M26A1

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RANK 6 BRITAIN
Rooikat 105 PACK
Carro Armato M26A1
it_m26a1_pershing.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
6.3/6.3/6.3BR
5 peopleCrew
105 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
101 / 76 / 51Hull
101 / 76 / 76Turret
Mobility
41.9 tWeight
954 hp500 hpEngine power
23 hp/t12 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
53 km/h forward
16 km/h back
47 km/h forward
14 km/h back
Speed
Armament
90 mm Cannone da 90/50 M3A1 cannonMain weapon
70 roundsAmmunition
10 roundsFirst-order
7.5 / 9.7 sReload
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
1 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 50°Vertical guidance
-120° / 120°Horizontal guidance
5 250 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
95 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
260 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 820 / 6 203/4 300 / 5 534/5 400 / 6 949Repair
75 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
260 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 100 Ge icon.pngAces
190 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png130 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the Italian medium tank M26A1. For other versions, see M26 (Family).

Description

GarageImage M26A1.jpg


The Carro Armato M26A1 is a rank IV Italian medium tank with a battle rating of 6.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and 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 (2-54°) 76.2 mm (0-79°) 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.

Mobility

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 16 41.9 775 954 18.5 22.77
Realistic 47 14 442 500 10.55 11.93

Armaments

Main armament

90 mm Cannone da 90/50 M3A1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 70 -10°/+20° ±180° N/A __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ 9.75 8.63 7.95 7.50
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.40 22.60 24.00

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
M77 da 90/50 AP 162 160 148 135 123 113
M82 da 90/50 APCBC 185 182 170 155 142 130
M304 da 90/50 APCR 287 281 259 234 211 191
M332 da 90/50 APCR 291 286 264 240 217 197
M71 da 90/50 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%
M77 da 90/50 AP 822 10.61 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
M82 da 90/50 APCBC 853 10.94 1.2 14.0 137.2 48° 63° 71°
M304 da 90/50 APCR 1,021 7.62 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
M332 da 90/50 APCR 1,165 5.7 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
M71 da 90/50 HE 823 10.55 0.1 0.5 925 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)
M313 da 90/50 821 10.7 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
70 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Machine guns

12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Rate of fire
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Pintle 1,000 (200) 576 -10°/+50° ±120°
7.62 mm M1919A4
Mount Capacity
(Belt capacity)
Rate of fire
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Coaxial 5,250 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The M26A1 is played in a very similar way to the normal M26, but it has more firepower and a better APCR. One of the biggest differences is that you will be facing Allied forces instead of Axis forces.

It's as versatile as the original Pershing but with a better gun, maybe not for a support role, but for sniping or doing flank manoeuvres if you are brave enough.

If you decide to snipe, use the good depression of your gun (-10°) and your relatively short silhouette to your favour.

To flank, take advantage of your decent mobility to take out unaware enemies.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts M82 da 90/50 Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE M304 da 90/50 Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment M332 da 90/50 Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support M313 da 90/50

Notes:

  • To unlock the M332 shot first you need to research the M304 shot
  • It's recommended to unlock Parts and FPE first, then the M82 and APCR shots, and after that focus on mobility.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Uses the same gun as the M46 Patton = slightly better penetration compared to the original M26 Pershing
  • M82 shot has great post-penetration damage; can easily one-shot enemy tanks
  • Decent frontal armour overall
  • Respectable mobility
  • Great reverse speed
  • Good accuracy on the move thanks to its stable suspension
  • Good gun depression enables it to use hull-down tactics
  • Fast turret rotation speed
  • 76 mm of side armour allows the M26A1 some degree of angling

Cons:

  • Armour can still be penetrated by most guns encountered at its rank
  • Stock ammunition will have some difficulty destroying other tanks effectively
  • Mediocre acceleration
  • Turret ring can get damaged easily

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See also

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