T110E5 8.0 armor update

Back to basics. The Tier X American heavy was the very first tank we had written about like five months ago. In this review, we focus on the changes coming in the next patch. I won’t talk and write much in this post, the tone meant to be more military-like. All Tier X armor protection schemes are going to be revised sooner or later. All right, let’s see the T110E5!  You can use the hull part for the T110E4 too.

Retained characteristics of the T110E5 in patch 8.0

  • The T110E5 is relatively small and mobile for a heavy tank. It’s a light-weight compromise design which concentrates its armor on the front. The frontal armor has mixed zones of especially strong and weaker parts. It’s very hard to use its armor strengths, because there is always a con for a pro.
  • Mobility is at least as important part of the protection as the armor itself
  • Angling of the egg-shaped hull is possible, although it’s not recommended against every opponent and in every situation. See details later.
  • There are three main vulnerable zones we should focus on: the lower front plate, the commanders cupola and the hull sides.

Armor changes in general for 8.0

  • The sloped parts of front armor are now stronger by a rough 10 percent
  • The upper front plate or glacis now gives reliable protection against all Tier X tank guns. Only Tier X TD guns has considerable chance to penetrate it.
  • The lower front plate and the cupola got a very bit tougher.
  • Against non-overmatching (at least by a factor of two) projectiles with 200+ avg pen the hull side armor allows angling up to 25 degrees. Sub-200 avg pen guns allow angling for the sides up to 30-35 degrees. Approaching an opponent behind a corner is less risky for the sides (and for the ammo rack behind them) now.
  • Weak spots against AP and HEAT (gold ammo) are most similar.

The T110E5 hull armor in 8.0

How to angle the T110E5 – part one

This time  we would like to make a complement for our T110E5 report. I had been asked several times, if players should angle their T110? At first, I could not give a straight answer, because I did not know. The american Tier10 heavy tank has a complex hull shape, but the main problem is the thin side armor, which can be vulnerable to high-angle shots from the front. So we finally went after that…

It’s possible, but only with serious limits and buts

Our goal was to find an immunity angle, where the side hull armor is still safe at high angled frontal shots, and I think we found one. It’s a modest value and a clear reminder, all T110 drivers should be aware of. Our main concern has to be the sides…They are 76mm thick and flat, just like by the  old T29/34 series. (That one turned out to be not entirely true, correction in the comments)

The safe angle for T110E5 side hull is +/-12,5 degree. The upper front armor receives an effective armor boost, the lower front armor remains unchanged, mostly

All right, we have a “safe zone” for our little steel wall collector.  But do we gain any extra protection for our front armor? I can say a clear YES for that!

After our previous tests, we had several armor zones on the upper front plate (UFP), 3 of them have changed its five/seven shot immunity value, upwards. The increased protection level is on the following picture.

Safe angling adds 20-25mm extra effective armor for the T110E5 upper hull armor

The bad news is, the safe-angling for T110E5 does not help the lower front plate, or just at an insignificant level. In the future, we will continue our research for 30 and 45 degree angling, but be aware, that such hull positioning will always expose your thin sides.

Thoryne, Sinenfutorepatolvaj