled armour for survivability. Generally, Vickers tankers will learn to prefer their APDS round for most engagements, only resorting to HESH against select targets.
  
 
Some enemies that can be rough to deal with:
 
Some enemies that can be rough to deal with:
  
* The Lorraine 40t will bounce more shots than you care to admit, or your hits will do minor damage. Just out the nature of the reserved play style this tank likes, any fast tanks will be a problem due to their ability to close the gap as you attempt to reach your favourite position. Engine and transmission upgrades will lessen this, in time.  
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* The Lorraine 40t will bounce more shots than you care to admit, or your hits will do minor damage. Just out the nature of the reserved play style this tank likes, any fast tanks will be a problem due to their ability to close the gap as you attempt to reach your favourite position. Engine and transmission upgrades will lessen this, in time.
 
* All Russian tanks are difficult to deal with, yet learning their weak spots will lead you to victory. German tanks are a problem due to their accuracy and fast reload times, however the cheeks of their turrets are prime targets for eagle-eyed gunners.
 
* All Russian tanks are difficult to deal with, yet learning their weak spots will lead you to victory. German tanks are a problem due to their accuracy and fast reload times, however the cheeks of their turrets are prime targets for eagle-eyed gunners.
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=== Modules ===
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{| class="wikitable"
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! Tier
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! colspan="2" | Mobility
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! Protection
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! colspan="2" | Firepower
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|-
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| I
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| Tracks
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|
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| Parts
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| Horizontal Drive
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|
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|-
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| II
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| Suspension
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| Brake System
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| FPE
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| Adjustment of Fire
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|
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|-
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| III
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| Filters
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|
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| Crew Replenishment
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| Elevation Mechanism
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| Smoke grenade
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|-
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| IV
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| Transmission
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| Engine
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|
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| Artillery Support
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| NVD
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|-
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|}
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
 
 
* Stock APDS shell has very high penetration values
 
* Stock APDS shell has very high penetration values
 
* Gun fires APDS shell at over 1,400 m/s
 
* Gun fires APDS shell at over 1,400 m/s
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* Fast reload speed, at best 5 seconds
 
* Fast reload speed, at best 5 seconds
 
* Above average reverse speed compared to some British tanks
 
* Above average reverse speed compared to some British tanks
* Excellent maneuverability, even over rough terrain
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* Excellent manoeuvrability, even over rough terrain
 
* A good counter to Russian heavy tanks (IS-3, IS-6, IS-4) if you know the weak spots
 
* A good counter to Russian heavy tanks (IS-3, IS-6, IS-4) if you know the weak spots
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
 
 
* Poor armour, even lower ranked guns are quite a threat
 
* Poor armour, even lower ranked guns are quite a threat
 
* While top speed is around 49 km/h, you will rarely hit it
 
* While top speed is around 49 km/h, you will rarely hit it
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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== See also ==
 
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Revision as of 18:21, 27 January 2020

Vickers Battle Tank Mk.1
uk_vickers_mbt_mk_1.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
7.0/7.7/7.0BR
4 peopleCrew
108 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
80 / 30 / 20Hull
80 / 40 / 40Turret
Mobility
38.1 tWeight
1 145 hp600 hpEngine power
30 hp/t16 hp/tSurface density
53 km/h forward
12 km/h back
48 km/h forward
11 km/h back
Speed
Armament
105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A1 cannonMain weapon
44 roundsAmmunition
11 roundsFirst-order
5.0 / 6.5 sReload
-7° / 20°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
12.7 mm L21A1 machine gunSecondary weapon
600 roundsAmmunition
0.5 / 0.6 sReload
3 roundsBelt capacity
300 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm L3A1 machine gunCoaxial weapon
3 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
120 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
300 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 470 / 8 046/8 600 / 12 650/2 900 / 4 265Repair
85 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
300 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 200 Ge icon.pngAces
196 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage Vickers MBT.jpg


The Vickers Battle Tank Mk.1 is a rank V British medium tank with a battle rating of 7.0 (AB/SB) and 7.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica".

The Vickers MBT is like a sniper, designed to engage with minimal threat to the tank and its crew while still being a major thorn in the enemy's side. Stick to the knowledge of the maps you'll be playing on to enhance your defensive playstyle, grabbing husks of old tanks or tank ditches to your advantage then bursting out of cover to ambush enemies. The tank has a mediocre off-road top speed of 20 mph (stock), yet can do 7 mph in reverse, so don't be afraid to duck back into cover.

That being said, the Vickers has pitiful armour that rarely stands up to any punishment other than SPAA, and even then this is true for the front armour. The ~100 mm frontal armour on the turret is good for stray or hurried shots, although the lack of slopes inhibits your chances of bouncing shots, let the environment do this for you.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 60 mm (56°) Front glacis
80 mm (32°) Lower glacis
30 mm Top
30 + 4 mm Bottom
20 mm (4-5°) Top
19 mm (58°)
25 mm
5 mm Grills
Turret 80 mm (19°) Turret front
40-100 mm (1-73°) Gun mantlet
40-60 mm (1-17°) 40 mm (10°)
60 mm (1°) Turret ring
25 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.

Game Mode Mobility characteristics Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Max Speed Weight AoA Weight Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 54 38.1 N/A 930 ___ 24.41 __.__
Realistic 48 531 600 13.94 15.75
  • Suspension is quite strong on this tank, and so in AB spaded Vickers MBT can climb mountains, which are supposed to be unreachable by players. As an example, the plateau on 38th Parallel's south - even indestructible stone "guard rails", which were specifically placed to prevent this from happening, cannot stop an experienced Vickers MBT user from going up. It can even tow other tanks up there if their suspension allows it.

Armaments

Main armament

105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 44 -7°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 26.4 __._ __._ __._ __._ 6.5 5.7 5.3 5.0
Realistic 16.5 __._ __._ __._ 27.7

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
Shell L35 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
Shot L28A1 APDS 303 302 296 277 257 252
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Normalisation at 30°
from horizontal
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Shell L35 HESH 730 14.85 0.4 0.1 3,827 +0.0° 73° 77° 80°
Shot L28A1 APDS 1,478 4.0 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 75° 78° 80°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Vickers MBT
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
44 34 (+10) 32 (+12) 30 (+14) 28 (+16) 26 (+18) (+43) No

Turret empty: 26 (+18)

Optics

Vickers MBT Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X4.9 X6.0
Comparable optics ___

Machine guns

12.7 mm L21A1
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Rate of fire
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Coaxial 600 (3) 300 N/A N/A
7.62 mm L3A1
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Rate of fire
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Coaxial 3,000 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Although it can be done with its excellent reload speed of 5-7 seconds (crew skill depending), mixing ranks with the enemy is ill advised: instead take upon a sniping role. Your gun has only two types of ammo, both stock so research is not required for enhanced destruction. That being said, the APDS is a potent weapon that has 302 mm of pen at 100 m, falling to 252 mm at 2500 m: all ranges can be targeted, with enemies moving towards more manoeuvrability over armour in the high ranks. However, the rounds lack spalling potential, so the damage inflicted on a tank interior must be in the APDS direct path past the penetration. If you aim for the turret weak-spots, the barrel or breach will be your most common hits, incurring 20-30 precious seconds of repair time. If for any reason you're forced to engage while exposed, attempt to disable the enemy's gun or gunner first, before utilizing the excellent reload time to finish the target off.

The HESH shell is a very different story. While this odd round has its uses, it's somewhat limited in effectiveness against many targets. HESH, which stands for High Explosive Squash Head, relies on this so called 'squash head' spreading as much as possible, creating a spalling effect within the targeted vehicle. This means that it's not particularly effective against thick armour; and it should rather be used against lightly-armoured targets or targets which rely on highly angled armour for survivability. Generally, Vickers tankers will learn to prefer their APDS round for most engagements, only resorting to HESH against select targets.

Some enemies that can be rough to deal with:

  • The Lorraine 40t will bounce more shots than you care to admit, or your hits will do minor damage. Just out the nature of the reserved play style this tank likes, any fast tanks will be a problem due to their ability to close the gap as you attempt to reach your favourite position. Engine and transmission upgrades will lessen this, in time.
  • All Russian tanks are difficult to deal with, yet learning their weak spots will lead you to victory. German tanks are a problem due to their accuracy and fast reload times, however the cheeks of their turrets are prime targets for eagle-eyed gunners.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism Smoke grenade
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support NVD

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Stock APDS shell has very high penetration values
  • Gun fires APDS shell at over 1,400 m/s
  • HESH ammunition is effective against lightly-armoured vehicles.
  • Has a 12.7mm L21A1 machine gun which is used for range finding
  • Fast reload speed, at best 5 seconds
  • Above average reverse speed compared to some British tanks
  • Excellent manoeuvrability, even over rough terrain
  • A good counter to Russian heavy tanks (IS-3, IS-6, IS-4) if you know the weak spots

Cons:

  • Poor armour, even lower ranked guns are quite a threat
  • While top speed is around 49 km/h, you will rarely hit it
  • Depression of only -7° which is below average for British tanks
  • APDS causes minimal post-penetration damage, meaning that destroying some vehicles can be a challenge
  • Many SPAA vehicles can penetrate your sides or back.

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