Class: Main Battle Tank
Vehicles Built: cca 100
The Magach MBTs were (more or less) modified American M48 and M60 series of Main Battle Tanks, purchased by Israel starting from the 1960s. The first of these tanks were secretly provided by West Germany with the official U.S. deliveries following during the years after. The M48 series bore the designation Magach 1 to Magach 5, the M60 MBTs (the initial version) bore the designation Magach 6 and Magach 7 while the M60A1 and M60A3 MBTs bore the designation Magach 6A to Magach 6B. For many decades, the Magach series formed the backbone of the Israeli armored forces alongside the Super Shermans, Centurions and Merkava MBTs before they were finally retired in 2014.
The Magach 7C (7 Gimel) came in the mid-1990s, several years after the 7A variant, utilizing all the lessons learned from 7A’s design. It was based on the same principle – arrays of passive armor instead of an ERA kit – but the armor was differently (better) shaped, sporting an arrow-shaped look instead of the earlier boxy model. To cope with all this weight and to deal with 7A’s mobility shortcomings, the tank engine was replaced with a more powerful variant used in the early Merkavas. This really kicked the tank’s performance up a notch – once again, it was even more mobile than the older Magachs without extra armor, even when hauling the extra 5 tons around. With the improved tracks and suspension, not much original was left from the venerable M60 at that point.
This way, the tank remained in service for a long time, practically until being phased out in 2014. The 7C is the variant that is most closely related to the Sabra that was developed for the Turkish military and is currently in service under the designation of M60T.
- Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
- High Accuracy: This vehicle has higher accuracy than other vehicles of this Tier.
- High Rate of Fire: This vehicle has higher rate of fire than other vehicles of this Tier.
- HESH Rounds: This vehicle can fire special Squash Head rounds. These are extremely effective against angled armor that is typical for Soviet tanks.
|105mm M735A1 APFSDS||APFSDS||Stock||380||560[note 1] mm||1501 m/s||5.70 s|
|105mm M774 APFSDS||APFSDS||14,500||410||610[note 2] mm||1509 m/s||5.70 s|
|105mm M393A2 HEP||HEP||Stock||340||490 mm||760 m/s||5.70 s|
|105mm DM22 HEAT||HEAT||22,000||530||790 mm||1174 m/s||5.70 s|
|7.62mm AP||AP||Stock||8||18[note 3] mm||855 m/s||5.00 s|
|XP Cost||Credit Cost||Hull
|Stock||Stock||545 mm (vs AP)
725 mm (vs HEAT)
|Steel||1090 mm (vs AP)
1790 mm (vs HEAT)
|Steel Layers with Air Gaps||N/A||N/A vs AP|
N/A vs HEAT
|This MBT features a heavy armor kit on top of basic steel body.|
|Name||XP Cost||Credit Cost||Aim Time||Reload Time||More Info|
|105mm M68 Rifled Cannon||Stock||Stock||1.50 s||5.70 s|
105mm M735A1 APFSDS
105mm M774 APFSDS
105mm M393A2 HEP
100mm DM22 HEAT
- 560 mm at 150m;
420 mm at 500m
- 610 mm at 150m;
458 mm at 500m
- 18 mm at 100m;
9 mm at 1000m