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Supertest: French Tier III Destroyer Fusilier

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Second ship of the French destroyers line, here is Fusilier.
The ship is a big mystery for me. I don’t know if it was an actual design or if it was invented by Wargaming but one thing for sure, it was never built. My guess is that it was a preliminary design to the Bourrasque-class as both ships share a few similarities especially with the B hull of the Fusilier but I am really not sure.

Anyway, let’s look at the ship in the game.

Oui oui, Les gimmicks

First of all, the French are artillery destroyers with Engine Boost, giving + 20% to the speed and Main Battery Reload consumable, accelerating the reload of the main caliber guns by 50%. When fighting in them, it is necessary to properly use the advantage in speed and the ability over a short period of time to significantly increase firepower. They have good armor-piercing shells, which at high tiers can cause damage directly to the citadel of light cruisers from a distance of 8–10 km and heavy cruisers from a distance of 6–7 km. An inconsiderate cruiser, presenting broadside, can become an easy target!

A nice addition will be torpedoes with an average range of 8 km, but an impressive speed of 75 knots.

The main difference is the lack of the seemingly standard and basic consumable for destroyers, Smoke Generator. But, given the fact that the destroyer at tier X can achieve speeds of up to 55 knots, this deficiency can be partly compensated for with skillful maneuvering and speed changes. In addition, the hit points of the French destroyers are allocated in the same manner as the test destroyer L’effronté (Le Terrible). This system allows destroyers to live longer under intense enemy fire.

To sum up, we can say that this new concept of destroyers is more suited to those who prefer speed and an artillery heavy style of play, and for the successful implementation of all their strengths, commanders will need to develop two skills: competent positioning and a “Hit and Run” style of combat.

3D Preview

Modules
Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

Fusilier (A)

Propulsion: 33 000 hp

PCA n° 3 Mle 1

100 mm/45 Mle 1921

550 mm 19D

Fusilier (B)

Please Note
I will cover both the stock configuration and the fully researched configuration for the tech tree ships.
Characteristics
GeneralMain BatteryTorpedo TubesConsumables
TierIII
Health9 300 HP
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range9.470 km
100 mm/45 Mle 19214 x 1 100 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range6.000 km
550 mm tube lance-torpilles2 x 2 550 mm
Maximum speed34 kt
Turning Circle Radius530 m
Rudder Shift Time4.0  s
Surface Detectability6.66 km
Air Detectability2.49 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke2.0 km

4 x 1 100 mm/45 Mle 1921
 Reloading Time6.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time9.0 s
Optimal fronfiring angle
43°
Optimal rear firing angle33°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion86 m
Shells
Type of ProjectileHE
Alpha Damage1 450 HP
Damage250 HP
HE penetration16 mm
Explosion Size0.27
Chance to Cause Fire4 %
Projectile Speed740 m/s
Air Drag0.577 (WAIT WHAT????)
Projectile Mass14
Projectile Krupp1
Type of ProjectileAP
Alpha Damage1 600 HP
Chance to Cause Fire-0.5 %
Projectile Speed740 m/s
Air Drag0.577
Projectile Mass14
Projectile Krupp2 100
Projectile Detonator0.025 s

2 x 2 550 mm tube lance-torpilles
Reloading Time56 s
Maximum Distance6.0 km
Optimal fronfiring angle55°
Optimal rear firing angle50°
Damage12 233
Speed57 kt
Surface Detectability1.2 km

Slot 1
Slot 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Boost: +20% maximum speed
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Boost: +20% maximum speed

GeneralMain BatteryTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
TierIII
Health10 900 HP
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range9.470 km
100 mm/45 Mle 19214 x 1 100 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range6.000 km
550 mm tube lance-torpilles2 x 3 550 mm
Maximum speed34 kt
Turning Circle Radius530 m
Rudder Shift Time2.9  s
Surface Detectability6.66 km
Air Detectability2.49 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke2.0 km

4 x 1 100 mm/45 Mle 1921
 Reloading Time6.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time9.0 s
Optimal fronfiring angle
43°
Optimal rear firing angle33°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion86 m
Shells
Type of ProjectileHE
Alpha Damage1 450 HP
Damage250 HP
HE penetration16 mm
Explosion Size0.27
Chance to Cause Fire4 %
Projectile Speed740 m/s
Air Drag0.577 (WAIT WHAT????)
Projectile Mass14
Projectile Krupp1
Type of ProjectileAP
Alpha Damage1 600 HP
Chance to Cause Fire-0.5 %
Projectile Speed740 m/s
Air Drag0.577
Projectile Mass14
Projectile Krupp2 100
Projectile Detonator0.025 s

2 x 2 550 mm tube lance-torpilles
Reloading Time90 s
Maximum Distance6.0 km
Optimal fronfiring angle55°
Optimal rear firing angle50°
Damage12 233
Speed57 kt
Surface Detectability1.2 km

1 x 1 37 mm/50 CA Mle 1925
Sector range1.0 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance82 %
Sector’s damage30
Sector’s damage frequency3.69 s
Sector’s damage per second8
Flak clouds number1
Flak cloud damage140
Sector reinforcement
Sector reinforcement bonus+50%
Sector reinforcement time5 s
Sector reinforcement shift time5 s

Slot 1
Slot 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Boost: +20% maximum speed
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Boost: +20% maximum speed

The armor

3.JPG

The deck is on its whole length  9 mm thick and the sides of the middle section as well. The superstructure, the bow and the stern are 6 mm thick and finally, the gun shields are 3 mm thick.

My opinion about the ship

It is starting to look a tiny bit better than the Tier II. HOWEVER, we are still far from a ship that you don’t want to free XP instantly. The HP pool is the second highest at T3 only topped by G-101 with 11 000 HP. The guns COULD be decent but there is, like on the tier II, that stupidly high air drag that will just ruin any sort of gun fight.
The ship is, this time, able to be the fastest at her tier with a theoretical top speed of 42.8 knots so that’s something.
Another big mystery is the torpedo reload that almost doubles with the B hull just from passing from twin to triple launchers which kinda kills the damage output. At least, the torpedoes get the highest damage per hit of all the destroyers at tier III.
As for the concealment, it is on the lower bracket but then again, gunboat destroyers are rarely the stealthiest.
In the end, there is the material for a decent ship but there is still some work to do especially in the gun department (and of course, there is still the missing smoke generator).

15,466 thoughts on “Supertest: French Tier III Destroyer Fusilier

  1. So, it’s basically a Bourrasque with Gabolde guns. I like the “extremes” though: some stats are best-in-tier, some worst-in-tier. I think it’ll be an interesting ship.

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