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Supertest: Italian Tier V Battleship Conte di Cavour

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The Conte di Cavour was the lead ship of a class of battleships built for the Regia Marina in the 1910s. This class was composed of 3 ships: Conte di Cavour, Guilio Cesare and Leonardo da Vinci. Both Conte di Cavour and Giulio Cesare would survive to see World War II while Leonardo da Vinci was scrapped in 1923 after she sank in 1916 due to a magazine explosion.

Conte di Cavour herself was laid down in August 1910, launched in August 1911 and completed in April 1915. The ship saw no action during World War I and was in fact, rarely deployed to keep her ready for a potential battle with the Austro-Hungarian fleet.

In 1923, the ship took part in the Corfu incident and bombarded the island’s main town with her 76 mm guns, killing 20 civilians and wounding 32 more. In 1933, she, alongside Guilio Cesare, underwent a massive reconstruction and received, among everything else, a more powerful main battery, better engines as well as a heavier secondary and anti-air battery.

During World War II, the Conte di Cavour took part in the Battle of Calabria where she fought against the British forces but survived the battle undamaged unlike the Giulio Cesare.
In November 1940, the ship, alongside the fleet stationed in Taranto harbor was attacked by British torpedoes bombers from the HMS Illustrious. The ship’s AA gunners shot down one Swordfish but not before it dropped its torpedo, scoring a hit under the B turret. Work was made to run the Conte di Cavour aground but the ship still ended up settling at the bottom of the harbor. She had a low priority for repairs compared to the other damaged battleships and in September 1943, was captured by the German forces while the ship had received only minimal repairs. In the end, the ship was scrapped in 1946.

In World of Warships, Conte di Cavour appears as she was before her 1933’s reconstruction, unlike the Guilio Cesare.

The main features of the Italian battleships are:

  • Like the Italian cruisers, instead of HE shells, the new ships are armed with SAP shells. They inflict high damage on weakly and moderately protected targets and ship parts but do not cause fires.
  • The “Exhaust smoke generator” is among the consumables of the Italian battleships starting from tier VIII, which will allow you to hide from the enemy without sacrificing speed.
  • A large number of guns with a relatively short firing range and poor accuracy. They will basically be close/mid-range SAP sailing shotguns.
  • Decent concealment and average maneuverability, quickly turning turrets and rather good armor.

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.

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Modules
Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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Conte di Cavour (A)

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Propulsion: 31 000 hp

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SDT 5 mod. 1

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305 mm/46 Vickers-Terni Model 1909

icon_module_Hull_installedConte di Cavour (B)

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SDT 5 mod. 2

Characteristics

Stock Ship

GeneralMain BatterySecondariesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier V
Health 37 000 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 15 %
Displacement 22 922 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 14.640 km
305 mm/46 Vickers-Terni Model 1909
3 x 3 305 mm
2 x 2 305 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.500 km
120 mm/50 Vickers 1909
18 x 1 120 mm
Maximum speed 22 knots
Turning Circle Radius 620 m
Rudder Shift Time 16.8 s
Surface Detectability 12.24 km
Air Detectability 7.74 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 9.35 km

3 x 3 305 mm/46 Vickers-Terni Model 1909
2 x 2 305 mm/46 Vickers-Terni Model 1909
 Maximum Firing Range 14.640 km
 Reloading Time 33.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 60.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 31°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 31°
Sigma 1.60 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 210 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  SAP – 305 mm proiettili CS 1909
Alpha Damage 7 850 HP
Penetration capacity  79 mm
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.412
Projectile Mass 406 kg
Ricochet Angles 70° – 80°
Type of Projectile AP – 305 mm proiettili AP 1909
Alpha Damage 8 650 HP
Projectile Speed 840 m/s
Air Drag 0.412
Projectile Mass 452 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 400
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 51 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

18 x 1 120 mm/50 Vickers 1909
Maximum Firing Range 4.500 km
Reloading Time 5 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 120 mm proiettili HE 1909
Alpha Damage 1 700 HP
Damage 720 HP
HE penetration 20 mm
Explosion Size 0.36
Chance to Cause Fire 6 %
Projectile Speed 840 m/s
Air Drag 0.35
Projectile Mass 22.75 kg

6 x 1 76/40 Ansaldo 1917
8 x 1 40 mm/39 QF MKII
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 42
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 147

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 15 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: +0.5%/s

Upgraded Ship

GeneralMain BatterySecondariesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier V
Health 38 700 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 15 %
Displacement 24 250 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 16.104 km
305 mm/46 Vickers-Terni Model 1909
3 x 3 305 mm
2 x 2 305 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.500 km
120 mm/50 Vickers 1909
18 x 1 120 mm
Maximum speed 22 knots
Turning Circle Radius 620 m
Rudder Shift Time 12.0 s
Surface Detectability 12.24 km
Air Detectability 7.74 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 9.35 km

3 x 3 305 mm/46 Vickers-Terni Model 1909
2 x 2 305 mm/46 Vickers-Terni Model 1909
 Maximum Firing Range 16.104 km
 Reloading Time 33.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 60.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 31°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 31°
Sigma 1.60 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 224 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  SAP – 305 mm proiettili CS 1909
Alpha Damage 7 850 HP
Penetration capacity  79 mm
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.412
Projectile Mass 406 kg
Ricochet Angles 70° – 80°
Type of Projectile AP – 305 mm proiettili AP 1909
Alpha Damage 8 650 HP
Projectile Speed 840 m/s
Air Drag 0.412
Projectile Mass 452 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 400
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 51 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

18 x 1 120 mm/50 OTO 1939
Maximum Firing Range 4.500 km
Reloading Time 5 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 120 mm proiettili HE 1918
Alpha Damage 1 700 HP
Damage 720 HP
HE penetration 20 mm
Explosion Size 0.36
Chance to Cause Fire 6 %
Projectile Speed 840 m/s
Air Drag 0.35
Projectile Mass 22.75 kg

6 x 1 76/40 Ansaldo 1917
8 x 1 37 mm/54 Breda 1939
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 53
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 185

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 15 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: +0.5%/s

The Armor

Just like pretty much all low tier battleships, the Conte di Cavour present very good external armor protection.

General external protection

Internal turtleback

Additional armored deck

Citadel protection

Frontal protection of the middle section

Rear protection of the middle section

Turret armor

 

Personal opinion

The speed and lack of HP will definitely be significant issues on this ship but at least, she compensates by her heavy broadside power and concealment. Also, unlike at tier IV, you start seeing less battleships with heavy external protection which means that the SAP will gain in value.

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