It’s time to reveal the full Italian nation! While in the last couple of days we had a preview of the lower Tier vehicles, we now got information on the higher Tier vehicles and these look really cool.
If you are wondering when you will be able to play these tanks, be prepared that all these tanks will be released on first post 1.0 update (possibly named 1.0.1). Not long to wait so we can finally see all the pasta tanks in the game and enjoy eleven new tanks.
The new branch of mediums covers three periods of Italian tank design: the timid first steps, the catch-up and post-war, western-oriented.
- The timid first steps: Out in front in terms of tank design at the time was the French. The Italian tanks drew inspiration from, or more blatantly copied, French designs but over time experimented with their own ideas. Distinguishing features were light armour and various gun calibres.
- Catch-up Phase: Attempting to reach the standard set by the most developed tank-building nations, it was about more firepower and thicker armour. Originally started to produce heavies, it was actually mediums that made it off the production line.
- Post-war, Western-oriented: Now it was all about mobility, excellent firepower, good angles of depression and insignificant armour.
Please note some models aren’t complete yet, so they are missing textures.
Tiers I–VII Overview
Tier I – Fiat 3000
Tier II – L6/40
Tier II – M14/41
Tier III – M15/42
Tier IV – P26/40
Tier V – P.43
Tier VI – P.43 bis
Tier VII – P.43 ter
Tiers VIII–X Overview
Tier VIII – P.44 Pantera
P.44 Pantera—the first in the branch to have that feature you’ve all been waiting for – the auto-reloading drum.
The Pantera was one of the variants sparked by a project that was developed during the Second World War. Work on the medium tank never made it past the preliminary design stage.
With a long-barreled 90mm cannon, good depression and mobility, it can occupy advantageous positions. The new mechanic means that the tank can feel more at home at close and medium distances but just be cautious when at long-range.
Tier IX – Prototipo Standard B
Stemming from a group of prototypes developed and manufactured during the Kampfpanzer Standard program which Italy first took part in in 1958. In collaboration with Ingeniuerbüro Warn-eke, Rheinstahl Hanomag, Henschel and Rheinmetall, only two models were produced under the program. After extensive testing, preference was given to the group “A” prototypes, which after further work came to be known more commonly as the Leopard 1.
The first post-WWII tank in the Italian tree, it bears a striking resemblance to the German proto-type Leopard in terms of dimensions and silhouette. As with the Pantera, the Prototipo also fea-tures the new mechanic. Possessing a 105mm gun and a similar angles of depression, this tank could be seen as the direct descendant of the Tier X Progetto. This means you can hone your tactics in preparation for unlocking the Tier X steel beast.
As with the Pantera, the tank performs well at close and medium distances but the Leopard’s inherent weak armor still means you need to be careful.
Tier X – Progetto M40 mod 65
In 1969, a military delegation from Italy visited Germany to discuss purchasing Leopard tanks. However, not all the delegates agreed with the idea of acquiring foreign tanks. The Italian military and constructers outlined their basic wishes: decent depression, cast turret and gun mantlet and the powerful Mitsubishi engine. Their wishes resulted in the creation of a small, light, mobile but well protected tank.
During the design process, British and Soviet developments were taken into account. Other than further drawings and blueprints, the tank never went any further.
Futuristic form and better gun characteristic with the new mechanics make it possible to fully unleash the skills acquired from the tanks further down the tech branch and the Italian premium. The Progetto M40 mod. 65’s good depression and mobility will help you occupy advantageous positions on the battlefield. As at Tiers VIII and IX, the tank performs well at close to medium distances but the armor isn’t something to be relied upon, other than possible bouncing of shells from the hull and turret.