VCAC Mephisto

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VCAC Mephisto
VCAC Mephisto
Details
Tier / Class:
8 TD
Nation:
France
Dealer:
Francine De Laroche
Reputation:
XX
Cost:
8,160,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
760
DPM:
7,600
Penetration:
800 mm
Hit Points:
1,850
Hull F/S/R:
10 / 10 / 10
Turret F/S/R:
10 / 10 / 10
Max Speed:
100 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
4.03 s
Hull Traverse:
54.90 deg/s
Camouflage:
30%
Vision:
415 m
Max Cannon Depression:
-5/5°
Turret Traverse Speed:
50 deg/s

The VCAC Mephisto is a tier 8 Tank Destroyer originating from the France, and is sold by Francine De Laroche. It can be unlocked from the Leclerc Prototype, and leads to the Leclerc.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Unmanned Turret : the uninhabited turret receives reduced damage.
  • Missile Weapons Only : this vehicle only has missile weaponry.
  • Missile Volley : the vehicle may fire a volley of ATGMs.
  • Invisible Movement : motion does not reduce camouflage factor.

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros:[edit | edit source]

  • Lock-on, Fire and Forget missiles
  • Turns very quickly, even at high speed
  • Very high top speed (100kph+), even from stock

Cons:[edit | edit source]

  • Reload does not take into consideration the animation and is close to 18 seconds.
  • Missiles will hit the ground if angled even slightly forwards.
  • APS can shoot both down at once.
  • Good for PVP terrible for PVE.
  • No Armor
  • Low HP

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

Retrofit Suggestions[edit | edit source]

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Armor[edit | edit source]

VCAC Mephisto Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 10/10/10 Steel 10/10/10 Steel
This vehicle's armor was made of single steel composition plates 8-10 mm thick and offered protection against 7.62mm rounds.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

HOT ATGM Launchers
Missile Name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Reload Time Missiles in Launcher Reload within Launcher Burst Fire Rate Flight Agility Self-Guided
HOT-2 ATGM HEAT Stock 900 1000mm 240m/s 15s 4 {{{reloadm}}}s 20.00rd/min {{{agility}}}deg/s yes


HOT-2MP ATGM HEAT-MP 25,000 950 900mm 240m/s 15s 4 {{{reloadm}}}s 20.00rd/min {{{agility}}}deg/s yes


HOT-3 ATGM ATGM Tandem-HEAT 120,000 900 1200mm 240m/s 15s 4 {{{reloadm}}}s 20.00rd/min {{{agility}}}deg/s yes


Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Renault MIDS 06-20-45 220 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 100km/h {{{reverse}}} 4.03s {{{0-max}}} 54.90deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Renault DXi 7 320 hp Diesel Engine 17,000 172,000 110km/h {{{reverse}}} 2.80s {{{0-max}}} 54.90deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[edit | edit source]

VCAC Mephisto Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 7,000 Hit points increased by 150


GALIX 17 Smoke Grenades 6,000 86,000 Provides 8 volleys.
Magazine capacity: 2 rounds.
Takes 6 s to reload.
Duration: 10 s
Magazine reload time: 80 s


Enhanced Turret Drive 40,000 Increases turret traverse speed by 20%


VCAC Mephisto Interchangeable Upgrades #1
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Improved Liner 32,000 Hit points increased by 300


Experimental Smoke Grenades 30,000 Provides 10 volleys.
Magazine capacity: 3 rounds.
Takes 3 s to reload.
Duration: 15 s
Magazine reload time: 50 s


Improved Target Tracker 115,000 Number of simultaneously controlled missiles is increased by 1
Rate of fire is reduced by 25%
ATGM reload speed is reduced by 20%


VCAC Mephisto Interchangeable Upgrades #2
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
SHARK Hard Kill APS Stock Stock Spotting distance 50m
Number of charges 12
Reload time 15s


Improved Infrared Sight 70,000 Spotting through foliage is improved by 30%
ATGM contrlo is improved by 10%


Central Tire Inflation System 15,000 Off-road mobility is increased by 20%
Wheel repair time is improved by 20%


VCAC Mephisto Interchangeable Upgrades #3
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Improved Thermal Sight 60,000 Spotting through foliage is improved by 30%
Vision range is increased by 25 m


Improved Cooling System 62,000 Camouflage factor is increased by 5%
Enemy Thermal Sights effectiveness is reduced bt 30%


VCAC Mephisto Interchangeable Upgrades #4
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Shot Flash Suppressor 90,000 Camo Factor while shooting is reduced by 50%


Exhaust System Thermal Shield 95,000 No camo penalty when moving.


Special Abilities[edit | edit source]

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


Retreat
Ability Retreat.png
1 s 20 s 60 s Allows you to fall back quickly, by temporarily improving camo and acceleration. However it also reduces view range, and reload speed. Camo: +10%
Acceleration: +50%
Vision Range: -25%
Rate of Fire: +80%


History[edit | edit source]

Class: Tank Destroyer
Developed: 1980s
Service: 1990+
Vehicles Built: 177
Operators: France, Qatar, Cyprus, Lebanon

The Mephisto name officially stands for “Module Elévateur Panoramique HOT Installé Sur Tourelle Orientable” but let’s face it; in reality, someone just really wanted to have a vehicle called Mephisto and had to justify it somehow. Either way, it is an anti-tank version of the ubiquitous French VAB AFV.

The AFV itself is a rather unremarkable product of the 1970s but its roots lie deep in the 1960s when the French decided that their infantry units would be equipped with both tracked APCs (resulting in the AMX-10P) and wheeled ones. Two companies competed for the future light wheeled AFV project, now called VAB (“Vehicule de l’Avant Blindé”), Panhard and Renault. Between 1972 and 1973, several prototypes of 4-wheeled and 6-wheeled vehicles were built by both companies and in May 1974, the 4x4 version by Renault was officially accepted in service under the designation VAB. Its mass-production started in 1976. Several thousand of them were built between 1976 and 1993 both for France (3.975 vehicles in various configurations) and for export, which included a 6-wheel variant.

One of the variants produced both for France and for Export was called VCAC (“Véhicule de Combat Anti-Char” – Anti-Tank Combat Vehicle) and was fitted with the Euromissile Mephisto turret armed with four HOT missiles. This was a dedicated tank killer, replacing the troop-carrying capacity with a massive loading system.

It is unclear as to when the production of this vehicle started, when it ended and how many were made. Various sources suggest that the vehicle is still in service in France (scheduled to be replaced by another platform in the next decade) with some 135 made for the French. Qatar allegedly operates 24 of these, Cyprus has 18 and around a dozen originally French vehicles were sold recently to Lebanon. The VAB itself participated in a large number of peacekeeping missions (wherever the French were involved) and the Mephisto allegedly participated in Operation Desert Storm.

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