|This page is about the Israeli medium tank Tiran 4. For the other version, see Tiran 4S.|
The Tiran 4 (רודן; lit. Tyrant) was a captured and slightly-modified Arabic T-54 in Israeli service. The IDF was well-known for receiving different types of tank both from military sales and capture of enemy vehicles; after Soviet Union supplied an abundance of T-54/55/62 series medium tanks to Arabic countries neighbouring Israel (i.e. Egypt, Syria, Lebanon) since the 1960s, Israel had the chance to capture hundreds of vehicles during the Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War, replenishing the heavy losses of the Israeli armoured corps, as well as using them to disguise as Arabic armoured corps to hit them unexpectedly. These captured Soviet-built tanks were named Tiran and the different numbers represented different types of tanks; in this case, Tiran 4 was the designation of modified T-54 with logistical modifications.
Introduced in Update "Danger Zone", the Tiran 4 provides the same firepower and mobility of a T-54 while still suffering from the same cramped interior space, a downgraded anti-aircraft machine gun (from DShK to M1919A4), unprotected ammo racks, and slow turret traverse speed.
Survivability and armour
Since the Tiran 4 is mostly identical to the original T-54s other than its machine guns, the overall appearance is basically the same as well. While the armour is sufficient to stop most full-calibre kinetic shells, it might not be enough to survive HEAT, APDS, or even APFSDS at higher tiers. Another problem is the unprotected ammo rack located on the right side of the hull, any penetrating shots that hit the remaining ammo will certainly blow the tank sky-high.
- Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull)
- Cast homogeneous armour (Turret)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||100 mm (60°) Front glacis
100 mm (54°) Lower glacis
|80 mm||45 mm (16°) Upper
30 mm (72°) Lower
|30 mm Front|
20 mm Back
|Turret||160 mm (14-39°) Turret front
200 mm (4-78°) Gun mantlet
|115 mm (45-50°) Upper
155 mm (10-30°) Lower
|65 mm (9-35°)||30 mm|
|Cupola||100 mm (35-40°)||40 mm|
Due to the lack of resources during the wars, Israeli didn't replace the powerplants and retained the same V-54 engine for its reliability; while this doesn't make Tiran 4 a fast tank, it is still able to keep up with teammates.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|100 mm D-10T||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|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) (g)
|Smoke shell characteristics|
| Screen radius
| Screen deploy
| Screen hold
| Explosive mass|
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|34||33 (+1)||28 (+6)||24 (+10)||23 (+11)||21 (+13)||1 (+33)||No|
|7.62 mm M1919A4|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Due to the logistical reasons, all Warsaw Pact small-calibre firearms were replaced by US-made M1919A4s, which are only good for gunning down exposed crews; the chances of shooting down any aircraft are minimal.
Usage in battles
For players who have played the T-54 series in other trees (Soviet, Chinese, Finnish), the Tiran 4 is yet another T-54 Model 1951, but this time in the Israeli tech tree as their captured tanks from Arabic countries. Aside from the Chinese Type 59 which is in fact T-54A, the remaining two are identical to the Tiran 4. Thanks to its revolutionary design back in the 1950s and devastating firepower upon penetrating enemy armour, the Tiran 4 can still serve as a spearhead for Israeli players alongside the US-originated Magachs (M48 Patton, M60 series).
The Tiran 4 features the same D-10T cannon as the T-54 series, and receives the full range of available ammunition, ranging from full-calibre BR-412 up to subcalibre 3BM8 or 3BK5 HEAT-FS shells, giving it flexibility to handle most enemies at its tier - whether it is a "Doomsday" heavy tank or wheeled armoured cars, there is always a type of ammunition that fits the need. On the flanks, the BR-412 series is the best way to wipe out enemy vehicles from the side thanks to its sufficient penetration and explosive content, a hit in the enemies' centre-mass is more than enough to disable them if not knocking them out right away. In the case of heavy targets like Maus or M103, the 3BK5 HEAT-FS is sufficient to penetrate these targets with its up to 380 mm penetration.
While the gun is powerful, players will have to be prepared for enemies beforehand as the turret traverse rate, both vertically and horizontally, is rather slow; it is not a good idea to only turn the turret after enemies suddenly appear in front of you. Most NATO enemies have much higher traverse speed than the T-54s, let alone wheeled assault guns that might appear when uptiered.
Although the armour is enough to stop most full-calibre APCBC at lower tiers, it may also face more advanced shells - APFSDS, HEAT-FS, and missiles, to name a few. T-54s are infamous for their cramped interior space, and the "wet"-stowage ammo rack is yet to be introduced in T-55: if the vehicle is penetrated from the right side of the front plate (from the player's perspective), chances are the fuel tank might sometimes absorb the damage and leaving a fire onboard, or detonation of the ammo/fuel tank and complete destruction of the tank. If the situation turns into complete chaos, it is better to find cover and return fire instead of rushing into the most heated battlefield recklessly, any damage to the components or crew will further decrease the Tiran 4's combat efficiency and eventually bring its demise. Another note is that for logistical reasons, all the machine guns, including the DShK on commander's side, have been replaced by .30 cal M1919A4 machine gun; so bringing some HE shells or HEAT-FS for light vehicles is still viable to overpressure them.
Overall, the Tiran 4 provides a different playstyle for the Israeli tech tree; while there are options to use NATO tanks, opting for Warsaw Pact tanks with better firepower is always viable to bring down as many targets as possible.
Pros and cons
- Powerful 100 mm gun with a variety of ammunition
- Sufficient speed and mobility at its rank
- Sufficient protection
- Having only a M1919A4 as pintle machine gun
- Slower reload rate than NATO tanks
- Slow turret traverse speed
- Unprotected ammo rack
As part of the Cold War and long-lasting Jewish-Arab conflicts, the Soviet Union sold many T-54 and T-55 to Syria and Egypt as part of their military sales. While the reliability of these tanks was proven throughout the conflicts, during the 1967 Six-Day War and the sequential Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israel captured at least 300 T-54/55/62 series tanks during these two wars to resupply their heavily devastated armoured corps, dubbed "Tiran" (lit. "Tyrant") in Israeli service. Captured tanks were dubbed Tiran 1/2/3 for T-54/55/62 respectively, while Tirans which received some logistic modification were designated Tiran 4/5/6 instead. Israel used some of these tanks with their original Egyptian markings to cause harassment behind enemy lines along the Suez Canal.
|Israeli Ordnance Corps (חיל החימוש)|
|Medium Tanks||M-51 · M-51 (W)|
|Magach||Magach 1 · Magach 2 · Magach 3 · Magach 3 (ERA) · ▃Magach 3 (ERA) · Magach 5|
|Magach 6 · Magach 6A · Magach 6B · Magach 6C · Magach 6R · Magach 6M · 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.3C · ▃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 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|