CRUISER TANK (A41) CENTURION Mk. II

CRUISER TANK (A41) CENTURION Mk. II
Image: Centurion Mk. II (IWM)
YearDecember 1946
Vehicle TypeMedium Tank
Origin & DesignerBritain/Vickers, Leyland & Royal Ordnance Factories
Numbers Produced800
Crew4 (Commander Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament1 x OQF 17 pdr L/ Mk. VI Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Powered)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightNo. 43 ML Mk. II
Secondary Armament2 x 7.92mm Besa Machine Guns
Smoke Discharger2 x 6in Smoke Mortars
Ammunition Carried70 x 76mm & 3.375 x 7.92mm + 12 x Smoke
Height3.01m
Width3.39m
Length7.82m
Combat Weight43.182m
Ground Clearance0.51m
Fording Depth1.30m
Trench Crossing3.30m
Obstacle Clearance0.91m
Climbing Ability60°
RadioNo. 19 Set
ArmourHull Front: 118mm.
Hull Sides: 51mm.
Hull Rear: 38mm.
Hull Top: 29mm.
Hull Bottom: 17mm.
Gun Mantle: 170mm.
Turret Front: 170mm.
Turret Sides: 76mm.
Turret Rear: 76mm.
Turret Top: 25mm.
EngineRolls Royce Meteor IV
Transmission5 Forward & 5 Reverse
Maximum Road Range192 km
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed34 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed24 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
Variants[@variants]
NotesThe Mk. II had a new cast turret plus better armour and was overall heavier than the previous marks, but it retained the same 17 pounder gun found on the A41, around 800 were produced.