Commanders, entering the Supertest is the Type 57: a researchable Tier VIII tank that begins the new branch of Japanese heavies.
Like its Tier IX and Tier X “descendants”, the Type 57 features the new double aiming (gun cooling) mechanic that increases its tactical versatility. After you reload (with the base time being 11.4 seconds), you can take your next shot immediately with mediocre dispersion (0.42 m at 100 m) and potentially get a higher DPM. Alternately, you can wait for the gun to cool off; the longer you wait, the lower the dispersion becomes (the minimal value, 0.28 m, is reached after 16 seconds). The one-time damage of the gun is 360 points, and its penetration is 225 mm for the basic AP round and 246 mm for the special APCR round.
The protection of Type 57 resembles that of classic Soviet heavies: it’s excellent at the front of its turret (300 mm) and hull, plus the upper glacis plate (100 mm) and the tops of the hull sides are angled, which will often cause enemy rounds to ricochet. That said, it’s better to hide the vulnerable lower plate and the lower parts of the sides behind terrain folds. It’s worth noting that the Type 57 has hydropneumatic suspension which automatically increases its gun depression angle from –8° to –12° when stationary.
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