Medium Tank M26 T99

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General info

M26 T99 in the garage.

The M26 T99 is premium Rank IV American medium tank with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm". This is a M26 Pershing tank equipped with four rocket pods holding a total of 44 rockets which can be launched against the enemy.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Even being designated as a medium, the Pershing can perform in many different roles in battle. It can be used for supporting allied tanks with long reload time as IS-2's, T32's, etc. Participate in flanking maneuvers — your speed and agility is not brilliant but enough for that — and be successful in sniping and ambushing situations. Use the lower profile of Pershing compared to the Sherman's to navigate through s. Your vertical guidance (-10º/20º) allows you to shoot from upper positions without exposing too much yourself. That´s an advantage compared to Russians which have many ground depression problems.

The 90 mm M3 gun owns a wide selection of ammunition to be used. The M82 APCBC with 200g of explosive filler is extremely deadly. Usually successful penetration with this shell can lead to a one hit kill on a vehicle. It lacks a bit of penetration for the tier this vehicle sits, but it's great for flanking shots. The M304 HVAP shot, gives the vehicle the ability to penetrate thick armour, mind you APCR/HVAP has poor slope characteristics. This means you need to aim for flat armour. Against a King Tiger Henschel, this means aiming for the turret if he is looking directly at you on the gunner side. At that position you can penetrate out to distances of 1800 meters.

Although you are moderately armoured for your class, most enemies can easily kill you at this tier. A safe play style is a must. To reduce direct impacts in frontal engagements angle the Pershing, the V-shape frontal armour can deflect some shots. Your lower glacis is a very good target, try to keep it hidden from the enemy. One down side to the Pershing is the engine. The power to weight ratio is poor and does not allow for very quick maneuvering. It uses the same Ford GAF that can be found in the late series M4 Medium tanks, with nearly 8 tons more weight. Being slightly underpowered, the Pershing has a hard time climbing hills. You will need to know the maps and areas you are operating, and use them wisely.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Urban maps (Poland, Eastern Europe, Hürtgen Forest, Cologne) are perfect for ambushing, use your moderate speed to catch off-guard heavier enemy tanks. Drop arty in front of suspected enemy positions if you need to cross a street and relocate, the smoke screen will cover you.

If you´ve been able to flank an enemy, your first shot is decisive. Always shoot the breech to knock out the gun. The best ammo to do this is M304(APCR) round, or M82(APCBC). M304 will guarantee a 100% successful shot, M82 can also work very good and might destroy everything inside the turret. But some Germans have tracks in the hull sides and if enemy saw you and is turning the turret, the M82 could bounce. Make sure you don't miss.

The large sides of German heavy´s are tempting targets but its very easy to over pen with the wrong ammo like the T33(APCBC) or M304. If you flanked an SPG like Jagdpanther, Jagdtiger or Ferdinand just aim to the engine, and you will have virtually killed it.

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Armament:
    • The 90 mm gun is adequate for most contemporary tanks it will face.
    • Gets 44 M8 rockets, which can be used to blind other tanks in a pinch.
  • Armour:
    • Armour does not differ at all from the regular Pershing.
  • Utility:
    • Can be used as a backup for the regular M26.
    • Does not require any significant learning curve to operate, can be used just as the normal M26 would.

Cons:

  • Survivability:
    • Rocket pods create external (and unarmoured) ammunition racks.
    • Frontal hull armour on the Pershing has relatively little sloping.
  • Armament:
    • 90 mm gun lacks penetration to take on tanks frontally.
    • Rockets are no longer effective as tank killers.
  • Price:
    • In addition to only being available for purchase after having purchased the Calliope (9,740 GE, ~50 USD), the M26 T99 will cost you another ~30 USD (5,990 GE).

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 90 mm Gun M3 (70 rounds)
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun (1,000 rounds)
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 machine gun (5,250 rounds)
44 x 114 mm M8 rockets

Main armament

1 x 90 mm Gun M3
  • Ammunition Capacity: 70 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.28°/s (Stock), 19.8°/s (Upgraded), 24°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 26.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 28.2°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 11.05s (Stock), 9.78s (Full Crew), 9s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 8.5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 90 mm Gun M3
  • Ammunition Capacity: 70 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.28°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), 20.4°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 22.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 24°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 11.05s (Stock), 9.78s (Full Crew), 9s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 8.5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 90 mm Gun M3
  • Ammunition Capacity: 70 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.28°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), 20.4°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 22.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 24°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 11.05s (Stock), 9.78s (Full Crew), 9s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 8.5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
T33 shot 189 188 163 137 115 96 AP 822 11 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
M71 shell 13 13 13 13 13 13 HE 823 11 0.1 0.5 925 +0° 79° 80° 81°
M82 shot 165 164 150 137 125 114 APCBC 807 11 1.2 20 137.2 +4° 48° 63° 71°
M304 shot 264 260 245 226 210 191 APCR 1021 7.6 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
M313 Smoke 821 11 13 5 20 50
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the M26 Pershing.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
9th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
70 61 (+9) 55 (+15) 49 (+21) 41 (+29) 33 (+37) 25 (+45) 17 (+53) (+61) (+69) Only bottom: 49 (+21) no

Secondary armament

1 x 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun (pintle-mount)
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 machine gun (coaxial)

Tertiary armaments

44 x 114 mm M8 rockets

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Front, turret)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Side, Rear, Roof)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 101.6 mm (42-46°) Front Glacis
162.5 mm (25-60°) Upper front glacis
76.2 mm (28-53°) Lower Glacis
76.2 mm (0-1°) Front
50.8 mm (0-3°) Rear
50.8 mm (7°) Top
22.2 mm (71°) Bottom
22.2 mm
Turret 101.6 mm (1-55°) Turret front
114.3 mm (1-84°) Gun mantlet
76.2 mm (3-54°) 76.2 mm (1-79°) 25.4 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 76.2 mm 25.4 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 25.4 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 42.5 ton

Max Speed: 45 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 775 hp @ 2600 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 18.23 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 26°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 954 hp @ 2600 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 22.45 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 33°
Weight: 42.5 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 442 hp @ 2600 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.40 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 29°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 500 hp @ 2600 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 33°
Weight: 42.5 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 442 hp @ 2600 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 10.40 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 29°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 500 hp @ 2600 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 11.76 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 33°

Modules and improvements

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks tank module.jpg Parts tank module.jpg APCBC M82 tank module.jpg Horizontaldrive tank module.jpg
II Suspension tank module.jpg Brakesystem tank module.jpg FPE tank module.jpg APCR M304 tank module.jpg Adjustmentoffire tank module.jpg
III Filters tank module.jpg Crewreplenishment tank module.jpg Elevationmechanism tank module.jpg
IV Transmission tank module.jpg Engine tank module.jpg Artillerysupport tank module.jpg Smoke M313 tank module.jpg

Recommendation:
As a premium tank all upgrades are already unlocked. The "Mark of disticntion" can be earned, allowing for four decals without using a premium account.

History of creation and combat usage

In 1944, the main tank development in US Ordnance was the T26E1 tank, which would later become the M26 Pershing. The M26 was made into many different variants in hope it could fulfill multiple roles. One variant hoped to increase the M26's firepower with the addition of rocket launchers, in a manner similar to the T34 Calliope on the Shermans. The rocket launchers was attached on M26 serial number 2011, the 250th of its kind made from Detroit Tank Arsenal. The rocket launcher attached was the 4.5 inch multiple rocket launcher T99, consisting of two racks on both sides of the turret, carrying a total of 44 rockets for use. The rocket launchers were traversable by the same turret controls for the main 90 mm gun. The T99 launchers were mounted on trunnions and could be jettisoned from inside the tank when empty. Settings for rocket firing came at one at a time, two at a time, and a full salvo dump. The last of these settings can fire all 44 rockets within 7 seconds.[1] The design was informally called M26 T99.

Testing with the M26 with the T99 commenced in sometime in late 1945 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.[1] However, the tank apparently did not seem to have any interest as no other mention of it is made after that. It was presumably cancelled sometime in early 1946.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the M26 series from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] М26 Pershing with Т99 rocket launcher - with developer's answers

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Hunnicutt, R.P. Pershing: A History of the Medium Tank T20 Series U.S.A.: Feist Publications, 1971
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Icon-country-usa.png M26 T99
Nation USA
Type Medium tank
Rank 4
Battle Rating
6.3
6.3
6.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
42,500 kg
93,696 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
101.6/76.2/50.8/22.2 mm
4.0/3.0/2.0/0.875 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
775 hp
442 hp
442 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
954 hp
500 hp
500 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
18.23
18.53
10.40
10.57
10.40
10.57
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
22.45
22.81
11.76
11.95
11.76
11.95
Max speed
45 km/h
27.8 mph
40 km/h
25.0 mph
40 km/h
25.0 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 90 mm M3 Cannon
Ammo stowage 70 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,000 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -10°/50°
Horizontal guidance -120°/120°
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 5,250 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Tertiary Weapon
44 x 114 mm M8 Rocket
Vertical guidance -10°/25°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost 5,990 GE
Crew training cost 10,000 SL
Max repair cost*
1,910 SL
2,240 SL
2,870 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
2d 04h
4d 04h
4d 07h
Free repair time (Upgraded)
17h 26m
1d 09h
1d 10h
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