The story of Britain’s most powerful tank destroyer began in late January of 1951, when it was decided to develop a tank destroyer even more powerful than the FV4004 Conway, armed with a 120 mm L1A1 gun. It was destined to become the most powerful tank destroyer ever built. According to the requirements, it had to confidently penetrate a target with 150 mm of armour at 60 degrees from almost two kilometres away. This target was based on the IS-3. After appearing at the Victory Parade in 1945, the tank was considered the most dangerous opponent of Western tanks for decades. In 1950, work started on the QF L4 gun, the most powerful tank gun in the world. The gun weighed a little under 4 tons and had nearly 87 tons of recoil force. In order to clear the fighting compartment of propellant fumes, the gun had a fume extractor fitted. Only one type of shell was planned for this gun: HESH (High Explosive Squashed Head). Not only is the calibre of the L4 stunning, but also the weight of the rounds. The propellant was separate from the shell, but this didn’t make the loader’s job much easier: the mass of the shell was 72 kg, and the mass of the propellant was 32.8 kg. In August of 1957, the FV4005 program was closed, as the British army received Malkara ATGMs on light Humber Hornet cars. The system was much more compact and mobile, rendering the huge and heavy FV4005 Project obsolete. As a fun little side-note, the FV4005 Stage II’s turret could actually rotate 360 degrees.
Top 3 Quirks
- It has 10 degrees of gun depression, meaning it is very versatile at being able to peek-a-boom especially over ridgelines
- More than adequate mobility, considering its gun size
- Its HESH premium shells deal an insane whopping 1750 average damage with each penetrating hit!
Bottom 3 Quirks
- If you are not firing premium shells, than this tank becomes a lot less enjoyable. Think driving a KV-2, with a 122mm gun. Yeah it’s fun… but not as fun as the 155mm!
- 14mm of Turret armour leaves this thing practically defenceless and can be overmatched by everything it will meet
- Very poor gun handling (but you know, it’s a 183mm cannon so no surprises there!)
DPM – The DPM of this tank is 2,300 giving this tank a 6/10
Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 310 giving it a 8/10
Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.38 giving it a 2/5, and the Hidden Dispersion Value Average of this tank is 0.314 giving it a 2/5
Aiming Time – The Aiming Time of this tank is 3.0 seconds giving it a 6/10
Gun Vertical Movement – The Gun Depression of this tank is 10 degrees giving it a 3/5, while the Gun Elevation of this tank is 8 degrees giving it a 1/5
Survivability – While the hull armour on this thing is not horrifically bad at around 100mm of effective all-round frontal protection, the hull is without a doubt horrific. If hit by artillery, it is a goner, and if hit by an HE round, it is game over for your crew + modules. At 14mm of protection, not even tier 1 tanks will struggle against your HUGE turret. As such, survivability of this tank is a 2/10
Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of this tank is 18.62 giving it a 3/5, while the average traverse speed is 23 giving it a 2/5
View Range – The View Range of this tank is 390 meters giving it a 8/10
Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage Value of this tank whilst not moving or firing the gun is 1.37% giving it a 1/10
Value – This tank is a very niche tank. To play it to its potential, you have to fire premium rounds to get the HESH damage. This makes it expensive to play. Further, it has effectively no armour, making it hard to play. Yet there is a real niche about this tank having the biggest gun fitted to any tank in-game. With the near-future removal of the FV215b 183, this will make it the only tank with such a huge gun. This tank is like playing a KV-2 on steroids. You’re not playing this tank for the tank itself, it’s for that monstrous gun that can do over 2000 damage if it penetrates its HESH shell, making you laugh and have a great time at the expense of your enemies mental health. For this reason, I’m giving this tank a 10/10. Hell yeah it’s worth it!
Thus, the final BrandScore of this tank is 54/100
Although the BrandScore of this tank is quite average, that is because it really is. The BrandScore shows that this tank for its tier just really isn’t overpowered. In-fact the only really great thing about this tank is its gun. But oh boy that gun, it really can make your day feel 100x better. There is nothing better than knowing if an enemy tier 10 medium tank rolls in-front of your gun, you can very comfortably one shot it back to the garage with that HESH round. I love this tank, but I know that it is not everyone’s cup of tea.