75/46 M43

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75/46 M43
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75/46 M43
AB RB SB
4.7 4.7 4.7
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Description

The Semovente 75/46 M43 is a rank III Italian tank destroyer with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull50 / 40 / 25
Turret100 / 70 / 45
Crew3 people
Visibility61 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, casemate)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (gun mantlet)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25 mm (78°) Upper glacis
50 mm (40°) Lower glacis - top
35 mm (50°) Lower glacis - bottom
40 mm
40 + 25 + 4 mm Casemate area
40 + 4 mm Side skirts area
25 mm Upper plate
25 mm (15°) Lower plate
25 mm (12°) Front glacis
15 mm (1-12°) Engine deck
10 mm (12°) Engine access panels
5 mm (12°) Engine vents
15mm (5°) Radiator hood
5 mm (5°) Radiator vents
Casemate 75 mm (5°) + 25 mm (25°) Casemate front plate
90 mm (5°) + 25 mm (25°) Driver port
60 + 30 mm (spherical) + 25 mm (25°) Gun mantlet
45 mm (7-9°) + 25 mm 45 mm 15 mm (0-4°) Centre
15 mm (18°) Sides

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick and bogies 10 mm thick.
  • The belly is 15 mm thick.
  • Mudguards are 4 mm thick.

The 75/46 M43 has the same protection as the 75/34 M43 but sits at a higher battle rating, reducing its effectiveness. While still effective against earlier guns, it will begin to encounter enemies with weapons that can easily defeat its armour, such as the American 76 mm M1 or British QF 17-pounder. The upper glacis will be easily penetrated by these guns, and the superstructure, while more heavily protected, will similarly be easily penetrated, and due to the confined nature of the fighting compartment likely result in destruction of the vehicle. The lower glacis is easily penetrated at closer ranges, however the transmission will typically absorb most of the damage. Angling can be used to increase the effectiveness of the superstructure, however exposed cheeks become a weak spot for enemies to target. Using an obstacle to hide the vehicles cheeks while angling is important to maintain effective armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB53 / 7 km/h
RB and SB49 / 7 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight15.7 t
Engine power
AB353 hp
RB and SB185 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB22.5 hp/t
RB and SB11.8 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 53 7 15.7 263 353 16.75 22.48
Realistic 49 7 164 185 10.45 11.78

The 75/46 M43 has reasonable mobility for a tank destroyer, being able to hit and maintain around 37 km/h when driving off-road on level ground. The vehicle has an average reverse speed, reaching -6 km/h in its single gear.

Despite its lack of neutral steering, the 75/46 M43 can traverse its hull reasonably quickly from a full stop, greatly helping to overcome its lack of a turret.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 440 → 9 657 Sl icon.png
RB3 100 → 4 023 Sl icon.png
SB4 920 → 6 386 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications34 500 Rp icon.png
73 900 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training43 000 Sl icon.png
Experts150 000 Sl icon.png
Aces550 Ge icon.png
Research Aces390 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 120 / 160 % Sl icon.png
154 / 154 / 154 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
1 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
5 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
5 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
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Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
2 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
4 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
130 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
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Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition42 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
7.6 → 5.9 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 16°
Horizontal guidance-18° / 18°
75 mm OTO 75/43 mod.40 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 42 -10°/+16° ±18° N/A 12.3 17.1 20.7 22.9 24.4 7.67 6.79 6.25 5.90
Realistic 8.3 9.8 11.9 13.2 14.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Granate Perforante mod.39 APCBC 151 148 135 121 108 96
Granata mod.34 HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Granate Perforante mod.39 APCBC 792 6.8 1.2 14 28.9 48° 63° 71°
Granata mod.34 HE 550 5.74 0 0.1 686 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the 75/46 M43
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
42 25 (+17) (+41) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.

Machine guns

Ammunition504 rounds
Belt capacity24 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: Breda Mod. 38 (8 mm)
8 mm Breda Mod. 38
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle mount 504 (24) 600 -10°/+80° ±90°

The small calibre of the Breda Mod. 38 machine gun makes it largely ineffective against all armoured vehicles but the ones with an open compartment. It still can be used to ping targets as a rangefinding help or to mow down minor obstacles blocking your line of sight.

Usage in battles

The Semovente's lack of turret and unreliable armour lend it a less aggressive role; at a distance, the limited traverse is less a handicap and makes it harder for the weak spots of the vehicle to be hit. The vehicle's primary advantages, its low profile and powerful gun, also add to this, as it can defeat most enemies it will encounter at range while remaining a relatively obscured target. Using the vehicle's gun depression and low profile to take advantage of terrain, such as a rock, building, or hill, will make it harder to hit, increasing its survivability. Against weaker enemies, such as vehicles equipped with the American 75 mm M3, it can more aggressively expose itself, but care must be taken in case the M43's mobility is impaired or against vehicles with more powerful guns.

The 75 mm OTO 75/43 mod.40 gun can defeat most enemies at its ranking, with only some heavier tanks able to effectively resist the gun, such as the Churchill VII or the uparmoured KV-1 (ZiS-5). In this case, waiting for the enemy to expose a vulnerable area of their armour or identifying them for allies to target is ideal. Attempting to flank or more aggressively approach should be avoided. If facing higher ranked vehicles, more caution must be used, as there will be more enemies able to resist your fire while being able to defeat your own armour. Knowledge of appropriate weak spots can help defeating vehicles like the M4A3E2 Jumbo or IS-1 tanks, but these may be unreliable, meaning a more cautious approach is safer.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Effective gun penetration, damage, and reload
  • Small frontal profile makes the tank easy to conceal and difficult to hit
  • High gun depression, can be used to crest over hills while only exposing the more heavily armoured superstructure
  • Decent mobility and good hull traverse
  • Mounted machine gun can be used to fire in a frontal arc

Cons:

  • Generally ineffective armour against similarly tiered vehicles
  • Lack of turret and thin side armour are vulnerable to being flanked
  • Lacks an APCR shell for more heavily armoured targets
  • Confined interior and only 3 crew lessens survivablilty on penetration

History

Development

The 75/46 M43 is a German-designed variant of the Semovente 105/25, with improved armour and using the German Pak 40 anti-tank gun in place of the original 105 mm howitzer.[1] Due to the low production output of the Italian-licensed version of the gun, only eleven 75/46 M43 were built, while others were outfitted with the available Italian 75 mm Ansaldo L/34 gun, leading to the production of the 75/34 M43 tank destroyer.

Combat usage

They only saw service with German forces in Italy in late 1944 and 1945.

Media

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same chassis
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links

References

  1. Filippo Cappellano. Le artiglierie del Regio Esercito Italy, Storia Militare, 1998


Italy tank destroyers
M41  75/18 M41 · 75/32 M41 · 90/53 M41M
M42  75/34 M42
M43  105/25 M43 · M43 "G.C.Leoncello" · 75/34 M43 · 75/46 M43
Wheeled  Breda 501
Other  L3/33 CC · 47/32 L40
USA  M36B1 · M113A1 (TOW)
Germany  ▄StuG III G