|USA||Medium Tank||Tier IX|
Developed in 1948 and 1949, the M46 Patton was a modernized and improved version of the M26 Pershing. A total of 1,168 M46 tanks, in two basic variants, were manufactured between 1949 and 1951. Pattons saw wide use in the Korean War.
It is the evolution of the M26 Pershing. The Patton is slower compared to its tier 9 medium tank counterparts, but its maneuverability and powerful 105mm T5E1M2 gun make this tank a pretty hard target to kill. Even though this tank doesn't have enough armor to take direct hits without damage, sloped turret gives this tank much better chances of survival in dogfights than it might appear on paper. By wisely using the sloped turret in combination with its great gun depression and on-the-move accuracy, you can increase your chances of victory. Out of its tier 9 medium tank counterparts, the Patton is the "Guerrilla Fighter."
The M46 Patton leads to the M48A1 Patton.
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Pros and Cons
- Great view range
- Decent acceleration
- Excellent DPM
- Good alpha
- Very good gun depression
- Good mobility
- Paper thin armor
- Below average accuracy
- Small mantlet on upgraded turret
In many ways the M46 Patton is basically a M26 Pershing with a much better gun and slightly better mobility. Just like the Pershing, it could excel as a flanker, support, sniper (not as good sniper as the Pershing because of the mediocre accuracy on the 105) and brawler. Use your superior reload time to shoot heavier tanks (like E-75 or IS-8) twice while only taking one shot yourself. Use your higher alpha to outgun opponents such as the T-54 with a lower alpha. Use your depression and come out of a hill, aim, take a shot, and back off to reload. Just don't expect to lead charges in this tank, because people tend to shoot the Patton first since they know how thin the armor on the Patton is.
Just like the M26 Pershing, the Patton 46 can passive scout, except even better. With 410m view range (2nd highest in-game) and increased mobility, the Patton 46 can even scout aggressively. Of course one should only put this plan to action once most enemies have been knocked out. In addition, this tactic is not viable if you are the top tier and only a few allied tanks remain. Unfortunately, because of the 500m view range limit, Coated Optics are more useful, as you will get more out of your exceptionally good view range.
- The 90 mm Gun T15E2M2, Continental AV-1790-1 Engine, and SCR 528 Radio carry over from the M26 Pershing. Unfortunately, only the engine and radio can be mounted immediately.
- If you don't mind sticking with the stock gun for a while, the Continental AV-1790-5A Engine provides a boost in power for no extra weight. If you would rather mount a larger gun, save this engine for later.
- Research the M46T81 Suspension in order to mount the better gun.
- From here, research the 105 mm Gun T5E1M2 for extra damage and penetration, the M46T119 Turret for higher view range (keep in mind that the front armour is slightly worse than that of the stock turret), or the top engine (assuming you haven't already researched it).
A new engine, the Continental Motors AV-1790-1 V-form, 12-cylinder, water-cooled, gasoline engine was combined with a newly designed General Motors CD-850-1 cross-drive transmission. This power plant provided 740 hp, a somewhat limited increase in power. The novel design of this unit was it acted as a transmission, braking system, and steering system all in one unit. In addition to this modification, a bore evacuator was added to the M3A1 90mm tank gun, along with a single baffle muzzle brake. Certain other changes were made, including an M83 telescopic fire control system, and round transmission access covers.
In essence, the Patton was basically a modernized Pershing. Originally designated the M26E2, the tank was accepted into service as the Medium Tank M46. It was given the nickname "Patton" in honor of the great World War II general George S. Patton, Jr.
With the outbreak of the Korean War, the tank was rushed into action alongside its M26 cousin to combat the North Korean T-34-85s.The first M46 entered US service in late 1949. The tank saw action in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953, where it proved superior to the Russian T-34-85. About 200 M46 were used by the US forces in Korea. The M46 was retired from US service in 1957. It was exported only to Belgium, and only in comparatively small numbers.
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