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British Cold War Tanks, Round 2: Lights and Tank Destroyers

January 3, 2022

The Scorpion 90, the FV4004 Conway '51, and other British champions arrive to expand your Cold War experience!

The first wave of British tanks to arrive for Cold War mode put you in command of legendary vehicles like the Centurion, the Chieftain, and the Challenger.

Now, we’re bringing more Cold War history to your console! Starting on January 4th, you can research three new tank destroyers and four new light tanks to add even more British might to your garage.


And that’s not all. From January 4th through February 14th, you’ll find the Mastery of the Hunt Challenges available to all light tanks and tank destroyers so that you can earn Silver, Premium Time, and more while obliterating your enemies with these vehicles.

Details of the Challenges will be available in the January 4th edition of “WoT’s Happening This Week.”

For now, grab a cuppa, settle in, and get your first look at these new vehicles below!

Tank Destroyers

Light Tanks


TANK DESTROYERS

Three Post-War tank destroyers join the Western Alliance, branching off from the recently added A41 Centurion Mk. II. The Charioteer starts the branch with a focus on DPM to relentlessly pound your enemy into submission, round after round. At the end of the branch, the focus shifts from DPM to pure alpha damage. The FV4005 Stage II ’57 packs a devastatingly powerful gun that has the potential to destroy the enemy with just a single shot!

FV4101 Charioteer

  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Purchase Cost: 3,460,000 Silver
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Era: Post War (1)
  • Unlocked through the A41 Centurion Mk. II

The Charioteer served as a low-cost tank destroyer in the years following World War II. It was constructed using the hull of the Cromwell tank joined with a new turret and a powerful 20-pounder 83.4mm caliber gun. To keep its weight down, however, the Charioteer was fitted with light armor. Once the Centurion was fitted with a 105mm L7 gun after 1958, the Charioteer fell out of use.


FV4004 Conway ’51

  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Purchase Cost: 3,440,000 Silver
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Era: Post War (1)
  • Unlocked through the FV4101 Charioteer

Like the FV4005, the FV4004 Conway was a tank destroyer developed using the Centurion Mk. 3 as its basis. The FV4004 Conway employed a 120mm gun fitted to a high turret. This vehicle was intended as a stopgap measure while the Conqueror project was in development; work on it ceased without the vehicle seeing mass production.


FV4005 Stage II ’57

  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Purchase Cost: 4,380,000 Silver
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Era: Post War (1)
  • Unlocked through the FV4004 Conway ’51

The FV4005 was developed during the 1950s. Designed to counteract the threat of vehicles like the Soviet IS-3 heavy tank, this tank destroyer used a Centurion Mk. 3 hull as its basis and featured a 183mm gun, at the time the largest direct-fire gun ever mounted to a vehicle. The Phase II version also sported a large, box-shaped, fully traversing turret. The eventual shift in tactics to lighter, more mobile tanks meant that the FV4005 never saw mass production.


LIGHT TANKS

The light tank branch adds four new vehicles spread across all three Eras of history and unlocked through various vehicles in the Tech Tree.

The first three vehicles are your classic scout tanks: fast, nimble, and stealthy, with low damage but fast-firing guns. Be the eyes on the battlefield, do a little razzle-dazzle, and get behind the enemy lines to shred apart the rear of the enemy with your quick-firing gun. Once you get to the VFM 5, you’ll get a massive gun upgrade to shift roles and become a fire-support scout to hit the enemies hard and fast.

FV101 Scorpion

  • Class: Light
  • Purchase Cost: 3,460,000 Silver
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Era: Post War (1)
  • Unlocked through the A41 Centurion Mk. II

In the 1960s, the British Army issued a request for a new reconnaissance vehicle. Two designs were produced as a result: one for a tracked vehicle and one for a wheeled vehicle. The FV101 Scorpion, made by prolific manufacturer Alvis, was the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) version. Entering production in 1972, it featured a rear turret, a 76mm gun, and a three-person crew layout and was the first all-welded aluminum vehicle in use with the British Army.


FV107 Scimitar

  • Class: Light
  • Purchase Cost: 4,380,000 Silver
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Era: Post War (1)
  • Unlocked through the FV101 Scorpion

The FV107 Scimitar is a member of the same family of vehicles produced by Alvis as the FV101 Scorpion. While the Scimitar and the Scorpion share an aluminum chassis and are both officially classified under the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) designation, the Scimitar uses a long-barreled 30mm L21 cannon as its main gun. The FV107 Scimitar is employed as an armored reconnaissance vehicle with the British Army; other nations, however, have used it to fill the role of a light tank.


Scorpion 90

  • Class: Light
  • Purchase Cost: 7,230,000 Silver
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Era: Escalation (2)
  • Unlocked through the FV214 Conqueror Mk. I

An updated version of the FV101 Scorpion, the Scorpion 90 traded the original vehicle’s 76mm gun for a 90mm Cockerill Mk. 3 gun capable of holding 34 rounds of ammo. Also incorporated into the Scorpion 90’s design were an integrated fire control system (FCS) and a laser rangefinder, though the welded aluminum hull of its predecessor remained. Malaysia and Nigeria are among the nations to which the Scorpion 90 was exported.


Vickers/FMC VFM 5

  • Class: Light
  • Purchase Cost: 9,170,000 Silver
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Era: Détente (3)
  • Unlocked through the Chieftain Mk. 11

Built by Vickers in close cooperation with the American company FMC, the VFM 5 was a light tank created primarily for export in the mid-1980s. The welded aluminum hull provided by FMC would have allowed the tank to be transported by larger military cargo planes, while its low recoil force (LRF) 105mm gun would have provided it with ample firepower. However, no orders were placed.