Machbet

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This page is about the Israeli SPAA Machbet. For other versions, see M113 (Family).
Machbet
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GarageImage Machbet.jpg
Machbet
AB RB SB
9.3 9.3 9.3
Class:
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Purchase:930 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The Machbet is a rank VI Israeli SPAA with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Wind of Change".

An upgrade of the Hovet, the Machbet features 4 all-aspect infrared-tracking Stinger missiles that allow it to engage long-range targets and an IRST tracker that is more reliable than the AN/VPS-2 which also doesn't trigger aircraft RWRs.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull38 / 44 / 38
Turret38 / 25 / 25
Crew4 people
Visibility117 %

Despite its thin armour, the Machbet has the particularity of being able to withstand some misplaced shots, but pay attention to HE shells that are able to destroy instantly the vehicle .

Beware also of tanks equipped with machine guns above 7.62 mm calibre, these tanks can easily penetrate the sides of the vehicle.

Armour type:

  • Aluminium Alloy 5083
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 29-38 mm (44°) Front glacis
38 mm (26°) Lower glacis
44 mm Top
32 mm Bottom
38 mm (9°) 10-38 mm
Turret 17 mm (17-18°) Turret front
150 mm Gun mantlet
17 mm (12-19°) 17 mm (0-20°) N/A

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB70 / 17 km/h
RB and SB65 / 15 km/h
Number of gears3 forward
1 back
Weight11.2 t
Engine power
AB404 hp
RB and SB212 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB36.1 hp/t
RB and SB18.9 hp/t

While not being the fastest vehicle, especially while stock, the Machbet lack power in slope but on flat ground , he can handle himself pretty easily.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 70 17 11.2 301 404 26.88 36.07
Realistic 65 15 188 212 16.79 18.93

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB7 200 → 10 137 Sl icon.png
RB6 330 → 8 912 Sl icon.png
SB5 330 → 7 504 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications453 800 Rp icon.png
450 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training260 000 Sl icon.png
Experts930 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 080 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
150 / 200 / 250 % Sl icon.png
232 / 232 / 232 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
7 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
6 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement il.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
20mm_Vulcan_HEI_ammo_pack
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
24 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
330 Ge icon.png
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20mm_Vulcan_API_ammo_pack
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
22 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
300 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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70mm_stinger_block2_aam_ammo_pack
Research:
30 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
28 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
32 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
30 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

20 mm M168 cannon
Ammunition2 200 rounds
Belt capacity1 100 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
26.0 → 20.0 s
Fire rate3 000 shots/min
Vertical guidance-5° / 80°
Main article: M168 (20 mm)

The Machbet is equipped like the M163 with a 20 mm M168 VADS, or Vulcan air defence system. The M168 is a variant of the M61 cannon, which can be found in-game on vehicles such as the Japanese T-2, and the American F-4C Phantom II. Used initially during the Vietnam war, the M168 was a 20 mm air-cooled rotary cannon attached to a small turret on the Machbet. Dangerous to anything in the sky below 2 km, it will lock on and rip through anything in its path. Helicopter and plane will be crippled effectively.

20 mm M168 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 2,200 (1,100) 3,000 -5°/+80° ±180° N/A 66.0 91.4 111.0 122.8 130.6 26.00 23.00 21.20 20.00
Realistic 44.6 52.5 63.8 70.5 75.0

Ammunition

  • Default: AP-T · HEI-T* · AP-T
  • HEI-T: HEI-T* · HEI-T* · HEI-T* · AP-T
  • AP-I: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEI-T*
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-T 53 50 39 28 20 14
HEI-T 2 2 2 2 2 2
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AP-T 1,030 0.15 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
HEI-T 1,030 0.1 0 0.1 12 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
2 (+1) 0(+2) No

Additional armament

FIM-92 Stinger
Ammunition4 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 70°
Main article: FIM-92 Stinger

The FIM-92 E and K are effective weapons but only under certain conditions. With turns at 10 G maximum, the missile will not be able to follow some aircraft unless the angle is favourable. Opportune moments to hit an aircraft are when it is facing directly towards the missile launcher or flying directly away from it. The K upgrade of the missile is more likely to hit due to its proximity fuse with a trigger radius of 5 m. Helicopters, on the other hand, have a good chance of being hit due to their low altitude. Without the use of countermeasures, the missile can be sure to hit a helicopter. However, missiles may have a hard time acquiring helicopters if they are low to the ground, and helicopters may use the terrain to mask themselves or evade incoming missiles.

FIM-92 Stinger missile Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 4 -10°/+70° ±180° N/A 66.0 91.4 111.0 122.8 130.6 19.5 17.2 15.9 15.0
Realistic 44.6 52.5 63.8 70.5 75.0

Ammunition

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%
FIM-92E SAM 1,000 6,000 10.1 1 0.1 540 79° 80° 81°
FIM-92K SAM 1,000 6,000 10.1 1 0.1 540 79° 80° 81°

The FIM-92E detonates on impact while the FIM-92K has a proximity fuse.

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
4 (+4) No

Usage in battles

The Machbet is a very good anti-aircraft vehicle if its capabilities and limitations are managed. It excels in many areas behind the front lines, either directly supporting allies during an assault or back towards spawn or capture points to maintain security.

Difficulties will be met around BR 10.0 matches as multiple aircraft types will have access to countermeasures able to defeat the FIM-92 Stinger missiles.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Access to capable FIM-92 Stinger missiles even when stock.
    • FIM-92K missile an upgradeable option to enhance lethality due to proximity fuze.
  • Have powerful 20 mm M168 for close-range protection against aircraft.
  • Lightweight with good horsepower for good mobility
  • Access to thermal imager
  • Access to a laser rangefinder

Cons:

  • Armour is thin and basically non-existent except against machine gun calibre rounds.
  • 20 mm only useful within 2 km firing distance

History

Devblog

After the M163 VADS began being decommissioned from American service, the vehicle was heavily exported to foreign operators. Israel was one of several states which adopted the M163 VADS into its own military under the name 'Hovet' in the early 1980s. By the early 1990s however, it was realized that the system required modernization. As such, the IAI company was tasked with developing an upgrade package.

Together with General Dynamics, IAI upgraded the Hovet's fire control system and equipped the vehicle with a Stinger missile launcher, in an effort to increase the vehicle's effectiveness against low-flying jet aircraft. Following successful testing of the prototype in 1997, the vehicle was formally accepted into service with the IDF under the name 'Machbet' in 1998. In the upcoming years, several of the older Hovets were modernized to the Machbet standard. However, the Machbet only saw a short service life with the IDF. Because of changing tasks and requirements, the Machbet was officially withdrawn from active service in 2006.

Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
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External links


Israel Aerospace Industries (התעשייה האווירית לישראל)
Jet Fighters  Nesher · Kfir C.2 · Kfir C.7
SPAAs  Machbet

Israel anti-aircraft vehicles
Hovet · Machbet