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T49 (Stock)

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Totals
2380000 Price
1000 Hit Points
24.01 / 24.4 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
25.4/25.4/19.1Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
25.4/25.4/25.4Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
500 h.p.Engine Power
72.4 km/hSpeed Limit
38 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
320 Standard Shell Damage
102 mmStandard Shell Penetration
6.3 Time for Complete Loading
40 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
390 mView Range
410 mSignal Range
VIII
T49
2380000
Development started in the spring of 1942. After undergoing trials, the decision was made to replace the 57 mm gun with a 75 mm gun. The new design passed trials in the fall of 1942 but never saw service.

The T49 is considered a very fun and overall good tank to play. Its best features are its guns, particularly the 76mm M1A1, along with its superior speed and acceleration. When first purchased, it is very weak and has low engine power, but once fully upgraded, it is a force to be reckoned with. It can maintain its 61 kph top speed quite easily over all terrain and though the turret traverse is incredibly slow, the tank excels at flanking and exposing weak sides and rear. Its gun can penetrate almost any armor it comes across by hitting weak spots, and by the time they've been hit you'll most likely have had time to run away. In higher tiers, it can even be used as a heavily armed scout. Like most turreted TDs, its armor is sloped but incredibly thin, so don't expect to bounce much. In fact, if you try to use it as a classic stationary sniper TD, you'll probably be mercilessly destroyed. However, you will be very successful if you use this tank's superior speed and maneuverability to its best. A good example of this fact is that due to your high speed, you can "chase" enemy scouts, and get some damage done before the scout escapes.

T49

Stock

T41
Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VII T49 5360 25.4/25.4/25.4 40 390
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 90 mm Gun T132E3 653 102/250/45 320/240/320 9.52 0.4 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VII Continental AOS-895-3 771 500 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VII T49 6000 24.4 38
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio VI AN/GRC-3 0 410

T41

Recon

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VII T49 5360 25.4/25.4/25.4 40 390
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 90 mm Gun T132E3 653 102/250/45 320/240/320 9.52 0.4 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Continental AOSI-895-5 771 550 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII XM551 test bed 6000 25.7 44
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X AN/GRC-7 0 745

XM551 Test Bed

Health

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VIII XM551 test bed 4000 38.1/15.9/15.9 44 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 90 mm Gun T132E3 653 102/250/45 320/240/320 9.52 0.38 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Continental AOSI-895-5 771 550 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII XM551 test bed 6000 25.7 44
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X AN/GRC-7 0 745

XM551 (XM81) Test Bed

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret VIII XM551 test bed 4000 38.1/15.9/15.9 44 400
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun VIII 152 mm Gun-Launcher XM81 (conventional) 510 76/152/85 910/700/910 2.61 0.6 3.6
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine VIII Continental AOSI-895-5 771 550 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis VIII XM551 test bed 6000 25.7 44
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio X AN/GRC-7 0 745

Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 1
Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 3 t Class
Improved Ventilation Class 1
Large-caliber Tank Gun Rammer
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:


  • Fast reload
  • Good damage per minute
  • Great speed and acceleration
  • Excellent guns for its tier
  • Can maintain top speed


Cons:


  • Very thin armor vulnerable to tier 3 guns
  • Limited ammo capacity
  • Extremely slow turret traverse
  • Low hit point pool


Performance

The T49 is very similar to its parent tank the M8A1 in many ways. It maintains similar speed and agility characteristics, in fact improving slightly on overall agility, while at the same time gaining some firepower; and while slow, the turret traverse is still faster than that of the M8A1. Its acceleration is as good or better than most light tanks at tier.

In terms of gun selection, sticking with the 57mm until the 76mm M1A1 is available is seriously worth considering, as the 76mm L/50 lacks in penetration. Additionally, the 57mm's rate of fire more than compensates for its lack of alpha damage. The top tier gun for the T49, the 76mm M1A1, excels in nearly all areas in terms of damage, rate of fire, and penetration over both the 76mm L/50 and the 57mm. Unfortunately, for M1A1 you need the updated (closed-top) turret which cuts your View Range around 20 meters.

If you've played through the American medium tree at all you'll find that the engine will carry over. Be aware that despite the similarity in name, the 76 mm AT Gun M1A1 used by the T49 has "AT" in the name. It is different from the M1A1 used by the M4 Sherman and T1 Heavy, and the gun does not carry over from the medium/heavy line.

T49 can be used to scout to some extent. Use this as your advantage and with your speed, locate enemy tanks, report their location to your team, track and do damage to them and escape before they even realize you were there. However, you are still a tank destroyer and your gun is too powerful to be wasted by dying too early in game, so be careful. Also note that you don't have the same camo rating when moving as light tanks even if your camo holds well when sitting stationary in a bush.

The T49, once fully upgraded, can almost be played in a manner similar to that of a scout or flanker. You're fragile (very important to remember this), you have excellent firepower for your tier, and you retain the ability to sneak up on the enemy. Play the T49 as a second line tank and you will succeed. Don't lead a push, as your armor can't take the hits. Simply follow the main push, support the tanks that are pushing, and clean up the stragglers. Or you can snipe at long range with the excellent gun.


Early Research

  • The radios carry over from the M8A1 and the best one should be installed immediately. The 76 mm AT Gun M7 L/50 also carries over but requires the second suspension and turret.
  • The 76 mm AT Gun M1A1 carries over from the T40 if you played it previously, but again it requires the second suspension and turret.
  • Research the Wright Continental R-975C4 engine first if you don't already have it unlocked.
  • Next research the upgraded suspension.
  • Now you can research the second turret in preparation for the 76 mm AT guns.
  • Go from there.


Historical Info

The manufacture of two pilot models of the T49 tank was initiated in the spring of 1952. They are now being subjected to engineering tests, which are scheduled for completion in the near future. However, in the summer of 1953 Army Field Forces indicated that they were no longer interested in this tank, their reason being that the low-pressure guns developed for its main armament could not guarantee an 88% probability of first-round hit. Because of this withdrawal of user interest, it is possible that work on the T49 will not be continued beyond engineering testing and that the tank itself will not be put into production. The T49 Gun Motor Carriage was a variant of the M18 Hellcat.

Design

On April 18, 1942, it was agreed to construct two prototypes that would be identified as the T49 Gun Motor Carriage. It was to be mobile, weigh around 12 tons, have a crew of five, reach a speed of 50 mph, armor was to be 7/8" on the turret, and 3/8" all around on the hull.

The first prototype was tested and as a result the Tank Destroyer Command and the Ordnance Department wanted the second prototype to have a 75 mm M3 gun. This became the T67 Gun Motor Carriage. It was to have its armor increased to 1" in front. The side armor was reduced and the top and bottom was increased.

The prototypes had helical coil suspensions. Two Buick 320 cubic inch gasoline engines produced a total of 330 HP.

In late 1942, after the testing of a prototype at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Special Armored Vehicle Board recommended that the T67 have a standard engine, a 76 mm gun, and a torsion bar suspension. The Secretary of War approved the building of six prototypes. These would carry the 76 mm M1 in an open turret without a basket. The Continental R975-C1 engine was used. These prototypes were designated the T70 Gun Motor Carriage.


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