CM11

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CM11
cn_cm11.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.3/9.3/9.7BR
4 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
108 / 70 / 25Hull
173 / 76 / 55Turret
Mobility
54.0 tWeight
52 km/h forward
12 km/h back
47 km/h forward
11 km/h back
Speed
Armament
105 mm M68A1 cannonMain weapon
56 roundsAmmunition
-9° / 19°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
900 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-9° / 65°Vertical guidance
3 000 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
750 shots/minFire rate
3 000 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
750 shots/minFire rate
Economy
250 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
690 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 900 / 4 370/2 200 / 3 315/2 100 / 3 164Repair
200 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
690 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 100 Ge icon.pngAces
× (226) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

The CM11 is a rank VI Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB) and 9.3 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

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Mobility

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Armaments

Main armament

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Additional armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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Pros:

  • Access to powerful DM63 APFSDS
  • Heavy ERA coverage grants decent resistance to chemical munitions
  • Has a thermal sight
  • Low-profile cupola, the infamous Patton cupola weakspot is less of an issue

Cons:

  • Large target
  • Mobility is not very good
  • ERA has negligible kinetic protection
  • Base armor is no better than the original M60/M48, vulnerable to sabot rounds common at its rank


History

During the 1980s, armed forces in Taiwan were looking for more capable AFVs. However, as some existing agreements with the USA prevented the supply with more advanced US equipment, such as later versions of the M60 and the newer M1 Abrams tanks, military production was forced to develop an indigenous design.

While still retaining access to supplies of older US equipment and components, the decision was made to create a hybrid tank from the available components and outfit it with the latest electronics. As such, Taiwanese engineers took the hull and chassis of the M60A3 and combined it with the turret of the M48, while installing the M68A1 105mm cannon and the latest US fire control systems available.

The result of this undertaking was the CM11. In the late 1980s, two prototypes were sent to the US for comparative tests against the M60A3, where the CM11 outperformed its counterpart in gunnery trials. Shortly after these successful tests, the CM11 officially entered service in 1990.

However, as the protection was seen to be somewhat lacking, the decision was made to upgrade the CM11 with ERA packages obtained from GIAT in the early ‘90s. Due to substantial weight increases and associated upgrade costs however, this modernization effort was only applied to about a dozen vehicles. In total, 450 CM11s were built for the armed forces, still representing the spearhead of the country’s armored units today.

- From Devblog

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See also

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China medium tanks
  Т-34-85 Gai · Type 59 · ZTZ59D1 · Type 69 · Т-62 №545 · M60A3 TTS · CM11 · ZTZ96
American  ␗M4A4 · M4A4 (1st PTG) · ␗M4A1 (75) W · ␗M48A1
Soviet  ␗T-34 (1943) · ␗Т-34-85 (S-53)
Japanese  ␗Type 97 Chi-Ha