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In Development: Namer the T-15 Challenger

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In Armored Warfare, the Namer will be a Tier 10 Premium Armored Fighting Vehicle.

But before we tell you more about it, here’s the usual disclaimer:

The numbers below are very preliminary as the vehicle has not been properly tested. They are sure to change and should only be discussed as an indicator of how we’d like to set the vehicle up.

With that being said:

We’re going to set the Namer up as a Main Battle Tank and Armored Fighting Vehicle hybrid. What this means is that this vehicle will have Merkava-levels of protection. The hull will in fact have roughly the same armor as Merkava Mk.4 while the turret will take reduced damage. The Namer will also come fitted with the Trophy hard-kill APS (without the Supercharged mode).

But the firepower is where things get interesting. As you already know from the historical part, the Namer is armed with two primary weapon systems – 30mm Mk.44 Bushmaster autocannon and Spike ATGMs. Both of these weapons are already in the game so you are likely already familiar with them, although their overall values will be configured with the abovementioned protection levels in mind (that is, reduced compared to less-protected vehicles). What’s new, however, is the way you’ll be able to configure your Namer.

First, there’s the basic configuration with both weapon systems equally balanced:

  • 30mm APFSDS (320mm of penetration, 40 damage per shot, 100 rounds can be fired before the gun overheats, 2.5s cooldown and 13833 damage per minute value)
  • 30mm PELE (120mm of penetration, 45 damage per shot, 100 rounds can be fired before the gun overheats, 2.5s cooldown and 15562 damage per minute value)
  • Spike ATGM twin launcher (Tandem HEAT warhead, 1300mm of penetration, 900 damage per shot, 3 seconds between launches and 13s launcher reload time)

Aside from the abovementioned configuration, you’ll also have two more setups to choose from – one favoring the autocannon and one favoring the missiles.

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The autocannon configuration replaces both 30mm autocannon rounds with 40mm SuperShot APFSDS (the autocannon can be configured to fire 40mm ammunition).

This ammo has the following properties: 390mm of penetration, 52 damage per shot, 40 rounds can be fired before the gun overheats, 2s cooldown and 15898 damage per minute value. On the downside, the ATGM reload time increases from 13 seconds to 20 seconds.

The ATGM configuration reduces the amount of autocannon shells you can fire before overheating the gun from 100 to 50. However, the ATGM time between launches is reduced from 3s to 1.62s and the magazine reload time is reduced from 13s to 10.8s, which translates into ATGM damage per minute value increase of roughly 31 percent.

In all three configurations, the gun will elevate to +70 degrees and depress to -12 degrees. At the same time, the Namer will carry infantry, so it’ll play like a very heavy AFV, but you can replace this Active Ability with a Designate Target one.

This vehicle’s downsides will be its camouflage and viewrange values, both of which will be poor for its class – 10 percent camouflage rating and 430 meters viewrange (460 when stationary). Its mobility will also resemble an MBT rather than AFV. With its 1200hp diesel engine, the Namer will have the maximum speed of 65 km/h and Merkava-like agility.

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In summation, the Namer will be a well-protected lumbering behemoth, at least compared to other vehicles of its class. Its MBT-like characteristics will make this vehicle quite forgiving for new players, but, as they say, a jack-of-all-trades is a master of none. In our case, this principle will reflect in the reduced damage output compared to other, more specialized AFVs. Despite its class, it’ll never be really stealthy or a true long-range vehicle and its MBT-like mobility will prevent it from acting as an effective scout. It will, on the other hand, offer reliable fire support in all situations as well as the ability to spearhead an attack along with MBTs.

Within its constraints, you’ll be able to tweak its performance to match the style you prefer the most. Generally speaking, the autocannon configuration will come in handy in PvE where maximizing your damage per minute output matters, while the basic or ATGM configurations are intended for PvP where more tactical gameplay is required.

T-15 finally gets threatened by powercreep.

 

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As someone who pretty much exclusively play PvE nowadays, I can see the big potential this thing will have there. However, since this will be a lootbox tank, nope, just nope. 

Also, I like the idea someone proposed on Discord when it was announced : Increased troop size in the "stock" config. 

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Curious, how long “Balance first” holds up, once marketing gets involved. +1 Infantry will generate more sales period.
Looking at the last three big balancing updates, “Balance” seems to be a very fluid term.

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On 12/29/2021 at 7:16 PM, Haswell said:

But the firepower is where things get interesting. As you already know from the historical part, the Namer is armed with two primary weapon systems – 30mm Mk.44 Bushmaster autocannon and Spike ATGMs. Both of these weapons are already in the game so you are likely already familiar with them, although their overall values will be configured with the abovementioned protection levels in mind (that is, reduced compared to less-protected vehicles). What’s new, however, is the way you’ll be able to configure your Namer.

First, there’s the basic configuration with both weapon systems equally balanced:

  • 30mm APFSDS (320mm of penetration, 40 damage per shot, 100 rounds can be fired before the gun overheats, 2.5s cooldown and 13833 damage per minute value)
  • 30mm PELE (120mm of penetration, 45 damage per shot, 100 rounds can be fired before the gun overheats, 2.5s cooldown and 15562 damage per minute value)
  • Spike ATGM twin launcher (Tandem HEAT warhead, 1300mm of penetration, 900 damage per shot, 3 seconds between launches and 13s launcher reload time)

Uh huh.  Because those values are totally balanced for the increased levels of protection. 

But honestly that's probably okay, because this particular AC/ATGM vehicle comes with MBT levels of camo and maneuverability.

I'll probably like it, other than the gamble crate part which means I'll never get it.

 

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