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M18_Hellcat (Stock)

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Totals
950000 Cost
720 HPDurability
17.42 / 21.8 Weight
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Radio Operator
  5. Loader
Armor
13/13/13Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
25/13/13Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
350 h.p.Engine Power
65 km/hTop Speed / Reverse Speed
30 deg/sTraverse Speed
Firepower
160 damage
101 mmAverage Penetration
7.15 Time for Complete Loading
16 deg/sTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
240 mView Range
500 mSignal Range
VI
M18 Hellcat
950000
Development started in 1942. In April 1943 the General Motors company produced the first prototypes. One of a few American tank destroyers manufactured on its original chassis, not on a tank chassis. The tank destroyer became the fastest armored vehicle, of this type, of World War II. A total of 2,507 vehicles were produced from July 1943 through October 1944.

Turretgun

Turret

Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
V M18 M34A1 25/13/13 16 240 0 2300
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
V 3-inch AT Gun M7 101/157/20 160/160/200 8.39 0.41 1.7 0 1450
VI 76 mm AT Gun M1A1 128/177/20 160/160/200 10 0.39 1.7 5430 1567
VI 76 mm AT Gun M1A2 128/177/20 160/160/200 10.83 0.35 1.7 6840 1590
Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VI M18 M1 76/31/44 16 240 5430 4500
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
V 3-inch AT Gun M7 101/157/20 160/160/200 8.62 0.41 1.7 0 1450
VI 76 mm AT Gun M1A1 128/177/20 160/160/200 10.17 0.39 1.7 5430 1567
VI 76 mm AT Gun M1A2 128/177/20 160/160/200 11.19 0.35 1.7 6840 1590
VII 90 mm AT Gun M3 160/243/45 225/225/270 7.06 0.35 1.7 16520 2050
Engine

Engine

Level Engine Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact Experience Weight (t)
IV Wright Continental R-975C1 400 20 1620 516
IV Wright Continental R-975EC2 350 20 0 515
V Wright Continental R-975C4 460 20 2250 550

Level Suspension Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s) Experience Weight (t)
V M18 T67 21.8 30 0 4000
VI M18 T69 21.8 30 6020 4000
Radio

Radio

Level Radio Signal Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
IV SCR_510 500 0 80


Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 1 t Class
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • very fast top speed
  • has a great gun for its tier.
  • Blessed by RNG gods and can bounce some shots it really shouldn't be able to.


Cons:


  • paper thin armor
  • slow turret traverse


Performance

This tank is best played behind the front line, where you can shoot people without getting shot at. Find a high vantage point/area with good cover where you can have a wide range of view. If you are spotted, use the amazing top speed to run to other cover. NOT a good brawler.


Historical Info

Production of the M18 Hellcat began in mid-1943 and ended in October 1944. The project was so secretive that a story about the “new” tank destroyer ran in newspapers just a month before production During fighting in North Africa, the vehicle's original 37 mm gun was inadequate and the design was upgraded with a British 57 mm gun. During the development process, the design was further upgraded to a utilize a 75 mm gun, and then finally to the 76 mm gun. The Christie suspension requirement was also dropped, and replaced with a torsion bar suspension. The design was standardized in February 1943 and production began in July 1943.


Sources and External Links

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