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M551 Sheridan
M551 Sheridan
Tier / Class:
5 LT
United States
Marat Shishkin
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
2,806 (3,257)
400 mm
Hit Points:
Hull F/S/R:
32 / 26 / 19
Turret F/S/R:
32 / 26 / 26
Max Speed:
72.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
4.96 (4.70) s
Hull Traverse:
43.10 deg/s
430 m
Accuracy (Spread):
Max Cannon Depression:
-8.0 / -4.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
39.40 deg/s

The M551 Sheridan is a tier 5 Light Tank originating from the United States, and is sold by Marat Shishkin. It can be unlocked from the FV101 Scorpion 90 and leads to the Stingray and the Begleitpanzer 57.


  • Invisible movement: motion does not reduce camouflage factor.
  • High caliber : the high caliber weaponry deals an increased damage

Player Recommendations[]

With a high caliber main gun, the M551 Sheridan is the archetype of a hit and run flanker. High alpha damage per shot means heavy firepower over a short period, but the slow reload and weak armor can leave it exposed if caught in the open.

Pros and Cons[]


  • Extremely powerful 152mm cannon
  • Good gun depression
  • Good camouflage


  • Long reload
  • Poor shell velocity
  • No AP rounds

Upgrade Suggestions[]

Upgrading to the Improved Laser Rangefinder and Improved Ready Racks is extremely important, as the long reload makes accuracy vital. The 6V53T Supercharged Diesel Engine and Rapid-fire Smoke Launchers Mk.2 will allow for faster and safer flanking moves against an enemy strong point.

Retrofit Suggestions[]

  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Advanced Fire Control
  • Augmented Optics
  • Improved Gun Breech

Commander and Crew Skill Suggestions[]

  • Commander: Sabrina Washington, for improvements to camo rating, view range, and accuracy
  • Driver: Smooth Ride, Off-Road Driving
  • Gunner: Sharpshooter, Quick Draw
  • Loader: Rapid Fire, Explosive Shells


M551 Sheridan 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 32/26/19 Aluminum 32/26/26 Steel None
Developed primarily for airbourne troop support, the M551's aluminum armor is extremely unsuited for defense against tank rounds and heavy autocannon fire.


152mm M81 Gun/Launcher
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
152mm M409A1 HEAT HEAT Stock 720 0m 400mm 0.22° 680 m/s 13.52s
152mm M657 HE HE 11,510 608 3m 50mm 0.22° 675 m/s 13.52s

Missile Name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Velocity Reload Time Missiles in Launcher Reload within Launcher Burst Fire Rate Splash Radius Flight Agility Self-Guided
MGM-51A "Shillelagh" ATGM HEAT 18,170 760 430mm 150m/s 13.52s 1 {{{reloadm}}}s 4.62rd/min 0m {{{agility}}}deg/s No


Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Detroit Diesel 6V51T Diesel Engine Stock Stock 72.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 4.96s {{{0-max}}} 43.10 deg/s {{{firechance}}}

Detroit Diesel 6V53T Diesel Engine 2,325 39,205 72.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 4.70s {{{0-max}}} 43.10 deg/s {{{firechance}}}


M551 Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
M8-HC Smoke Grenades 5,580 94,085 Provides a total of nine smoke deployments with a three-round magazine. Individual charges are on a three second cooldown, with a sixty second cooldown for the magazine.

Improved Laser Rangefinder 8,145 137,335 Improves overall accuracy by 10%.

Improved Ready Racks 21,920 369,595 Increases reload speed by 10%.


Class: Light Tank
Developed: 1950-1966
Service: 1967-1996
Vehicles Built: 1662
Operators: USA

The epitome of a modern light tank is the M551 Sheridan. Born from the late 1950s program to replace the 76mm Gun Tank M41 Walker Bulldog, the first prototype was built in 1962 with the production running from 1966 to 1970 and with over 1600 vehicles built. Its purpose was to provide the American military with an air-transportable fire support vehicle that could also perform scout duties.

The Sheridan featured several typical elements for this class of vehicles. It had powerful weaponry – a 152mm gun-launcher. By the time this weapon was introduced, it was capable of knocking out practically every main battle tank it would encounter on the battlefield. Apart from firing standard HE shells, it was also capable of launching Shillelagh missiles. The Sheridan was also very light for a tank (it weighed only 15 tons) and fast with its maximum speed reaching 70 kilometers per hour. Powered by a 300 horsepower Detroit Diesel engine, it was agile and accelerated rather quickly.

In the end however, these qualities could not compensate for its very thin aluminum armor. The Sheridan was used during the Vietnam War and it did achieve certain level of success, but it was extremely vulnerable to RPG hits and mine detonations. On the other hand, it could also get to places where other vehicles would not and was able to provide valuable firepower in the muddy terrain where regular main battle tanks were not available. Its rate of fire was however very low – it could only fire around 2 rounds per minute. Its raw firepower on the other hand was (thanks to high-explosive and flechette rounds) quite high.

Since the end of the Vietnam War, the Sheridan Light Tank participated in two other major conflicts (the Panama invasion and the Gulf War) and survived in the U.S. Army service until 1996 when it was finally phased out, mostly because there was generally nothing better available to replace it with.

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