Friday, May 27, 2016

M18 HellcatTank Destroyer

The M18 Hellcat was a very successful american tank destroyer. It was the faster tank of World War II.  There was M36 turret installed on the M18 with the 90 mm M3, in order to help achieve this T82 tracks were used. There was a project to mount the 90 mm M3 in the normal turret too. The vehicle could go 97 km/h for short bursts causing damage to the engine and transmission. The T70 was the preproduction model. The predecessor to this tank was the T67.
Variants:
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Name: M18 Hellcat
Type: Tank Destroyer
Origin: United States
Year: 1943
Produced: 2507

Length: 5.28 Meters
Width: 2.87 Meters
Height: 2.57 Meters
Weight: 18000 Kil0grams (19538 with M36 turret)
Speed: 80 km/h (official) 97 km/h (burst) 29 km/h (off-road) 32 km/h (reverse on road)

Crew: 5

Primary Armament:
-76 mm M1A1 OR
-76 mm M1A1C OR
-76 mm M1A2 OR
-90 mm M3
Secondary Armament:
-12.7 mm M2

Gun Flexibility (same for M36 turret):
20° Elevation
10° Depression

Armor:
-Hull
13 mm Front
13 mm Side
13 mm Rear
8 mm Top
5 mm Bottom
-Turret
25 mm Front (19 mm Gun Shield)
13 mm Side
13 mm Rear
Open top
-M36 Turret
76 mm Gun Shield (front)
32 mm Side
45 to 13 mm Rear
25 to 10 mm Top (rest of top open)

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