16 February 2017
Centurion Mk I: A Tank for a New Era
The British Centurion Mk I medium tank was the first serious attempt by the British to create a tank for a new era. We are proud to present the forerunner of the illustrious line of tanks in War Thunder.
Every nation that was embroiled in the Second World War gained invaluable experience in battle, which had a material impact on the subsequent design and development of military technology. British engineers were no exception. In their first post-war tank, the British strove to move away from the outdated tanks classification (Cruiser and Infantry). Work on the new project began as early as 1943 and aimed to combine the best features of both classes. The result was the Centurion Mk I, the first British medium tank and the forerunner of an extensive series of new-style armored vehicles.
The first Centurion was produced in a series of 100 vehicles between 1946 and 1948. Compared to the cruiser tanks of WW2 period, the tank’s armour was considerably improved – the upper and lower hull plates were now 76 mm thick and came together at a sharp angle. The turret was given mixed armour – a cast front section shifting to a welded rear section – that was up to 127 mm thick at the front and 89 mm thick on the sides. The Ordnance QF 17-pounder Mk 6 caliber 76.2 mm gun was selected for the tank, and became the new artillery standard in the British Army in the immediate post-war period. With its heavy armour and weight totaling almost 42.5 tons, the Centurion was never going to match the Comet for speed, and was in fact slow for its class.
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In War Thunder, the Centurion Mk I will take its place at rank IV in the British armored vehicle tech tree, right before the FV4202. For tankers researching the medium tank branch, the first Centurion will be a breath of fresh air – the first medium-rank British tank that you can play “from the armor” and take into tank duels with a chance of withstanding enemy assaults on the front of the vehicle. The reinforced armor is unavoidably offset by low speed and mobility. The Centurion has very swift and smooth turret rotation and vertical aiming angles of -12/+20 degrees. The famed 17-pounder easily dispatched a number of rank III opponents, but it is not as effective against rank IV, although it remains as accurate and dangerous as ever. On the whole, the firepower is more than sufficient to stand you in good stead until the Centurion Mk 3, which boasts more serious firepower, better armor and a more powerful engine.
Due to its low speed, the Centurion Mk I is a single-direction tank on the battlefield. The Centurion serves well both in defense and in a fixed-position offensive. Guard the sides, meet opponents head-on with your robust cast front and the tanker gods will smile upon you!
The Centurion Mk.I will be added to the game in the upcoming major update – follow the news!
The War Thunder Team