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M8-105 Buford
M8-105 Buford
Details
Tier / Class:
8 LT
Nation:
United States
Dealer:
Marat Shishkin
Reputation:
1,080,300
Cost:
8,160,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
500
DPM:
5,563 (6,240)
Penetration:
530 (650) mm
Hit Points:
2,000
Hull F/S/R:
198 / 120 / 32
Turret F/S/R:
280 / 95 / 66
Max Speed:
75.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
3.10 (2.93) s
Hull Traverse:
36.00 (43.60) deg/s
Camouflage:
27%
Vision:
440 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.11°
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0 / -1.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
53.00 deg/s

The M8 Buford is a tier 8 Light Tank‏‎ originating from the United States, and is sold by Marat Shishkin. It can be unlocked from the Stingray 2, and unlocks a tier 9 Unlock Token, which can be used on the BMPT-72 Terminator 2, M8 Thunderbolt II, T-90MS, and FV4034 Challenger 2.

Features[]

  • Invisible movement: motion does not reduce camouflage factor.
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles.

Player recommendations[]

The first of the two M8 series vehicles, the M8 Buford starts as a unarmored base model, similar to the Stingray. The difference comes upon purchasing the Level III Armor set, which turns the vehicle into one of the most heavily armored vehicles outside of the MBT class. With excellent frontal armor (for a light tank) and side armor that any MBT would envy, the M8 Buford becomes a very competent flanking vehicle, capable of hit and run tactics where it can withstand moderate amounts of fire. Combine this with a rapid firing 105mm gun and excellent accuracy on the move, the M8 Buford punches well above its weight.

Pros and cons[]

Pros[]

  • Good mobility
  • Excellent gun handling
  • Excellent gun depression
  • High camo rating and view range

Cons[]

  • Until upgraded to the Level III Armor, the M8 Buford is exposed to all but the lightest incoming fire.
  • At high speeds is susceptible to sliding, making it harder to control

Upgrade suggestions[]

Upgrading to the Level III Armor will heavily increase survivability against autocannon and large caliber gunfire. The DDC 8V92TA-550 Diesel Engine will improve freedom of movement around the battlefield, making rapid hit and run tactics easier. The Improved Gun Stabilizer and Improved Autoloader, along with the various ammunition upgrades, will increase the effective lethality, and upgrading to the Rapid-fire Smoke Launchers Mk.2 will decrease effective incoming damage.

Retrofit suggestions[]

  • Improved Gun Breech
  • Advanced Muzzle Reference System
  • Electro-Optical Absorbing Paint
  • Augmented Optics

Commander and crew skill suggestions[]

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

Armor[]

M8 Buford 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 198/120/32 Military Aluminum 280/95/66 Military Aluminum None
Meant to replace the Sheridan, the prototype of the M8 Buford is designed to be air-portable with an aluminum chassis. It boasts three levels of appliqué packages: the second offers protection from 20mm fire, while the third titanium steel composite protects against 30mm fire.


Level III Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull Armor (F/S/R) Hull Composition Turret Armor (F/S/R) Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
51,295 782,050 298/495/32 Layered Steel Composite 280/475/66 Layered Steel Composite None
This appliqué package uses heavy titanium-steel bricks along the upper glacis, frontal hull, and turret sides. These are capable of defending against ATGM, HEAT, and 30mm cannons.


Firepower[]

105mm XM35 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
105mm M833 APFSDS AP Stock 500 0m 650mm 0.11° 1,505 m/s 5.50s
105mm M393A1 HEP HE Stock 510 0m 280mm 0.13° 760 m/s 5.50s
105mm M393A3 HEP HE 57,710 520 0m 295mm 0.13° 760 m/s 5.50s
105mm M152/3 HEAT AP 73,740 500 0m 500mm 0.12° 1,150 m/s 5.50s
105mm M900 APFSDS AP 72,865 520 0m 650mm 0.11° 1,505 m/s 5.50s


Mobility[]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Detroit Diesel 6V92TA Diesel Engine Stock Stock 75.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.10s {{{0-max}}} 36.00 deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Diesel Engine 11,660 177,740 75.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 2.93s {{{0-max}}} 43.60 deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Upgrades[]

M8 Buford Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 18,655 284,385 Increases vehicle HP by 150.


M90 Smoke Grenades 27,980 426,575 Provides 9 totalsmoke deployments with a 3-round magazine. Smoke can be fired every 3 seconds. The magazine takes 60 seconds to reload.


Improved Gun Stabilizer 46,635 710,955 Enhanced accuracy on the move by 20%.


Improved Thermal Sight 69,730 1,063,105 Increases effectiveness of spotting through foliage by 15%.


Improved Autoloader 109,880 1,675,190 Increases reload speed by 10%.


Special Abilities[]

Name Activation Time Duration Reload Time Ability Changes
Top Speed
Ability Override.png
0 s 20 s 60 s Improves acceleration time, increses maximum speed and hull travese rate.
Reduces camouflage factor in motion.
Acceleration +200%
Max speed +5%
Hull traverse speed +50%
Camo penalty in motion +50%


Rapid Fire
Ability Rapid Fire.png
0 s 20 s 60 s Increses reload speed
Reduces accuracy to zero, increases ATGM deviation.
Rate of fire +20%
ATGM +15m


History[]

Class: Light Tank (Prototype)
Developed: 1992-1996
Service: N/A
Vehicles Built: 6
Operators: N/A

From the 1970s to the 1990s, the standard light tank of the U.S. Army was the M551 Sheridan. Although it performed reasonably well in the conflicts it took part in; the Sheridan was not the most successful American vehicle ever developed. Its protection level was very poor, and it suffered mechanical issues early on. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that, starting in the late 1970s, the U.S. military was actively looking to purchase another such light vehicle to replace the rapidly aging Sheridan. This was especially true for the U.S. Airborne forces (82nd Airborne Division), which was in need of light, mobile, and air-transportable firepower. Throughout the 1980s a number of light tank prototypes appeared as parts of the Armored Gun System program, but none have been as successful as the XM8.

The XM8 was designed by FMC as part of the abovementioned Armored Gun System program to replace the M551. The main goal of the project was to provide the U.S. Army with a vehicle with sufficient firepower and the ability to withstand artillery shrapnel impacts and infantry-operated anti-tank weapon fire. Arguably the most important feature, however, was the ability to deploy such a vehicle by the means of low-velocity airdrop from a C-130 or a C-17 in order for the vehicle to be attached to the 82nd Airborne.

To make the vehicle suitable for multiple types of operations, the XM8 could be configured with three possible armor options that influenced the vehicle’s weight but increased the protection. The vehicle was armed with an experimental, automatically loading Watervliet M35 105mm low recoil gun in its FMC-developed turret. The FCS was based on a Raytheon system developed for the LAV-105.

The vehicle was generally well-designed, but military budget cuts of the 1990s proved to be its undoing. The vehicle contract was initially assigned to FMC, and six prototypes were built and tested. All of them reportedly still exist in various states of disrepair. In September of 1993, FMC presented the vehicle to the military, and there were plans to produce 297 vehicles from 1997 onwards, but the project was ultimately canceled in 1996.

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