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Supertest: Pan-Asian Tier VIII Premium Aircraft Carrier Sanzang

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Second Premium that will be released for the upcoming Chinese new year alongside Fen Yang and Wujing, here is the tier VIII Pan-Asian carrier Sanzang.

Not much to talk about here, the Sanzang is a simple copy-paste of tier VIII U.S Premium Saipan. No gimmick, no small tweak, just a pure copy-paste with a fancy skin.
The ship is named after the fictional character Tang Sanzang from the novel Journey to the West.

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. In her case, though, don’t expect any change though as Wargaming are pretty clear when they announce that she will be a copy of Saipan.

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Modules

Hull
Attack Aircrafts
Dive Bombers
Torpedo Bombers
Propulsion
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F8F Bearcat

BTD Destroyer

BTD Destroyer
icon_module_Engine_installedPropulsion: 120 000 hp

General Characteristics

TierVIII
Health47 900 HP
Torpedo damage reduction4 %
Displacement19 051 tons
Aircraft on deck
Attack Aircrafts9
Dive Bombers9
Torpedo Bombers9
Anti-Air Defense
40 mm Bofors Mk2
40 mm Bofors Mk1
5 x 4 40 mm
10 x 2 40 mm
20 mm Oerlikon Mk2015 x 2 20 mm
Maximum speed33.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius920 m
Rudder Shift Time16.0 s
Surface Detectability12.24 km
Air Detectability10.18 km
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Fighter
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 600 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Patrol Radius: 3.0 km
Planes in a squadron: 4

Attack Aircrafts

Attack Aircrafts – ‎F8F Bearcat

TierX
Hit points per plane1 660
Cruise speed176 knots
Maximum speed216 knots
Engine boost time5 s
Engine boost reload time10 s
Size of attacking flight2
Aircraft per squadron6
Rocket typeHE Tiny Tim
Rocket per plane3
Maximum rocket damage5 400
Rocket damage3 700
HE penetration capacity68 mm
Explosion size2.07
Fire chance33 %
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time123 s
Aircraft on deck9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 5
Patrol radius: 3.0 km

Dive Bombers

Dive bombers – ‎BTD Destroyer

TierX
Hit points per plane2 150
Cruise speed131 knots
Maximum speed166 knots
Engine boost time20 s
Engine boost reload time40 s
Size of attacking flight2
Aircraft per squadron6
Bomb typeHE AN-M66
Bomb per plane2
Maximum bomb damage11 200
HE penetration capacity67 mm
Explosion size2.83
Fire chance64%
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time142 s
Aircraft on deck9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 5
Patrol radius: 3.0 km

Torpedo Bombers

Torpedo bomber – BTD Destroyer

TierX
Hit points per plane2 040
Cruise speed131 knots
Maximum speed166 knots
Engine boost time20 s
Engine boost reload time40 s
Size of attacking flight2
Aircraft per squadron6
Torpedo typeTorpedo Mk.13-2
Torpedoes per plane2
Maximum torpedo damage6 467
Maximum torpedo range3.5 km
Torpedo speed35 knots
Torpedo arming distance470 m
Flooding chance52%
Detectability range10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time150 s
Aircraft on deck9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Engine Cooling
consumable_PCY034_ForsageBooster
Number of Charges: 2
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Patrol fighter
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Aircraft per squadron: 5
Patrol radius: 3.0 km
Repair
Number of Charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 10 s
Repair speed: 10% HP/s

Anti-air Armament

5 x 4 40 mm Bofors Mk2
10 x 2 40 mm Bofors Mk1
Sector range0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage99
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second347
15 x 2 20 mm Oerlikon Mk20
Sector range0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage56
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second196

The Armor

As an escort carrier converted from a Baltimore-class hull, the Sanzang’s armor is really nothing good. Keep in my that she can also be citadelled by AP bombs.

External armor protection

Internal deck

Citadel armor protection

Personal Opinion

Just like quite a few event premiums, Sanzang is an exact clone of the original. In this case, a clone of the Saipan which is a Premium that you should only get if you are very good at dodging flaks and at managing reserves. She allows absolutely no mistake at all due to her very low reserves and long plane restoration time.

Even with all of that, she is honestly underwhelming as she was designed back when the damage dealt by AA was randomly applied to the planes in the squadron which meant that they were WAY harder to kill. These days, even when doing everything right, she is really tight in terms of reserves. Her rockets are also relatively bad with the last reticule change as they now have a true shotgun-like dispersion.

15,466 thoughts on “Supertest: Pan-Asian Tier VIII Premium Aircraft Carrier Sanzang

  1. Ah yes, the lazy reskins to squeeze out them Chinese wallets. They could have at least given it Japanese aircraft or something to make it stand out a bit.

  2. Tang Sanzang is in fact a real person who made the journey in Journey to the West alone. I am rather disappointed it’s just a reskin with nothing interesting, but on the upside the skin is pretty cool

  3. I am shocked /s
    Wargaming milking the gullible nationalist Chinese?
    I mean I cannot blame them, there is literally nothing for China to over in the REAL world terms when it comes to naval history, but the cash grab by wargaming is about as blatant and obvious as the old Type 59 full gold one from back in the day in World of Tanks.

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