M48A1 (China)

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
␗M48A1
cn_m48a1_patton_iii.png
GarageImage M48A1 (China).jpg
␗M48A1
AB RB SB
7.3 7.3 7.3
Class:
Research:170 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:440 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The ␗90 mm Gun Tank M48A1 Patton III is a rank V Chinese medium tank with a battle rating of 7.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull110 / 76 / 35
Turret178 / 76 / 51
Crew4 people
Visibility134 %

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Rear (low), Roof)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 85-200 mm (59-74°) Front glacis

63-200 mm (13-60°) Lower glacis

76 mm (8-43°) Front

51 mm (0-43°) Rear

35 mm (26-32°) Top

25 mm (61-62°) Bottom

25.4-57 mm
Turret 127 mm (12-76°) Turret front

152 + 82 mm (17-26°) Gun mantlet

69-100 mm (12-36°) 51-55 mm (2-71°) 25-69 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 70 mm 70 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 38 mm in the front and 25 mm in the rear.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB50 / 10 km/h
RB and SB45 / 9 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight46.4 t
Engine power
AB1 545 hp
RB and SB810 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB33.3 hp/t
RB and SB17.5 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 50 10 46.4 1,255 1545 27.05 33.3
Realistic 45 9 716 810 15.43 17.46

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 200 → 5 913 Sl icon.png
RB5 700 → 8 025 Sl icon.png
SB8 000 → 11 264 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications133 500 Rp icon.png
207 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training130 000 Sl icon.png
Experts440 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 150 / 180 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
6 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
6 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
4 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
4 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement cn.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
90mm_us_M82_m48_ammo_pack
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
6 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
90mm_us_T142E3_HESH_ammo_pack
Research:
6 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 400 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
90mm_us_M431_HEAT_ammo_pack
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods night vision device.png
NVD
Research:
6 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
10 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
90mm_us_M313_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods tank rangefinder.png
Rangefinder
Research:
9 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

90 mm M41 cannon
Ammunition60 rounds
First-order23 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
9.7 → 7.5 s
Vertical guidance-9° / 19°
Main article: M41 (90 mm)
90 mm M41 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 60 -9°/+19° ±180° N/A 22.85 31.62 38.40 42.47 45.18 9.75 8.63 7.95 7.50
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.40 22.56 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
M332 shot APCR 321 316 292 265 240 218
T142E3 HESH 102 102 102 102 102 102
M82 shot APCBC 185 182 170 155 142 130
M431 shell HEATFS 320 320 320 320 320 320
M71 shell 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%
M332 shot APCR 1,249 5.70 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
T142E3 HESH 792 10.60 0.4 0.1 3,050 73° 77° 80°
M82 shot APCBC 853 10.94 1.2 14.0 137.2 48° 63° 71°
M431 shell HEATFS 1,216 5.80 N/A 0.1 712.6 65° 72° 77°
M71 shell 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 821 10.7 13 5 20 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the M48A1 (China)
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
60 54 (+6) 38 (+22) 30 (+30) 12 (+48) (+59) No

Machine guns

12.7 mm M85 machine gun
Ammunition900 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate626 shots/min
Vertical guidance-15° / 60°
7.62 mm M73 machine gun (coaxial)
Ammunition5 950 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
12.7 mm M85
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 900 (200) 626 -15°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm M73
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 5,950 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The M48A1 plays as a general medium tank, acting as a jack-of-all-trades in all of the tank's traits with average armour, firepower, and mobility.

The M48A1 front hull glacis and turret are the strong points of the tank and have the best chance on the tank to bounce off rounds. However, its lower glacis and side armour remain a significant weak point for the tank, so take extra caution when exposing those weak points.

One of the best ways to use this tank when a player does not have access to its HEATFS round is to refrain from using it as a brawler. This is because most of the shells that this tank has in its arsenal, do not have the ample firepower to eliminate most of the targets it faces at its BR. However, since the tank is incredibly mobile, it can be used as an excellent flanker. It can out-manoeuvre most of its medium tank rivals and expose their side armours.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent frontal armour
  • M82 APCBC shells are less effective at its rank but will still do the job if used wisely
  • Good penetration for the HEAT rounds
  • Good mobility overall
  • .50 calibre machine gun is good for use against lightly-armoured vehicles and aircraft

Cons:

  • Armour can still be penetrated by the majority of the guns at this rank
  • Stock APCR round is painful to use
  • Slow turret traverse

History

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Media

Images
  • Retired ROCA M48A3 at Keelung.
  • Retired ROCA M48A3 at Keelung.
  • Retired ROCA M48A3 at Keelung.


Videos

See also

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China medium tanks
  Type 59 · ZTZ59D1 · Type 69 · T-69 II G · ZTZ96 · ZTZ96A · ZTZ99
American  ␗M4A4 · M4A4 (1st PTG) · ␗M4A1 (75) W · ␗M48A1 · M60A3 TTS · CM11
Soviet  ␗T-34 (1943) · ␗Т-34-85 (S-53) · Т-34-85 Gai · T-34-85 No.215 · Т-62 №545
Japanese  ␗Chi-Ha · ␗Chi-Ha Kai