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The Armored Patrol spotted some new tanks coming out and you hear it here first. These are the fabled Italian Heavy Tanks, and yes, they do come with an autoreloader. But this autoreloader is different, it is a better one. When you interrupt shell reloading you get a lesser penalty and you still don’t have to wait for the full time. If you fire when there are two seconds before the next shell, you will have to wait less than half of the full time.
The branch starts at the P.43 bis, you will have to earn between 50 and 60 thousand experience to progress on to the next tank. The P.43 bis also has some nice firepower, so you might want to hold on to it if you like the clan wars. The first tank is an Italian heavy tank without any quirks called the Carro d’assalto P.88. It is a fast cruiser style heavy tank that is like a chonky P.43 but faster. I think this one is a ramming tank. It has the choice of two guns. The first one is the Cannone Da 88/47 with an unimpressive 164mm of armor penetration, and mediocre 7.5 second reload. The second one, the Cannone Da 90/62 has the same damage despite the larger caliber, but it has a substantially better 202mm of armor penetration. The second gun has an 8.7 second reload, but it’s worth the 1.2 seconds with the extra pen especially if you don’t want to throw away credits. Both of these do 240 damage average.
From here the rest of the branch is just autoreloading heavies. The first of that is the Progetto CC55 mod. 54, which will be kind of like a Pershing. It has the 105mm Cannone Da 105/71 with 360 average damage and 220 armor penetration. The charging speed is 16 seconds on the first shell, 13 seconds on the middle shell, and 11 seconds on the last one. The Cannone Da 90/62 will carry over from the P.88 most likely.
Progetto CC55 mod. 54
At tier IX the branch starts to act like their Swedish cousin, the Emil, and Kranvagn. The Progetto C50 is a fast heavy tank with good frontal armor and -9 degrees of gun depression, but this might be changed to -10 degrees before release. It’s a chonky tank with bad side and rear armor. It uses the 120mm Cannone Da 120/62 which has 400 average damage and 268 armor penetration, but the penetration is probably going to get buffed before release. The recharge times are 17, 15, and 13 seconds respectively. This tank will most likely to inherit the Cannone Da 105/71 from its predecessor.
The top of the branch is the Rinoceronte, or Rhino. It wields the 127mm OTO Melara Gun with 490 average damage and 268mm of armor penetration. The recharging speed is 17, 15, and 13 respectively. This is another fast tank with a low silhouette, but don’t rely on the hull armor. The footprint is very big, so artillery will not have too much trouble aiming at you.
Wargaming is also going to add a premium tank, but you will probably only be able to get this out of Christmas foo-*chough-lootboxes at first. This is the tier VIII Progetto C45 mod. 71. It’s a Progetto-Defender-Bourrasque and it’s resistant to HEAT rounds because of the spaced armor. You can already find this on the tanks.gg website because they are a bunch of legends over there. The Progetto C45 has a recharging time of 14.38, 12.46, and 10.55 seconds respectively. It uses the Cannone Da 105/55, which is just a Cannone Da 105/71 with slightly less armor penetration and shell velocity. It has -10 degrees of gun depression, and nearly 13 power to weight. This vehicle is currently overpowered and will probably get nerfed before release. You can find more information about the Progetto C45 mod. 71 here.
Progetto C45 mod. 71
|Minimal DPM||Maximal DPM||Burst Potential|
|Progetto CC55 mod. 54||1,350||1,963.62||1,080|
|Progetto C45 mod. 71||1,502.9||2,048.07||1,080|
|Progetto M35 mod. 46||1,391.31||2,087||720|
|Prototipo Standard B||1,502.09||2,047.39||1,080|
|Progetto M40 mod. 65||1,408.08||2,252.35||1,440*|
*Note that all the other bursts are three shells, this one is four it might take longer.