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The M8-120 Hades is a Tier 9 special premium Light Tank under Marat Shishkin's dealership.

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.

Vehicle Traits[ | ]

  • Stealthy: This vehicle does not lose any camouflage when moving at any speed, which is handy primarily for scouting.
  • Heavy Weapon: This vehicle carries one of the largest weapons around with significantly increased damage per shot.
  • Special version: This is a special version of a progression vehicle with improved features.
  • Modern Kinetic Rounds: This vehicle's kinetic (APFSDS) rounds are very effective against ERA kits.

Ammunition[ | ]

# Ammo
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
1 120mm M829A3 APFSDS APFSDS Stock 570 800[note 1] mm 1555 m/s 4.50 s
  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.12 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 25 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 120mm M830A1 HEAT-MP HEAT-MP Stock 680[note 2] 870 mm 1140 m/s 4.50 s
  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.13 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 35 %
3 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 3] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.98 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Partial Reload: Yes
  • Magazine Size: 800
  • Burst Fire Rate: 400 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °

Upgrades[ | ]

Armor[ | ]

M8 Thunderbolt II Armor Package
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Stock Stock 180 mm (vs AP)
255 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 380 mm (vs AP)
735 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel N/A N/A vs AP
The M8 Thunderbolt II features spaced aluminum stock armor along the front and the sides of the turret. It also has the highest level appliqué armor option installed.

Weapon[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 120mm XM291 Smoothbore Cannon Stock Stock 1.12 s 4.50 s


  • Depression/Elevation: -10.0° / 20.0°
120mm M829A3 APFSDS
120mm M830A1 HEAT-MP
7.62mm AP

Engine[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
Detroit Diesel 6V92TIA 600 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 70 km/h 35 km/h 3.93 s (0 to 32 km/h)
18.91 s (0 to Max Speed)
46.80° 6 %

Parts[ | ]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
Spall Liner
Stock Stock Hit points are increased by 150
M90 Smoke Grenades
Stock Stock Comes with 8 charges in total
Magazine capacity: 3 charges
Takes 3s to recharge
Duration: 10s
Magazine reload time: 25s
AN/VLQ-8A Soft Kill APS
Stock Stock Automatic Soft Kill APS
Target Acquisition Range: 300m
Effective Range: 300m
Multiplier to ATGM's Standard Noise: x 7
Additional ATGM Noise Penalty: 3.5
Penalty to ATGM Agility: x0.65
Angle of Effect: 360°
Improved Gun Stabilizer
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 20%
B07-K2 Thermal Imager
Stock Stock Ability to spot targets behind foliage improved by 15%
Improved Autoloader
Stock Stock Rate of fire is increased by 7%
Improved Stabilizer Drives
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 40%
Upgraded Fire Control System Sensors
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the hull.
Reinforced Transmission for Light Tanks
Stock Stock Maximum Speed: +15 km/h [note 4]
Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 90.4%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 76.6%

Abilities[ | ]

# Name XP Cost Stats Activation
Duration Cooldown More
TopSpeed Ability Override
Top Speed
Stock Acceleration: +200%
Max Speed: +5%
Hull Traverse Rate: +50%
Camo Penalty from Motion: +50%
N/A 20 s 60 s

Temporarily improves your vehicle's acceleration, maximum speed and hull traverse values at the cost of increased camouflage penalty for movement. In other words, activating this ability makes your vehicle easier to spot when moving.

No conditions bound to this ability.
RapidFire Ability Rapid Fire
Rapid Fire
Stock Rate of Fire: +20%
ATGM Noise: 15 m
N/A 20 s 60 s

This ability improves your vehicle's reload speed, allowing it to fire faster for a short period of time. However, for the duration of this ability, the gun also becomes considerably less accurate and ATGMs become far more difficult to aim.

No conditions bound to this ability.


  1. 800 mm at 150m;
    640 mm at 500m
  2. 85 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
  4. Also unlockable on:
Light Tanks
Sophie Wölfli

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Marat Shishkin

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Zhang Feng

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Oscar Faraday

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Francine De Laroche

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