26 July 2019

BT-7 (F-32): Assault Scout

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BT-7 (F-32), light tank, USSR. Rank II.

Pros

  • 76mm cannon with APHE rounds
  • Excellent dynamics
  • Scouting and repair assistance ability

Cons

  • Weak armour
  • Small crew
History

The pre-war Soviet BT-7’s stood out as reliable, manoeuvrable vehicles that worked especially well when attacking in conjunction with infantry. However, the 45mm cannon had insufficient destructive potential for combat with serious enemy fortifications. In 1939 two experimental BT-7 models were tested with a more powerful 76mm cannon: the L-11, which was then installed on early KV-1s, and the F-32, the precursor to the gun mounted on the first T-34s. The L-11 turned out to be too large to be installed on the BT-7’s small turret, but the F-32 not only fit well on the tank’s turret, but also beat the competing gun in a number of tactical and technical characteristics. The committee unequivocally recommended the BT-7 (F-32) modification for serial production, but, due to a series of factors, the tank never saw mass production, and only the experimental model was ever produced.

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Many tank commanders in War Thunder always keep a light BT-7 in their “deck,” even in high-ranked battles – the speed of the BT tanks makes it possible to reach a capture point first or occupy a “tactical” position and hit the enemy in the side or rear as they pass by. In combined battles, the BT-7 makes it easy to earn Spawn Points for a favourite attacker or bomber very early . However, there is a downside: the 45mm cannon can’t handle relatively serious enemies. The BT-7 (F-32), the prize for the first stage of the summer marathon, solves this problem. This nimble tank now has a cannon with excellent APHE rounds that can take down most opponents head-on!

With its new 76mm cannon, the new BT-7 is being added to the start of rank II. The introduction of the new cannon has transformed it from a timid scout into an impertinent thug that can not only reach a capture point first, but also easily hold it until allies arrive. Its armour is still weak, and its crew is still small, so this tank will always need to shoot first. Its unarguable advantages include good acceleration, decent top speed, compact dimensions, scouting, and allied repair assistance... well, and the cannon, of course!

You can get the BT-7 (F-32) by completing the Operation H.E.A.T. tasks. It’s a great tank for lively shootouts in ranks II and III.


The War Thunder Team

 

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