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Ten New Western Alliance Tanks Are Coming!

July 23, 2021

Recruit a whole new line of light tanks, a new medium, and Cold War’s first tank destroyer.

On July 27th, the Western Alliance’s power grows with ten new Tech Tree tanks! Starting Tuesday, get ready to add eight new light tanks, a new medium tank, and a tank destroyer to your ranks! Read on to get all the details of the new vehicles coming your way.

Post-War Era

Escalation Era

Détente Era


M24 Chaffee ’53

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 3,460,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Post-War
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the M46A1 Patton
  • First tank in the new light tank branch
  • Gives access to the M41A1 Walker Bulldog

Combining excellent firepower with sturdy armor protection, the M24 Chaffee was produced by Cadillac in response to a request from the U.S. Army for a light tank with a 75mm gun. Cadillac achieved this design by pairing the gun with a hull created for artillery systems. Although the M24 Chaffee entered service in 1944, late in World War II, it proved valuable as a reconnaissance and infantry support vehicle during the Korean War.

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M41A1 Walker Bulldog

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 4,380,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Post-War
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the M24 Chaffee ’53
  • Gives access to the T92 ’58 and the M113

Along with the M47 medium tank and the M103 heavy tank, the M41 Walker Bulldog was developed as part of an initiative to update the U.S. Army’s tanks after World War II. Approved for production in 1949 and later renamed for General W.W. Walker, it featured a 76mm main gun and all-steel welded hull and, in many ways, hewed close to the design of the M24 Chaffee, which it replaced. The M41 Walker Bulldog notably saw service in the Vietnam War.

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T92 ’58

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 5,400,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Escalation
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the M41A1 Walker Bulldog
  • Gives access to the M551 Sheridan

The United States’ quest for an ideal light tank continued even after the M41 Walker Bulldog was accepted into service. The T92 was the name assigned to the proposal from Aircraft Armaments. Innovative in design, the T92 featured a split, low-profile turret with two crew cupolas, one on each side of the 76mm main gun. However, the appearance of the PT-76, which was both amphibious and air-mobile, rendered the T92 less attractive. It was eventually passed over in favor of the M551 Sheridan.

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M551 Sheridan

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 6,320,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Escalation
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the T92 ’58 and M113
  • Shoots ATGM
  • Gives access to the Stingray

The U.S. military’s search for an acceptable air-mobile armored vehicle design led to the development of the M551 Sheridan, which began in 1959.  Its 152mm gun would become a key design feature, which could fire cannon rounds and Shillelagh guided missiles. However, the tank experienced recoil upon firing. Additionally, the all-aluminum hull provided little protection against ground mines. Although its design made it unpopular during the Vietnam conflict, the M551 Sheridan remained in service into the 1990s.

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Stingray

 

 

  • Purchase cost: 7,230,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Escalation
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the M551 Sheridan
  • Gives access to the Stingray 2

In the mid-1980s, private manufacturer Cadillac Gage (now Textron Land & Marine) undertook a private venture to produce an inexpensive light tank for international markets (one that could be transported via air carrier). The result was the Stingray, a lightly armored vehicle capable of holding a crew of four. The Stingray is fitted with a 105mm L7A3 rifled gun, gun stabilization, an Allison 8V-92TA turbocharged diesel engine providing 535 hp, and a torsion suspension. The Royal Thai Army brought the Stingray into service in 1988 and procured 106 units. To date, Thailand is the only nation operating this tank.

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M113

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 5,400,000
  • Class: Tank Destroyer
  • Era: Escalation
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • First Tank Destroyer in Cold War
  • Gives access to the M551 Sheridan

The need for improved mobility became increasingly apparent to the U.S. military throughout the 1950s. As a result, it undertook efforts to develop new armored vehicles that met several criteria: lightweight, amphibious, and air-mobile, yet still capable of protecting the infantry they transported. Two prototypes emerged: the steel-bodied T117 and the aluminum-based T113. The latter was chosen and standardized for production as the M113 armored personnel carrier (APC) in 1960. It went on to become one of the most successful Western military vehicles, with over 80,0000 units produced and used in over 40 nations, some to this day.

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M60A2

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 7,230,000
  • Class: Medium Tank
  • Era: Escalation
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the M60A1
  • Shoots ATGM
  • Gives access to the M1 Abrams

Developed throughout the 1960s and produced in the mid-1970s, the M60A2 was the only U.S. tank besides the M551 Sheridan to feature the Shillelagh missile system. The system used a 152mm XM81 gun fitted on a new low-profile turret and mounted on an M60 hull. The technological complexity of the M60A2 earned it the nickname “Starship” but also resulted in performance issues that led to it being phased out of use.

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Stingray 2

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 8,250,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Détente
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the Stingray
  • Gives access to the M8 AGS and the M3A2 Bradley

Intended primarily for export and not for U.S. military use, the Stingray II was produced by Cadillac Gage (now Textron Land & Marine) and introduced in 1996. Although it used the same 105mm low recoil force (LRF) gun as the Stingray I, the Stingray II also featured upgrades such as an enhanced digital fire control system (FCS) and improved applique and laminate armor for better protection.

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M8 AGS

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 9,170,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Détente
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the Stingray 2
  • End of the line. Does not unlock access to additional tanks.

Developed through the Armored Gun System (AGS) program of the 1980s, which also produced the Expeditionary Tank, the M8 AGS was manufactured by FMC (later known as United Defense). Initially known as the Close Combat Vehicle – Light (CCVL), it was ultimately chosen to replace the M551 Sheridan. It featured a 105mm XM35 gun and allowed for the use of modular armor suites to keep it lightweight and air mobile. Shifts in funding and priorities, however, led to its cancellation.

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M3A2 Bradley

 

 

  • Purchase Cost: 9,170,000
  • Class: Light Tank
  • Era: Détente
  • Affiliation: Western Alliance
  • Unlocked with the Stingray 2
  • Shoots ATGM
  • End of the line. Does not unlock access to additional tanks.

The Bradley vehicles entered service in 1981 to keep pace with the Soviet BMP-1 as replacements for the M113 armored personnel carrier. Although it appears similar to the M2, designated as an infantry fighting vehicle, the M3 Bradley is classified as a cavalry fighting vehicle and mainly engages in reconnaissance roles. It carries a crew of five as opposed to the M2’s seven-person crew and also holds twice the ammo. The M3A2 variant is capable of mounting explosive reactive armor (ERA).

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