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Supertest: French Tier VIII Premium Battleship Flandre

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So… the Flandre… boy, that ship triggers me so much, you have no idea my friends…

The  Flandre is based on the design n°1 and design n°3 of the never-built Alsace-class battleships from the Marine Nationale. This class of battleships was ordered to counter the H-class battleship the Kriegsmarine was planning to build. They were meant to follow the construction of the 4 Richelieu-class battleships as any dockyard big enough to build them was currently occupied.

Overall, 3 designs were being considered for the Alsace-class.
Design n°1 had a 40 000 tons standard displacement and its main armament was consisting of 3 triple turrets with 380 mm guns, the same as on the Richelieu-class. The engine power was reaching 170 000 horsepower for a maximum speed of 31 knots.
Design n°2 was heavier with a 42 500 tons standard displacement, a slight increase of the engine power to 190 000 horsepower and a main battery consisting of 3 triple turrets, but this time with newly designed 406 mm guns. These actually aren’t the same guns fitted on the Champagne in World of Warships.
Finally, the design n°3 is the Alsace-class as we have it in-game (even though in-game, the engine power is only 192 000 horsepower while in reality, the design had an engine power of 220 000 horsepower and was planned to reach 32 knots. It was the largest design of all 3.

In the end, any work on the class stopped with the fall of France in June 1940. Some historians claim that France would have settled for the Design n°1, others say that they settled on Design n°3 since they didn’t need to design triple turrets and would then stick to the already existing quadruple turrets.

If you want to learn more about the Alsace-class, here is a video from Drachinifel about it:

When it comes to Flandre, the ship is taking the armament of the design n°1 but (quite possibly to save time for Wargaming) she uses the hull of the design n°3. Also, for whatever reason, Wargaming decided to slap an additional 100 mm twin turret on each side to kill the aesthetic of the ship. It is seriously a hugely missed opportunity as the name Flandre could have been used to “bring back to life” the design n°2 armed with 406 mm guns. No matter what, counting Wujing the Chinese copy-paste of the Alsace, we now have no less than 4 Alsace-class battleships in the game.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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Flandre

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Propulsion: 192 000 hp

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PCA n° 8 Mle 1

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380 mm/45 Mle 1935

General Characteristics

Tier VIII
Health 75 400 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 44 %
Displacement 54 500 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 20.000 km
380 mm/45 Mle 1935 3 x 3 380 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 7.600 km
152 mm/55 Mle 1936
100 mm/55 CAD Mle 1945
3 x 3 152 mm
14 x 2 100 mm
Maximum speed 33.5 knots
Turning Circle Radius 910 m
Rudder Shift Time 16.6 s
Surface Detectability 16.2 km
Air Detectability 12.09 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 14.86 km

Main Battery

 

3 x 3 380 mm/45 Mle 1935
 Maximum Firing Range 20.000 km
 Reloading Time 33.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 36.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 36°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Sigma 1.80 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 262 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 380 mm HE OEA Mle 1945
Alpha Damage 5 400 HP
Damage 4 360 HP
Penetration capacity  63 mm
Explosion size 2.28
Fire chance 36 %
Projectile Speed 830 m/s
Air Drag 0.279
Projectile Mass 884 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 380 mm AP OPfK Mle 1943
Alpha Damage 11 900 HP
Projectile Speed 830 m/s
Air Drag 0.279
Projectile Mass 885 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 347
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 63 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary battery

3 x 3 152 mm/55 Mle 1936
Maximum Firing Range 7.600 km
Reloading Time 12 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 152 mm HE OEA Mle 1937
Alpha Damage 2 200 HP
Damage 790 HP
HE penetration 25 mm
Explosion Size 0.58
Chance to Cause Fire 12 %
Projectile Speed 870 m/s
Air Drag 0.34
Projectile Mass 55 kg
14 x 2 100 mm/55 CAD Mle 1945
Maximum Firing Range 7.600 km
Reloading Time 3 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 100 mm HE OEA Mle 1945
Alpha Damage 1 400 HP
Damage 300 HP
HE penetration 17 mm
Explosion Size 0.29
Chance to Cause Fire 5 %
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.314
Projectile Mass 13.32 kg

Anti-air Armament

 

3 x 3 152 mm/55 Mle 1936
14 x 2 100 mm/55 CAD Mle 1945
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 79
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 277
Flak clouds number 10
Flak cloud damage 1 400
6 x 2 40 mm/56 Bofors Mk1
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 33
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 116
6 x 2 20 mm/70 Mk20
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance 70 %
Sector’s damage 21
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 74

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration: 0.5%/s

The Armor

The Flandre basically presents the same armor protection as Alsace or Bourgogne except that her torpedo bulge is, for whatever reason, 50 mm thick. Just like the rest of the French high tier battleships, she is well protected against AP bombs and AP shells but quite vulnerable to HE.

External armor protection

Internal main belt, citadel side armor, main armor deck, front and rear bulkheads

Turtleback

Citadel and hidden armored decks

Front and rear protection of the middle section

Turrets

Personal opinion

Right now, I don’t really see much value to the Flandre. It has by far the most HP of all tier VIII battleships, good armor, the 2nd highest base speed of all battleships after Champagne but except that… nine 380 mm guns at tier VIII with a 33 s reload isn’t really appealing. Also, there is the fact that she only has 3 charges of Repair Party instead of 4.

Side-note: She is also joining the club of the ships with a helipad but without any helicopter to use. It now includes République, Bourgogne, Flandre, Colbert, Bayard, Borodino, Slava, Petropavlovsk, Alexander Nevsky, Småland and Goliath. Hopefully, I didn’t forget any.

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1 thought on “Supertest: French Tier VIII Premium Battleship Flandre

  1. I have to say, it looks Mini Alsace. First picture I saw it,I fell for the ship… I am now so waiting for this ship. I just am bit worried with WG’s current approach of Battleships. I loved Alsace. It was fun ship.. hopefully Flandre is similar. It might replace my Casgone as to for French battleship.

    I am glad it has Alsace’s secondaries, even they are mostly for show. With current armor scheme they actually might get firing range, unlike in Champagne.

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