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M50 Ontos
M50 Ontos
Details
Tier / Class:
4 TD
Nation:
United States
Dealer:
Special
Reputation:
-
Cost:
-
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
460
DPM:
5,229
Penetration:
450 mm
Hit Points:
1,200
Hull F/S/R:
20 / 20 / 12
Turret F/S/R:
25 / 25 / 15
Max Speed:
55.8 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
4.23 s
Hull Traverse:
63.55 deg/s
Camouflage:
36%
Vision:
400 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.300°
Max Cannon Depression:
-10 / 20°
Turret Traverse Speed:
40 deg/s

The M50 Ontos is a tier 4 Tank Destroyer originating from United States. It can be unlocked by reaching Rank 10 in Age of Rage Battle Path Campaign.

Features[]

  • Invisible Movement : Motion does not reduce camouflage factor.
  • HESH : can even penetrate armor with large hit angles.
  • Terrain Resistance : this vehicle has increased maneuverability.

Player Recommendations[]

Pros and Cons[]

Pros[]

  • An absolutely devastating cannon barrage of six HEAT shells
  • Very high acceleration, top speed and traverse
  • Massive damage output
  • Good camo and spotting capabilities
  • Unique skill - Retreat. Great for hit-and-run tactics
  • Good for peeking, due to the high up cannon placement
  • Very small target
  • Terrain resistance
  • Invisible movement

Cons[]

  • Limited firing cone
  • No armor what so ever
  • Long reload time (especially if all cannons are empty)
  • No APS
  • Great accuracy decay if shot full auto
  • Bad for sniping - you would need to wait long for the aim circle to go down, which makes the rapid fire useless
  • No APFSDS ammo
  • Hard to obtain (only via Battle path)

Upgrade Suggestions[]

Premium vehicles in Armored Warfare come fully upgraded.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

Anything that would reduce reload time and accuracy decay.

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

Armor[]

M50 Ontos 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 20/20/12 Military Aluminum 25/25/15 Military Aluminum
Ontos hull is made if welded rolled steel and aluminum layers. It offers frontal protection against 12.7mm shots.


Firepower[]

105mm M40 Recoilless Rifle (x6)
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
105mm M40 HEP HESH Stock 366 0m 230mm 0.300° m/s 30.00s
105mm M40 HEAT HEAT Stock 460 0m 450mm 0.300° m/s 30.00s


Mobility[]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Chrys ler HT-361-318 180 hp Petrol Engine Stock Stock 55.80km/h {{{reverse}}} 4.23s {{{0-max}}} 63.55deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Upgrades[]

Premium vehicles in Armored Warfare come fully upgraded.

Special Ability[]

Name Activation Time Duration Reload Time Ability Changes
Retreat
Ability Retreat.png
0 s 20 s 60 s Increases camouflage factor and aceleration.
Reduce vision range and reload speed.
Camouflage factor +10%
Acceleration +50%
Vision Range -25.0037%
Rate of Fire -80%


History[]

Class: Self-Propelled Recoilless Gun Carrier
Developed: 1952
Service: 1956-1970
Vehicles Built: 321
Operators: USA

The Ontos ("Thing" in Greek) is a self-propelled recoilless gun carrier and one of the most iconic American vehicles of the Vietnam War. The original Ontos was developed as an alternative to the M56 Scorpion airborne self-propelled gun. In the late 1940s and the early 1950s, the U.S. military recognized the need for a light, mobile tank killer that would be able to traverse even rough terrain to ambush the enemy as well as to be deployed via parachute drops from a cargo plane, arriving on the ground practically combat-ready. The Scorpion would, however, suffer from poor stability and negligible crew protection.

The Ontos was born of the same mindset but had several key differences, the most notable being the fact that the standard rifled gun was replaced by a set of recoilless ones, which allowed the diminutive vehicle to carry incredible firepower. The vehicle also had its downsides and the U.S. Army rejected it only for the U.S. Marine Corps to pick up the tab and order some 300 vehicles delivered between 1956 and 1957.

The Ontos saw action several times before it was deployed in Vietnam. In one of the weirdest tank actions of post-war history, an Ontos knocked out a Swedish WW2 era Landsverk L-60 tank during the 1965 American intervention in the Dominican Republic. With the exception of one or two events, it was never really used as an anti-tank vehicle during the Vietnam War – instead, it was deployed as heavy fire support to various marine infantry units. It excelled in urban combat – a single salvo could level an entire building and the Vietnamese quickly learned to fear it. In other cases, it was essentially used as artillery, firing indirectly at long ranges and bombarding the enemy into submission. The canister rounds were especially devastating against charging Viet Cong troops with a single Ontos being capable of literally shredding sometimes dozens of enemies at once with one salvo. The HE rounds, on the other hand, turned out to be very effective against improvised entrenched positions in the jungle.

However, due to the lack of spare parts and general maintenance issues, the Ontos starting to disappear from the battlefields in 1968 and very few of these vehicles survived the Vietnam War. It was officially phased out in 1973 and the last unit to feature an operational Ontos was likely the Guantanamo Bay garrison that had one working vehicle in 1980.

See also[]

External Links[]

In development:M50 Ontos

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