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Slammer
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Faction NATO
Type Main Battle Tank
Seats 9 seats:
  • 1× Driver
  • 1× Gunner
  • 1× Commander
  • 6× Passengers
Item capacity Max: 3000 kg
  • 12× Weapons
  • 128× Magazines
  • 12× Backpacks
Top speed 64 km/h
Fuel capacity 1885 L
Primary armament Main:
  • 1× Cannon 120mm
Secondary armament Coaxial:
  • 1× M200 LMG 6.5mm

Defensive:

  • 1× Smoke Generator
Variants M2A4 Slammer UP, M4 Scorcher, M5 Sandstorm
Games
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The M2A1 Slammer is NATO's primary Main Battle Tank.

OverviewEdit

  • Roles:
    • Direct fire and maneuver
    • Troop transport
« A licensed copy of an Israeli tank built in Central Europe, this vehicle brings both versatility and maximal crew protection to the battlefield. Such gained it significant appreciation from Western European armies in the 21st century. The M2A1 is armed with a 120mm cannon and a coaxial machine gun, with the potential for it to be utilized as mobile artillery. This tank has proven itself in battle and thanks to heavy manufacturing, it became the second most wide spread main battle tank of many countries around the world.
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Design Edit

The Slammer is a main battle tank that uses a drive train consisting of six road wheels, one rear idler wheel, one front drive sprocket and three return rollers per side. The turret is triangular and narrow in shape, large but low, and is mounted rearwards onto the chassis, a layout commonly found on SPGs.

It is armed with a smoothbore 120mm cannon that can fire a mixture of armour-piercing and high-explosive shells. In addition, it has a coaxial 6.5mm light machine gun that can be used against soft targets in lieu of the main gun.

The standard loadout of the Slammer gives it 32 rounds of armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS-T) and 16 high-explosive (HE-T) shells for the main gun. The coaxial machine gun comes loaded with one linked belt of 2,000 rounds of 6.5mm ammunition, with a spare belt of another 2,000 rounds left in reserve.

Mobility-wise, the Slammer is the slowest and least manoeuvrable of the three MBT designs. However, this is compensated by the Slammer's design being centred around crew survivability. It has the highest base armour of the three MBT designs currently available, and unlike its CSAT and AAF counterparts, has its engine positioned at the front of the hull (where the armour is thickest). This makes it almost impossible to inflict a mobility kill on the Slammer in a first strike, as unless its frontal armour is already compromised (only possible after multiple consecutive attacks on the same position), the engine will never be disabled from a single shot.

And although the Slammer lacks a heavy machine gun turret for use by the tank's commander (an issue rectified by its Urban Purpose sub-variant), this is somewhat compensated by its ability to be able to carry half a squad's worth of infantry in its rear passenger compartment. This gives Slammer crews the ability to provide both direct fire support and transport troops into battle.

The Slammer has a seating capacity of nine personnel including the crew. The crew includes the driver, gunner and commander.

TriviaEdit

  • The Slammer is based off the real-world "Merkava Mark IV" MBT.
  • However unlike the real-world Merkava, the Slammer does not have the ability to fire either LAHAT ATGMs via its main gun or mortar shells from the internal 60mm mortar launcher. It also does not have a coaxially mounted Samson RCWS (although the Urban Purpose variant does have a turret mounted HMG for use by the commander).
  • Despite being modelled onto the turret, the Slammer lacks the ability to make use of the Trophy active missile protection system that is present on real Merkava tanks.
  • Screenshots released during the pre-Alpha phase of ArmA 3's development indicated that the Slammer was originally meant to be used by other factions as well in a similar fashion to the MQ4A Greyhawk.
  • However, the Slammer was eventually superseded with the introduction of the T-100 Varsuk for use by CSAT by the time of the Alpha and Beta's release. The MBT-52 Kuma on the other hand, did the same for the AAF with the release of the Adapt episode.

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Variants Edit

Vehicles of comparable role and configuration Edit

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