Eland 90 Mk.7

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Eland 90 Mk.7
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Eland 90 Mk.7
AB RB SB
6.7 7.0 7.0
Class:
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Description

The Eland 90 Mk.7 is a rank IV British light tank with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB) and 7.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike".

The Eland 90 Mk.7 is a light reconnaissance armoured car, built in 1962 by South Africa as a domestic variant of the French armoured car, the Panhard AML-90.

While the diminutive size and unpretentious look can be deceiving, this armoured car is sure to be one of the most agreeable light vehicles in the British ground forces. This combination of a remarkably mobile and small chassis plus satisfactory firepower is otherwise rarely found in British light vehicles; similarly to the reliable Crusader III and equal to the uncommon AEC Mk.II.

Meanwhile, Eland's weak armour is a problem for survival thus players will have to rely on flanking, scouting or ambushing tactics when engaging heavier armour.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull10 / 10 / 10
Turret12 / 10 / 10
Crew3 people
Visibility88 %

The armour of the Eland 90 Mk.7 is little to nonexistent. The fact it only has 10 mm of armour gives it extremely low survivability, even 7.62 mm MG can penetrate the armour. The crew is compacted inside a really small box, making 90% of the rounds fired at it (both main gun and machine guns) one shot potential. While the thin armour is able to not trigger APHE fuses, it will trigger HE, HEAT and such, and not triggering an APHE fuse leaves the shell to act as a solid shot, severely damaging the vehicle regardless.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret)
  • Structural steel (mudguards, storage boxes)
  • Wheel (tires)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 10 mm (51°) Upper glacis
10 mm (17°) Upper glacis
10 mm (4°) Front half
10 mm (6°) Rear half
10 mm Upper plate
10 mm (46°) Upper glacis
10 mm (20°) Lower glacis
10 mm (40°) Front glacis
10 mm (44°) Rear glacis
Turret 12 mm (30°) Turret front
12 mm (8°) Gun mantlet
10 mm (17-21°)
10 mm Viewports
10 mm (16°) 10 mm (16°) Front part
10 mm Rear part
8 mm Gunner hatch
Cupola 8 mm (spherical)

Notes:

  • Wheels are 10 mm thick and a spare wheel covers the left side of the hull.
  • Storage boxes and mudguards are 5 mm thick.
  • The belly is 8 mm thick.
  • The gun barrel is 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB100 / 20 km/h
RB and SB90 / 18 km/h
Number of gears10 forward
2 back
Weight6.0 t
Engine power
AB172 hp
RB and SB90 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB28.7 hp/t
RB and SB15.0 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 100 20 6 139 172 23.17 28.67
Realistic 90 18 80 90 13.33 15

The Eland 90 Mk.7, similar to the AML-90, are Formula 1 cars compared to the tanks seen at the battle rating. The low profile, weight, and the fact they are wheeled makes this vehicle extremely fast. However, this only applies to asphalt or solid ground maps. The mobility is significantly reduced in mud, water, sand, and snow, reducing the speed from nearly 100 km/h down to 20 km/h.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 100 → 4 501 Sl icon.png
RB7 000 → 10 163 Sl icon.png
SB8 000 → 11 615 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications71 600 Rp icon.png
113 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training65 000 Sl icon.png
Experts230 000 Sl icon.png
Aces990 Ge icon.png
Research Aces620 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 160 / 200 % Sl icon.png
184 / 184 / 184 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tires
Research:
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Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
3 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
3 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
5 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
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Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
3 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
3 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
4 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 600 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Airstrike
Research:
3 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 100 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
3 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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90mm_CN90_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
3 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
3 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
5 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
5 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
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Cost:
9 200 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition29 rounds
First-order10 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-8° / 15°
Main article: GT-2 (90 mm)

The Eland 90 uses the powerful 90 mm GT-2 low pressure cannon. The Eland 90 comes with a stock OCC 60-62 HEATFS ammunition, capable of penetrating most tanks at its BR at any distance. It should be noted that it only carries 29 rounds at max, 9 more rounds than the AML-90 but still a low count, and coupled with the poor survivability, commanders should always shoot to destroy in the least shots necessary, know center of mass, ammunition racks, etc to successfully engage a target.

90 mm GT-2 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 29 -8°/+15° ±180° N/A 23.8 32.9 40.0 44.2 47.1 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 14.9 17.5 21.3 23.5 25.0

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
OCC 60-62 HEATFS 320 320 320 320 320 320
OE 90 F1 HE 13 13 13 13 13 13
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%
OCC 60-62 HEATFS 750 8.95 0.05 0.1 877.7 65° 72° 77°
OE 90 F1 HE 640 10.45 0 0.1 945 79° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
OFUM PH90-F2 640 10.2 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
29 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Machine guns

Ammunition3 600 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
7.62 mm Browning MG4
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,600 (250) 500 N/A N/A
Pintle 2,000 (250) 500 -10°/+17° ±120°

Usage in battles

The Eland should be primarily used as a scout flanking vehicle due to its high speed, low profile, scouting capabilities and firepower (tremendous for such a small vehicle). The Eland has primarily 3 uses:

Scouting:

When on large maps, the scouting ability should be used at its full potential. The low profile and high speed make it able to crawl to cover fast and without creating much suspicion, while marking targets for friendlies to engage.

Flanking:

Due to the high speed and really powerful gun, the Eland can be used to hit any enemy from the back. This tactic should be a "Hit n' Run", you should disable or destroy targets and leave before they can engage you. This is nothing hard for the Eland as long as the escape routes and alternative routes are clear and within easy access.

Sniping:

Despite the optics not having a huge zoom, it is enough to be able to detect, target, and engage enemy vehicles at all ranges thanks to the HEAT-FS round. Be aware of your ammo as it can only carry 29 shells, so make all shots count. It also creates a relatively small smoke trail when firing compared to other cannons at the battle rating (105 mm, other 90 mm, 122 mm) thanks to the muzzle brake. Bushes can also be used to make this vehicle invisible due to its low profile. A big bunch of branches can cover almost 70% of the front, making it a moving and deadly bush. It also creates a small engine sound that will be, most of the time, masked up by other tanks, giving you a stealth capability which can be exploited in urban combat.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good mobility and acceleration with a dynamic reverse speed, even when stock
  • Small size; perfect for ambushes
  • 90 mm HEATFS provides great penetration; even more than the APDS found on the similarly ranked FV4202
  • Smoke shells and smoke grenades to enhanced protection and support role
  • More lenient playstyle than the previous Ratel IFVs, thanks to reduced size while conserving firepower and mobility
  • Small size significantly reduces probability of overpressure death via artillery (unlike on the Ratel 90 and 20)
  • APHE(C/BC/CBC) rounds often do not meet the threshold for fuse sensitivity, often leading to over-penetration
  • It is essentially a slightly better AML-90 - it has hydraulic brakes which allow for much needed reduction to braking distance

Cons:

  • As a light wheeled vehicle, it has an unstable handling at high speed
  • Its thin armour means it is easily destroyed by any calibre bigger than a heavy machine gun, making it particularly vulnerable to aircraft
  • No stabilizer; the vehicle cannot effectively use the speed and firepower at the same time
  • HEATFS damage is unreliable in some situations; the sensitivity of the fuse is the main concern
  • Only 3 crew members and ammo tightly storage within, likely to be disabled in a single hit
  • Wide turning radius (cannot turn on the spot due to lack of tracks)
  • Awful handling off-road, especially on snow and desert maps like Tunisia or Finland
  • Prior to researching "Brake System" modification it suffers insufficient braking power, amplified by the high power-to-weight ratio

History

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Media

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See also

Vehicles with similar chassis
Related service history
Similar playstyle and role

External links

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Britain light tanks
Armoured cars  Daimler Mk II · AEC Mk II
A13  A13 Mk I · A13 Mk I (3rd R.T.R.) · A13 Mk II · A13 Mk II 1939
A15  Crusader II · Crusader "The Saint" · Crusader III
A17  Tetrarch I
Post war  Warrior · VFM5
  Foreign
USA  Stuart I · Stuart III
South Africa  SARC MkVI (2pdr) · SARC MkVI (6pdr) · Concept 3 · Eland 90 Mk.7 · Ratel 20 · Ratel 90 · Rooikat Mk.1D · Rooikat 105 · Rooikat MTTD