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This page is about the Israeli medium tank Tiran 4. For the other version, see Tiran 4S.
Tiran 4
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Tiran 4
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Description

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. It's a good brawler and frontline tank, with access to a good APHE shell that can one-shot most enemies if you are able to penetrate the enemy tank. Its low profile and sloped armour make it very well protected against conventional projectiles.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull100 / 80 / 45
Turret200 / 160 / 65
Crew4 people
Visibility83 %

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.

Armour type:

  • 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

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB56 / 9 km/h
RB and SB51 / 8 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight35.5 t
Engine power
AB992 hp
RB and SB520 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB27.9 hp/t
RB and SB14.6 hp/t

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)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 56 9 35.5 806 992 22.7 27.94
Realistic 51 8 460 520 12.96 14.65

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 023 → 5 177 Sl icon.png
RB4 478 → 5 763 Sl icon.png
SB6 354 → 8 177 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications68 700 Rp icon.png
116 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training68 000 Sl icon.png
Experts240 000 Sl icon.png
Aces990 Ge icon.png
Research Aces620 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
120 / 190 / 220 % Sl icon.png
184 / 184 / 184 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
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Suspension
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Brake System
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Filters
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Transmission
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Engine
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Improved FPE
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Crew Replenishment
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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100mm_APHE_ammo_pack
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
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100mm_APCBC_ammo_pack
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100mm_ussr_Smoke_ammo_pack
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Artillery Support
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100mm_APDS_ammo_pack
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100mm_HEAT_ammo_pack
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Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition34 rounds
First-order20 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
9.7 → 7.5 s
Vertical guidance-4° / 17°
Main article: D-10T (100 mm)
100 mm D-10T Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 34 -4°/+17° ±180° - 9.5 13.2 16.0 17.7 18.8 9.75 8.63 7.95 7.50
Realistic 6.0 7.0 8.5 9.4 10.0

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
BR-412 APHE 218 212 189 164 142 124
BR-412B APHEBC 218 215 201 184 169 155
BR-412D APCBC 239 236 220 202 185 170
3BM-8 APDS 336 332 317 299 282 265
3BK-5 HEATFS 380 380 380 380 380 380
OF-412 HE 27 27 26 24 23 21
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%
BR-412 APHE 895 15.88 1.2 19 100.1 47° 60° 65°
BR-412B APHEBC 895 15.88 1.2 19 100.1 48° 63° 71°
BR-412D APCBC 887 15.88 1.2 19 100.1 48° 63° 71°
3BM-8 APDS 1,415 4.13 - - - 75° 78° 80°
3BK-5 HEATFS 900 12.38 0.05 0.1 1,240 65° 72° 77°
OF-412 HE 900 15.6 0.2 0.1 1,460 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)
3D3 880 15.6 16 5 25 50

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the T-54 (1951) (identical)
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
34 33 (+1) 28 (+6) 24 (+10) 23 (+11) 21 (+13) 1 (+33) No

Machine guns

Ammunition3 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
Ammunition1 000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate500 shots/min
Main article: M1919A4 (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm M1919A4
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,000 (250) 500 - -
Pintle 1,000 (250) 500 -10°/+60° ±180°

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

Pros:

  • Powerful 100 mm gun with a variety of ammunition
  • Sufficient speed and mobility at its rank
  • Sufficient protection

Cons:

  • Having only a M1919A4 as pintle machine gun
  • Slower reload rate than NATO tanks
  • Slow turret traverse speed
  • Unprotected ammo rack

History

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.[1]

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Israeli Ordnance Corps (חיל החימוש)
Medium Tanks  M-51 · M-51 (W)
MBTs 
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 · Raam Segol
  Merkava Mk.4B · Merkava Mk.4M · Merkava Mk.4 LIC