The list of previous parts is at the bottom of the article.
In 1956, along with the refit of the Ikv 72 to Ikv 102 (see previous part), it was decided to start the production of a second batch of Ikv’s with the upgrades considered for the Ikv 72 built in to the design. This vehicle would become known as the Ikv 103 and a total of 81 vehicles of this type were produced between 1956 and 1957, making it the most widely produced assault gun in the Swedish army at that point. Although externally similar to the earlier models, the Ikv 103 featured a number of changes, such as the addition of a roof, a change of the main armament from a 75mm to 105mm and the addition of a more powerful engine. The engine, used in the Ikv 103 was a 150hp 4-cylinder boxer engine, originally developed by Svenska Flygmotor AB for use in the Saab Safir training aircraft. The air for the new engine did not need to pass through the crew compartment (something appreciated by crews in winter) and this also gave the vehicle its distinctive “grills” on both sides of the engine compartment.
quick info from the Insider. Apparently, the T-34/88 tank is coming to Xbox in a bundle with the (earlier announced) Sherman Ripper. The bundle will look like this:
- Soviet tier VI T-34-88 Medium Tank – 100% Crew – 38 Pzgr. 39 Shells – 8 Pzgr. 40 Shells – 2 Garage Slots – 30 Days of Premium Account
Meet the newest addition to the Soviet collection, the T-34-88! This Premium medium tank will catch your enemies by surprise as you wreak havok on the battlefield with training up your Soviet Medium crews and earning loads of Silver!
Why on earth is it a Soviet tank, I have no idea (the vehicle conversion – if it indeed happened – was performed by Germans). According to vague Russian “records” presented by Yuri Pasholok (remember, it was that school notebook stuff), this vehicle actually existed, as it was captured and dismantled by Soviets after the war, but who knows. This offer is unfortunately for Xbox only – not sure why, PC WoT could use this tank as well.
What is funnier however is that for some reason, the following bundle description was found in the WoT files – a great “offer” indeed!
-German “Super” Heavy tank Agritraktor I Ausf. A – 100% Crew – 100 Pzgr. Rbd Shells – Garage Slot – 3 Days of Premium Account
Greet the most “powerful” of German tanks, The Agritraktor! this little beast is a one shot wonder, strike fear on your foes and harvest them at the same time with this one-man powered “tank!”
Agritraktor is exactly what you think it is – a tractor equipped with German 88mm gun (or so it seems). It’s not a real vehicle, it was a test mule, used in very early days of WoT (like, pre-alpha) to test stuff like basic movement, IIRC. Unless this is some very early April 1st joke, it’s probably some trolling.
Evilly mentioned that there will be a “crew surprise” connected to the IM’s. Well, the surprise is… female crewmembers. Whenever you recieve one token for completing 15 missions (you need 4 tokens for every tank out of 5), you get one for free, along with enough crew XP for one perk
Regarding the individual mission mechanics: it seems that every mission has a main objective and secondary objective. If you complete secondary objective as well as the main one, the rewards get bigger. Here are two examples of first two StuG IV missions (easiest), since those two seem to be ready. Remember how Evilly said that each “chain” of 15 missions is tied to a specific vehicle class?
First mission for LT is to be in top 10 in XP, the reward is 50k credits. But if you manage to survive as well, you get extra 25k.
because many butts were hurt and many bricks were shat under the earlier IM post (mostly due to artillery presence), Evilly (WG RU producer) decided to react and to explain the situation:
“You can stop being butthurt about the artillery. It’s just one of the possible variants. There are 5 branches of missions (LT, MT, HT, TD and Artillery), but it’s possible that in order to get the tank, you will have to complete 4 out of 5 without suffering playing the arty.”
He however confirmed that it’s possible platoons will be a requirement of some of the missions. He added that earlier, there were two ways how to do the missions – either remove the arty missions altogether, or to make the requirement 4 out of 5. Currently, they are working with the second variant. The missions are tied not to nations, but to vehicle classes.
based on the testing, the FV4004 Conway tier 9 TD was changed as such (data for 100 percent crew):
- hitpoints buffed from 1250 to 1500
- viewrange buffed from 320 to 380
- weight increased from 49,442 tons to 51,01 tons
- power-to-weight reduced from 19,21 hp/t to 18,62 hp/t
- hull traverse nerfed from 32 deg/s to 28 deg/s
- turret traverse nerfed from 20,9 deg/s to 16,7 deg/s
- 120mm top gun ROF nerfed from 8,343 to 8,022
- 120mm top gun reload time nerfed from 7,192 to 7,479
- 120mm ammo carried increased from 20 to 35
- 120mm top gun accuracy buffed from 0,316 to 0,307
- 120mm aimtime buffed from 1,92s to 1,82s
remember how Storm said that of the two British derps, the FV4005 would be the faster one, even though both had roughly the same mobility? Well, the FV215b (183) is getting nerfed as such (data valid for 100 percent crew):
- hull traverse reduced from 32 to 24
- terrain resistance on hard surfaces nerfed by 38 percent
- terrain resistance on medium surfaces nerfed by 43 percent
- terrain resistance on soft surfaces nerfed by 25 percent
There is currently no compensation issued for these changes, so it’s a pure nerf (it’s possible the armor will be buffed, but not certain). Well, looks like Storm was right after all – after this, the FV4005 will really be faster.
It is now confirmed that contrary to previous plans, WG decided to remove the 105mm L7 gun from the Charioteer, leaving it with two 20pdrs (if I recall correctly, it’s the “usual” Type A and Type B). By the way, in case you are wondering, the L7 Charioteer is historical, it was even built (not just proposed).
Two things. First, the 9.5 testing is slowly starting – hence the IM info. HOWEVER, keep in mind that any info from supertest might as well consist of placeholders. There is no indication that players will be actually FORCED to play arty, it’s possible this is just tested.
Secondly, the following vehicles are being added to the 9.5 CT: 11 British tanks (slowly, all are not ready yet, the Charioteer got leaked), along with ISU-130, AMX CDC, AMX-13/57, STA-2, and FV4202 with HD model. Furthermore, three new maps are being supertested: winter version of Ruinberg (to replace Ruinberg on Fire), something called “Lost City” (not sure what that is) and a map called “Mittengard” (which is the version of the Pit). More info as it gets leaked. It is unlikely all these maps will appear in 9.5.
Oh and apparently, the tutorial window bug is still preset after the 0.9.4.2 micropatch on RU server, but at least it doesn’t appear all the time. An odd thing though – according to the Support site, the patch 0.9.4.2 was supposed to be released today. Did anyone actually download it?
We are returning to the French part of the series with this article. France has a long and glorious military history and the first part clearly did not do justice to some of the wonderful inventions concocted to win the war and the single armoured train I posted needs further elaboration. A single individual in particular is the common denominator this time, so this is a ‘Special’ for just one man and his multiple designs.
I’ve been posting some amusingly bad and some actually fairly decent tank designs from Patent archives, but sometimes you find something which warrants a segment all by itself. Even the armchair tank historian will have heard of the designer Monsieur Boireaux (sometimes spelled ‘Bouralt’or ‘Boiralt’). He came up with the wonderful ‘Boireaux machine’ back in 1915 as means to cross shell-shattered ground. It worked, but was hard to control and was unarmed. It was actually rather an ingenious, if not the most practical vehicle. After some time and digging, I found the patent for one of his armoured trains with some help from Souroy and here are the results.