|This page is about the Israeli medium tank Magach 7C. For other versions, see Magach (Family).|
The Magach 7C is a rank VI Israeli medium tank with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Apex Predators".
The very last variant of Israel Magach series with redesigned applique armour, although not being the most protected tank of its era, Magach 7C still gives players the chance to fight back with its improved FCS, powerplant, new APFSDS and slightly better protection than its predecessors.
Survivability and armour
From Magach 6 (M60A1/3) to the 7 series, aside from still based on M60s, the redesigns on the 7 series adopted a more Merkava-like approach with applique armours on different spots of the tank; in 7C's case, the hull is now protected by an extra layer of composite applique armour on the front and the first 2 side skirts, while the turret received an complete redesign from being covered by ERA blocks and NERA applique blocks to an arrow-shaped turret with extra layer of composite applique armour. While this is nowhere sufficient for APFSDS of its era, tanks with HEAT; APDS or even APCBC will have a hard time penetrating its armour, giving it extra survivability to its predecessors. The interior layout though is mostly identical to its predecessors, but the tank is more cramped with shells even with 6 shells less than predecessors- any penetrated shots will very likely detonate the ammunition located on the center mass of the tank.
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 40+93 mm (65°) UFP
40+117-40+137 mm (56°) LFP
| 36-70 mm Top
19-36 mm Bottom
|25-40 mm||20-38 mm|
|Turret|| 40+130 mm Turret front (Volumetric)
152 mm Gun mantlet
|40+76 mm (Volumetric)||28 mm||24 mm (Volumetric)|
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
After the introduction of the M68 gun by the US Army, Israel got the license for producing the gun locally as the "Sharir" tank cannon and later tanks were upgraded with this gun. The Magach 7C is no exception. While the gun traverse speed is slightly better, the overall performance is identical to 105 mm cannons for M60 series, although not being the best tank gun of its tier, the variety of shells can make sure Magach 7C would still have the chance to take on more modern tanks.
|105 mm Sharir||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
The Magach 7C shares the same ammunition as its tech-tree predecessor Magach 6B Gal Batash, although the 105 mm gun is deemed insufficient to more advanced MBTs like T-64 and T-72. However, utilizing the latest ammunition for the 105 mm gun would still give Magach 7C the chance to defeat them.
M152; HEAT-FS - The stock shell; while the shell is more than enough to defeat earlier tanks or those without ERA, any advanced MBTs it might face can stop the shell with ease with its composite armour. To make sure the best utilization of the shell, pick the targets wisely: go for light targets or NATO tanks with relatively less protection. Flanking is only viable if the tank could reach vantage points at the first place.
M156; HESH - One of the first researchable rounds for the tank; while the explosive content is more than enough to take out light vehicles or MBTs showing their sides right away, the ballistic performance hinders its long-range capability. Having the laser rangefinder equipped does help the M156 to reach targets which are in hull-down position at longer ranges. A precise hit on a weak spot can easily overpressurize enemies or cause extensive shrapnel damage to internal compartments.
M111; APFSDS - The other tier 1 ammunition researchable, it might not have the best penetration of its tier, but being a long-rod APFSDS means the it will have better odds to penetrate well-protected MBTs frontally. While Warsaw-Pact and Chinese tanks could be harder to take out, a precise hit on their LFP is very likely to detonate either their fuel tanks or ammunition racks.
M426; APFSDS - The final round and the go-to round for the tank; the Israeli equivalent to 105 mm DM63, it is among the best 105 mm APFSDS available and having vastly improved penetration to M111. This also means it can now penetrates earlier Warsaw-Pact MBTs safely even at longer ranges, but MBTs such as T-64BV and ZTZ96A can still cause major problem for Magach 7C.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy
| Screen hold
| Explosive mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|57||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
|12.7 mm M2HB|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|Pintle (loader)||1,800 (200)||600||-10°/+50°||±120°|
|Pintle (commander)||1,800 (200)||600||-10°/+60°||±180°|
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- High acceleration thanks to the new engine pack
- Access to variety of ammunition (M426 APFSDS and M156 HESH)
- Good depression angle for hull-down position
- Vastly improved protection against non-APFSDS shells
- Sufficient amount of smoke grenades
- Slow for its BR
- Rather cramped interior filled with ammunition
- Rather slow gun traverse speed to competitors
- Huge in size, can be easily identified by enemies
- Fixed 8x gunsight that hinders its gun flexibility
- Loud tracks and engine will telegraph your position to nearby enemies
- Composite screens offer little to no protection from APFSDS rounds
The Magach 7C, or "Battering-Ram 7 Gimel" as translated from Hebrew, is the third development of the Magach 7 series. The Magach 7 first entered service with the Israeli Defense Forces in the mid 1980s. It was a radical new design from previous Magachs, featuring an uparmored hull and turret. Rather than the addition of ERA which Israel had used on previous Magachs, the Magach 7 series was given composite screens on the turret, side-skirts, and hull. These upgrades resulted in the Magach 7 sharing few visual characteristics with the M60 Patton tank upon which it is based.
The Magach 7A was the first rendition of the Magach 7 to serve in the IDF Armored Corps. One might compare it visually to the M48 Super, as the layout of composite screens added to the turret, if loosely, visually resembles that of the German counterpart. Upgrades from the base M60 included the addition of composite screens, an upgraded fire control system, including a laser rangefinder and thermal sight, and the addition of the same tracks as the Merkava Mk.1. Many of the components used to upgrade the Magach 7 were shared with the Merkava designs of the time.
The Magach 7B was an interim design, featuring a similar armour layout to the Magach 7C, however this design was experimental at the time of its development.
By the 1990s, the Magach 7C design had all but replaced the Magach 7A. The primary difference between the Magach 7A and 7C was the armour layout. Composite screens remained on the hull and side skirts, but the layout on the turret had been entirely redesigned. The turret armour now featured wedge-shaped composite screens with a fixed mantlet. These screens featured slots for the 105 mm cannon, as well as the 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun.
Magach 7s were eventually phased out of frontline service with the IDF upon the debut of the Merkava Mk.4, when they were given to IDF reserve units to replace older Magach variants.
- Related development
|Israel medium tanks|
|M-51||M-51 · M-51 (W)|
|Magach||Magach 1 · Magach 2 · Magach 3 · Magach 3 (ERA) · Magach 5 · Magach 6|
|Magach 6A · Magach 6B · Magach 6B Gal · Gal Batash · Magach 6C · Magach 6M · Magach 6R · Magach Hydra · Magach 7C|
|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.3C|
|Merkava Mk.4B · Merkava Mk.4M · Merkava Mk.4 LIC|