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Supertest: U.S. Tier X Freemium Cruiser Austin

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After the Soviet Smolensk and the French Colbert, the U.S. fleet is getting its own tier X AA light cruiser, the Austin.

The Austin is based on an AA cruiser preliminary design (S-511-66: “5”/54 Cal. Cruiser – Scheme “C”). This design was calling for an 8 550 tons light cruiser armed with new 127 mm/54 guns in twin turrets equipped with a new auto-loading system and was the basis for the CL-154 class. It was, however, abandoned in March 1945.

In World of Warships, Austin represents what the finalized design could have looked like using more modern twin turrets both for the 127 mm/54 main battery and the 76.2 mm/70 AA guns.

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
Torpedoes

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Austin

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Propulsion: 110 000 hp

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Mk.10 mod. 1

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127 mm/54 Mk.18 in a turret

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533 mm Type16 mod. 1

General Characteristics

Tier X
Health 30 700 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 4 %
Displacement 9 126 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 15.000 km
127 mm/54 Mk.18 in a turret 6 x 2 127 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 10.500 km
533 mm Mk14 2 x 5 533 mm
Maximum speed 35 knots
Turning Circle Radius 670 m
Rudder Shift Time 7.7 s
Surface Detectability 11.88 km
Air Detectability 7.41 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 5.2 km

Main Battery

6 x 2 127 mm/54 Mk.18 in a turret
 Maximum Firing Range 15.000 km
 Reloading Time 8.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 4.5 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30° for 6 turrets
25° for 5 turrets
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30° for 6 turrets
25° for 5 turrets
Sigma 2.05 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 137 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 127 mm HE Mk.41
Alpha Damage 1 800 HP
Damage 550 HP
Penetration capacity  21 mm
Explosion size 0.44
Fire chance 9 %
Projectile Speed 808 m/s
Air Drag 0.21
Projectile Mass 31.75 kg
Type of Projectile SAP – 127 mm CS Mk.42
Alpha Damage 2 700 HP
Penetration capacity  36 mm
Projectile Speed 808 m/s
Air Drag 0.21
Projectile Mass 31.75 kg
Ricochet Angles 60° – 75°

Torpedo Armament

2 x 5 533 mm PR Mk II
533 mm Mk IXM
Reloading Time 106 s
Maximum Distance 10.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 34°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 40°
Damage 19 033
Flooding Chance 323 %
Speed 66 kt
Surface Detectability 1.4 km

Anti-air Armament

6 x 2 127 mm/54 Mk.18 in a turret
Sector range 0.1 km – 6.0 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 68
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 238
Flak clouds number 10
Flak cloud damage 1 820
6 x 2 76.2 mm/70 Mk.37 in a turret
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 99
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 347

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Slot 5
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Defensive AA Fire
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Continuous damage: +50%
Damage from flak clouds: +300%
Main Battery Reload Booster
Number of charges: Infinite
Work time: 15 s
Cooldown: 125 s
Reload time: -75%
Repair Party
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: +0.66%/s
Hydroacoustic Search
consumable_PCY016_SonarSearchPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.5 km
Ship spotting range: 5.0 km

The Armor

The Austin presents an armor protection somewhat similar to Atlanta but with 32 mm sides and a 225 mm citadel deck under the turrets somehow.

External armor protection

Front and rear internal protection of the middle section

Citadel protection

Personal opinion

Right now, I’m fairly interested in the Austin due to her unique (and very strong on paper) design. The potential of a -75% reload booster on SAP shells or even HE shells simply looks insane, the armor is actually not that bad and on top of that, she has the same improved Repair Party as Colbert from what I can see. Another thing worth noting is that her ballistics for such a low caliber is just fantastic due to the very low air drag. You have less flight time than Des Moines’ AP shells as a reference point.

Considering her size, she will also be the same overpenetration fiesta as Smolensk and she also have the advantage of having an already fairly good range which adds up to her survivability.

Finally, I actually want to mention that against carriers, the ship does look quite beefy against carriers with high DPS, 10 flaks from the start which is the highest number of the game as far as I remember. Her citadel will be fairly resilient against AP bombs as well because she is either way too deep or so thinly protected that the bombs will barely have enough time to trigger.

Also, for those that would be interested, here is a model size comparison made by Ch0m1n with other tier X light cruisers:

1 thought on “Supertest: U.S. Tier X Freemium Cruiser Austin

  1. When was The Last Time When you played Smolensk?… That ship eats all shells without overpenetrating.

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