For the Record: New Tank Spotted in 9.1 Video
Thanks to Slakrrr/Vollketten for noticing, I sure as hell didn’t. Check this out. This appears for a split second at cca 0:46 in the KTTS 0.9.1 video. Think that’s a Caernarvon? Look again. See the machinegun miniturret in the front? Nope, that’s not a Caernarvon, it’s the A45/FV201 universal tank. A45 was Caernarvon’s predecessor. It’s basically an early Caernarvon hull, fitted with Centurion Mk.II turret and a 17pdr gun. Very little is definitely known about this tank – there were several variants of the hull. It’s basically a weaker version of the Caernarvon and as such, it’s most likely coming as a tier 7 (or even 8) or so premium tank, most likely a medium tank, since the British tree lacks that particular hightier premium. Technically it’s neither a medium nor a heavy tank, it was supposed to be something inbetween, so it might as well be a medium in the game. A45 was designed in October 1946 (later it was redesignated to FV201) as a concept of a “universal tank”, because at that time it was thought that Centurion wouldn’t be able to take on some of the duties such as flame tank or flail tank (it did in the end). First prototype of FV201 appeared in 1947, but in the end, to produce the mentioned “specialist” variants would require the tank to be redesigned significantly, which was considered not really worth it and in October 1948, the program was cancelled. Just a thought – notice that the vehicle in the video is not a HD model. That probably means the model was around for a while now and only now they decided to show it off.