MARS 15

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RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
MARS 15
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GarageImage MARS 15.jpg
MARS 15
AB RB SB
8.0 8.0 8.0
Class:
Research:250 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:690 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The MARS 15 is a rank VI French light tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Ixwa Strike".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull15 / 10 / 10
Turret12 / 10 / 10
Crew3 people
Visibility88 %
MARS 15 Armour Heatmap

At first sight, the MARS 15 might look like it lacks any real armour, with its pitiful 11 mm thick top glacis armour. However, these 11 mm are quite adequate at stopping rounds from autocannons and small-calibre rounds, thanks to the glacis' steep angle of 80°. This is overall boosted by the internal plate that separates the crew compartment and the front of the tank. As an added protection, the transmission, engine block and the radiator are placed in front of the tank, which help with stopping HEAT rounds.

However, all of this added protection won't help the tank survive an APFSDS round as most of the time it will have no problems penetrating the front of the tank and due to the crew placement and because only 3 crew members are inside of the vehicle, most APFSDS rounds will destroy the tank with a single hit. A major weak spot is the left part of the driver's optics. A shot trough these optics will result in the incapacitation of the driver and most of the time either the gunner or the loader. If the user survives a shot like this, another problem would be the 5-round rack back left part of the tank, however the user can bypass this issue by loading only 14 rounds. This way, only the ammo rack on the right side of the tank will have rounds stored inside, boosting the chance of survival slightly.

As mentioned above, holding more than 14 rounds might be a problem for some. But due to the overall low survivability of the tank itself, taking 19 rounds might be an optimal way to play. Taking more than 19 rounds will result in the rounds being placed on the racks on both sides of the tank, which might make the user very susceptible to side shots, but the rounds will also start storing inside of the bottom and the back of the turret (not counting the first stage ammo rack which is on the left side of the turret).

While you might stop a HEAT-FS that has been flung your way, or you might shrug some 20 mm auto cannon rounds, aircraft will be the bane of your existence. Due to the thin roof, pretty much any aircraft can quickly wipe you out by just using its guns. Sadly, the only reliable protection is to try to find some cover, either indoors or hide behind a sufficiently high object. If none of these options are available, the only option left is to pray that your team has an AA or a friendly jet roaming around that just might save you.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret, Internal plate)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 11 mm (80°) Top Glacis
15 mm (40°) Bottom Glacis
5 mm (20°) Top
10 mm Bottom
10 mm (10°) 8-11 mm (80-90°)
Turret 10-15 mm Turret front
10 mm Gun mantlet
8-12 mm (0-30°) 8-10 mm 10-12 mm
Cupola 10 mm (5-90°) 10 mm (12-75°) 10 mm (61°) 10 mm (58-85°)

Notes:

  • The torsion bars, suspension wheels and the tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • The internal plate protecting the crew compartment is 10 mm thick.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB84 / 28 km/h
RB and SB75 / 25 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
2 back
Weight16.0 t
Engine power
AB801 hp
RB and SB420 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB50.1 hp/t
RB and SB26.3 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 84 28 16 651 801 40.69 50.06
Realistic 75 25 371 420 23.19 26.25

The MARS 15 is a very mobile and nimble tank, with a pretty small profile. The user should expect around 48 km/h on off-road terrain and roughly -24 km/h reverse speed. It takes roughly 13 seconds for the tank to fully do a 360° rotation with neutral steering, however if the user gets some speed before turning, it will do the 360° rotation roughly 50% faster. It is powered by a Baudouin GF12SRY diesel engine, with the power of 420 hp for a top speed of roughly 75 km/h.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 490 → 8 059 Sl icon.png
RB11 590 → 17 014 Sl icon.png
SB7 940 → 11 655 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications462 100 Rp icon.png
438 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 160 / 250 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
7 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement fr.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
90mm_CN90_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
90mm_CN90_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods art support.png
Artillery Support
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
460 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder

Main armament

Ammunition30 rounds
First-order8 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
6.5 → 5.0 s
Vertical guidance-8° / 18°
Main article: CN90 F4 (90 mm)
90 mm CN90 F4 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 30 -8°/+18° ±180° N/A 22.8 31.6 38.4 42.5 45.2 6.50 5.75 5.30 5.00
Realistic 14.3 16.8 20.4 22.6 24.0

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 90 F2 HEATFS 320 320 320 320 320 320
OE 90 F1 HE 13 13 13 13 13 13
OFL 90 F1 APFSDS 271 267 253 235 218 201
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 90 F2 HEATFS 950 8.95 0.05 0.1 877.7 65° 72° 77°
OE 90 F1 HE 750 10.45 0 0.1 945 79° 80° 81°
OFL 90 F1 APFSDS 1,275 2.33 N/A N/A N/A 78° 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 90 F1 750 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
30 29 (+1) 21 (+9) 19 (+11) 14 (+16) (+21) (+29) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Rack 6 is a first stage ammo rack. It totals 8 shells and gets filled first when loading up the tank.

Machine guns

Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: A-A-F1N (7.62 mm)

The A-A-F1N is largely ineffective at taking out any armoured target and its only real use comes to play against vehicles with exposed crew members. Thanks to the large fire rate, one can dispatch such tank with relative easy. It can also be used to "ping" enemy targets for your teammates or to destroy environmental objects such as fences.

7.62 mm A-A-F1N
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 2,000 (100) 900 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The MARS 15 is effective as a scout vehicle. Because of the good mobility and low profile, it is easy to flank the enemy and scout them for your team. Engaging in brawls is not recommended as the mediocre armour won't provide adequate protection against other vehicles the MARS will face. Focusing on flanking the enemy and/or engaging the enemy from vantage points from the sides is an adequate way of playing the MARS. If for some reason the user finds themselves in a tough spot, the MARS has 4 smoke grenades that can provide a reliable way of escaping danger and repositioning.

Although the user has access to an APFSDS round, using it is rather questionable and situational. The power of it is rather average at best, but on the flipside, it provides quite a boost to the round velocity. A good tactic is to take both HEAT-FS and APFSDS if the user plans on sniping but also flanking. The APFSDS should be used at longer ranges where the target might be moving too fast for the HEAT-FS to be reliable, or in case environmental objects such as bushes are in front of the user as hitting these with HEAT rounds will most likely detonate them, giving away the user's position.

If the user prefers to snipe crew members or the enemy tank's ammo racks, the APFSDS is good enough to fulfill that role, but spare HEAT-FS rounds should always be carried in case the user needs some extra penetration power.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Low profile
  • Good mobility
  • Access to a laser rangefinder

Cons:

  • No gun stabilization
  • Very light protection
  • No night vision devices
  • Because of the OFL 90 F1, rather weak penetration power and below average spalling, one-hit kills are unreliable

History

Devblog

In the early 1980s, the French Creusot-Loire Industrie company began work on developing a new family of tracked combat vehicles which share a common chassis. Initiating work under a private venture, Creusot-Loire Industrie aimed to produce the vehicles for customers on the export market who already used the widely used AMX-13 light tank.

Full-scale development only began in 1988 and several variants of the vehicle were developed, ranging from light tank modifications over APCs and IFVs to SPAAs and SPHs as well as a number of other variants. However, many of these planned variants never passed the drawing board stage. Of the few that did, the light tank modification stood out as it aimed to build upon the popular characteristics of the AMX-13 and expand upon them by incorporating modern technologies.

This light tank modification featured a small and extremely nimble chassis while being armed with a 90 mm cannon and promising low maintenance efforts. The first and only prototype of this variant was shown off in 1990, along with the IFV modification. After its reveal, the vehicle received the designation MARS 15.

In 1991, another prototype armed with a 105 mm cannon was shown off which would also become the last of the series. In fact, the expected response from potential foreign customers never materialized as the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s diminished the demand for new tanks while simultaneously surplus MBTs were being taken out of storage and sold. As a result of this development, the MARS vehicles never left the prototype stage and were ultimately abandoned.

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France light tanks
  AMD.35 · FCM.36 · R.35 (SA38) · Char 25t · AML-90 · E.B.R. (1954) · SK-105A2
AMC  AMC.34 YR · AMC.35 (ACG.1)
AMX  AMX-10RC · AMX-13 · AMX-13 (FL11) · AMX-13-90 · AMX-13 (HOT) · AMX-13 (SS.11) · AMX-13-M24
Creusot-Loire Industrie  MARS 15
Hotchkiss  H.35 · H.39 · H.39 "Cambronne"
Foreign  ▄Crusader Mk.II · ▄M3A3 Stuart