E.B.R. (1954)

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E.B.R. (1954)
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E.B.R. (1954)
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The Panhard Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance (E.B.R.) Modèle 1954 is the second variant of the Panhard E.B.R. armoured car family. The improved Panhard E.B.R. Modèle 1954 was designed to enhance the firepower of the reconnaissance vehicle. Between 1954 and 1956, about 279 units were produced, equipped with the FL10A2C oscillating turret. The Panhard E.B.R. Modèle 1954's suspension was upgraded to withstand the higher weight of the vehicle. The long-barrelled 75 mm SA 50 L/57 tank gun was fed by an autoloader consisting of two six-round ammunition drums situated in the turret bustle. The vehicle could carry a total of 36 rounds. The gunner used an APX L 862 monocular gun sight with a magnification of 7.5.

Introduced in Update "Hot Tracks" as a reward for the 2020 Operation W.I.N.T.E.R. event, the Panhard E.B.R. Modèle 1954 is equipped with good optics and a high velocity 75 mm SA 50 L/57 tank gun. It can be utilized as a long-range sniper and scout vehicle, or it can be deployed as an aggressive flanking vehicle due to its superior mobility and fast reload rate. The Panhard E.B.R. Modèle 1954 excels on flanking manoeuvres, where it can remove several opponents in a short period of time thanks to its autoloader and high-velocity ammunition. Due to the lack of explosive filler for the shell, targeting crucial modules is critical, such as the tank gun barrel, gun breech, or ammunition rack of the target. The autoloader and quick turret rotation make switching between enemy targets easy in the heat of battle, while the smoke grenades allow for a rapid retreat if the situation becomes too dangerous.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull20 / 15 / 15
Turret40 / 20 / 20
Crew4 people
Visibility93 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret roof, turret bustle)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (gun mantlet, turret front)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 20 mm (56°) Upper glacis
35 mm (16°) Lower plate
15 mm 20 mm (56°) Upper glacis
35 mm (16°) Lower plate
20 mm (34°) Front and rear glacis
15 mm Centre
Turret 40 mm (32-47°) Turret front
60 mm (conical) Gun mantlet
40 mm (15-75°) Barrel shroud
20 mm (0-30°) Turret 20 mm Turret bustle
20 mm (17-22°) Pivot ball
10 mm (77-90°) Turret underside
10 mm
Cupola 20 mm (conical) Base
10 mm (spherical) Dome
20 mm (conical) Outer ring
10 mm (spherical) Centre


  • Wheels are 10 mm thick and suspension bars are 5 mm thick.
  • Mudguards are 4 mm thick.


Reverse gearbox
Forward and backward movement is possible at the same maximum speed
Speedforward / back
AB117 / 117 km/h
RB and SB105 / 105 km/h
Number of gears10 forward
10 back
Weight15.2 t
Engine power
AB382 hp
RB and SB200 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB25.1 hp/t
RB and SB13.2 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 117 117 15.2 310 382 20.39 25.13
Realistic 105 105 177 200 11.64 13.16

The E.B.R. (1954) can reach 105 km/h on roads, 60 km/h on dirt tracks and 40 km/h in cross country. Soft terrain is a handicap: mud, snow and sand will considerably slow the armoured car. As a wheeled vehicle, it can't turn on the spot but the turn radius stays relatively small thanks to front and rear steering wheels. Much like the Sd.Kfz 234/2 Puma, the tank has a driver on both sides of the hull (albeit the driver in the back being classified as a loader ingame) and also has a reverse gearbox, meaning that you can reverse as if you were facing backwards at full speed which helps relocating efforts.

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 225 Sl icon.png
RB1 599 Sl icon.png
SB2 105 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts250 000 Sl icon.png
Aces630 Ge icon.png
Research Aces870 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 120 / 160 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Brake System
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Improved Parts
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Improved FPE
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
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Adjustment of Fire
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Elevation Mechanism
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Smoke grenade
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Artillery Support
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Improved optics


Main armament

Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition36 rounds
First-order12 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Vertical guidance-6° / 10°
Main article: SA50 L/57 (75 mm)
75 mm SA50 L/57 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Autoloader
Arcade 36 -6°/+10° ±180° N/A 28.6 39.5 48.0 53.1 56.5 5.00
Realistic 17.9 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
POT-51A APBC 182 178 162 143 127 113
OE Mle 1951 HE 15 15 13 12 11 10
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
POT-51A APBC 1,000 6.4 - - - 47° 60° 65°
OE Mle 1951 HE 753 6.2 0.2 0.1 675 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the E.B.R. (1954)
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
36 25 (+11) 13 (+23) (+29) (+35) No


  • Shells from first stage rack 3 are fired first

Machine guns

Ammunition4 950 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Fire rate551 shots/min
Main article: MAC 31 (7.5 mm)
7.5 mm MAC 31
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,950 (150) 551 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The EBR can be used as a long range sniper and as a scout vehicle thanks to its good optics and fast shell speed, or it can be used as an aggressive flanking vehicle using its superior mobility and reload rate.

The EBR best performs on the sidelines of the enemy team, using its autoloader and high velocity gun to eliminate any opposition. The lack of explosive filler for the shell makes aiming at crew positions and critical modules important, prioritizing the gun barrel, breech, or ammo rack of the target. Thanks to the autoloader and fast turret rotation, it is easy to switch between targets in the heat of combat, and the smoke grenades allow for a quick escape if the situation gets too difficult.

On snowy terrain, it is recommended to stay on roads as the wheels lose their grip on snow much more and result in slower acceleration and top speeds compared to on roads or concrete etc.

Enemies worth keeping note of:
  • Tiger I and Panther I: Although sitting at a lower BR, these targets are common to encounter on the battlefield. Flanking them and shooting their weakly armoured sides is advised, but in case of a face to face encounter, shooting the right side (from the players point of view) of the Panther's mantlet or the right side of the Tiger's Hull will disable or destroy them. In case these shots are impossible or too risky, one can shoot the barrels, take a track out and relocate and target the side of said tanks. Other weakspots are mostly shared with other guns, such as the Panther's turret corners or the flat front armor of the Tiger 1s if unangled.

When encountering vehicles classified as heavy tanks or even some higher BR medium tanks, it can often be the case that your frontal engagement options can be quite limited. Vehicles such as the T26E1-1, T26E5, T34, Tiger II (H), Jagdtiger and T-54s can have armor far exceeding the SA50 gun's capabilities save for very small and hard to hit weakspots, and some even come equipped with stabilizers like the Centurion Mk.2 and Centurion Mk.3 which can abruptly end your flanking maneuvers. When facing vehicles such as these that need either extreme precision or good awareness on when to peek, it may be more beneficial to go for the barrel of said vehicles to get a better flanking approach on them. Alternatively, you may also choose to simply scout and/or barrel them before relocating to a better position altogether. You shouldn't take every fight in the E.B.R. (1954) and there is no shame in retreating to a better location if you feel like you can't get a good shot in.

Pros and cons


  • Fast and very mobile chassis
  • The main gun reloads in 5 seconds regardless of remaining crew count and the autoloader has a capacity of 12 rounds, giving the vehicle good overall sustain for a drum autoloading vehicle.
  • The shells have a very high muzzle velocity and, despite the lack of explosive filler, deals a lot of damage.
  • Both the front and back wheels steer, resulting in a fairly small turning radius.
  • The hull armour, in the front (and back), is enough to stop .50 cal MG fire, as well as 14.5 mm AP-I(c) from 200 meters or more; the turret front may be even able to stop some autocannon fire.
  • As this vehicle is an armoured car, scouting is available.
  • APBC shell with a very high penetration of 182 mm at 10 m, able to easily penetrate most vehicles that the vehicle can face.


  • The 7° gun depression is far from optimal for players that want to shoot from an hull down position.
  • Relatively poor angled performance of the ammunition, and as such it is recommended to shoot at flat plates if possible.
  • The massive radio antennas will make you visible even when the rest of the vehicle is hidden behind a hill or small building.
  • Very easy to spot and recognize from the side due to its size and shape; in addition, the side armour won't really stop anything more than small calibre machine gun fire.
  • The roof of the turret is thin, making it vulnerable to airborne attacks.
  • Sluggish when moving in snow or mud.
  • High risk of ammunition explosion if the turret is penetrated, due to the large first-stage ammo rack behind the cannon.



Before the outbreak of World War II, Panhard created a prototype of an 8x8 army wheeled all-terrain vehicle, with the first and last swivel wheel pairs having rubber tires, the middle pairs were metal and not swivel. The army placed an order for the production of 600 of these vehicles, but the outbreak of the war and the occupation of France did not allow the vehicle to be put into production. They returned to an interesting project after the war - the wheelbase received an oscillating turret with a 75 mm gun, which turned the all-terrain vehicle into a light wheeled tank. Later, the base of this vehicle became the basis for several curious army vehicles. It is interesting that it was the Panhard all-terrain vehicle that served as a carriage for the farewell ceremony for the President of the Fifth Republic, General Charles de Gaulle.



See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Armoured Cars  AML-90
AMD.35  AMD.35 · AMD.35 (SA35)
E.B.R.  E.B.R. (1951) · E.B.R. (1954) · E.B.R. (1963)
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AMD.35  AMD.35 · AMD.35 (SA35)
E.B.R.  E.B.R. (1951) · E.B.R. (1954) · E.B.R. (1963)
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