M728 CEV

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M728 CEV
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M728 CEV
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The Combat Engineer Vehicle M728 is a premium gift rank V American medium tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB) and 7.0 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Apex Predators" but was removed from the Gaijin store after the War Thunder's 11th Anniversary sale.

The M728 is a full-tracked combat engineer vehicle designed to provide maximum ballistic protection for the crew. It is a heavily armed derivative of the M60 series tank modified to provide a mobile and manoeuvrable weapon for combat support of ground troops and vehicles.

General info

Survivability and armour

Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Self-entrenching equipment
Creation of ramparts and trenches in soft ground
Armourfront / side / back
Hull108 / 70 / 40
Turret230 / 49 / 57
Crew4 people
Visibility142 %

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat? If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm



Speedforward / back
AB54 / 9 km/h
RB and SB49 / 8 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight53.2 t
Engine power
AB1 431 hp
RB and SB750 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB26.9 hp/t
RB and SB14.1 hp/t

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 54 9 53.2 1,162 1,431 21.84 26.9
Realistic 49 8 663 750 12.46 14.1

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB2 851 Sl icon.png
RB3 232 Sl icon.png
SB4 306 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts490 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 130 / 200 / 220 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Improved Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
Improved FPE
Mods tank reinforcement us.png
Crew Replenishment
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
Mods dozer blade.png
Dozer Blade
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Mods night vision device.png


Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

165 mm M135 cannon
Ammunition30 rounds
First-order23 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
27.7 → 21.3 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: M135 (165 mm)
165 mm M135 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 30 -10°/+20° ±180° - 19.0 26.4 32.0 35.4 37.6 27.69 24.50 22.58 21.30
Realistic 11.9 14.0 17.0 18.8 20.0


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
M123 HESH 203 203 203 203 203 203
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
0% 50% 100%
M123 HESH 259 28.3 0.1 4 22.9 73° 77° 80°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the M728 CEV
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
30 24 (+6) 15 (+15) (+29) No


  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Racks 2 and 3 are first stage ammo racks. They totals 23 shells and get filled first when loading up the tank.
  • These racks are also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 2 - 3 - 1.
  • Full reload speed will be realized as long as shells are available in the ready racks 2 and 3. If the ready racks are empty, a penalty to reload speed will occur.
  • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1 into rack 2. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready rack.

Machine guns

Ammunition720 rounds
Belt capacity180 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate626 shots/min
Vertical guidance-9° / 60°
Ammunition3 750 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 720 (180) 626 -9°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm M73
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,750 (250) 500 - -

Usage in battles

The M728 CEV has a very unique role in combat due to its high survivability and low-velocity gun. The M782 performs best in urban or mountainous locations as it has heavy armour in the right places to survive high intensity engagements and its gun can decimate almost every tank you will encounter at its BR with a well-placed shot. On maps with larger open areas, it is best to either stay back and try to play as artillery, although this will require a good feel for the shells' trajectory, or rush in as close as possible, tanking sniper shots on your armour as you close the distance to wreck havoc.

Pros and cons


  • Has a powerful 165 mm gun that fires shells with 20.31 kg TNT equivalent, one hit can always deal serious damage to the enemy vehicles
  • Low muzzle velocity can allow the trajectory to hit some enemies hiding behind the slope, especially in AB
  • The dozer blade in front it can provide additional utility, especially to protect the lower glacis


  • Terrible muzzle velocity makes this vehicle not very useful in spaced area, especially in RB
  • Low reverse speed
  • Top of the engine deck can be easily penetrated by planes
  • HESH is inherently unreliable, a hit to a wrong spot on a certain enemy tank chassis or armour may do no damage at all despite the shell's potential, while a close miss might annihilate the enemy tank regardless


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See also

Related development
Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links

USA medium tanks
M2  M2
M3  M3 Lee · ▃Grant I
M4  M4 · Calliope · M4A1 · M4A1 (76) W · M4A2 · M4A2 (76) W · M4A3 (105) · M4A3 (76) W · M4/T26
M26 Pershing  T20 · T25 · M26 · M26 T99 · M26E1
M46/47/48 Patton  M46 · M46 "Tiger" · M47 · M48A1 · T54E1 · T54E2
M60  M60 · M60A1 (AOS) · M60A1 RISE (P) · M60A2 · M60A3 TTS · M728 CEV · 120S
MBT-70  MBT-70 · XM803
M1 Abrams  XM1 (Chrysler) · XM1 (GM)
  M1 Abrams · M1 KVT · IPM1
  M1A1 · M1A1 HC · M1A1 Click-Bait
  M1A2 Abrams · M1A2 SEP · M1A2 SEP V2
Other  T95E1
Australia  M1A1 AIM
Canada  M4A5
Israel  ▃Magach 3 (ERA) · ▃Merkava Mk.1 · ▃Merkava Mk.2B · ▃Merkava Mk.3D
Turkey  M60 AMBT

USA premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  LVT(A)(4) · M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.) · M3A1 (USMC) · ▃Stuart VI (5th CAD) · M8 LAC · M8A1 GMC
  M18 "Black Cat" · Super Hellcat · T18E2 · M551(76) · T114 · M1128 Wolfpack
Medium tanks  ▃Grant I · M4A5 · Calliope · T20 · M26 T99 · M26E1 · M46 "Tiger" · T54E1 · T54E2 · ▃Magach 3 (ERA) · M728 CEV
  XM1 (GM) · XM1 (Chrysler) · M1 KVT · M1A1 Click-Bait
Heavy tanks  T14 · Cobra King · M6A2E1 · T29 · T30
Tank destroyers  T28 · T55E1