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This page is about the Israeli medium tank Magach 1. For other versions, see Magach (Family).
Magach 1
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Magach 1
AB RB SB
7.3 7.3 7.3
Class:
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Description

The Magach 1 is a rank IV Israeli medium tank with a battle rating of 7.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Wind of Change". Being identical to the American M48A1 it offers the Israeli tree one of its first purebred MBTs to serve alongside the Sho't.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull110 / 76 / 35
Turret178 / 76 / 51
Crew4 people
Visibility117 %

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull roof, engine vents)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (hull front, sides, rear, turret, cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 110 mm (52-60°) Upper glacis
100 mm (38-62°) Lower glacis
76 mm (29°) Top - Front
51 mm (26°) Top - Rear
38 mm (63°) Bottom - Front
25 mm (60°) Bottom - Rear
35 mm (32°) Top
25 mm (62°) Bottom
110 mm (40°) Front glacis
57 mm Crew and engine compartments
10 mm Engine vents
Turret 152 mm (23-32°) Turret front
152 (25°) Gun mantlet
70 mm Turret ring
69-100 mm (12-36°) 50-58 mm (35°) 26 mm
Cupola 29.7 mm (spherical) 29.7 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels, tracks, and torsion bars are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 38 mm thick under the crew compartment, and 25 mm thick under the engine compartment.

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 1,545 27.05 33.3
Realistic 45 9 716 810 15.43 17.46

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 110 → 5 786 Sl icon.png
RB4 790 → 6 744 Sl icon.png
SB7 110 → 10 010 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications83 300 Rp icon.png
134 700 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training78 000 Sl icon.png
Experts270 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 200 / 180 % Sl icon.png
190 / 190 / 190 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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90mm_us_M82_m48_ammo_pack
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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90mm_us_T142E3_HESH_ammo_pack
Research:
3 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 000 Sl icon.png
190 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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90mm_us_M431_HEAT_ammo_pack
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
210 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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90mm_us_M313_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
5 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
8 700 Sl icon.png
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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

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 22.8 31.6 38.4 42.5 45.2 9.75 8.63 7.95 7.50
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
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 5.7 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°
T142E3 HESH 792 10.6 0.1 4 3,050 73° 77° 80°
M82 shot APCBC 853 10.94 1.2 14 137.2 48° 63° 71°
M431 shell HEATFS 1,216 5.8 0.05 0.1 712.64 65° 72° 77°
M71 shell HE 823 10.55 0 0.1 925 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 (identical).
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
60 53 (+7) 42 (+18) 24 (+36) 17 (+43) (+59) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled by sets of 2 and disappear from the rack after you've fired both shells in the set.
  • Racks 4 and 5 are first stage ammo racks. They total 23 shells and get filled first when loading up the tank.
    • These rack are also emptied early: the depletion order at full capacity is: 4 - 5 - 1 - 2 - 3.
    • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1-3 into rack 5 then 4. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready rack.

Machine guns

Ammunition500 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate577 shots/min
Vertical guidance-9° / 60°
Ammunition5 900 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 500 (200) 577 -9°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm M73
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 5,900 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The Magach 1 will feel familiar to tankers from the American and German tank trees, as it is essentially a copy paste M48A1/M48A2 C from those trees. Being the first true MBT that the Israelis have access to (alongside the Sho't) it will bring a new playstyle to those who have been using the M-51s and French light tanks before it.

This vehicle is a first-generation MBT and an American one at that, so its mobility is still average compared to other early MBTs such as the Leopard I and T-54 (1949). The gun has access to decent ammunition in the form of the final HEATFS shell but is still limited in that it's a 90mm cannon when many contemporaries are sporting 105mm weapons that sport APDS along with their own HEATFS shells. Staying out of close-range engagements is a must due to the limited damage potential of the gun and balky turret/suspension handling.

The Magach 1 will feel right at home staying close behind the more heavily armored vehicles in the front line and taking well-aimed, surgical shots with its smaller weapon and either killing the target or crippling it so that its teammates can go in and finish the job safely. If caught in close-quarters combat, take advantage of the neutral steering and somewhat trolly armor angles to try and get the gun back on target.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Decent front hull armor, both thickness and angling, when compared to some contemporary MBTs
  • Nice roof armour, only aircraft with heavy AP/dedicated anti-armor rounds will get through
  • Has access to a very effective M431 HEATFS shell

Cons:

  • Early M48 model, still suffers from sluggish mobility.
  • Gun is effective but still only 90 mm when contemporary opponents start bringing higher-velocity 100+ mm cannons.
  • Large profile target, more easily targeted by dedicated tankbuster aircraft and sniping tanks
  • The commander .50 cal is placed in a clumsy mini-turret, defending against aircraft/fast light tanks is difficult
  • The stock round, M332 APCR, has very limited damage potential and bounces easily

History

Development

In February 1951, the US Army opted for a new design to replace their M46/M47 tanks. Designated the 90mm Gun Tank T-48, it featured a novel (for American Cold War tanks) hemispherical turret, hull, and suspension design. The crew was reduced to four, and it began production in 1952 after being named for the famous General George S. Patton. During initial production, several protection defects were identified and a program to refit them began, resulting in the M48A1 with a slightly different driver's hatch and commander's cupola, now equipped with a .50 M2HB.

Israeli Service

Israel's first M48s were acquired from West Germany in the early 1960s in a secret arms deal, with the United States providing further vehicles after the deal was exposed. The M48A1 variants came from the United States transfers.

During the Six Day War in 1967, the M48A1s served in their stock US configuration and acquitted themselves well. However, by the Yom Kippur War their 90mm cannons had been recognized as obsolete for Israeli purposes and the only remaining M48 tanks in the IDF were later versions equipped with 105mm cannons or conversions of the M48A1/A2/A3s to the 105mm cannon.

Media

See also

External links


Israeli Ordnance Corps (חיל החימוש)
Medium Tanks  M-51 · M-51 (W)
MBTs 
Magach  Magach 1 · Magach 2 · Magach 3 · ▃Magach 3 · Magach 6 · Magach 6A · Magach 6B · Gal Batash
Sho't  Sho't · Sho't Kal Alef · Sho't Kal Gimel · Sho't Kal Dalet · ▄Sho't Kal Dalet
Tiran  Tiran 4 · Tiran 4S
Merkava  ▃Merkava Mk.1 · Merkava Mk.1B · Merkava Mk.2B · ▃Merkava Mk.2B · Merkava Mk.2D · Merkava Mk.3B · ▃Merkava Mk.3D · Merkava Mk.4B
  Merkava Mk.4M
Tank destroyers  Zachlam Tager
See Also  Chrysler Defense · Department of Tank Design · Morozov Design Bureau

Israel medium tanks
M-51  M-51 · M-51 (W)
Magach  Magach 1 · Magach 2 · Magach 3 · Magach 6 · Magach 6A · Magach 6B · Gal Batash
Tiran  Tiran 4 · Tiran 4S
Sho't  Sho't · Sho't Kal Alef · Sho't Kal Gimel · Sho't Kal Dalet
Merkava  Merkava Mk.1B · Merkava Mk.2B · Merkava Mk.2D · Merkava Mk.3B · Merkava Mk.4B · Merkava Mk.4M