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C1 Ariete
C1 Ariete
Tier / Class:
Francine De Laroche
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
518 (528)
2,851 (3,229)
630 (700) mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
480 / 105 / 38
Turret F/S/R:
580 / 255 / 42
Max Speed:
70.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
5.89 s
Hull Traverse:
26.40 (31.00) deg/s
430 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
-9.0 / -1.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
33.00 deg/s

The C1 Ariete is a tier 8 Main Battle Tank originating from Italy, and is sold by Francine De Laroche. It can be unlocked from the Leclerc Prototype as a side branch of the main French MBT tech tree.


  • Heavy armor : this vehicle's armor bounces more shots and takes more hits
  • High caliber : the high caliber weaponry deals an increased damage

Player Recommendations[]

When equipped with the PSO Appliqué Package, this vehicle is one of the best armored tier 8 tanks, with excellent side armor along the front half of the tank. This allows it to play as a front line MBT if careful consideration is given to exposing the side armor further back. With excellent depression and with a strong turret, the C1 is an excellent hull down sniper. It also has the mobility to push a front, and the armor to brawl.

Pros and Cons[]


  • Excellent appliqué armor package covering the frontal sides of the vehicle
  • Good accuracy
  • Excellent frontal armor even without the armor package
  • Good gun depression


  • Without armor package, the side armor is terrible
  • Poor mobility: worst stock acceleration among the T8 MBTs by far
  • Low DPM, compared to the M1A2 and T-90A
  • Shots that do penetrate front are very likely to damage or ignite the hull ammo rack

Upgrade Suggestions[]

Upgrading to the PSO Appliqué Package should be done as soon as possible, as its survivability bonuses cannot be overstated. The next suggested upgrade would be the MCTA V-12 Mk.II Supercharged Diesel Engine, to help alleviate problems with acceleration and hull traverse. Upgrades to the firepower are mostly useful for the penetration, as the damage increase is negligible.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

  • Advanced Fire Control
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Pioneer Tool Kit
  • Reinforced Ammo Rack

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

  • Commander: Viktor Kirsanov, for increasing accuracy or fire rate, aim speed, repair rate, and damage to enemy crew.
  • Driver: Off-Road Driving, Spin to Win
  • Gunner: Quick Draw, Sharpshooter
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells


C1 Ariete Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 480/105/38 Steel 580/255/42 Steel None
Developed to replace outdated imports, the Italian C1 is primarily focused on both mobility and incredibly sophisticated fire control, which leaves it lacking in direct tank-to-tank protection at close ranges. Its layered frontal armor has a relatively smaller silhouette and only a few direct weak points, but is it not intended to take heavy fire from modern penetrators, instead focusing on countering common, older exports still in use.

PSO Appilqué Package
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
61,410 480/455/42 Composite 580/620/42 Composite None
Spaced steel composites over the frontal part of the side hull and turret sides significantly increase survivability, improving protection for the driver and crew from flanking vehicles firing HEAT or kinetic shells.


120mm L/44 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
120mm KE-W APFSDS AP Stock 518 0m 630mm 0.10° 1,585 m/s 10.90s
120mm DM12A1 HEAT-MP HEAT 88,280 55 0m 700mm 0.13° 1,140 m/s 10.90s
120mm KE-WA2 APFSDS AP 87,235 528 0m 700mm 0.10° 1,700 m/s 10.90s

7.62mm Secondary Weapon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 0m 18mm 855m/s 0.15° 5.00s 800 {{{reloadm}}}s 400.00rd/min


Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Iveco V12M TCA Diesel Engine Stock Stock 70.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 5.89s {{{0-max}}} 26.40deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Iveco V12M TCA Diesel Engine 13,955 195,980 70.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 6.66s {{{0-max}}} 31.00deg/s {{{firechance}}}


C1 Ariete Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 22,330 313,570 Increases vehicle HP by 250.

GALIX 17 Smoke Grenades 33,500 470,355 Provides a total of five smoke deployments on an eighty second cooldown between uses.

Hard Kill APS 46,060 646,735 An Active Protection System that has a chance of destroying ATGMs around a player's vehicle from a range of 250m or more.

Improved Gun Stabilizer 55,830 783,925 Improves accuracy while on the move by 20%.

Improved Ready Racks 131,550 1,847,120 Increases reload speed by 10%.


Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1984-1988
Service: 1992+
Vehicles Built: 200
Operators: Italy

Developed by OTO Melara and Fiat Iveco in the 1980s, the Ariete was one of three European "national" tanks of the era alongside the Leclerc and the Leopard 2 MBTs. Of the three, the Ariete is the lightest but, unlike the other two, it has never seen any combat. By now, the Ariete is already somewhat obsolete and its poor protection levels don't speak in its favor. The Italians are currently working on a replacement called Ariete Mk.2 but the original Ariete is expected to serve at least until 2025.

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