M8 Thunderbolt II

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M8 Thunderbolt II
M8 Thunderbolt II
Tier / Class:
9 LT
United States
Marat Shishkin
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
580 (590)
6,327 (7,151)
700 (725) mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
140 / 110 / 20
Turret F/S/R:
120 / 70 / 36
Max Speed:
70.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
3.76 (3.63) s
Hull Traverse:
40.40 (43.60) deg/s
440 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0 / 2.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
53.00 deg/s

The M8 Thunderbolt II is a tier 9 Light Tank‏‎ originating from the United States, and is sold by Marat Shishkin. It can be unlocked with a tier 9 Unlock Token, and unlocks a tier 10 Unlock Token, which can be used on the PL-01, T-15 HIFV, T-14 Armata, and FV4034 Challenger 2 ATDU.

Features[edit | edit source]

  • Invisible movement: motion does not reduce camouflage factor.
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles.
  • Modern APFSDSs : are very effective against ERA

Player recommendations[edit | edit source]

The second of the two M8 series vehicles, the M8 Thunderbolt lacks an armor upgrade kit, leaving its armor values equal to a stock M8 Buford. But with a larger caliber gun, the Thunderbolt trades in rapid firepower for more alpha and penetration, allowing for a harder first hit on a target. It relies on mobility, view range, and camo rating to survive, instead of armor protection.

Pros and cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • Very good penetration
  • Good mobility
  • Excellent accuracy and rate of fire

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Minimal armor
  • Large target

Upgrade suggestions[edit | edit source]

The DDC 8V92TA 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. Upgrading to the Improved Tracks will also improve movement across the battlefield.

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 Thunderbolt II Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 140/110/20 Military Aluminum 120/70/36 Military Aluminum None
The M8 Thunderbolt II has increased armor thickness, requiring less extensive applique packages to increase survivability; it comes with stock with high hardness spaced steel along the sides and front of the turret.

Firepower[edit | edit source]

120mm XM-291 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
120mm M829A2 APFSDS AP Stock 580 700mm 0.10° 1,680 m/s 5.50s
120mm M830 HEAT-MP HEAT Stock 575 700mm 0.12° 1,140 m/s 5.50s
120mm M829A3 APFSDS AP 139,655 590 725mm 0.12° 1,555 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 70.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.76s {{{0-max}}} 40.40 deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Diesel Engine 25,390 290,840 70.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.63s {{{0-max}}} 43.60 deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

M8 Thunderbolt II Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 40,625 465,345 Increases vehicle HP by 150.

M90 Smoke Grenades 60,940 698,015 Provides 9 total smoke grenades with a 3-round magazine. Smoke can be fired every 3 seconds. The magazine takes 60 seconds to reload.

AN/VLQ-6 Soft Kill APS 83,790 959,775 An Active Protection System that has a chance of diverting ATGMs away from the player's vehicle from a range of 250m or more.

Improved Gun Stabilizer 101,570 1,163,360 Enhanced accuracy on the move by 20%.

Improved Autoloader 206,305 2,363,075 Increases reload speed by 10%.

Improved Thermal Sight 130,925 1,499,645 Increases effectiveness of spotting through foliage by 15%.

Improved Tracks 20,950 239,945 Improves acceleration, top speeds, and traverse speeds on rough terrain and makes the tracks harder to destroy.

History[edit | edit source]

The M8 Armored Gun System (AGS) is a light tank designed by the United States to replace the Sheridan in the 82nd Airborne Division. A number of prototypes were developed, and though the M8 project was originally canceled in 1997, interest in the vehicle was reignited in 2013.

See also[edit | edit source]