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T54E1 (Stock)

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Totals
3600000 Price
1750 Hit Points
53.21 / 54.5 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
110/76.2/35Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
127/69.9/50.8Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
704 h.p.Engine Power
43.5 km/hSpeed Limit
44 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
240 Standard Shell Damage
173 mmStandard Shell Penetration
25 Time for Complete Loading
36 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
400 mView Range
410 mSignal Range
IX
T54E1
3600000
A medium tank with an oscillating turret and automatic loading. Developed on the basis of the M48 tank in mid-50s. Two prototypes were built. However, during trials automatic loading proved faulty and the development was discontinued in 1957.

An average at best tank in many respects, the T54E1 is made an effective tank by the power of its autoloaded weapons. Able to bring focused damage to a firefight, the T54E1 is not crippled by long reloads like many other autoloaded tanks, and is capable of first devastating an enemy force at the opening of hostilities, withdrawing, and then sweeping back in shortly after with a fresh clip to crush the remaining resistance. Effective timing and good support tactics allow a T54E1 driver to achieve victory.

T54E1(90)

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IX T157 13500 127/69.9/50.8 36 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 90 mm Gun T178 1075 173/250/45 240/240/320 9.09 0.38 2.6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Continental AV-1790-1 569 704 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII T54E1 10000 54.5 44
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI AN/GRC-3 0 410

T54E1(90) Late

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IX T157 13500 127/69.9/50.8 36 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 90 mm Gun T178 1075 173/250/45 240/240/320 9.09 0.38 2.6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Continental AV-1790-3 569 800 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IX T54E1M2 10000 57.5 46
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X AN/GRC-7 0 745

T54E1

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret IX T157 13500 127/69.9/50.8 36 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IX 105mm Gun T140E2 2177 210/255/45 390/390/320 5.63 0.4 2.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IX Continental AV-1790-5B 569 810 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis IX T54E1M2 10000 57.5 46
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X AN/GRC-7 0 745

Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 1
Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 3 t Class
Improved Ventilation Class 2
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Case of Cola
100-octane Gasoline
105-octane Gasoline
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • High burst damage with the 105mm and fast interdrum cycle rate
  • Bouncy turret if angled right


Cons:


  • Inadequate penetration on top gun
  • Poor gun handling in dispersion and aimed accuracy
  • Poor armor and module protection
  • Mobility and speed is not good for a medium tank


Performance

You will carry a total of 36 rounds with the 105mm, in loads of four. The reload time between round is 2.22 seconds with a 35 second drum reload, which is fast enough to not remove the tank completely from participation after the first burst before the end of a heated firefight. You can only run APCR (gold) or AP rounds, not HE. The aim time and accuracy for the 105mm are not in any way excellent, but not terrible. You are still an effective second row tank. A flanking, lurking, spam-damage machine, and like it says above, you're pretty nimble. Think of it as an M48 Patton with an autoloader. If you've played the M48, this will make sense. Average damage with either of the 105mm rounds is the same: 390, which is not bad at all. Penetration is 255mm for the APCR, not too damn bad either.

Again though, just like the T69, you need to operate either well out of the field, out on a flank, or lurk with a couple of big boys. Never go it alone somewhere that a flanking medium can pick you up. A T-62A for example, will eat you for breakfast in a head-to-head. Sometimes you'll be heckled for not 'playing like a normal medium' - just ignore it - you're not a 'normal medium' at all.

One thing that you might consider, if you have some pals with the same tank, is to mass-platoon three of them and stagger-fire, covering each other on the magazine reloads. The amount of metal coming out of a platoon of three that works closely together is insane, and you can certainly go it alone in this instance. Arty will be all over you like a rash though, so keep mobile, use that agility well and listen to that sweet sound of three 105mm cannons firing in rapid succession.


Early Research

  • The AN/GRC-7 radio carries over from the T71 (not the T69) and should be installed immediately.
  • The Continental AV-1790-3 engine carries over from the T29 if you played it previously.
  • The Continental AV-1790-5B engine can be used if the M103 is unlocked.
  • The AN/GRC-7 radio transfers over if you have the M103 elited.


Historical Info

The T54 was a series of prototype American tanks of the 1950s with three different turrets, all armed with a 105mm gun, mounted on the M48 Patton chassis. The original T54 had a conventional turret with an autoloader, while the turret on T54E1 was of an oscillating design with an autoloader and the one on T54E2 was conventional with a human loader. The turret on T54E1 was similar to that of the T69 in its oscillating design and in that it held a crew of three and a nine-round drum autoloader under the gun. The T54E1 was abandoned in 1956 and in 1957 the entire project was cancelled in favor of the T95


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