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== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
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''It is recommended to only bring 21 shells into battle, as the last 9 will be stored in the hull next to the driver. Play the XM8 like you play the M18, sneak around, lurk, and strike when they least expect it. One thing to note is, due to your armor, survivability, and mobility, you need to get out of there fast. Another thing you could try is sniping. It is not recommended due to its sub-par ammunition, but it will keep you alive for longer.''
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===

Revision as of 22:48, 7 April 2021

XM8
XM8
AB RB SB
9.3 9.3 9.3
Class:
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Description

The 105 mm Armored Gun System XM8 is a gift rank VI American light tank with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Ixwa Strike" as a reward for the Future Technology event.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull25 / 25 / 25
Turret25 / 25 / 25
Crew3 people
Visibility108 %

Describe armor protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armor protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat? If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armor.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 25.4 mm (76°) Upper glacis
38.1 mm (29°) Lower plate
25.4 mm Top - Front
12.7 mm Top - Rear
25.4 mm Bottom
25.4 mm 25.4 mm
Turret 25.4-38.1 mm Turret front
25.4 mm Gun mantlet
25.4 mm 25.4 mm 25.4 mm
Cupola 25.4 mm 25.4 mm 25.4 mm 25.4 mm

Notes:

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB81 / 16 km/h
RB and SB73 / 14 km/h
Number of gears6 forward
2 back
Weight17.6 t
Engine power
AB1 049 hp
RB and SB550 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB59.6 hp/t
RB and SB31.3 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock AoA Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 81 16 11.6 6 852 1049 73.45 59.6
Realistic 73 14 486 550 41.9 31.25

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 260 → 6 854 Sl icon.png
RB2 710 → 4 360 Sl icon.png
SB5 450 → 8 769 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications277 900 Rp icon.png
438 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 700 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 010 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 140 / 180 % Sl icon.png
226 / 226 / 226 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
3 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement us.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods tank additional armor.png
Level 3
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_us_M416_Smoke_ammo_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_usa_HESH_ammo_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
18 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
480 Ge icon.png
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank laser rangefinder.png
Laser rangefinder
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
105mm_usa_M735_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
24 000 Sl icon.png
420 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.
Thermal imager
Allows to see thermal radiation in the infrared range day and night

Main armament

105 mm XM35 cannon
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
Ammunition30 rounds
First-order21 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°
Main article: XM35 (105 mm)
105 mm XM35 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 30 -10°/+20° ±180° Two-plane __._ __._ __._ __._ __._ 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Realistic __._ __._ __._ __._ __._

Ammunition

The C76A1 APFSDS, while not having the best normal penetration, has better penetrating characteristics at an angle than the M735.

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
M456 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
M393A2 HESH 127 127 127 127 127 127
C76A1 APFSDS 334 330 323 314 306 297
M735 APFSDS 353 350 342 333 322 312
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M456 HEATFS 1,173 10.5 0.05 0.1 1,270 65° 72° 77°
M393A2 HESH 732 14.85 0.05 0.1 4,310 73° 77° 80°
C76A1 APFSDS 1,509 3.6 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
M735 APFSDS 1,501 3.7 N/A N/A N/A 76° 77° 80°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy time
(s)
Screen hold time
(s)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M416 730 11.4 20 5 25 50

Ammo racks

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

Machine guns

Ammunition600 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate577 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 50°
Horizontal guidance-120° / 120°
Ammunition4 500 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate941 shots/min
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 600 (200) 577 -10°/+50° ±120°
7.62 mm M240
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,500 (200) 941 -2°/+10° N/A

Usage in battles

It is recommended to only bring 21 shells into battle, as the last 9 will be stored in the hull next to the driver. Play the XM8 like you play the M18, sneak around, lurk, and strike when they least expect it. One thing to note is, due to your armor, survivability, and mobility, you need to get out of there fast. Another thing you could try is sniping. It is not recommended due to its sub-par ammunition, but it will keep you alive for longer.

Pros and cons

Summarise and briefly evaluate the vehicle in terms of its characteristics and combat effectiveness. Mark its pros and cons in a bulleted list. Try not to use more than 6 points for each of the characteristics. Avoid using categorical definitions such as "bad", "good" and the like - use substitutions with softer forms such as "inadequate" and "effective".

Pros:

  • 5-second autoloader allows for quick follow-up shots
  • Can equip one of two protection levels (add-on armor package), giving flexibility to the player
  • Generation 1 thermals for the gunner
  • Frontally immune, and well-protected on the sides against autocannons at or below 30mm, with the level 3 armor package
  • Good levels of zoom on gunner optics
  • Has 16 smoke grenades, 8 launched at a time fully covering 180 degrees front

Cons:

  • Sub-par ammunition compared to vehicles in the BR bracket
  • Inadequate transmission results in poor acceleration
  • Overall mobility is below average for a light tank despite an above-average power-to-weight ratio, which can be improved by only using level 1 armor
  • Two out of three crew members are lined up on the right side of the turret making a crew knockout easy
  • Ammunition carousel making ammo detonation a common occurrence
  • High silhouette

History

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Media

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See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
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External links

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  • other literature.


USA light tanks
  M8 · M8A1 · M22 · T18E2
LVT  LVT(A)(1) · LVT(A)(4)
M2  M2A2 · M2A4 · M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.)
M3/M5 Stuart  M3 Stuart · M3A1 Stuart · M3A1 (USMC) · M5A1 · M5A1 TD · M5A1 (5th arm.div.)
M18 Hellcat  M18 GMC · M18 "Black Cat" · Super Hellcat
M24 Chaffee  M24 · M24 (TL)
Post-war  M41A1 · T92 · T114 · M551 · M3 Bradley · M3A3 Bradley · HSTV-L · XM8 · M1128