In War Thunder update 1.77 “Advancing Storm”, we present a new system for loading ammo in tanks during battle.
More and more tanks and SPGs with an automatic loading and mechanized ammo racks are coming to War Thunder. Previously, any reloading was based on the following principle: the player could fire all shells from a magazine with little interval between shots, after which they had to wait quite a long time waiting for the magazine to fully reload to be able to fire again. This logic does not reflect the real operating principles of automatic loaders and mechanized ammo racks, so we’ve decided to update this aspect of the game.
The maximum fire rate shown for a tank in the game will be achieved only when using a first-order ammo rack. If shells in the first-order ammo rack run out and are not restocked, then the reloading time will increase when other racks are used .
In War Thunder 1.77 Advancing Storm the maximum rate of fire shown in the vehicle's info card may only be reached if you use a first-order ammo rack (if it’s available). After the first-order ammo rack is emptied, a new shell from another rack will be loaded into the barrel immediately. After this, the mechanized ammo rack or automatic loader will begin reloading. In the process of reloading a first-order ammo rack, events can develop in different ways, depending on whether it is mechanized or not:
Any first-order ammo rack has the highest priority for resupply, thus when the ammo rack is empty or almost empty, ammo will be stocked there first (when a player is on the cap zone) and then subsequently, to the other racks. Also as long as the ammo is not spent and any fire is ceased, remaining ammo will always be loaded in the first-order ammo rack.
The first vehicles that will receive first-order ammo rack functionality are:
Leopard 1, Leopard A1A1, M46/M46 Tiger, M47/mKPz.47, M48A1, MBT-70/KPz-70, M60/M60A1 (AOS)/M60A1 RISE (P), T95E1, STB, Type 74, Centurion Mk.10, Vickers MBT, Т-54 (all modifications), Т-55А, Т-62, IS-3, Object 906, FV4004, Conqueror, Object 268, Object 120, SU-122-54, AMX-30 (all modifications), Chieftain (all modifications).
These changes make any operation of automatic loaders and mechanized first-order ammo racks more logical, and tank commanders will have new options for battle tactics based on the reloading features of their vehicle and the enemy vehicles.
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