M48A3

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M48A3
M48A3
Details
Tier / Class:
2 MBT
Nation:
United States
Dealer:
Sophie Wölfli
Reputation:
7,200
Cost:
12,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
367
DPM:
2,446 (2,718)
Penetration:
250 mm
Hit Points:
2,385
Hull F/S/R:
110 / 76 / 35
Turret F/S/R:
153 / 56 / 56
Max Speed:
54.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
8.62 s
Hull Traverse:
28.40 deg/s
Camouflage:
10%
Vision:
400 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.16°
Max Cannon Depression:
-9.0 / -4.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
26.00 deg/s

The M48A3 is a tier 2 Main Battle Tank originating from the United States, and is sold by Sophie Wölfli. It can be unlocked from the M41 Walker Bulldog and leads to the M60 and Leopard 1.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Heavy armor : this vehicle's armor bounces more shots and takes more hits
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

With relatively good mobility and a good gun, the M48A3 is a capable spearhead, using its speed and accuracy on the move to lead any charge. However, its hull armor is relatively weak, and if exposed for too long can be easily penetrated at medium ranges. Using positions to "Hull down" is the key to success, as the egg shaped turret can bounce a bunch of shots.

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Excellent turret sloping to compensate for weaker armor
  • Good mobility relative to other tier 2 MBTs
  • Very strong HEAT rounds

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Weak hull armor
  • Despite the good mobility, it still feels somewhat sluggish.

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

The Improved Laser Rangefinder increases the accuracy of the gun, and leads to HEAT shells. Improved Ready Racks will allow a player to keep a larger volley of fire over the standard setup, allowing it to excel as a defensive lynchpin and armored spearhead.

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: Juan Carlos, to improve the aim speed and crew stats.
  • Driver: Spin to Win, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sharpshooter, Do the Twist
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells/Preparation

Armor[edit | edit source]

M48A3 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 110/76/35 Steel 153/56/56 Steel None
Technological and firepower improvements lead to the M48A3, although it retains the proven armor defenses of the stock M48 Patton.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

90mm M41 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
90mm M304 HVAP AP Stock 367 250mm 0.16° 1,178 m/s 9.00s
90mm T142E3 HEP AP 630 367 198mm 0.17° 778 m/s 9.00s
90mm M431 HEAT HEAT 915 367 300mm 0.17° 1,216 m/s 9.00s


Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Continental AVDS-1790-2A 750hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 54.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 8.62s {{{0-max}}} 28.40deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Fire Control System
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
M90 Smoke Grenades 305 4,775 Provides a total of five smoke deployments on an eighty second cooldown between uses.


Improved Rangefinder 445 6,935 Improves overall accuracy by 10%.


Improved Ready Racks 1,200 18,675 Increases reload speed by 10%.


Improved Tracks 105 1,635 Improves acceleration, top speeds, and traverse speeds on rough terrain and makes the tracks harder to destroy.


History[edit | edit source]

Class: Main Battle Tank
Developed: 1950-1952
Service: 1953-1960s
Vehicles Built: 893
Operators: USA

The Patton series of universal tanks is as important to the United States military as the T-54/55 series was to the Soviets and formed the backbone of the American armored forces from the late 1940s practically until the 1990s. Having evolved from the M26 Pershing Medium Tank, the Patton family was named after George S. Patton, one of the most famous U.S. generals to have ever lived. Right until their final versions, the Patton series tanks were protected only by their steel armor and used 90mm and 105mm rifled guns.

The M48 was developed as a successor to the M47, which was considered an interim solution and was produced in the early 1950s as a stopgap measure, adopted as a reaction to the rapidly escalating war in Korea. The M48, on the other hand, was a quite further away in terms of protection and firepower, featuring a 90mm rifled gun and steel hull, recognizable from its predecessor by the rounded frontal hull plate edge. The original M48 was more or less still a prototype with 893 vehicles produced between April 1952 and March 1953. In fact, most were built before its official adoption into service. A few of these early M48s were mostly stationed in West Germany and have never seen combat (unlike its successor, the M48A1), but most of these vehicles (especially the first 120 pieces designated M48C) stayed in the United States of America and were used for training.

See also[edit | edit source]