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M8-120 Thunderbolt II
M8-120 Thunderbolt II
Details
Tier / Class:
9 LT
Nation:
United States
Dealer:
Marat Shishkin
Reputation:
1,620,000
Cost:
15,300,000
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
580 (590)
DPM:
6,327 (7,151)
Penetration:
700 (725) mm
Hit Points:
2,050
Hull F/S/R:
140 / 110 / 20
Turret F/S/R:
120 / 70 / 36
Max Speed:
70.00 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
3.76 (3.63) s
Hull Traverse:
40.40 (43.60) deg/s
Camouflage:
27%
Vision:
440 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.12°
Max Cannon Depression:
-10.0 / 2.0°
Turret Traverse Speed:
53.00 deg/s

The M8 Thunderbolt II is a tier 9 Light Tank‏‎ originating from the United States, and is sold by Marat Shishkin. It can be unlocked with a tier 9 Unlock Token, and unlocks a tier 10 Unlock Token, which can be used on the PL-01, T-15 HIFV, T-14 Armata, and FV4034 Challenger 2 ATDU.

Features[]

  • Invisible movement: motion does not reduce camouflage factor.
  • HESH: can even penetrate armor with large hit angles.
  • Modern APFSDSs : are very effective against ERA

Player recommendations[]

The second of the two M8 series vehicles, the M8 Thunderbolt lacks an armor upgrade kit, leaving its armor values equal to a stock M8 Buford. But with a larger caliber gun, the Thunderbolt trades in rapid firepower for more alpha and penetration, allowing for a harder first hit on a target. It relies on mobility, view range, and camo rating to survive, instead of armor protection.

Pros and cons[]

Pros[]

  • Very good penetration
  • Good mobility
  • Excellent accuracy and rate of fire

Cons[]

  • Minimal armor
  • Large target

Upgrade suggestions[]

The DDC 8V92TA 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. Upgrading to the Improved Tracks will also improve movement across the battlefield.

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 Thunderbolt II 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 140/110/20 Military Aluminum 120/70/36 Military Aluminum None
The M8 Thunderbolt II has increased armor thickness, requiring less extensive applique packages to increase survivability; it comes with stock with high hardness spaced steel along the sides and front of the turret.


Firepower[]

120mm XM-291 Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Area of effect Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
120mm M829A2 APFSDS AP Stock 580 0m 700mm 0.10° 1,680 m/s 5.50s
120mm M830 HEAT-MP HEAT Stock 575 0m 700mm 0.12° 1,140 m/s 5.50s
120mm M829A3 APFSDS AP 139,655 590 0m 725mm 0.12° 1,555 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 70.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.76s {{{0-max}}} 40.40 deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Detroit Diesel 8V92TA Diesel Engine 25,390 290,840 70.00 km/h {{{reverse}}} 3.63s {{{0-max}}} 43.60 deg/s {{{firechance}}}



Upgrades[]

M8 Thunderbolt II Technology
Name Reputation Cost Credits Description
Spall Liner 40,625 465,345 Increases vehicle HP by 150.


M90 Smoke Grenades 60,940 698,015 Provides 9 total smoke grenades with a 3-round magazine. Smoke can be fired every 3 seconds. The magazine takes 60 seconds to reload.


AN/VLQ-6 Soft Kill APS 83,790 959,775 An Active Protection System that has a chance of diverting ATGMs away from the player's vehicle from a range of 250m or more.


Improved Gun Stabilizer 101,570 1,163,360 Enhanced accuracy on the move by 20%.


Improved Autoloader 206,305 2,363,075 Increases reload speed by 10%.


Improved Thermal Sight 130,925 1,499,645 Increases effectiveness of spotting through foliage by 15%.


Improved Tracks 20,950 239,945 Improves acceleration, top speeds, and traverse speeds on rough terrain and makes the tracks harder to destroy.


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.

See also[]

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