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World of Warships Supertest: French Tier VI Premium Cruiser Dupleix

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Historical background

Dupleix was the fourth ship of the French Suffren-class of heavy cruisers. The ship was laid down in November 1929, launched in October 1930, and commissioned in May 1932. She was one of the Seven treaty heavy cruisers that France constructed, armed with 203 mm guns but with paper-thin armor protection.

At the start of the Second World War, Dupleix was deployed in Northern Africa to hunt down German raiders. Later, with Operation Vado in June 1940, Dupleix would see her only opportunity to fire her guns at the enemy. The ship was deployed off the coast of Italy to bombard Vado alongside Colbert. Sadly, with the capitulation of France on the 25th, things took a turn for the worst. During the scuttling of the fleet in Toulon in November 1941, German forces took a hold of the ship before she was sunk but the guns had already been destroyed and a fire ravaged the ship, coupled with numerous explosions. The ship burned for 9 days in total and ended up sinking regardless.

Later on, Dupleix was refloated by the Italians in July 1943. However, she was hit by American bombs in March 1944 and sank once more. She would later be scrapped in 1951.

In World of Warships, Dupleix presents the classic kit of French heavy cruisers with an improved Engine Boost and a Main Battery Reload Booster.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag

Ship’s camouflages

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.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

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Dupleix

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Propulsion: 90 000 HP

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‎PCA n° 6 Mle 1

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203 mm/50 Mle 1924 on a Mle 1924 mount

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‎550 mm 23DT Mle 1

General Characteristics

TierVI
Health34 900 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction10 %
Displacement13 621 tons
Dimensions
Overall length193.78 m
Beam19.26 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)22.0 m
Freeboard5.58 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range16.940 km
203 mm/50 Mle 1924 on a Mle 1924 mount4 x 2 203 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range5.600 km
90 mm/50 Mle 1926 on an Mle 1930 mount4 x 2 90 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range9.000 km
550 mm tube lance-torpilles2 x 3 550 mm
Maximum speed32.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius700 m
Rudder Shift Time9.55 s
Surface Detectability12.1 km
Air Detectability6.44 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke7.09 km

Main Armament

4 x 2 203 mm/50 Mle 1924 on a Mle 1924 mount
 Maximum Firing Range16.940 km
 Reloading Time15.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time25.7 s
Optimal firing angles at the front36°
Optimal firing angles at the rear38°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion150 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 203 mm HE OEA Mle 1927
Alpha Damage2 800
Penetration capacity 34 mm
Explosion size12.9 m
Fire chance15 %
Projectile Speed850 m/s
Air Drag0.33
Projectile Mass123.8 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 203 mm AP OPf Mle 1936
Alpha Damage4 800
Projectile Speed820 m/s
Air Drag0.33
Projectile Mass134.0 kg
Projectile Krupp2 434
Projectile Detonator0.033 s
Detonator threshold34 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Secondary Armament

4 x 2 90 mm/50 Mle 1926 on an Mle 1930 mount
Maximum Firing Range5.600 km
Reloading Time4.0 s
Sigma1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of ProjectileHE – 90 mm HE OEA Mle 1925
Alpha Damage1 300
HE penetration15 mm
Explosion Size3.75 m
Chance to Cause Fire5 %
Projectile Speed850 m/s
Air Drag0.314
Projectile Mass9.51 kg

Torpedo Armament

2 x 3 550 mm tube lance-torpilles
550 mm 23DT

Reloading Time90 s
Maximum Distance9.000 km
Optimal firing angles at the front28°
Optimal firing angles at the rear28°
Damage14 833
Flooding Chance246%
Speed60 knots
Surface Detectability1.3 km

Anti-air Armament

4 x 2 90 mm/50 Mle 1926 on an Mle 1930 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage9
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second32
Flak clouds number1
Flak cloud damage980
4 x 2 37 mm/50 CAIL Mle 1933 on a CAD Mle 1933 mount
1 x 1 37 mm/50 Mle 1925 on a CA Mle 1925 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage9
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second32
2 x 1 12.7 mm Browning on a single mount
2 x 4 13.2 mm Hotchkiss Mle 1929 on a CAQ Mle 1929 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance85 %
Sector’s damage15
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second53

ASW Airstrike

Br. 521 Bizerte – Depth charge airstrike

Reloading Time30 s
Number of charges1
HP per plane2 000
Number of planes in the squadron1
Number of bombs in payload1
Damage3 400
Sink speed7.5-11.3 m/s
Explosion radius375 m
Fire chances19%
Flooding chances300%
Damage distribution

Consumables

Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Slot 5
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Hydroacoustic Search
consumable_PCY016_SonarSearchPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.0 km
Ship spotting range: 4.0 km
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Speed bonus: +15%
Fighter
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Number of fighters: 2
Patrol radius: 3.0 km
Main Battery Reload Booster
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 15 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Effect: -50% Main battery reload time
Defensive AA Fire

Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Damage from continuous DPS: +50%
Damage from flak explosions: +300%

The Armor

External armor protection:

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:

Citadel armor protection:

Hidden armor protection inside the stern:

Personal Opinion

Right now, Dupleix looks pretty strong compared to the rest of the tier VI roster. The firepower is nothing to ignore with potent HE shells as well as strong AP. Considering that she is at tier VI, she also gets the advantage of overmatching tier V cruisers as well as some tier VI cruisers, being one of the rare ships at this tier with 203 mm guns. The cherry on top is obviously her Main Battery Reload Booster to either heavily punish broadside cruisers or capitalize on battleships using their damage control party.

Her HP pool, great mobility, slim citadel, and decent concealment will also give her the edge over most tier VI cruisers in terms of survivability.

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