90 mm Gun Tank M47 Patton II

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General info

M47 Patton in the garage.

The M47 Patton II is a Rank V American medium tank with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/SB) and 7.3 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.45 "Steel Generals" along with the rest of American Ground Forces. It uses a similar hull as its predecessor, the M46 Patton, but features a new turret and a better gun.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

In Rank V, the M47 Patton does not have suitable armour against the numerous 88 mm, 100 mm, and 122 mm calibers running around the field. However, it makes up for that with a potent 90 mm cannon with new ammunition able to fight back. Due to the armour thickness of the Rank V tanks, it is recommended to use the M47 Patton's speed to flank the enemy, then engage them on their sides to detonate their ammo racks or kill the crew.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good mobility, same handling as the M46.
  • Great turret traverse speed once upgraded.
  • Decent front armour, more sloped than the M46.
  • 320 mm HEATFS ammunition once unlocked.

Cons

  • Worst stock grind in the game because the stock ammunition.
  • Overall bad armour for Rank V matches, especially in the turret.
  • The gun is not very good with stock ammo, recommended to unlock HEATFS as soon as possible.
  • Slightly higher than its predecessor.
  • Bad gun depression of -5°.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 90 mm Gun M36 (70 rounds)
2 x 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun (3,200 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 90 mm Gun M36
  • Ammunition Capacity: 70 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 19°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 21.42°/s (Stock), 29.6°/s (Upgraded), 36°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 39.7°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 42.3°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 9.75s (Stock), 8.63s (Full Crew), 7.95s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 7.5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 90 mm Gun M36
  • Ammunition Capacity: 70 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 19°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 21.42°/s (Stock), 25.2°/s (Upgraded), 30.6°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 33.8°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 36°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 9.75s (Stock), 8.63s (Full Crew), 7.95s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 7.5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 90 mm Gun M36
  • Ammunition Capacity: 70 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 19°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 21.42°/s (Stock), 25.2°/s (Upgraded), 30.6°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 33.8°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 36°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 9.75s (Stock), 8.63s (Full Crew), 7.95s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 7.5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
M318A1 shot 207 206 193 178 164 150 AP 912 11 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
M71A1 shell 13 13 13 13 13 13 HE 732 11 0.1 0.5 925 +0° 79° 80° 81°
M82 shot 170 169 164 151 138 127 APCBC 853 11 1.2 20 137.2 +4° 48° 63° 71°
M304 shot 264 260 245 226 210 191 APCR 1021 7.6 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
M332A1 shot 325 323 294 260 230 203 APCR 1249 5.6 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
M431 shell 320 320 320 320 320 320 HEATFS 1216 5.8 0.0 0.1 712.64 +0° 65° 72° 75°
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
M313 Smoke 821 11 13 5 20 50
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the M47 Patton II.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
70 65 (+5) 62 (+8) 60 (+10) (+69) Turret empty: 60 (+10) no

Secondary armaments

  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun (coaxial)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun (pintle mount)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Assistant Driver

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Front hull, Turret)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Side, Rear, Roof)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 101.6 mm (59°) Front Glacis
76.2 mm (52°) Lower Glacis
63.5 mm 76.2 mm 25.4 mm
Turret 101.6 mm 76.2 mm 50.8 mm 22.2 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 76.2 mm 25.4 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick, tracks are 30 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 44.1 ton

Max Speed: 53 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 1255 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 28.46 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 32°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 44.1 ton

Max Speed: 47 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 716 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.23 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 35°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 44.1 ton

Max Speed: 47 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 716 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 16.23 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 35°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The M47 Patton came about only a few years after its predecessor, the M46 Patton. The basis of this design was the M26 Pershing, which was deemed insufficiently mobile for its role as a medium tank. The M46 was mainly the M26 Pershing with a new engine, transmission, and a redesigned 90 mm gun. While a good solution for the lacking M26 Pershing design, it was only considered a stopgap solution while the experimental T42 medium tank was being developed. However, the Korean War put a stop in that development due to an urgent need of tanks, so the T42 project, which would produce a completely new tank design, was put on-hold.

An interim decision was made to mount the turret from the T42 onto the hull of the M46 Patton, this modified tank was designated the M47 Patton and entered production in 1951. A common nickname for the tank was the Patton II, due to the same name as the M46 Patton, this was changed to Patton 47 a few weeks later. The M47 Patton featured most of the armament seen from the M26 Pershing and M46 Patton, with a 90 mm gun and a coaxial and hull-mounted .30 cal machine gun, and a .50 cal machine gun on top of the turret. The M47 Patton has the distinction of being the last American tank with the hull-mounted machine gun on the bow. The new turret required the hull to be redesigned with a larger turret ring and had a "needle-nose" design with the turret mantlet heavily sloped towards the cannon, the design's heavy sloping nature also helped improve protection. The turret also had a large protrusion at the back to act as storage. A M12 stereoscopic range finder was also mounted on a turret, which was difficult to use, but would appear in every American tank design from here on until the M1 Abrams design.

Though technically a medium tank by the army standards, a new standardization in US Army tank designation in November 9, 1950 had the entire system changed from the weight of the tank to the caliber of the vehicle's gun. Therefore in 1950s, the "Medium Tank M47 Patton" name was changed to 90 mm Gun Tank M47 Patton. This designation would go on for future American tank designs. The M47 Patton began production in June 1951 before its standardization at the Detroit Tank Arsenal. Delays in the production schedule caused a long period of testing to occur until it was standardized in May 1952. Production ran until November 1953 with a total production number of more than 9,000 M47 Pattons between Detroit and Alco.

Usage

The M47 Patton came out only a year before the improved M48 Patton. Because of this, the M47 was declared a "limited standard" in American service, and those still in American hands were replaced by the M48 Patton tanks. It was declared obsolete by 1957 and were only retained by infantry divisions until replaced by anti-tank missiles in the 1960s. The M47 Pattons were given out in large numbers to a number of countries in NATO and SEATO, such as Pakistan, Jordan, Turkey, Iran, Croatia, France, West Germany, and Spain. The M47 Pattons would see service in combat in both Indo-Pakistani Wars, the Six Day War, the Iran-Iraq war, the Invasion of Cyprus, and the Croatian War of Independence. Today, they are still being used in Spain as armour recovery vehicles in artillery and infantry units.

The M47 Pattons were promising new designs developed from the M46 Pattons to improve its combat capabilities with a newer turret. However, it did not serve much in America due to the M48 Patton development, which was a completely new deign and had nearly no identical parts with its predecessor. It served very well in other countries as their primary armour forces, but those left in the states were used as targets in firing ranges, mainly for training or as tests for future anti-tank developments. In the 1970s, one was tested against the M60 Main Battle Tank, the successor to the M48 Patton, and its 105 mm L7 gun. The HEAT round fired from the gun penetrated the frontal armour of the M47 Patton with relative ease, armour which was considered superb at its time of introduction. The test went on with many M47 tanks and would prove that conventional steel armour in tank warfare was becoming obsolete in the face of new tank ammo.

Screenshots and fan art

A M47 Patton at the American Military Museum.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-usa.png M47 Patton II
Nation USA
Type Medium tank
Rank 5
Battle Rating
7.7
7.3
7.7

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
44,100 kg
97,223 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
101.6/76.2/50.8/22.2 mm
4.0/3.0/2.0/0.875 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
1255 hp
716 hp
716 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
810 hp
810 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
28.46
28.91
16.23
16.50
16.23
16.50
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
18.37
18.66
18.37
18.66
Max speed
53 km/h
33.0 mph
47 km/h
29.4 mph
47 km/h
29.4 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 90 mm M36 Cannon
Ammo stowage 70 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/19°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 2,200 rounds
Mount Coaxial
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,000 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -10°/50°
Horizontal guidance -120°/120°
Economy
Required RP 120,000 RP
Vehicle cost 300,000 SL
Crew training cost 85,000 SL
Max repair cost*
2,600 SL
8,400 SL
7,400 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
4d 04h
14d
13d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
1d 09h
4d 17h
4d 09h
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