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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

Tier VIII
Health 47 900 HP
Torpedo damage reduction 4 %
Displacement 19 051 tons
Aircraft on deck
Attack Aircrafts 9
Dive Bombers 9
Torpedo Bombers 9
Anti-Air Defense
40 mm Bofors Mk2
40 mm Bofors Mk1
5 x 4 40 mm
10 x 2 40 mm
20 mm Oerlikon Mk20 15 x 2 20 mm
Maximum speed 33.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 920 m
Rudder Shift Time 16.0 s
Surface Detectability 12.24 km
Air Detectability 10.18 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

Tier X
Hit points per plane 1 660
Cruise speed 176 knots
Maximum speed 216 knots
Engine boost time 5 s
Engine boost reload time 10 s
Size of attacking flight 2
Aircraft per squadron 6
Rocket type HE Tiny Tim
Rocket per plane 3
Maximum rocket damage 5 400
Rocket damage 3 700
HE penetration capacity 68 mm
Explosion size 2.07
Fire chance 33 %
Detectability range 10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time 123 s
Aircraft on deck 9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
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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

Tier X
Hit points per plane 2 150
Cruise speed 131 knots
Maximum speed 166 knots
Engine boost time 20 s
Engine boost reload time 40 s
Size of attacking flight 2
Aircraft per squadron 6
Bomb type HE AN-M66
Bomb per plane 2
Maximum bomb damage 11 200
HE penetration capacity 67 mm
Explosion size 2.83
Fire chance 64%
Detectability range 10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time 142 s
Aircraft on deck 9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Engine Cooling
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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

Tier X
Hit points per plane 2 040
Cruise speed 131 knots
Maximum speed 166 knots
Engine boost time 20 s
Engine boost reload time 40 s
Size of attacking flight 2
Aircraft per squadron 6
Torpedo type Torpedo Mk.13-2
Torpedoes per plane 2
Maximum torpedo damage 6 467
Maximum torpedo range 3.5 km
Torpedo speed 35 knots
Torpedo arming distance 470 m
Flooding chance 52%
Detectability range 10.0 km
Aircraft restoration time 150 s
Aircraft on deck 9
Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Engine Cooling
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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 range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 99
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 347
15 x 2 20 mm Oerlikon Mk20
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 56
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 196

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.

4 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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