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Premium  M56 Scorpion

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[Client Values; Actual values in
Specifically, the mismatch in crew values caused by commander's 10% crew skill bonus. Outside of a crew of 1 commander only, 100% crew is a fiction. The client values, given for 100% crew, will normally be taken into battle with 110% crew skill members aside from specific functions, causing their actual performance to deviate from the expected client value. These differences are taken into account in tooltip boxes.
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5,150  Gold Cost
820820 HP Hit Points
7.14/97.14/9 t Weight Limit
Crew
  1. Commander (Radio Operator)
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Loader
Mobility
200200 hp Engine Power
45/17 km/h Speed Limit
4040 deg/s Traverse
28.0128.01 hp/t Power/Wt Ratio
YesYes Pivot
Armor
1/1/1 mm Hull Armor
Armament







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Shell Cost
240/240/320240/240/320 HP Damage
219/275/45219/275/45 mm Penetration



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7.69 r/m 

Standard Gun

Reload Times
Nominal: 7.8 s
50% Crew: 9.66 s
75% Crew: 8.44 s
100% Crew: 7.48 s
Rammer: 6.73 s
Vents: 7.32 s
Both: 6.58 s
Both and BiA: 6.44 s
Both and Max Crew %: 6.17 s

See Crew, Consumables, or Equipment for more information.



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7.69 r/m 

Standard Gun

Reload Times
Nominal: 7.8 s
50% Crew: 9.66 s
75% Crew: 8.44 s
100% Crew: 7.48 s
Rammer: 6.73 s
Vents: 7.32 s
Both: 6.58 s
Both and BiA: 6.44 s
Both and Max Crew %: 6.17 s

See Crew, Consumables, or Equipment for more information.
Rate of Fire






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1920

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (240 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1920
50% Crew: 1550.4
75% Crew: 1776
100% Crew: 2001.6
100% Crew
Vents: 2047.2
Rammer: 2224.8
Both: 2275.2
Both and BiA: 2325.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2424

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2160
50% Crew: 1790.4
75% Crew: 2016
100% Crew: 2241.6
100% Crew
Rammer: 2464.8
Vents: 2287.2
Both: 2515.2
Both and BiA: 2565.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2664

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (240 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1920
50% Crew: 1550.4
75% Crew: 1776
100% Crew: 2001.6
100% Crew
Vents: 2047.2
Rammer: 2224.8
Both: 2275.2
Both and BiA: 2325.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2424

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2160
50% Crew: 1790.4
75% Crew: 2016
100% Crew: 2241.6
100% Crew
Rammer: 2464.8
Vents: 2287.2
Both: 2515.2
Both and BiA: 2565.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2664

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (320 Damage):
With wholly penetrating hits

Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 2560
50% Crew: 2067.2
75% Crew: 2368
100% Crew: 2668.8
100% Crew
Vents: 2729.6
Rammer: 2966.4
Both: 3033.6
Both and BiA: 3100.8
Both and Max Crew %: 3232

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2880
50% Crew: 2387.2
75% Crew: 2688
100% Crew: 2988.8
100% Crew
Rammer: 3286.4
Vents: 3049.6
Both: 3353.6
Both and BiA: 3420.8
Both and Max Crew %: 3552

See here, here, or here for more information.






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1920

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 1 (240 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1920
50% Crew: 1550.4
75% Crew: 1776
100% Crew: 2001.6
100% Crew
Vents: 2047.2
Rammer: 2224.8
Both: 2275.2
Both and BiA: 2325.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2424

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2160
50% Crew: 1790.4
75% Crew: 2016
100% Crew: 2241.6
100% Crew
Rammer: 2464.8
Vents: 2287.2
Both: 2515.2
Both and BiA: 2565.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2664

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 2 (240 Damage):


Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 1920
50% Crew: 1550.4
75% Crew: 1776
100% Crew: 2001.6
100% Crew
Vents: 2047.2
Rammer: 2224.8
Both: 2275.2
Both and BiA: 2325.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2424

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2160
50% Crew: 1790.4
75% Crew: 2016
100% Crew: 2241.6
100% Crew
Rammer: 2464.8
Vents: 2287.2
Both: 2515.2
Both and BiA: 2565.6
Both and Max Crew %: 2664

See here, here, or here for more information.

Standard Gun

Using Shell Type 3 (320 Damage):
With wholly penetrating hits

Theoretical Damage Per Minute
Nominal DPM: 2560
50% Crew: 2067.2
75% Crew: 2368
100% Crew: 2668.8
100% Crew
Vents: 2729.6
Rammer: 2966.4
Both: 3033.6
Both and BiA: 3100.8
Both and Max Crew %: 3232

Advantageous Damage Per Minute
First-shot DPM: 2880
50% Crew: 2387.2
75% Crew: 2688
100% Crew: 2988.8
100% Crew
Rammer: 3286.4
Vents: 3049.6
Both: 3353.6
Both and BiA: 3420.8
Both and Max Crew %: 3552

See here, here, or here for more information.
Damage Per Minute


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0.33 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.409 m
With 75% Crew: 0.357 m
With 100% Crew: 0.316 m
With BiA: 0.309 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.303 m
Maximum possible: 0.29 m

For more details, see Crew


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0.33 m 

With 50% Crew: 0.409 m
With 75% Crew: 0.357 m
With 100% Crew: 0.316 m
With BiA: 0.309 m
With BiA and Vents: 0.303 m
Maximum possible: 0.29 m

For more details, see Crew
Accuracy


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1.9 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.354 s
With 75% Crew: 2.055 s
With 100% Crew: 1.822 s
With GLD: 1.656 s
With BiA: 1.782 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.743 s
With both and GLD: 1.584 s
Maximum possible: 1.519 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment


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1.9 s 

With 50% Crew: 2.354 s
With 75% Crew: 2.055 s
With 100% Crew: 1.822 s
With GLD: 1.656 s
With BiA: 1.782 s
With BiA and Vents: 1.743 s
With both and GLD: 1.584 s
Maximum possible: 1.519 s

For more details, see Crew or Equipment
Aim time
1212 deg/s Gun Traverse Speed
60° Gun Arc
-10°/+15°-10°/+15° Elevation Arc
4343 rounds Ammo Capacity
General
1515 % Chance of Fire






350 m 

With 50% Crew: 275 m
With 75% Crew: 312.5 m
With 100% Crew: 350 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 367.7 m
With Coated Optics: 385 m
With Binocular Telescope: 437.5 m
Maximum possible: 501.1 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment






350 m 

With 50% Crew: 275 m
With 75% Crew: 312.5 m
With 100% Crew: 350 m
With Recon and Situational Awareness: 367.7 m
With Coated Optics: 385 m
With Binocular Telescope: 437.5 m
Maximum possible: 501.1 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
View Range


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500 m 

With 50% Crew: 392.8 m
With 75% Crew: 446.5 m
With 100% Crew: 500 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 600 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 550 m
Maximum possible: 719.5 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment


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500 m 

With 50% Crew: 392.8 m
With 75% Crew: 446.5 m
With 100% Crew: 500 m
With 100% Signal Boost: 600 m
When affected by 100% Relaying: 550 m
Maximum possible: 719.5 m

For more details, see Skills or Equipment
Signal Range
M56 Scorpion


VII

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5150

The M56 Scorpion is an American tier 7 premium tank destroyer.

The M56 SPG was intended to support airborne units as a light tank destroyer that could be transported by cargo planes or inserted by parachute or glider. The vehicle was mass produced from 1953 through 1959, but it was not popular and was soon replaced by the Sheridan light tank. The Scorpion was occasionally used to provide artillery support in Vietnam.

The M56 Scorpion was planned to be the first American TD in the premium shop and tech tree. But instead is a special/bundle premium that has been for sale about once a month on the NA sever. It is the true glass cannon with only 1mm of armor. So take extreme caution to not get spotted, as you will be focused on immediately. The M56 can be very fun to play if played right as a sniper at the start of a battle and a close support tank towards the end. The gun is very good, if a little finicky at times, and can still pen quite a few tier 9s frontally when you aim for weak spots. Overall it can be a very fun vehicle once one gets the hang of it.

Modules / Available Equipment and Consumables

Modules

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Guns

Tier Gun Penetration
(mm)
Damage
(HP)
Rate of fire
(rounds/minute)
Dispersion
(m/100m)
Aiming time
(s)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

VIII 90 mm Gun M54 219/275/45 240/240/320 7.69 0.33 1.9 1107 95500

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Engines

Tier Engine Engine Power
(hp)
Chance of Fire on Impact
(%)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

VII Continental AOI-402-5 200 15 338 34000

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Suspensions

Tier Suspension Load Limit
(т)
Traverse Speed
(гр/сек)
Rmin Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

VII M56 Scorpion 9 40 0 1500 20000

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Radios

Tier Radio Signal Range
(м)
Weight
(kg)
Price
(Credits)

VIII AN/PRC-8 500 12 22000


Compatible Equipment

Light Spall Liner Camouflage Net Fill Tanks with CO2 Coated Optics Experimental Optics Wear-Resistant Gun Laying Drive Innovative Loading System Extended Spare Parts Kit 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

Stabilizer Greasing Automatic Fire Extinguisher Natural Cover Optical Calibration Case of Cola Aim Tuning Experienced Firefighters 100-octane Gasoline 105-octane Gasoline Manual Fire Extinguisher Vent Purge Large First Aid Kit Large Repair Kit Duty Comes First Shell Organizer Orderly Ammo Rack Focus on Target Increased Focus Small First Aid Kit Small Repair Kit Gearbox Intricacy Steady Hand Pre-Battle Maintenance Combat Course 


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Very small size and great camo values
  • Good accuracy for an American gun, also good aimtime
  • Good gun depression and wide gun arc
  • Acceptable top speed and great acceleration
  • High penetration, both with AP and HEAT rounds


Cons:


  • Worst armor values in the game, HE shells and ramming are the bane of this vehicle
  • Bad as a crew trainer, as its crew slots match only a few American TD's
  • Tightly packed crew and modules get easily destroyed from HE shells
  • Terrible gun traverse speed


Performance

Try to stay at extremely long range as a sniper at the start of the battle. Do not get spotted, because once you are, you'll be dead in seconds. Artillery loves you, so don't stay still for too long, and move immediately when spotted, because with that armor, any direct hit is a definite one shot kill, and even near misses can remove most of your health.

Extremely good penetration allows you to easily engage enemy heavy tanks, and the wide gun traverse arc allows you to cover large areas. However, gun traverse is extremely slow, and turning the hull may be needed to change targets on opposite sides of the battlefield. Fortunately, this tank has a surprisingly fast hull traverse, which might give it a bit of an advantage against an enemy light tank.

The very thin armor makes you extremely vulnerable to ramming. Along with the low weight, any contact with any tank, even a light touch by an AMX ELC bis can be fatal. Also, as your armor is virtually non-existent, pretty much everybody is going to fire pure HE at you, which means your health will be drained very fast, along with the high chance of fire.

The compact module and crew arrangement will make multiple critical hits very likely, especially when hit by HE shells. Getting hit by HE shells is one of this tank's biggest drawbacks; not only will you take more damage, the chance of critical hits, especially multiple critical hits, is very very high. For example, one HE shell could take out half your health, destroy the engine and set fire to it, damage the ammo rack, kill the commander and break your left track. In this case, you're a sitting duck, unable to move and return fire due to both the engine and track getting destroyed, and unable to reload due to the ammo rack. You'll be an easy target, and even if nobody hits you a second time, the fire may easily burn you out, and in the event you do survive, your combat capability will be greatly diminished.

Towards the end of the battle you will want to move in closer but do not brawl. Find distracted enemy tanks to attack, and if you can't get to their sides, put that 219mm of pen to use. Also going hull-down will greatly improve your survivability, as the M56's gun shield is a very small target. Always pull back between reloads and stop every now-and-then when moving back up to try and trick your targets into firing. This is very useful to learn, as some maps just aren't suited for sniping. Always keep your gun in the game, whether through peek-a-booming, hull-down, sniping, or, in some cases flanking. Getting spotted is not as much of a problem as getting hit is. You will want to stay as a sniper when first getting this tank until you are used to its nature. Don't ever push, as that leads to a short-cut to the garage.


Early Research

This is a premium tank; there is no research required.


Suggested Equipment


Tank Gun Rammer Binocular Telescope Camouflage Net 


External Reviews and Opinions

Gallery

Historical Info

The M56 was manufactured from 1953 to 1959 by the Cadillac Motor Car Division of General Motors for use by US airborne forces, though the vehicle was eventually used by the Spanish Navy Marines, Morocco and the Republic of Korea as well. With a crew of four (commander, gunner, loader and driver), the M56 weighed 6.4t empty and 7.7t combat-loaded. It had infrared driving lights but no NBC protection system and was not amphibious.

The M56 was a fully Caterpillar tracked vehicle with rubber-tired run-flat road wheels and front drive sprocket wheels. It was powered by a Teledyne Continental Motors A01-403-5 gasoline engine developing 200 bhp at 3,000 rpm, allowing a maximum road speed of 28mph and a maximum range of 140mi. Twenty-nine rounds of main gun ammunition were carried, and only the blast shield was armored.

In service

The M56 saw combat service with U.S. forces in the Vietnam War. It was deployed with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which was the only Airborne Brigade deployed with the M56, where it was used mainly in a direct fire-support role. Its function as an air portable, self-propelled, anti-tank vehicle was eventually replaced in Vietnam by the troubled but effective M551 Sheridan which had a fully armored turret. The USMC used the Ontos, which had an armored cabin and was armed with recoilless rifles, in a similar role (the running gear of the first Ontos prototype was the same as on the M56, but it was replaced for the production variant).

With the retirement of the Sheridan, current US airborne troops did not have a self-propelled gun system that could be delivered by air drop until the development of the M1128 Mobile Gun System Stryker MGS variant that is currently undergoing airdrop certification.


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