M8 Buford

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M8 Buford
M8 Buford
Tier / Class:
8 LT
United States
Marat Shishkin
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
5,563 (6,240)
530 (650) mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
198 / 120 / 32
Turret F/S/R:
280 / 95 / 66
Max Speed:
75.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
3.10 (2.93) s
Hull Traverse:
36.00 (43.60) deg/s
440 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0 / -1.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
53.00 deg/s

The M8 Buford is a tier 8 Light Tank‏‎ originating from the United States, and is sold by Marat Shishkin. It can be unlocked from the Stingray 2, and unlocks a tier 9 Unlock Token, which can be used on the BMPT-72 Terminator 2, M8 Thunderbolt II, T-90MS, and FV4034 Challenger 2.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Invisible movement: motion does not reduce camouflage factor.
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles.

Player recommendations[edit | edit source]

The first of the two M8 series vehicles, the M8 Buford starts as a unarmored base model, similar to the Stingray. The difference comes upon purchasing the Level III Armor set, which turns the vehicle into one of the most heavily armored vehicles outside of the MBT class. With excellent frontal armor (for a light tank) and side armor that any MBT would envy, the M8 Buford becomes a very competent flanking vehicle, capable of hit and run tactics where it can withstand moderate amounts of fire. Combine this with a rapid firing 105mm gun and excellent accuracy on the move, the M8 Buford punches well above its weight.

Pros and cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Good mobility
  • Excellent gun handling
  • Excellent gun depression
  • High camo rating and view range

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Until upgraded to the Level III Armor, the M8 Buford is exposed to all but the lightest incoming fire.
  • At high speeds is susceptible to sliding, making it harder to control

Upgrade suggestions[edit | edit source]

Upgrading to the Level III Armor will heavily increase survivability against autocannon and large caliber gunfire. The DDC 8V92TA-550 Diesel Engine will improve freedom of movement around the battlefield, making rapid hit and run tactics easier. The Improved Gun Stabilizer and Improved Autoloader, along with the various ammunition upgrades, will increase the effective lethality, and upgrading to the Rapid-fire Smoke Launchers Mk.2 will decrease effective incoming damage.

Retrofit suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Electro-Optical Absorbing Paint
  • Augmented Optics

Commander and crew skill suggestions[edit | edit source]

  • Commander: Sabrina Washington, for improvements to camo rating, view range, and accuracy
  • Driver: Smooth Ride, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Quick Draw, Sharpshooter

Armor[edit | edit source]

M8 Buford Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 198/120/32 Military Aluminum 280/95/66 Military Aluminum None
Meant to replace the Sheridan, the prototype of the M8 Buford is designed to be air-portable with an aluminum chassis. It boasts three levels of appliqué packages: the second offers protection from 20mm fire, while the third titanium steel composite protects against 30mm fire.

Level III Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
51,295 782,050 298/495/32 Layered Steel Composite 280/475/66 Layered Steel Composite None
This appliqué package uses heavy titanium-steel bricks along the upper glacis, frontal hull, and turret sides. These are capable of defending against ATGM, HEAT, and 30mm cannons.

Firepower[edit | edit source]

105mm XM35 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
105mm M833 APFSDS AP Stock 500 650mm 0.11° 1,505 m/s 5.50s
105mm M393A1 HEP HE Stock 510 280mm 0.13° 760 m/s 5.50s
105mm M393A3 HEP HE 57,710 520 295mm 0.13° 760 m/s 5.50s
105mm M152/3 HEAT AP 73,740 500 500mm 0.12° 1,150 m/s 5.50s
105mm M900 APFSDS AP 72,865 520 650mm 0.11° 1,505 m/s 5.50s

Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Diesel Engine Stock Stock 75.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.10s {{{0-max}}} 36.00 deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Diesel Engine 11,660 177,740 75.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 2.93s {{{0-max}}} 43.60 deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

M8 Buford Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 18,655 284,385 Increases vehicle HP by 150.

M90 Smoke Grenades 27,980 426,575 Provides 9 totalsmoke deployments with a 3-round magazine. Smoke can be fired every 3 seconds. The magazine takes 60 seconds to reload.

Improved Gun Stabilizer 46,635 710,955 Enhanced accuracy on the move by 20%.

Improved Thermal Sight 69,730 1,063,105 Increases effectiveness of spotting through foliage by 15%.

Improved Autoloader 109,880 1,675,190 Increases reload speed by 10%.

Special Abilities[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, increses maximum speed and hull travese rate.
Reduces camouflage factor in motion.
Acceleration +200%
Max speed +5%
Hull traverse speed +50%
Camo penalty in motion +50%

Rapid Fire
Ability Rapid Fire.png
0 s 20 s 60 s Increses reload speed
Reduces accuracy to zero, increases ATGM deviation.
Rate of fire +20%
ATGM +15m

History[edit | edit source]

The M8 Buford was designed by the United States as an armored gun system meant to replace the M551 Sheridan. This light tank was originally slated for production in 1996 but was cancelled in an effort to fund other military programs.

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