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The AS90 is a Tier 9 special premium Self-Propelled Gun under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[ | ]

Class: Self-Propelled Gun
Developed: 1982-1986
Service: 1992+
Vehicles Built: 179
Operators: United Kingdom, Ukraine

The AS90 (which stands for "Artillery System for the 1990s") started as a private venture of VSEL (Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Limited) to build a modern self-propelled howitzer and to bring the self-propelled artillery concept into the 21st century.

In the 1980s, the British Army was looking for its next self-propelled gun to replace the obsolete FV433 Abbot with something with a lot more firepower. By the time the project begun, Britain was involved in the unsuccessful SP70 project along with Germany and Italy since 1973. After a decade of development, the result was noticeably worse than the American M109 Paladin, which ultimately led to its cancellation in 1984. Vickers knew about the project and its problems and counted on its cancellation.

The development ran in one form or another from roughly 1982 to 1985 (the preparatory phase) with the first prototype being ready in 1986. The prototype was well-liked and underwent extensive military trials that ran until in June 1987. In late 1986, Britain left the SP70 project and started officially looking for its new SPG. The contest ran until June 1989 and the AS90 ended up winning it over the American M109A6 Paladin. A contract was signed for the production of 179 vehicles and the AS90 officially entered service in May 1992 under the name "Gun Equipment, 155 mm L131". The full production run took place between late 1992 and the spring of 1995. The first British unit was operational in 1993.

In British service, aside from the peacekeeping operations in former Yugoslavia (Operation Cambrai in 2001), the AS90 fought in the Iraq War. During its deployment there, it was re-painted to sand color and some of the vehicles were upgraded to the AS90D standard. They were used during the Battle of Basra. In early 2023, Britain announced it would send 32 vehicles of this type to Ukraine (in British service, they'd be replaced by the truck-mounted Archer artillery). This happened around April 2023 and the first combat footage appeared in May 2023.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Artillery: This vehicle is capable of indirect fire across large distances but is very vulnerable in close combat.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
  • Weapon Diversity: This vehicle has several weapons or mode of fire options that you can switch between in battle.

Ammunition[ | ]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 155mm L15A1 HE HE Stock 1500[note 1] 70 mm 550 m/s 13.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 5.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 200 mm
2 155mm M267 HEAT HEAT Stock 1250[note 2] 800 mm 800 m/s 13.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
3 Smoke Round Smoke Stock N/A N/A 1000 m/s 30.00 s
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  • Radius of Effect: 20 m
  • Duration: 20 s
4 WP Round WP Stock 25 per sec N/A 1000 m/s 30.00 s
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  • Radius of Effect: 15 m
  • Duration: 10 s

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

AS90 Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 50 mm (vs AP)
55 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 40 mm (vs AP)
50 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This vehicle's light armor offers basic protection from autocannons and machineguns.

Weapon[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 155mm L31 Howitzer with L/39 Barrel Stock Stock 2.70 s 13.00 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -5.0° / 70.0°
Ammo:
155mm L15A1 HE
155mm M267 HEAT
Smoke Round
WP Round
Weapon2 155mm L31 Howitzer with L/52 Barrel Experience 10[note 3] Credits 10 2.40 s 13.00 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -5.0° / 70.0°
Ammo:
155mm L15A1 HE
155mm M267 HEAT
Smoke Round
WP Round

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Cummins VTA-903T-660 660 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 56 km/h 25 km/h 4.20 s (0 to 32 km/h)
16.00 s (0 to Max Speed)
31.00° 6 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spallliner
Spall Liner
Experience 10 Credits 10 Hit points are increased by 150 [note 4]
Smokegrenades
M82 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 2 charges
Takes 60s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Smokegrenades
M90 Smoke Grenades
Experience 10 Credits 10 Comes with 6 charges in total
Magazine capacity: 2 charges
Takes 3s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Magazine reload time: 25s
[note 5]
Firecontrol
"Technology Insertion Package" Electronics
Stock Stock Aiming time reduced by 20%
Autoloader
"Shell Transfer Arm" Loading Mechanism
Stock Stock Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Shockabsorbers
Improved Shock Absorbers
Stock Stock Turning speed increased by 15%
Treads01
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.3%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.0%

Footnotes[]

  1. 650 for Partial Penetration;
    300 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  2. 300 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. Requires player to complete 300 Contract Missions to unlock. One weekly Mission counts as 5.
  4. Requires player to complete 200 Contract Missions to unlock. One weekly Mission counts as 5.
  5. Requires player to complete 100 Contract Missions to unlock. One weekly Mission counts as 5.
Self-Propelled Guns
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Gvozdika  •  Msta-S  •  Akatsiya  •  Centauro 155  •  Abbot  •  Abbot VE  •  AS90  •  M108  •  M109  •  Paladin  •  Palmaria  •  PzH 2000  •  PLZ-05  •  PLZ-89

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