This article is considered accurate for the current version (1.54) of the game.
The first T-class tankette to utilize this sturdier frame and versatile treads, the Vesta also represents the Velian’s first foray into fire weapons. The “Vesta” boasts a light flame turret and ample storage for the additional fuel supply required.
— In-game description
The T14 “Vesta” Tankette (also known as a Flame Tankette) is a ColonialTankette equipped with a hull-mounted flame turret.
The T14 “Vesta” Tankette has 1350 HP and is disabled under 30% health. It has "Heavy Armor" resistance: it can soak small arms fire, shrapnel, and 12.7mm machine guns, and it is immune to Flamethrowers. But it won't last long when faced with heavy explosives or anti-tank weaponry. It has subsystems that have a chance to be disabled by heavy explosives and anti-tank weaponry if hit specifically: Tracks: 30% (Anti-Tank Mines always disable them). It has Tank Armor. With it, in best case scenario, penetrating projectiles only have a 55% chance of penetrating and doing damage. That chance goes up quickly if the armor is worn or if it is shot from up close, or on the side or rear from a direct angle, or with ammo that has penetration bonuses. It takes 150 Basic Materials to fully repair it from 1% to 100% health with a Hammer. Its health, subsystems, and Tank Armor can be instantly repaired at a Garage for 100 Basic Materials.
The T14 “Vesta” Tankette is a well-armed and armored tankette, which is equipped with heavy armor and a gun capable of damaging enemy infantry and structures. Due to these characteristics, it is capable of shrugging off most infantry weapons, with heavier ammunition, like anti-armor rounds or explosive, being the only ones able to effectively damage it.
Its main armament, the flamethrower, is a niche tool. When used directly against infantry, it can become one of the fastest kill tools (right behind explosions, which will instantly kill a player). While it is tempting to charge hunkering infantry, it's better to flush them out with fire and heat. The near-nonexistent damage and quick emptying of a canister forces the crew to conserve ammunition against flammable targets. Setting enemy structures ablaze will also deny enemy infantry their use, slowly damaging it and preventing them from repairing it.
Tankette Effectiveness over the Course of the War
Similar to all tankettes, as soon as heavier anti-armor weapons become more common, (such as anti-tank rifles) the T14 “Vesta” Tankette loses most of its relevance on the front line, as they will quickly be destroyed, as longer ranged weapons prevent the crew from reacting fast enough before being destroyed. However, due to its armament, it is still a formidable opponent when operated by a competent crew.