The title of the topic sounds absurd at first glance. However, now I will tell you why within the game we can and should get some Italian light tanks as squadron or event combat vehicles.
To begin with, let’s remember the history of Sweden’s T-80U and Mi-28A: during the 1993 tender the T-80U was tested in Sweden, and in 1995 the Mi-28A. Both of these vehicles were not accepted for service and were bought by Sweden and returned home. Due to this fact they appeared in War Thunder.
Now to the subject of discussion:
In 2012 Russia agreed to transfer two Centauro tanks (105mm and 120mm guns) and two IFV Freccia (25mm and 30mm autocannons instead with Spike missiles). All vehicles arrived at the port in Novorossiysk and underwent two years of testing in Kubinka.
After testing, Russia returned the tanks to Italy, having never decided to purchase them.
Enough photos and references to these vehicles have been preserved. Some of them are quite funny - how Centauro got stuck in a snowdrift in winter and was pulled out by a tractor.
The Centauro is being pulled out of the mud
I propose to add Centauro 120mm for USSR\Russia nation as squadron (I think it’s most appropriate) or event vehicles. This has a historical basis, and also logical from the point of view of interest to this technique: Russia does not produce and is not going to produce modern light tanks. Therefore, USSR will never get light tanks with a combat rating of 10.3+
The only light tank is the Sprut made with the stupid idea of dropping it from an airplane. This idea is outdated even before the tank was made. It ends up being a huge coffin on wheels that is simply unpleasant to play on.
Centauro 120mm is far from being the most effective technique in the game and it won’t be “getting the most delicious candy”, however it will be a very interesting experience for the USSR, where there are almost no modern light tanks.
Why not the 105mm version? Because its combat rating is 9.0-9.3 where USSR has BMP-3, Sprut and BMD-4. At that rating the USSR has decent light tanks.
I think it’s fair for the USSR to get at least a few foreign vehicles if there are historical reasons, as many tanks, airplanes and helicopters are transferred to other nations - T-90S, T-80U, Mi-28A.
It should be a full copy of the Centauro 120mm of Italy in terms of characteristics.
|Country of origin
|Dimensions and weight
|Length (gun forward)
|~ 7.75 m
|1 x 12.7 mm, 1 x 7.62 mm
|Maximum firing range
|at least 3 km
|Maximum rate of fire
|12 shot per minute
|- 6 to + 45 degrees
|~ 40 rounds
|400 x 12.7 mm, 750 x 7.62 mm
|IVECO VECTOR 8V diesel
|Maximum road speed
Some photo and video: