FV438 Swingfire

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FV438 Swingfire
FV438 Swingfire
Tier / Class:
6 TD
United Kingdom
Sophie Wölfli
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
625 (700) mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
12 / 10 / 8
Turret F/S/R:
8 / 8 / 8
Max Speed:
67.68 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
9.26 (5.96) s
Hull Traverse:
51.40 (58.70) deg/s
410 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
Turret Traverse Speed:
N/A deg/s

The Swingfire is a tier 6 Tank Destroyer originating from the United Kingdom, and is sold by Sophie Wölfli. It can be unlocked from the Wiesel 1 TOW, and leads to the FV510 Warrior MILAN.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • High spot and rof: had high spotting ranges and rate of fire.
  • Missile weapons only: this vehicle only has missile weaponry.
  • Waterproof: this vehicle can remain longer under water.

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Featuring a potent two shot ATGM launcher, but mediocre mobility, the Swingfire is a long-range sniper capable of devastating enemy tanks and must quickly relocate after it fires its salvo. But with no effective armor and a flight path that does not allow the Swingfire to shoot at close range targets, it relies heavily on outranging and avoiding incoming fire. Effectively defenseless at close range.

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Excellent camouflage rating
  • Great spotting capabilities
  • Devastating ATGM salvo
  • Able to fire and guide missiles from behind cover

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Non-existent armor
  • Only fires ATGMs
  • Long reload time
  • Missiles fire upwards, making the Swingfire useless in point-blank range
  • Fixed pod (turret)

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

With a reliance on firepower and mobility, upgrading to the Swingfire SWIG ATGM and K60 Multi-fuel Engine should be an early priority, to capitalize on the strengths of the vehicle.

Retrofit Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Augmented Optics
  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Improved Pioneer Tool Kit

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Commander: Rashid Al-Atassi, to improve ATGM reload time, view range, and camo rating
  • Driver: Spin to Win, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sharpshooter, Do the Twist
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells/Preparation

Armor[edit | edit source]

FV438 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 12/10/8 Steel 8/8/8 Steel
Based on the FV432 hull, the Swingfire boasts a steel turret and hull which protect against small arms fire.

Firepower[edit | edit source]

Swingfire Launchers
Missile Name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Reload Time Missiles in Launcher Reload within Launcher Burst Fire Rate Flight Agility Self-Guided
Swingfire ATGM HEAT Stock 700 625mm 185m/s 20.00s 2 {{{reloadm}}}s 30.00rd/min {{{agility}}}deg/s No

Swingfire SWIG ATGM HEAT 75,085 700 700mm 185m/s 20.00s 2 {{{reloadm}}}s 30.00rd/min {{{agility}}}deg/s No

Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Rolls Royce B81 Petrol Engine Stock Stock 67.68km/h {{{reverse}}} 9.26s {{{0-max}}} 51.40deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Rolls Royce K60 Multi-fuel Engine 12,015 256,000 67.68km/h {{{reverse}}} 5.96s {{{0-max}}} 58.70deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Swingfire Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 19,220 409,600 Increases vehicle HP by 150.

L8 Smoke Grenades 28,830 614,400 Provides 8 total smoke grenades with a 2-round magazine. Smoke can be fired every 6 seconds. The magazine takes 80 seconds to reload.

Retrofits[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Improved Filter Systems v2 33,790 750,000 Increases acceleration and improves engine durability.

Special Ability[edit | edit source]

Name Activation Time Duration Reload Time Ability Changes
Top Speed
Ability Override.png
0 s 20 s 60 s Improves acceleration time, increases maximum speed and hull traverse rate.
Reduces camouflage factor in motion.
Acceleration +200%
Max Speed +5%
Hull Traverse Speed +50%
Camo Factor in Motion +50%

History[edit | edit source]

This British-designed armored fighting vehicle was created as an update to the FV432, giving it the capability of firing Swingfire anti-tank guided missiles. A notable feature for this vehicle is that the launchers can be reloaded from inside the vehicle, allowing for the crew to remain protected in combat. The FV438 entered service in the 1970's with the British Infantry and Royal Armored Corps, and eventually transitioned to the Royal Artillery in the 1980's. The vehicle saw combat primarily in Western Asia before it was decommissioned in the early 2000's, due to the Swingfire missile being replaced with the Javelin.

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