FV215b (183) Review: Deliver Swift Destruction & Defeat

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FV215b (183)

Meet our fourth item: The X FV215b (183) isn't nicknamed the "death star" for nothing. Big, slow moving, and packing a 183 mm cannon, once this menace finds its target, defeat can come at any moment. Enemies who stare down the barrel of its 183 mm L4 cannon are sure to get a sinking feeling that very few vehicles can match—other than the X FV4005 Stage II , perhaps. Just knowing there's a FV215b (183) on the opposing team can be a terrifying experience.

In Update 9.21, the FV215b (183) was replaced by the X FV217 Badger on the U.K. Tech Tree (although players who already owned the TD could keep it). Now, it's classified as a Reward Vehicle.

Take a look at this bad boy and get ready to bid!

The parameters displayed are valid for the vehicle with each crew member trained to 100% major qualification level. Some vehicle characteristics can be further improved with the Commander's bonus to major qualification level, crew perks, and skills, as well as special in-game items.
Main Characteristics
Firepower
Survivability
Mobility
FV215b (183)
X
Average Damage
1,150/1,750/1,750
 HP
Average Penetration
310/230/92
 mm
Hit Points
2,000
 HP
Top Speed / Reverse Speed
34/12
 km/h
Commander (Radio Operator)
Gunner
Driver
Loader
Loader
Firepower
Average Damage
1,150/1,750/1,750
 HP
Ammunition
20
 shells
Average Penetration
310/230/92
 mm
Gun Reload Time
30
 s
Dispersion at 100 m
0.4
 m
Gun Depression / Elevation Angles
−5/15
 deg
Aiming Time
3.4
 s
Shell Types
Shell Velocity
AP
830
 m/s
HE
830
 m/s
HE
830
 m/s
Survivability
Concealment of Moving Vehicle
3.88/0.44
%
Hit Points
2,000
 HP
Concealment of Stationary Vehicle
6.44/0.73
%
Hull Armor
152/51/76
 mm
Signal Range
750
 m
Turret Armor
254/178/32
 mm
View Range
390
 m
Turret Traverse Speed
16
 deg/s
Mobility
Engine Power
800
 h.p.
Specific Power
14.1
 h.p./t
Traverse Speed
24
 deg/s
Top Speed / Reverse Speed
34/12
 km/h
   

Firepower

Single-shot damage is this vehicle's most important feature. The FV215b (183) tears off an average 1,150 HP with 310/230/92 mm of penetration. It can destroy high-tier medium tanks, and even some heavy vehicles, with a single hit. Of the available ammunition types, HESH rounds are the most effective and deal enormous damage. Getting a one-shot kill isn't guaranteed, but shots that hit the mark usually leave the enemy on the verge of destruction.

Still, this TD's fantastic alpha damage and 2,300 DPM come with complications and disadvantages, including low accuracy, a long aiming time, a two-shell-per-minute rate of fire, and a turret that can't turn more than 90 degrees. Of course, you can use the right equipment and a well-trained crew to reduce these liabilities, and nothing should discourage you from maximizing this vehicle's effectiveness.

Survivability

The FV215b (183) is hardly a front-line bruiser, meaning that players have two options: shoot from a distance and hide, or move in a group. The well-armored front turret (254/178/32 mm) and hull (152/50/76 mm) offer some protection, but nothing that holds up for long in a face-to-face duel. Stay out of sight, pick your target, and patiently wait for the right moment to fire.

And don't underestimate the FV215b (183)'s fear factor! Even if multiple enemies are waiting just around the corner, they may hesitate to attack for fear of taking a fatal round. The cannon's terrifying and distinctive boom also puts enemies on edge.

Mobility

As expected, the vehicle's sheer size results in sluggish mobility. With a top speed of 34 km/h and a slow hull and turret traverse speed, the FV215b (183) is a sitting duck if caught in the open. After all, faster vehicles can use circle-strafe fire, prey on your weak spots, and chew through your 2,000 HP pool in short order. That's why it's best to stay back, watch your teammates storm the front, and give support with your bombastic firepower.

Equipment

Check out the setup below to ensure the maximum performance of your tank.

Recommended Setup
Gun Rammer

Improved Ventilation

Improved Aiming
Alternative Setup
Gun Rammer

Improved Ventilation

Turbocharger

Crew Skills

Commander / Radio Operator
Brothers in Arms

Situational Awareness

Concealment
Gunner
Brothers in Arms

Snap Shot

Concealment
Driver
Brothers in Arms

Smooth Ride

Concealment
Loader
Brothers in Arms

Intuition

Concealment
LOADER
Brothers in Arms

Intuition

Concealment

Hover your cursor over the images for more information about each crew skill or perk.

How to Get the Vehicles

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Enter the Auction through the dedicated page of the in-game Store and place your bid. This is an open auction, meaning you will see the number of bids made. Once the number of bids exceeds the number of available items, competitive bidding begins. Each lot has a designated in-game currency—gold, credits, or Free XP—in which your bids will be accepted.

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Additional Grousers

Increases mobility on soft and medium terrain.

Increases hull traverse speed.

Increases the ability to maintain speed.

Adrenaline Rush

Decreases the gun reload time by 10% if your vehicle's HP drops below 10%.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Brothers in Arms / Sisterhood of Steel

Increases the training level of your crew members by 5%.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100% for every single crew member.

Band of Brothers

Increases the training level of your crew members by 5%.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100% for every single crew member.

Also works if other crew members have the Brothers in Arms / Sisterhood of Steel perk.

Call for Vengeance

Reports the location of enemy vehicles for two more seconds after the destruction of your own vehicle.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Clutch Braking

Increases the traverse speed of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Commander's Vision System

Reduces the concealment of moving enemy vehicles.

Reduces the concealment of enemy vehicles behind foliage.

Concealment

Increases the camouflage value of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Controlled Impact

Increases the ramming damage dealt and decreases damage taken by ramming.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Deadeye

Increases the chance of landing a critical hit.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Designated Target

Keeps targeted vehicles visible for two more seconds.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Eagle Eye

Allows you to identify damaged/destroyed modules as well as injured crew members of an enemy vehicle by hovering your mouse over it for several seconds.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Firefighting

Reduces the damage and duration of fire.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Intuition

Reduces the time to switch between shells in a fully loaded gun, double-barreled gun, or magazine.

The skill is effective after training starts. The average skill level is applied if multiple loaders are trained.

Minimum time to switch: 1 second for standard guns, or 2.5 seconds for double-barreled guns and magazines.

Improved Aiming

Smaller aiming circle size.

Improved Hardening

Fully restores suspension hit points after repairs.

Increases suspension load capacity.

Increases vehicle hit points.

Enhances suspension durability.

Reduces hull damage caused by suspension damage during impact.

Faster suspension repair speed.

Improved Radio Set

Increases the time an enemy vehicle is visible.

Reduces the time your vehicle is visible to the enemy.

Improved Rotation Mechanism

Reduces dispersion during vehicle movement and traverse, as well as during turret rotation.

Improves hull and turret traverse speed.

Jack of All Trades

Reduces the performance penalty of wounded crew members.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Low Noise Exhaust System

Reduces the visibility of a stationary or moving vehicle.

Mentor

Increases the Crew XP gained for each crew member apart from the commander.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Modified Configuration

Prevents one fuel tank fire, ammo rack explosion, or engine destruction in one battle.

Increases engine durability and the capacity of the ammo rack and fuel tank.

Reduces the damaged ammo rack penalty and damaged engine penalty.

Reduces the chance of engine fire.

Increases repair speed.

Off-Road Driving

Increases mobility on medium and soft terrain.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Preventative Maintenance

Reduces the chance of engine fire.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Recon

Increases the view range of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Relaying

Increases the signal range of allied vehicles within your radio coverage.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Repair

Reduces the repair time of destroyed modules.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Safe Stowage

Increases the durability of your vehicle's ammo rack.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Signal Boosting

Increases the signal range of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Situational Awareness

Increases the view range of your vehicle.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Sixth Sense

Shows a light bulb three seconds after you've been spotted.

Works only if the skill progress has reached 100%.

Smooth Ride

Reduces the dispersion penalty while driving.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Snap Shot

Reduces the dispersion penalty when traversing the turret.

The higher the skill progress, the stronger the effect.

Spall Liner

Decreases damage taken by ramming and high-explosive splash.

Turbocharger

Increases engine power.

Increases top forward speed.

Increases top reverse speed.

Binocular Telescope

Increases the view range of your vehicle by 25%.

Your hull must be stationary for at least 3 seconds.

Camouflage Net

Significantly increases the camouflage value of your vehicle.

Your hull must be stationary for at least 3 seconds.

Enhanced Gun Laying Drive

Reduces the aiming time of your gun by 10%.

Coated Optics

Increases the view range of your vehicle by 10%.

Gun Rammer

Reduces the reload time of your gun by 10%.

Toolbox

Decreases the repair time of destroyed modules.

Cumulative with the Repair skill.

Improved Ventilation

Increases the training level of your crew members by 5%.

Vertical Stabilizer

Reduces the dispersion penalties when moving and during hull and turret traverse by 20%.

"Wet" Ammo Rack

Increases the module HP of your ammo rack.

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