|This page is about the Israeli medium tank Tiran 4S. For the other version, see Tiran 4.|
During the 1967 and 1973 Arab-Israeli Wars, Israel was able to capture a number of Soviet-supplied T-54 tanks from opposing nations, which were slightly modified and redesignated as the Tiran 4. These were upgraded during the 1970s to equip the American 105 mm M68 cannon, shared by other Israeli tanks, becoming the Tiran 4S variant.
Introduced in Update "Wind of Change", the Tiran 4S plays similarly to the Soviet T-54 (1951) and Chinese Type 59, and is therefore not vulnerable to the shot-traps of earlier models. However, the new gun grants unique gameplay options with options for APDS, HESH, HEAT and Smoke shells. It will offer a fresh experience compared to the Soviet and Chinese T-54s.
Survivability and armour
Being a near perfect copy of the T-54 (1951), the Tiran 4S offers very good protection. It is able to survive all solid shot rounds, but offers no protection against HEAT-based options, leaving it weak in that aspect, especially at its battle rating where this type of ammunition is the norm.
- Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, turret, cupola)
- Cast homogeneous armour (gun mantlet)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 100 mm (60°) Upper glacis
100 mm (63°) Lower glacis
| 80 mm Top
20 mm + 20 mm (31°) Bottom
| 45 mm (16°) Upper plate
30 mm (72°) Lower glacis
| 100 mm (30°) Front glacis |
30 mm Crew compartment
10-20 mm Engine compartment
|Turret|| 200 mm (spherical) Turret front
100 mm (cylindrical) Gun mantlet
|160 mm (spherical)||65 mm (spherical)||30 mm|
|Cupola||100 mm (conical)||40 mm|
- Tracks and suspension wheels are 20 mm thick.
- Belly armour is 20 mm thick.
- Jerry cans, storage boxes, and mudguards are 4 mm thick.
Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forwards and backwards.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|105 mm M68||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) (kg)
|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|
Usage in battles
The Tiran 4S combines the mobility and armour of the T-54 series of tanks in the USSR tree and the 105 mm M68 in the US tree. However, it comes with a caveat, the Tiran 4 and Tiran 4S have a significantly slower turret traverse at 5.9°/s. This limitation is somewhat exacerbated by the lack of stabilization on the Tiran 4 and 4S as the gun can be moved much faster by moving the hull in the same direction the gun is traversing. Most of its peers at its BR range have stabilizers which puts the Tiran 4S at a disadvantage. Furthermore, the front ammunition rack is only covered by a small fuel tank in the side and front. Any piercing shot from a high penetration shell or anti-tank guided missile that passes through the fuel tanks will guarantee an ammunition explosion. Unfortunately, the front ammunition rack is the first stage ammo rack thus it is impossible to leave it empty.
Pros and cons
- Adequate mobility and agility
- Access to the M68 105 mm cannon with APDS, HESH, and HEAT-FS ammunition
- Excellent protection against solid shot shells and smaller calibre APDS ammunition
- Poor turret traverse
- Low gun elevation
- Unprotected ammo rack
The Tiran 4S is an upgrade to the captured T-54s in Israeli service. The "S" in the Tiran 4S stands for "Sharir", which was the name of the 105 mm M68 gun in Israeli service. Aside from storage and logistical modifications to the vehicle, the M68's loading system was also redesigned in part due to the T-54's loader being seated on the right of the gun and the M68 being designed to be loaded from the left. Another modification added to the Tiran 4S was the replacement of the hydraulic gun drive with an electrical gun drive similar to the Sho't tanks in service. The hydraulic gun drive was deemed too dangerous by the IDF as penetration of the gun drive caused hydraulic lines to snap and release hydraulic gases inside the crew compartment that would inflict burns and incapacitate the crew, a lesson learned from the Magachs in the Yom Kippur War. The electrical traverse caused the turret to be more cramped and the turret rotation was made slower but was generally safer.
The Tiran series and its variants, while not used as extensively as the Magach, Sho't, and Merkava series of tanks, continued to serve in the IDF well into the 1980s.
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|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|