FV4202 Protoype Tourelle Bovington
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Experimental tank on the basis of the Centurion medium tank. The vehicle was in development from 1956 through 1959. Never saw mass production. Technical decisions and innovations implemented in FV4202 became the basis for FV4201 Chieftain.
Something of a departure from the philosophies of more or less all British mediums before it, the FV4202 may seem at first to be simply an upgrade of the Centurion Mk. 7/1 - and may indeed be played as such - but is in fact quite its own beast. Its significantly smaller profile, extremely well-sloped frontal armor and increased agility means that this tank can stand to take on a much more frontal role than its predecessor, and contributes to make it a much more well-rounded vehicle. In fact, the only things that truly stand out about the FV4202 are its good cannon and turret, and slow top speed; in all other regards it behaves very much like a "Jack of all trades, master of none" sort of tank when compared to its classmates.
The FV4202 marks the end of the British medium tank line.
Good power to weight ratio
Premium HE Shells (HESH) have 210 pen, comparable to a tier 7 gun but with more damage per shot. Devastating against weak-hulled enemies such as Artillery and side armor
Premium HE Shells (HESH) have a very high potential damage per minute, one of the highest in the game
Good gun depression
Highly serviceable gun
Favorable "hidden" stats such as ground traction, camouflage, etc.
Quite accurate gun
Low top speed
Weak hull armor
HESH ammunition is not reliable
Turret isn't nearly as well-armored as advertised
The FV4202, by dint of being so well-rounded, fills some sort of imaginary hole between nearly all other Tier X medium tanks. By now, having played the Centurions, one will be used to the role of support tank, and thanks to its quite accurate gun and higher DPM than the E-50 Ausf. M the Brit can fill this role neatly. However, limiting oneself to that alone is sort of undeserving of this tank's potential, as it has superior gun depression and respectable camouflage. Its agility also means that it can fight in between buildings and wolf pack quite effectively, which all adds up to making it a quite potent flanker, best employed as a long-range harasser and sharpshooter from the sides of the enemy front.
FV4202 was a British experimental vehicle based on the Centurion medium tank. The vehicle was in development from 1956 through 1959. Total mass of the tank was around 40 tons. Three prototypes were made before the project was canceled.
Technical decisions and innovations implemented in FV4202 became the basis for FV4201 Chieftain.