World of Warships

Supertest: Italian Tier III Cruiser Taranto

The Taranto was originally called SMS Straßburg and served in the Kaiserliche Marine during World War I.

In 1919, the ship was given to Italy as a war prize and was renamed Taranto. She was refitted in 1925 and her initial armament of 12 105 mm guns was replaced by 7 150 mm guns.

The ship saw little action in World War 2. She only took part in a minelaying operation in 1940 and by 1942, she was used as a training ship.

In 1943, after the armistice, the ship was scuttled to avoid Germany from taking it. However, the German forces still managed to refloat the ship… just before having her sunk by Allied bombers on 23 October. She was then refloated and AGAIN was sunk by bombers in September 1944. The German forces decided to move her hulk to block an entrance to the Gulf of La Spezia.

In the end, the ship was raised and then broken up for scrap between 1946 and 1947.

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Semi-armor piercing shells

Semi-armor piercing shells have the features of two types of shells at once:

  • Semi-armor piercing shells can ricochet, but the angles of the ricochet are more comfortable than those of armor-piercing shells (60–85°);
  • For semi-armor piercing shells, the 14.3-caliber rule will apply;
  • If the ricochet does not happen, the mechanics of semi-armor piercing shells are similar to high explosive ones;
  • Semi-armor piercing shells don’t have over penetrations;
  • Can’t cause a fire;
  • Damage and penetration is better than high explosive shells;
  • Semi-armor piercing shells deal only 10% of their damage to destroyers.

Semi-armor piercing shells are designed to deal stable high damage when armor-piercing shells are not effective.

Fuel smoke

Fuel smokes are almost similar to a usual smoke generator, but a ship equipped with fuel smokes is able to be concealed at full speed. Therefore, Italian cruisers will be able to hide from enemy ships or aircraft, without sacrificing speed and the ability to maneuver. Fuel smokes last from 25 to 40 seconds and disperse in 10 seconds.

Modules
Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

Taranto (A)

Propulsion: 33 742 hp

SDT 3 mod.1

150 mm/45 SK L/45

500 mm G7 / 533 mm Si 270 G

Taranto (B)

SDT 3 mod.2

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Please Note
I will cover both the stock configuration and the fully researched configuration for the tech tree ships.

Also, as we are now deep into another AA rebalancing, the values that I will share here are most likely going to change and I will try to update them if they do.

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Characteristics

A Hull

GeneralMain BatteryTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier III
Health 17 600 HP
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 9.600 km
150 mm/45 SK L/45 7 x 1 150 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.000 km
500 mm tubo lanciasiluri 2 x 1 500 mm
Maximum speed 28.2 kt
Turning Circle Radius 450 m
Rudder Shift Time 8.08  s
Surface Detectability 9.36 km
Air Detectability 4.02 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke 4.07 km

7 x 1 150 mm/45 SK L/45
 Reloading Time 13.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 25.7 s
Optimal front firing angle
30° for 5 guns
Optimal rear firing angle 30° for 4 guns
40° for 5 guns
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 106 m
Shells
Type of Projectile SAP – 150 mm CS K Gr 18
Alpha Damage 3 350 HP
Penetration capacity  41 mm
Projectile Speed 835 m/s
Air Drag 0.407
Projectile Mass 45.3
Projectile Krupp 3
Projectile Detonator 0.03 s
Type of Projectile AP – 150 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.7
Alpha Damage 3 700 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 835 m/s
Air Drag 0.414
Projectile Mass 45.3
Projectile Krupp 1 925
Projectile Detonator 0.025 s

2 x 1 500 mm tubo lanciasiluri
Torpedo 500 mm G7
Reloading Time 21 s
Maximum Distance 4.0 km
Optimal fronfiring angle 20°
Optimal rear firing angle 20°
Damage 10 400
Speed 58 kt
Surface Detectability 1.1 km
2 x 1 88 mm/45 SK L45
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 1
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 4
Flak clouds number 1
Flak cloud damage 700

 

Slot 1
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s

B Hull

GeneralMain BatteryTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier III
Health 19 600 HP
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 10.560 km
150 mm/45 SK L/45 7 x 1 150 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.000 km
533 mm tubo lanciasiluri DAAN-Whitehead 2 x 2 533 mm
Maximum speed 28.2 kt
Turning Circle Radius 450 m
Rudder Shift Time 5.7  s
Surface Detectability 9.36 km
Air Detectability 4.02 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke 4.07 km

7 x 1 150 mm/45 SK L/45
 Reloading Time 13.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 25.7 s
Optimal front firing angle
30° for 5 guns
Optimal rear firing angle 30° for 4 guns
40° for 5 guns
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 106 m
Shells
Type of Projectile SAP – 150 mm CS K Gr 18
Alpha Damage 3 350 HP
Penetration capacity  41 mm
Projectile Speed 835 m/s
Air Drag 0.407
Projectile Mass 45.3
Projectile Krupp 3
Projectile Detonator 0.03 s
Type of Projectile AP – 150 mm P.Spr.Gr. L/3.7
Alpha Damage 3 700 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 835 m/s
Air Drag 0.414
Projectile Mass 45.3
Projectile Krupp 1 925
Projectile Detonator 0.025 s

2 x 2 533 mm tubo lanciasiluri DAAN-Whitehead
Type of torpedo 533 mm Si 270 G
Reloading Time  47 s
Maximum Distance 8.0 km
Optimal fronfiring angle 30°
Optimal rear firing angle 20°
Damage 9 067
Speed 51 kt
Surface Detectability 1.0 km
2 x 1 88 mm/45 SK L45
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 2
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 7
Slot 1
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s

The Armor

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The Taranto is protected by 6 mm of armor with the exception of the 60 mm main belt that extends on the bow and stern.

The bow section

Inside the bow, there is an armored deck with sloped sides. the middle part is 20 mm thick and the sides are 40 mm thick.

Except for these and the 40 mm casemate just above the armored deck, the rest of the inner platings inside the bow and the stern are 6 mm thick.

The middle section

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The citadel’s sides and deck are 40 mm thick. Overall, you should be protected against cruiser AP but battleships are another story.

Personal opinion

Compared to the Nino Bixio, the Taranto doesn’t have a very good ballistic with her high air drag. Then again, at low tier, it isn’t that big of an issue. The issue is still the same with the SAP shells. This ship will simply struggle against destroyers and getting caught off-guard by one of them might lead to your death.
Except that, she should be decent for tier III unless she ends up against things like St. Louis but we will see soon.

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