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As all the French wheeled vehicles, the armor in them is little to none and MEPHISTO is not an exception. It barely holds the armor to survive hits from 12.7 mm machine guns and in some places even 7.62. Armor is not to be relied on due to the fact even artillery fragmentation can pose a significant threat to the platform. However, due to the crew spacing, the first half of the crew being on the front and the other half far behind both pairs being separated by the engine block, makes the MEPHISTO capable of surviving more than one side hit as long as the shot is not placed in the center of mass with explosive filler. As the rest of the French wheeled vehicles, the best armor is to not be seen.
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As with all French wheeled vehicles, the armour is little to none and MEPHISTO is no an exception. It barely has the armour to survive hits from 12.7 mm machine guns and in some places even 7.62 mm. The armour is not to be relied on due to the fact that even artillery fragmentation can pose a significant threat to the platform. However, due to the crew spacing, the first half of the crew being at the front and the other half far behind, both pairs being separated by the engine block, makes the MEPHISTO capable of surviving more than one hit from the side as long as the shot is not placed in the center of mass with explosive filler. However, the best armour is to not be seen in the first place.
  
'''Armour type:''' <!-- The types of armour present on the vehicle and their general locations -->
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'''Armour type:'''
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* Rolled homogeneous armour
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! Armour !! Front (Slope angle) !! Sides !! Rear !! Roof
 
! Armour !! Front (Slope angle) !! Sides !! Rear !! Roof
 
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|-
| Hull || 8 mm @ 74° || 8 mm ''Top'' <br> 8 mm ''Bottom'' || 8 mm || 8 mm
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| Hull || 8 mm (27°) ''Top''<br>8 mm (74°) ''Upper glacis''<br>8 mm (45°) ''Lower glacis'' || 8 mm (28°) ''Top'' <br> 8 mm (12°) ''Bottom'' || 8 mm (7°) || 8 mm
 
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|-
 
| Turret || 5 mm ''Turret front''  || 5 mm || 5 mm || 5 mm
 
| Turret || 5 mm ''Turret front''  || 5 mm || 5 mm || 5 mm
 
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|-
| Cupola || 8 mm || 8 mm || 8 mm || 8 mm
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| Cupola || colspan="4" | 8 mm (cylindrical)
 
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|-
 
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Mobility wise, the MEPHISTO leaves nothing to expect. It is an angile and very fast platform with a very high top speed. However, as the rest of the French wheeled vehicles, it lacks traction in mudy and snowy terrain, draining the speed significantly. While it does not lack a decent reverse speed, it is certainly not the best, it reaches up to 9 km/h. It holds a significantly amazing acceleration and an amazing turn rate as the short length and both axle turn make it capable to do a full 360° turn in ~4-8 seconds depending on terrain. The MEPHISTO is also fully amphibious, meaning it can cross and reach specific places in the maps inaccessible to other vehicles.
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Mobility-wise, the MEPHISTO leaves nothing to be desired. It is a fast and agile platform with a very high top speed. However, like other wheeled vehicles, it lacks traction in muddy and snowy terrain, draining the speed significantly. While it does not lack a decent reverse speed, it is certainly not the best, it can reach up to 9 km/h. It holds a significantly amazing acceleration and an amazing turn rate as the short length and both axle turn make it capable to do a full 360° turn in ~4-8 seconds depending on terrain. The MEPHISTO is also fully amphibious, meaning it can cross and reach specific places in the maps inaccessible to other vehicles.
  
 
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{{main|HOT}}
 
{{main|HOT}}
  
The MEPHISTO / 'Module Élévateur Panoramique Hot Installé Sur Tourelle Orientable', French for "elevated panoramicHOT launch module on rotating turret" is the primary weapon. It is able to fire four HOT and HOT-2 missiles in a rapid succession. HOT missiles aer nothing new to French commanders and they have proven to be very capable in combat. It is a similar system as the TUA / 'Turret Under Armor' seen in the [[M901]] but with differences. While it is able to hold double the amount of missiles with much more capable missiles, the reload rate is considerably slower for multiple reasons: turret traverse speed and missile reloading. However, it is significantly much powerful when it comes to penetration. It has an advantage over any missile carrier, the missile launcher does not have to be deployed while stationary and it is two-plane stabilized, meaning it is able to quickly brake and engage a target without the need of reacquiring the target. The stabilizer also proves to be beneficial when on water as the waves can make the launcher jiggle, just as seen in the M901.
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The MEPHISTO ('Module Élévateur Panoramique Hot Installé Sur Tourelle Orientable', French for "elevated panoramic HOT launch module on rotating turret") is the primary weapon mount. It is able to fire four HOT or HOT-2 missiles in a rapid succession. HOT missiles are nothing new to French commanders and they have proven to be very capable in combat. It is a similar system as the TUA ('TOW Under Armour') seen in the [[M901]] but with differences. While it is able to hold double the amount of much more capable missiles, the reload rate is considerably slower for multiple reasons: turret traverse speed and missile reloading. However, it is significantly more powerful when it comes to penetration. It has an advantage over any missile carrier, the missile launcher does not have to be deployed while stationary and it is two-plane stabilized, meaning it is able to quickly brake and engage a target without the need of reacquiring the target. The stabilizer also proves to be beneficial when on water as the waves can make the launcher bounce, just as seen in the M901.
  
 
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|-
 
! ''Arcade''
 
! ''Arcade''
| rowspan="2" | 12 (4) || rowspan="2" | ±10° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | Two-plane ||26|| __._ || __._ || __._ || __._ || rowspan="2" | 15 || rowspan="2" | 15 || rowspan="2" |15|| rowspan="2" |15
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| rowspan="2" | 12 (4) || rowspan="2" | ±10° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | Two-plane || 26.4 || 36.5 || 44.4 || 49.1 || 52.2 || rowspan="2" | 15.00 || rowspan="2" | 15.00 || rowspan="2" | 15.00 || rowspan="2" | 15.00
 
|-
 
|-
 
! ''Realistic''
 
! ''Realistic''
| 18 || __._ || __._ || __._ || __._
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| 17.9 || 21.0 || 25.5 || 28.2 || 30.0
 
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
 
! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
 
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|-
| HOT || ATGM ||700||700|| 700 || 700 || 700 || 700
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| HOT || ATGM || 700 || 700 || 700 || 700 || 700 || 700
 
|-
 
|-
| HOT-2 || ATGM ||900|| 900 || 900 || 900 || 900 || 900
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| HOT-2 || ATGM || 900 || 900 || 900 || 900 || 900 || 900
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
 
! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
 
|-
 
|-
| HOT || ATGM ||250||4000||23||0.05||0.1||3800|| 80° || 82° || 90°
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| HOT || ATGM || 250 || 4,000 || 23 || 0.05 || 0.1 || 3,800 || 80° || 82° || 90°
 
|-
 
|-
| HOT-2 || ATGM ||250||4000||23||0.05||0.1||4870|| 80° || 82° || 90°
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| HOT-2 || ATGM || 250 || 4,000 || 23 || 0.05 || 0.1 || 4,870 || 80° || 82° || 90°
 
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== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
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The only reliable playstyle for the MEPHISTO is hull-downing. 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, if this is not possible, try to find a ridge to hide behind or a depression in the terrain. Since your launcher is the only thing exposed, expect for your launcher to get hit and receive a 10-second repair. (Note for stock vehicles, you will still be able to fire). Some players will be smarter and will shoot HESH rounds at you, the splash damage will be enough to either hull-break or knock out the rest Since you only have 12 missiles (4 in the launcher, 8 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. This will reward you a large number of targets destroyed as well as gaining a large number of points from people shooting at you launcher.
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The only reliable playstyle for the MEPHISTO is hull-down. In a battle, this vehicle is best played behind a rock, so that rounds won't dip and hit the main chassis. If this is not possible, try to find a ridge to hide behind or a depression in the terrain. Since your launcher is the only thing exposed, expect for your launcher to get hit and receive a 10-second repair. (Note for stock vehicles, you will still be able to fire). Some players will be smarter and will shoot HESH rounds at you, the splash damage will be enough to either overpressure or knock out the rest of the tank. Since you only have 12 missiles (4 in the launcher, 8 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 handedly deny the enemy any chance of taking an area. This will reward you a large number of targets destroyed as well as gaining a large number of points from people shooting at the launcher.
  
However, there are a couple of issues. The missile can only be fired when stationary, but the launcher remains deployed even if moving at very high speeds. The reload also requires the launcher to traverse to the rear of the vehicle and further lengthening the reload. One way to combat this is to have the rear end of the vehicle to the target, therefore reducing the time taken to traverse the launcher back to the firing position.
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However, there are a couple of issues. The missile can only be fired when stationary, though the launcher remains deployed even if moving at very high speeds. The reload also requires the launcher to traverse round towards the rear of the vehicle and further lengthening the reload. One way to combat this is to have the rear end of the vehicle towards the target, therefore reducing the time taken to traverse the launcher back to the firing position.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
  
 
* Amazing mobility and handling
 
* Amazing mobility and handling
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* Gen 2 thermals
 
* Gen 2 thermals
 
* Amphibious capabilities
 
* Amphibious capabilities
 
*
 
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
 
* Long reload
 
* Long reload
* Paper-thin armor
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* Paper-thin armour
 
 
*
 
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==

Revision as of 09:51, 25 June 2022

Rank VI USSR | Premium | Golden Eagles
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
MEPHISTO
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MEPHISTO
Research:270 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:740 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Véhicule de Combat Anti-Char, MEPHISTO is a rank VI French tank destroyer with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Danger Zone".

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull8 / 8 / 8
Turret0 / 0 / 0
Crew4 people
Visibility70 %

As with all French wheeled vehicles, the armour is little to none and MEPHISTO is no an exception. It barely has the armour to survive hits from 12.7 mm machine guns and in some places even 7.62 mm. The armour is not to be relied on due to the fact that even artillery fragmentation can pose a significant threat to the platform. However, due to the crew spacing, the first half of the crew being at the front and the other half far behind, both pairs being separated by the engine block, makes the MEPHISTO capable of surviving more than one hit from the side as long as the shot is not placed in the center of mass with explosive filler. However, the best armour is to not be seen in the first place.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 8 mm (27°) Top
8 mm (74°) Upper glacis
8 mm (45°) Lower glacis
8 mm (28°) Top
8 mm (12°) Bottom
8 mm (7°) 8 mm
Turret 5 mm Turret front 5 mm 5 mm 5 mm
Cupola 8 mm (cylindrical)

Notes:

Mobility

Amphibious
The design allows you to swim and control movement in the water
Speedforward / back
AB98 / 11 km/h
RB and SB91 / 10 km/h
Number of gears10 forward
2 back
Weight13.8 t
Engine power
AB420 hp
RB and SB220 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB30.4 hp/t
RB and SB15.9 hp/t

Mobility-wise, the MEPHISTO leaves nothing to be desired. It is a fast and agile platform with a very high top speed. However, like other wheeled vehicles, it lacks traction in muddy and snowy terrain, draining the speed significantly. While it does not lack a decent reverse speed, it is certainly not the best, it can reach up to 9 km/h. It holds a significantly amazing acceleration and an amazing turn rate as the short length and both axle turn make it capable to do a full 360° turn in ~4-8 seconds depending on terrain. The MEPHISTO is also fully amphibious, meaning it can cross and reach specific places in the maps inaccessible to other vehicles.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 98 11 13.8 312 420 22.61 30.43
Realistic 91 10 195 220 14.13 15.94

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB6 430 → 8 866 Sl icon.png
RB7 250 → 9 997 Sl icon.png
SB10 090 → 13 914 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications391 500 Rp icon.png
396 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training210 000 Sl icon.png
Experts740 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 170 / 190 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new wheels.png
Tires
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods new car suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
35 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
33 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
46 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
43 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
46 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
43 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
6 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
7 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement fr.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
35 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
33 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
46 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
43 000 Sl icon.png
570 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
21 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
150mm_HOT_2_ATGM_ammo_pack
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
35 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
33 000 Sl icon.png
430 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

HOT ATGM
Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition12 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Reload15.0 s
Fire rate60 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 10°
Fire on the moveup to 6 km/h
Main article: HOT

The MEPHISTO ('Module Élévateur Panoramique Hot Installé Sur Tourelle Orientable', French for "elevated panoramic HOT launch module on rotating turret") is the primary weapon mount. It is able to fire four HOT or HOT-2 missiles in a rapid succession. HOT missiles are nothing new to French commanders and they have proven to be very capable in combat. It is a similar system as the TUA ('TOW Under Armour') seen in the M901 but with differences. While it is able to hold double the amount of much more capable missiles, the reload rate is considerably slower for multiple reasons: turret traverse speed and missile reloading. However, it is significantly more powerful when it comes to penetration. It has an advantage over any missile carrier, the missile launcher does not have to be deployed while stationary and it is two-plane stabilized, meaning it is able to quickly brake and engage a target without the need of reacquiring the target. The stabilizer also proves to be beneficial when on water as the waves can make the launcher bounce, just as seen in the M901.

HOT missile Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 12 (4) ±10° ±180° Two-plane 26.4 36.5 44.4 49.1 52.2 15.00 15.00 15.00 15.00
Realistic 17.9 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0

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
HOT ATGM 700 700 700 700 700 700
HOT-2 ATGM 900 900 900 900 900 900
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HOT ATGM 250 4,000 23 0.05 0.1 3,800 80° 82° 90°
HOT-2 ATGM 250 4,000 23 0.05 0.1 4,870 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
3 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Usage in battles

The only reliable playstyle for the MEPHISTO is hull-down. In a battle, this vehicle is best played behind a rock, so that rounds won't dip and hit the main chassis. If this is not possible, try to find a ridge to hide behind or a depression in the terrain. Since your launcher is the only thing exposed, expect for your launcher to get hit and receive a 10-second repair. (Note for stock vehicles, you will still be able to fire). Some players will be smarter and will shoot HESH rounds at you, the splash damage will be enough to either overpressure or knock out the rest of the tank. Since you only have 12 missiles (4 in the launcher, 8 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 handedly deny the enemy any chance of taking an area. This will reward you a large number of targets destroyed as well as gaining a large number of points from people shooting at the launcher.

However, there are a couple of issues. The missile can only be fired when stationary, though the launcher remains deployed even if moving at very high speeds. The reload also requires the launcher to traverse round towards the rear of the vehicle and further lengthening the reload. One way to combat this is to have the rear end of the vehicle towards the target, therefore reducing the time taken to traverse the launcher back to the firing position.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Amazing mobility and handling
  • Potent ATGMs
  • Gen 2 thermals
  • Amphibious capabilities

Cons:

  • Long reload
  • Paper-thin armour

History

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Media

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See also

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