M2A4 Slammer UP is a variant of NATO's M2A1 Slammer Main Battle Tank, deployed to support combat personnel in urban environments.
The M2A4 Slammer UP is the urban purpose variant of the M2A1 Slammer. Compared to the base version, it features heavier armor with reinforced rear of the tank and a remote-controlled turret. This weight increase had to be compensated somewhere - M2A4 is fitted with a less powerful 105mm cannon compared to the 120mm of the base Slammer.
Like its base counterpart, the M2A4 is based off the real-world "Merkava Mark IV" MBT.
The Slammer UP uses the same bolt-on composite armour skirts as the M2A1 but has ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour) panels installed as well.
Unlike the baseline M2A1, this version of the Slammer has a mounted Mk30 HMG that is used as an RWS by the commander to engage lightly armoured vehicles, low flying aircraft, and infantry.
Screenshots shown during ArmA 3's development indicated that the M2A4 was originally intended to be included on release of the final version of ArmA 3.
However, the M2A4 would not become available for use until it was added as part of Game Update 1.12 for the first anniversary of the Alpha's release.
Pre-Alpha screenshot with the original version of the M2A4.
Another promotional screenshot showing two pre-Alpha M2A4s in the background.
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