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* [[M48A1]] - The original vehicle base that make up the Magach 3.
* [[M48A2 G A2]] - Similarly modified M48 with a 105 mm gun in the German tech tree.
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Magach 3
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
132 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
110 / 76 / 30Hull
128 / 73 / 50Turret
49.9 tWeight
1431 hp750 hpEngine power
28.7 hp/t15 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
54 km/h forward
9 km/h back
48 km/h forward
8 km/h back
105 mm M68 cannonMain weapon
57 roundsAmmunition
22 roundsFirst-order
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-9° / 19°Vertical guidance
1200 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
7.62 mm M73 machine gunCoaxial weapon
5950 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png5300/2300/3200Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
720000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1400 Ge icon.pngAces
208 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Magach 3 (USA).jpg

The Magach 3 is a gift Rank V American medium tank with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm".

In a sense, the Magach 3 is a combination of features between the M48 Patton and the M60. Sharing the rounded cast hull shape of the M48 hull chassis and a rounded turret housing the 105 mm M68 gun. However, unlike the usual M48A1, the Magach 3 has the M60 engine installed and its engine grilles and exhausts on the rear are similar to that of the M60.

Features exclusive to the Magach 3 are plentiful however. From the front, smoke grenade launchers can be seen on the gun mantlet sides, with a total of 20 smoke grenades that could be launched. On the turret roof, the prominent commander's cupola infamous on the M48A1 and the M60 designs has been replaced with the Urdan design, which has a drastically smaller profile at the expense of the commander's 12.7 mm machine gun. In its place, a 7.62 mm Browning on a pintle-mount is available on the roof.

More prominently throughout the Magach 3 are mountings for the Blazer ERA on the hull front, turret front, and turret sides. More than likely however, these mountings on the battlefield would be covered by the Blazer ERA which would fill up the Magach 3 profile with large blocks running vertically throughout the design. Though similar to the M60A1 RISE (P) in ERA placement, the ERA on the Magach 3 are long smooth blocks running up and down with the tank's profile while the M60A1 RISE (P) has them in tiles, each with four bolts on that mounts them onto the tank.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Front hull, Turret)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Side, Rear, Roof)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 85-200 mm (59-74°) Front glacis
63-200 mm (13-60°) Lower glacis
76 mm (0-44°) Front
51 mm (0-44°) Rear
30 mm (0-3°) Top
25 mm (26-59°) Bottom
57 mm Front
20 mm Rear
Turret 105-128 mm (6-71°) Turret front
152 mm (3-28°) Gun mantlet
66-97 mm (2-46°) 45-50 mm (4-55°)
25.4 mm (70-71°) Turret underside
24-65 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 70 mm 30 mm
Special armour* Kinetic Chemical
ERA 5 mm 260 mm


  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 38 mm in the front and 25 mm in the rear.
  • Rangefinder device on the turret sides count as 127 mm cast armour.
  • ERA can be attached on turret and front hull via modification.


Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
49.0 0.9 53 (AB)
48 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 1,162 1,431
Realistic/Simulator 663 750
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 23.71 29.20
Realistic/Simulator 13.53 15.31


Main armament

Main article: M68 (105 mm)
105 mm M68
Capacity Vertical
57 -9°/+19° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 22.85 31.62 31.62 __.__ 45.18
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.4 22.60 24.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
8.71 7.70 7.10 6.7
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M392A2 APDS 303 302 296 277 257 252
M393 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
M456 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
M392A2 APDS 1,478 5.8 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 75° 78° 80°
M393 HESH 730 15 0.4 0.1 4,310 +0° 73° 77° 80°
M456 HEATFS 1,173 11 0.0 0.1 1,270 +0° 65° 72° 75°
Smoke characteristic
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
M416 730 11 20 5 25 50

M392A2 APDS (Armour-Piercing Discarding Sabot) is capable of easily penetrating the majority of the foes it meets, but these rounds do require finesse as to their placing.
Because the shell lacks an explosive filler, the best bet is to try and either knock out the majority of the enemy tank's crew, or to destroy the enemy by ammo or fuel detonation through hitting their respective storage capacities. This, of course, requires knowledge about the vehicles the M60 may face - so be sure to use the game's X-Ray view in the hangar and analyse the potential foes for their weak spots! Also keep in mind that with increased armour thickness the amount of shrapnels shrinks.

M456 HEAT-FS (High-Explosive Anti Tank Fin Stabilised): The knowledge of enemy vehicle layouts gained from the stock shell (DM13), will be handy to use for the M60's fullest potential - as the M456 is a round that can penetrate most vehicle's armour frontally. Like the APDS shot, increased armour thickness results in reduced amount of shrapnels after penetration. Unlike APDS it has one downside: Given that it is a chemical energy round, its fuse is highly sensitive in regards to its practical application in battle. As a result, virtually anything, such as trees or even a fence, will set it off prematurely, so the HEAT-FS round cannot fire through obstructions with this kind.

M393 HESH (High-Exlposive_Squash-Head) works very differently than other shell-types. It ignores any angle, except for ricochet and deals damage by metal-flakes which are blown off inside the armour by the exterior explosion. Basicly the fighting compartment is showered in metal rain. Currently only true armour thickness (opposed to line of sight thickness) will provide sufficient means of protection, benefitting the USSR turret designs and in general German tanks. Like all high-explosive shells the fuze is very sensitive and can be set-off by most objects e.g. fences, trees, pillars.

Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the Magach 3 (USA).
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Machine guns

7.62 mm M1919A4
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
1,200 (250) 500 -15°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm M73
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
5,950 (250) 500 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Good mobility.
  • Hard-hitting and accurate 105mm L7 gun.
  • E.R.A. provides some extra protection from Sabot and HEAT rounds.
  • Removal of the tall commander's cupola on the M48A1 Patton = slightly lower silhouette.


  • Gun can't depress over the engine bay; makes it difficult to combat flankers.
  • E.R.A. doesn't help against regular AP rounds.


Prior to the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel acquired a batch of M48A1 Patton tanks from West German stocks. After the war, the tanks were upgraded by the Israelis with a British-made L7 105mm rifled gun, and a more powerful diesel engine in place of the original 90mm gun and the weaker, more flammable gasoline engine, and then subsequently renamed the Magach (Chariot). The tank saw heavy combat in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and suffered heavy losses - partially due to the use of flammable hydraulic fluid in the turret. Later, in 1982, the Magachs were upgraded with an E.R.A. package for better protection against enemy projectiles. Israel retired its last Magachs in 2006, replacing them with the more modern Merkava MBT.


See also

  • M48A1 - The original vehicle base that make up the Magach 3.
  • M48A2 G A2 - Similarly modified M48 with a 105 mm gun in the German tech tree.

External links

USA medium tanks
Early projects  M2
M3  M3 Lee · Grant I
M4  M4 · Calliope · M4A1 · M4A1 (76) W · M4A2 · M4A2 (76) W · M4A3 (76) W · M4A3 (105) · M4A5
M26  T20 · T25 · M26 · M26 T99 · M26E1
Post-war  M46 · M46 "Tiger" · M47 · M48A1 · T54E1 · T95E1
MBT  M60 · M60A1 (AOS) · M60A1 RISE (P) · M60A2 · M60A3 TTS · MBT-70 · XM-803
  XM-1 (Chrysler) · XM-1 (GM) · M1 Abrams · IPM1 · M1A1 Abrams · M1A2 Abrams
Israeli  Magach 3 · Merkava Mk.1 · Merkava Mk.2B · Merkava Mk.3D
Turkey  M60 AMBT

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