Tank Destroyer: M18 Hellcat

M18 Hellcat

The development of the vehicle was started in 1942. In April 1943 the General Motors company produced the first prototypes. One of a few American tank destroyers manufactured on its original chassis, not on a chassis of a tank. The tank destroyer became the most high-speed armored vehicle of this type of World War II. A total of 2,507 vehicles were produced from July 1943 through October 1944.

Characteristics for a vehicle with basic configuration and a crew with 100% qualification.

Main Characteristics

Tier VI
Hit Points 550 HP
Weight/Load Limit 17.42 / 17.95 t
Price 950,000
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Radio Operator
  5. Loader
Mobility
Engine Power 350 h.p.
Speed Limit 72 km/h
Traverse Speed 30 deg/sec
Turret Traverse Speed 16 deg/sec
Armor
Hull Armor (mm)
  • front 12
  • sides 12
  • rear 12
Turret Armor (mm)
  • front 25
  • sides 12
  • rear 12
Armament
Gun 3-inch AT Gun M7
Ammunition 45 pcs
Damage 83-138 HP
Armor Penetration 76-126 mm
Rate of Fire 15.38 rounds/min
View Range 370 m
Signal Range 325 m

Configuration

Turrets

Turrets

Tier Turret Armor
(mm)
Traverse Speed
(deg/sec)
View Range
(m)
Price
(credits)
V M18 M34A1
  • front 25
  • sides 12
  • rear 12
16 370 9,000
VI M18 M1
  • front 76
  • sides 31
  • rear 127
16 370 16,250
Guns

Guns

Tier Gun Damage
(НР)
Penetration
(mm)
Rate of Fire
(rounds/min)
Price
(credits)
V 3-inch AT Gun M7 110/110/175 101/157/38 15.79 33,500
VI 76 mm AT Gun M1A1 115/115/185 128/177/38 17.14 50,330
VI 76 mm AT Gun M1A2 115/115/185 128/177/38 19.35 62,000
VII 90 mm AT Gun M3 240/240/320 160/243/45 7.06 81,000
Engines

Engines

Tier Engine Power
(h.p.)
Chance of Fire
(%)
Price
(credits)
IV Wright Continental R-975EC2 350 20 10,500
IV Wright Continental R-975C1 400 20 11,000
V Wright Continental R-975C4 460 20 13,900
Suspensions

Suspensions

Tier Suspension Load Limit
(t)
Traverse Speed
(deg/sec)
Price
(credits)
V M18 T67 17.95 30 8,600
VI M18 T69 21.8 30 17,000
Radios

Radios

Tier Radio Signal Range
(m)
Price
(credits)
IV SCR 510 325 1,980
VI SCR 610 420 24,600
X SCR 619 750 54,000