WoT Supertest: BZ-176

The first vehicle in the new Chinese branch to join the Supertest will be the Tier VIII Premium BZ-176 tank.

Additional Statistics for BZ-176

Dispersion during turret rotation – 0.2
Gun dispersion during hull movement – 0.2
Gun dispersion during hull traverse – 0.2
Dispersion after shot – 4
Shell Velocity – 360/760
Terrain Resistances – 1/1.1/2.2

This vehicle has excellent armour characteristics, reaching 250 mm in the turret and boasting thick sides that make it a truly imposing fortress.

Another distinctive feature of the BZ-176 is its 160-mm howitzer gun with good aiming time and dispersion, but a very long reload time. It also has an excellent –11 degrees of gun depression and a damage per shot of 1,100 HP with a standard shell, as well as 75 mm of penetration. The special shell deals 800 HP of damage and penetrates 225 mm of armour.

In terms of mobility characteristics, the BZ-176 has a top speed of 30 km/h and a reverse speed of 15 km/h. Its specific power of 10.5 h.p./t. might not be outstanding, but keep in mind that the BZ-176 is the first heavy tank to be equipped with the jet booster mechanic. When activated, these boosters double the engine power and increase the top forward speed.

At the start of the battle, the boosters will take 5 seconds to load and prepare for use (you’ll be notified of this in a corresponding indicator bar). After that, the booster can be activated. Once activated, the tank will receive a brief boost to its engine power and top forward speed, as well as its initial momentum, allowing the heavy combat vehicle to accelerate.

When jet boosters are in use, the vehicle will have difficulty turning and moving in reverse. You will not be able to cancel the effect until one charge is fully depleted. After that, you will need to wait 5 seconds until the boosters are reloaded.

The boost effect will last 10 seconds and can be used up to 4 times per battle with the given amount of jet fuel. After the last use, the indicator will notify you of your empty fuel tanks and you will not be able to use the jet boosters for the remainder of the battle.

When used correctly, this mechanic will allow you to quickly cross dangerous areas at critical moments in battle, ram lightly-armoured targets more efficiently, or occupy key positions faster. Overall, there are plenty of ways to adapt this mechanic to your taste and playstyle.

Every vehicle in the new Chinese branch will feature the jet booster mechanic. However, their exact configurations (i.e., the number and duration of uses per battle) have yet to be finalized. Stay posted!

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39 thoughts on “WoT Supertest: BZ-176

    1. Without the tank is rather sluggish
      4*10s that’s far from 15minutes per match. Especially if you waste them or have to in order to cross a dangerous gap.

  1. Crew composition and ammo are not something I agree with. Having a radioman instead of a loader when pretty much every other Chinese heavy tank has a loader is awful, and why push for HE as main ammo when this ammo type has been castrated? Who’s going to use 75 pen HE on a slow heavy in Tier 8? And even with gold, 225 is hardly an amazing number.

    BZ-176 looks like a Chinese attempt to cram the firepower of the FV4005 into a heavy tank. Definitely interesting, more so than the WZ-111 6A, but I wonder if it’ll be effective or a meme like the Caliban.

    1. Even aside from lack of crew commonality with other Chinese heavies, it’s just logically bizarre to have a 160mm gun that’s not an autoloader and also doesn’t have a dedicated loader in the crew.

      1. It’s probably the same as the old IS-3A – it’s an autoloader in the sense that there is an automatic loading mechanism, but you don’t get a carousel like, say, French or CZSK tanks.

        In practice, it’s a disadvantage because one more more other crewmen are loaders, which overburdens them when it comes to skills.

    2. You forget that it’s the premium for an entire new line starting from tier 7, so I imagine they’re gonna have the same crews like that, so it’s not so bad

  2. To be fair (you can stop laughing now), the Soviets actually did test this propulsion concept during the Cold War, so there’s that precedent. There’s still about six other branches or lines I’d rather see. Now to check if there are any Chinese radiomen camped out in my barracks.

    1. I can think of quite a lot more than six other branches or new tech trees I’d prefer to see instead of this.

  3. I also can’t help but think that this refers to some WG insiders joke about what it would take to get a certain class of heavy-tank player to move forward, and the wise-guy response was: “Rockets?”

    1. At least British tanks are a lot more historical and more interesting than Chinese (aka dollar store Soviet) tanks

          1. How ironic that you’re the only generation who says that anymore.
            To us younger people you are just as pathetic as those you mock as ‘boomers’

            1. Younger People??! If you’re “that” then you literally have nothing. You’ve done nothing. You’ve made nothing. All you got is shit. So stfu and watch as I mock racist boomers who are 20+ years out of date on the PRESENT.

              Unless you wanna join them as a 14 y.o. boomer shoveling shit and calling it “good taste.”

              1. Nope we just enjoy the salt we get from you “people” who scream racist at anything you disagree with.
                That’s something fashionable 10 years ago. We have all moved on except you “boomer callers”.
                How does it feel to be irrelevant?

  4. Armor looks very strong. Gotta have to wait for the armor model but the stated armorvalues look more like tier 9/10…

  5. Oh look, yet another nail in the O-Ho’s coffin.

    And there’s no Django around to pull a gattling gun out of it either.

  6. After the travesty that is the invulnerable TD release I’m concerned this’ll be another sad case of that armour-wise, not to mention this ammo system is designed to harshly drain credits out of the playerbase. The meme gun needs standard AP and HE like most howitzers in the game, not the blatantly best option of AP being gold gated.

      1. I don’t think even google translate can make plain, simple english into your sub-human tier of english, it’s very obvious what OP means, almost like what the entire WoT community has been complaining about for the past 3 weeks.

        1. I don’t see any community complaining?!
          I see a somewhat decent tank that a few players have and know how to use

  7. well, I could understand him without problems. and his points are valid. poor HE (with aweful pen as standard and HESH as “prem” is soooo obvious as a credit drain. just like the italian TDs. impossible to pen frontally hull down, making games without arty a campfest. and their pen is mediocre to bad, so everyone shoots APCR/HEAT with them. sad to the bone …

    1. That’s what you players wanted.
      Anything balanced you call trash and not buy it. Anything decent so players will buy it you call OP.
      You same players wanted arty nerfed do you got that and still you complain.
      There’s no grinding, no need to play stock tanks, no need to bother with techtree tanks and yet you still crying. About n00bs at tier 10 with 120 battles.
      New maps and you complain they too camp, too open too city.
      All you heavy let’s drive to same point on every map and yawn brawl.
      You are all crying about everything you’ve asked for and you’ve got. Now the game is trash.

  8. It only weighs like 57t so you cant really ram with it, Still gotta use my E 75 TS for my ramming fix, ramming tier 9s and 10s for 1300 damage and only taking 100~500 is hilarious.
    Like recently rammed an IS7 for 1081 and took 550

  9. Honestly I think this tank and its tree will be pretty balanced (maybe make the reload 3 seconds slower tho), and can actually help counter the hull down meta by having so much alpha that it’s HE will be able to slowly wittle down hull down Italian TDs and kranvagns like a knock off artillery. Also it’s armor reminds me of the type 5’s, thick but flat and weak to HEAT

  10. As a Chinese, what I can say is that most of these separate parts on the new tank may really exist (the PLA has indeed studied rocket propulsion devices, which are technically used to make the tank leap over obstacles), but the PLA certainly never put them on a tank at the same time.

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