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== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
The m901 is based off the M113. It may look like a lightly armoured vehicle, but it features 44 mm of alloy on all sides. This is only enough to stop large caliber machine gun fire and if angled correctly able to stop some spaa's from penning you. The top is also quite strong with 38 mm of alloy, this means that you might he able to survive some badly dropped bombs of rockets, but will not save you if it is a direct hit. 
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The crew however have excellent Survivability. 2 crew members, the loader and the commander, are located in the back part of the hull, there are no critical components around these crew members. In the middle of the tank is the gunner, since the I-tow missile is launched from a launcher with a tower, thereby not exposing the gunner. The driver is located at the front of the vehicle and is next to the engine block. 
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The {{PAGENAME}} is based off the M113. It may look like a lightly armoured vehicle, but it features 44 mm of alloy on all sides. This is only enough to stop large calibre machine gun fire and if angled correctly able to stop some SPAA's from penetrating you. The top is also quite strong with 38 mm of alloy, this means that you might he able to survive some badly dropped bombs of rockets, but will not save you if it is a direct hit. 
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The crew, however, have excellent Survivability. Two crew members, the loader and the commander, are located in the back part of the hull, there are no critical components around these crew members. In the middle of the tank is the gunner, since the I-tow missile is launched from a launcher with a tower, thereby not exposing the gunner. The driver is located at the front of the vehicle and is next to the engine block. 
  
 
When played from a hull-down position with only the launcher exposed, it is practically immune to damage, however crossing open areas may result in taking a hit, thus losing a crew member.
 
When played from a hull-down position with only the launcher exposed, it is practically immune to damage, however crossing open areas may result in taking a hit, thus losing a crew member.
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== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Main armament ===
 
=== Main armament ===
The main weapon on the m901 is the BGM-71C I-TOW ATGM. It has up to 630mm of pen at any distance since it carries a HEAT warhead. The post penetration of this missile is not amazing and in some circumstances a follow up missile may be needed. The missile is a second generation atgm so it is mouse controlled. 
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The main weapon on the {{PAGENAME}} is the BGM-71C I-TOW ATGM. It has up to 630 mm of penetration at any distance since it carries a HEAT warhead. The post penetration of this missile is not amazing and in some circumstances, a follow-up missile may be needed. The missile is a second-generation ATGM so it is mouse controlled. 
  
 
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== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
In a battle this vehicle is best played hull-down, preferably behind a rock so that rounds won't dip and hit the main chassis. Since your launcher is the only thing exposed expect for you launcher to get hit and receive a 10 sec repair. (Note for stock, you will be still be able to fire). Since you only have 12 missiles (2 in the launcher, 10 stowed away) you will have to be patient and skilled at using this missile. If in the right hands, it is incredibly strong and can hold a important spot and single Handily deny an area.
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In a battle, this vehicle is best played hull-down, preferably behind a rock so that rounds won't dip and hit the main chassis. Since your launcher is the only thing exposed expect for your launcher to get hit and receive a 10-second repair debuff. (Note for stock, you will still be able to fire). Since you only have 12 missiles (2 in the launcher, 10 stowed away) you will have to be patient and skilled at using this missile. If in the right hands, it is incredibly strong and can hold an important spot and single handily deny the enemy any chance of taking an area.
  
However there is a couple of issues. The launcher can only be deployed when stationary and has a deployment time before you are able to train the gunsights in the target and open fire. The reload also  requires the launcher to traverse to the rear of the vehicle and further lengthening the reload. 
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However, there is a couple of issues. The launcher can only be deployed when stationary and has a deployment time before you are able to train the gunsights on the target and open fire. The reload also requires the launcher to traverse to the rear of the vehicle and further lengthening the reload. 
  
 Apart from shooting at tanks. The atgm can also be used on helicopters. 
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Apart from shooting at tanks. The ATGM can also be used on helicopters. 
  
 
===Modules===
 
===Modules===

Revision as of 01:52, 18 October 2019

Combat Vehicle, Anti-tank, Improved TOW Vehicle, M901
us_m901_itv.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
8.0/8.0/8.0BR
4 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
38 / 44 / 38Hull
10 / 10 / 10Turret
Mobility
11.8 tWeight
69 km/h forward
16 km/h back
64 km/h forward
14 km/h back
Speed
Armament
BGM-71C I-TOW ATGMMain weapon
10 roundsAmmunition
2 roundsBelt capacity
120 shots/minFire rate
-30° / 35°Vertical guidance
up to 1 km/hFire on the move
Economy
380 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
490 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 500 / 4 609/3 500 / 4 609/3 300 / 4 346Repair
140 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
490 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2 000 Ge icon.pngAces
× (214) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage M901.jpg


The Combat Vehicle, Anti-tank, Improved TOW Vehicle, M901 is a squadron rank VI American tank destroyer with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".

General info

Survivability and armour

The M901 is based off the M113. It may look like a lightly armoured vehicle, but it features 44 mm of alloy on all sides. This is only enough to stop large calibre machine gun fire and if angled correctly able to stop some SPAA's from penetrating you. The top is also quite strong with 38 mm of alloy, this means that you might he able to survive some badly dropped bombs of rockets, but will not save you if it is a direct hit. 

The crew, however, have excellent Survivability. Two crew members, the loader and the commander, are located in the back part of the hull, there are no critical components around these crew members. In the middle of the tank is the gunner, since the I-tow missile is launched from a launcher with a tower, thereby not exposing the gunner. The driver is located at the front of the vehicle and is next to the engine block. 

When played from a hull-down position with only the launcher exposed, it is practically immune to damage, however crossing open areas may result in taking a hit, thus losing a crew member.

Mobility

Write about the mobility of the ground vehicle. Estimate the specific power and manoeuvrability, as well as the maximum speed forward and backwards.

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: BGM-71C I-TOW

The main weapon on the M901 is the BGM-71C I-TOW ATGM. It has up to 630 mm of penetration at any distance since it carries a HEAT warhead. The post penetration of this missile is not amazing and in some circumstances, a follow-up missile may be needed. The missile is a second-generation ATGM so it is mouse controlled. 

BGM-71C I-TO mm BGM-71C I-TO
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
10 -30°/+35° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
__.__ __.__ __.__ __.__
M901 Optics
Default magnification Maximum magnification
Main Gun optics X4.0 X8.0
Comparable optics  ???

Usage in battles

In a battle, this vehicle is best played hull-down, preferably behind a rock so that rounds won't dip and hit the main chassis. Since your launcher is the only thing exposed expect for your launcher to get hit and receive a 10-second repair debuff. (Note for stock, you will still be able to fire). Since you only have 12 missiles (2 in the launcher, 10 stowed away) you will have to be patient and skilled at using this missile. If in the right hands, it is incredibly strong and can hold an important spot and single handily deny the enemy any chance of taking an area.

However, there is a couple of issues. The launcher can only be deployed when stationary and has a deployment time before you are able to train the gunsights on the target and open fire. The reload also requires the launcher to traverse to the rear of the vehicle and further lengthening the reload. 

Apart from shooting at tanks. The ATGM can also be used on helicopters. 

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts
II Suspension Brake System FPE
III Filters Crew Replenishment
IV Transmission Engine Smoke grenade

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Use pairs of I-TOW, designed for fast long-range attacks
  • Of all horizontal ATGM launchers currently in the game, has best launcher depression
  • Tower is very tall, making it hard to exploit APHE and HESH to destroy the tank instantly
  • Superior to export Italian version in almost every way possible
  • Has night vision and thermal sights

Cons:

  • Hits to the tower base can annihilate the tank, so it needs taller hull-down spots, than other carriers
  • While carrier is travelling, the launcher is put onto a pad on the back, and it takes about 3 to 5 seconds for it to deploy back, which means, any surprise attack on the tank will likely succeed with minimal resistance
  • Only reloads after second launched ATGM hit something, can't be ordered to reload just one missile or to cut off the leading early
  • Sniper scope is located in the launcher, so during reloading it moves together with the launcher, forcing the operator to keep watch on target with binoculars
  • Sometimes, just a bit short of firepower to penetrate tanks with heavy ERA or NERA plating in one hit (although in RB most of such tanks are your allies)

History

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Media

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See also

Other vehicles based off the M113 platform:

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the tank;
  • other literature.


USA tank destroyers
Early projects  75 mm Gun Motor Carriage M3 · 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8 · 75 mm Gun Motor Carriage M8
Based on M4  3-inch Gun Motor Carriage M10 · 90-mm Gun Motor Carriage M36
M18  M18 Gun Motor Carriage · M18 Gun Motor Carriage "Black Cat" · M18 90-mm Gun Motor Carriage
T95  Super Heavy Tank T28 · 105 mm Gun Motor Carriage T95
China  ▃LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2
Post-war  M50 · M56 · T114 · Combat Vehicle, Anti-tank, Improved TOW Vehicle, M901

USA squadron vehicles
Tank destroyer  Combat Vehicle, Anti-tank, Improved TOW Vehicle, M901