Magach 7C

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Magach 7C
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Magach 7C
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Description

The Magach 7C was the third development of the Magach 7 series. The Magach 7 came out in the 1980s with the C variant being developed in the 1990s. Unlike the Magach 7A, the Magach 7C employed passive arrays of armour instead of ERA kits like the ones present in the Magach 7A. With this extra armour, the Magach 7C took a hit to its mobility and received a new powerplant and transmission, the 900HP AVDS-1790-5A used in early Merkavas, and the transmission was upgraded to the same automatic transmission present in the Merkava Mk.2. The Magach 7C was eventually faced out in favour of the Merkava Mk.4 but it was still retained by reserve units of the IAF.

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. Compared to previous versions of the Magach, the Magach 7C has slightly better mobility and armour, and packs quite a punch with its new APFSDS round. However it relies heavily on its Fire Control System with 2nd generation thermals to be a threat in battles. Its armour is also much more capable against APFSDS and HEAT shells, since the ERA present in other Magach variants was not enough to stop APDS or APFSDS shells even from autocannons.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
ESS
Creation of a smoke screen in the direction of movement of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull93 / 70 / 40
Turret130 / 76 / 51
Crew4 people
Visibility142 %

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 type:

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)
Cupola 25.4 mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB54 / 9 km/h
RB and SB49 / 8 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight55.0 t
Engine power
AB1 732 hp
RB and SB908 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB31.5 hp/t
RB and SB16.5 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 54 9 55 1,407 1,732 25.58 31.49
Realistic 49 8 803 908 14.6 16.51

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 965 → 6 260 Sl icon.png
RB3 926 → 6 199 Sl icon.png
SB5 093 → 8 041 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications186 300 Rp icon.png
307 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training175 000 Sl icon.png
Experts620 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
160 / 200 / 240 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
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Cost:
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310 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
8 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
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Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Improved FPE
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
9 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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ESS
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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105mm_usa_HESH_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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310 Ge icon.png
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105mm_usa_M735_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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105mm_us_M416_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
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Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
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Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
390 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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440 Ge icon.png
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105mm_DM63_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser 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.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition57 rounds
First-order22 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
8.7 → 6.7 s
Vertical guidance-9° / 19°
Main article: Sharir (105 mm)

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)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 57 -9°/+19° ±180° Two-plane 22.8 31.6 38.4 42.5 45.2 8.71 7.70 7.10 6.70
Realistic 14.3 16.8 20.4 22.6 24.0

Ammunition

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.

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
M152 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
M156 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M111 APFSDS 337 335 330 322 314 306
M426 APFSDS 430 427 420 409 400 390
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M152 HEATFS 1,174 10.5 0.05 0.1 1.27 65° 72° 77°
M156 HESH 731 11.4 0.1 4 3.17 73° 77° 80°
M111 APFSDS 1,455 4.2 - - - 78° 80° 81°
M426 APFSDS 1,455 4.4 - - - 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)
M416 732 11.6 20 5 25 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
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Machine guns

Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate575 shots/min
Ammunition2 400 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate960 shots/min
Ammunition3 600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate960 shots/min
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 900 (200) 575 - -
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°
Coaxial 2,400 (200) 600 - -

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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

History

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.

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Related development

External links


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 · Raam Segol
  Merkava Mk.4B · Merkava Mk.4M · Merkava Mk.4 LIC