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M48 GAU-8 Avenger
M48 GAU-8 Avenger
Tier / Class:
10 AFV
United States
Oscar Faraday
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
190 mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
110 / 76 / 35
Turret F/S/R:
Max Speed:
50 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
6.86 s
Hull Traverse:
28.1 deg/s
440 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
-10 / 36°
Turret Traverse Speed:
74 deg/s

The M48 GAU-8 Avenger is a tier 10 Armored Fighting Vehicle originating from United States, and is sold by Oscar Faraday. It can be unlocked from the M1 TTB, and is the end of the Oscar Faraday line.


  • Gatling Gun : a rapid-fire automatic cannon with multiple rotating barrels.

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Pros and cons[]


  • Devastating rate of fire.
  • Two firing mode : higher damage, short overheat rate or lower damage, long overheat rate.
  • High DPM
  • Depleted Uranium shells can destroy modules with ease.


  • Armor can't deflect anything it faces.
  • No protective countermeasure but smoke grenades.
  • The worst mobility for tier 10 vehicles.
  • Most shots will miss the target when firing at long range.

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M48 GAU-8 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 110/76/35 Steel 153/56/56 Steel None
M48 GAU-8 is an upgraded variant of M48A5, whose steel hull and turret could withstand hits from contemporary armor piercing shells. However, the vehicle offers a rather poor protection against today's modern projectiles.


30mm GAU-8 Avenger Autocannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Velocity Accuracy (Fully Aimed) Reload Time Shells in Magazine Reload within Magazine Burst Fire Rate
30mm PGU-14/B AP AP Stock 25 0m 190mm m/s 0.120° 0.30s 3,000 {{{reloadm}}}s 4,200rd/min


Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Continental AVDS-1790-2A 750 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 50.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 6.86s {{{0-max}}} 28.10deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Continental AVSI-1790-6 950 hp Diesel Engine 211,000 54.00km/h {{{reverse}}} 5.63s {{{0-max}}} 32.99deg/s {{{firechance}}}


M48 GAU-8 Avenger Upgrades
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
M82 Smoke Grenades Stock Stock Provides 6 volleys.
Takes 50 s to reload.
Duraiton: 10 s.

Stock Tracks Stock Stock Mobility on Off-road Surfaces 51%
Mobility on Difficult Terrain 25.5%

M90 Smoke Grenades 70,000 667,000 Provides 12 volleys.
Magazine capacity: 2 rounds
Takes 1 s to reload.
Duration: 10 s.
Magazine reload time: 40 s

Improved Cooling System 281,000 Barrel overheat rate is reduced by 5%
Barrel cooling rate is increased by 20%

Gyroscopic Gunner Optics 140,000 Turret traverse doesn't affect overall accuracy.

Improved Gun Mount 562,000 Max spread when firing is improved by 50%

Improved Fire Control System 421,000 Aim time reduced by 20%

Weight Reduction Measures 1,750,000 Improve vehicle’s acceleration by 15%
Maximum speed increased by 20%
Hitpoints decreased by 200


Class: Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Gun (Concept)
Developed: 1977-1978
Service: N/A
Vehicles Built: N/A
Operators: N/A

This is a prototype of a self-propelled anti-aircraft vehicle built on an M48A5 chassis and armed with seven-barreled GAU-8 Avenger rotary cannon, known from the A-10 Warthog. The vehicle was designed by General Electric for a program called Division Air Defense (DIVAD). The DIVAD program was launched in the 1970s to provide U.S. armored forces with mobile anti-aircraft firepower after the disappointing results of the MIM-46 Mauler project from the 1960s. The M163 Vulcan and Chaparral AAGM combination proved to be equally unsuccessful with the onset of Soviet helicopters, which was why the Americans returned to the concept of gunned vehicles.

Even amongst the odd DIVAD proposals, General Electric's concept was odd with the massive Avenger gun installed in very lightly armored turret. Unsurprisingly, General Electric did not win the contest; that "honor" fell to General Dynamics and, more importantly, Ford with its XM247 Sergeant York. As a result, the M48 GAU-8 was never built and remained on paper only.

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