Don’t find it strange that the Supertest server might smell of tea and scones, because of today the A43 BP prototype, a British Tier VI Premium heavy tank, as entered closed test stage.
The A43 BP prototype, more known as Black Prince was a heavy tank intended to replace the Churchill, but the project got cancelled as the Centurion just entered production, offered the same protection, firepower, and was faster and less complicated to manufacture. The vehicle has 150mm at the front of the hull and turret; it’s equipped with a British 17-pounder capable of rapid fire, 11 rounds per minute, with excellent penetration of 171 mm with a primary round.
If the primary round isn’t enough, it can fire a powerful APCR round capable of penetrating 239 mm of steel. But as with everything in the game, not everything can be useful, as while the vehicle might offer decent protection and firepower, it comes at a cost: its mobility and dynamics. The A43 BP prototype is slow, very slow I might add, with a top speed of just 20 km/h-. The hull traverse speed is only 20 degrees per second, and any fast tank will be able to run circles around it without being able to counter it. Let’s face it, the A43 BP prototype wasn’t made to be fast, but to slowly push through the enemies.
So what is this A43 BP prototype? It’s nothing more than a down tiered Black Prince with a historical configuration, made a Premium. We’ve seen this before, even recently with the M10 RBFM. Will it be a great vehicle? Maybe, as the Black Prince struggles with the higher tiered vehicles, as a Tier VI it might be more inside its comfort zone. I guess we will have to wait and see, but it definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure.