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New Premium: M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII - Tier 6 Medium Tank

The M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII will be on sale in the Premium Shop from May 4th to June 5th, 2017.

The M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII is the latest addition to the Premium Shop. It is part of what is known as the Easy Eight style of tanks. The M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII is a US Tier 6 Medium tank that isn’t too dissimilar to the M4A3E8 Sherman.

With strong frontal armor, and small sections of spaced armor, the M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII is surprisingly robust.

Obviously, the advantage of the M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII is that it’s a Premium vehicle that can be used to train new recruits for other Mediums, while also allowing users to farm credits at a lower tier, offering fewer dangers than a Tier 8 potentially versing Tier 10s.The Thunderbolt has several statistical advantages over the Easy Eight, with its aim time and dispersion values beating out its E8 twin. Boasting better hull armor—especially on the front—the Thunderbolt is able to sustain more punishment, that’s if it has been spotted, as it also touts superior concealment values across the board. It can also act as a scout, thanks to its impressive View and Signal Ranges which can be further boosted by mounting the right equipment.

While the frontal turret armor is weaker, it offers spaced armor, which make up for some of the thickness differences. The Thunderbolt can take a surprising amount of beating when positioned correctly, and even a novice can quickly fix any mistakes without being completely wiped out by the opposition.

The historical note in the Research section of the Thunderbolt reads:

The Thunderbolt VI tank under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Creighton Abrams, the commander of the 37th Tank Battalion (subsequently a General and U.S. Army Chief of Staff). The vehicle was effectively the M4A3E8 Sherman tank with additional armor mounted in the field.

Below are the in-game stats of the M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII. As you can see, in a similar fashion to other US tanks, its gun elevation is extremely impressive, allowing it to shoot uphill with ease.

The M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII is a Tier 6 Medium tank belonging to the USA.

Firepower

  • 115 Average damage per shot
  • 128 Average penetration
  • 17.78 Rate of Fire
  • 3.38 Reload Time
  • 40.53 Turret Traverse Speed
  • -10/25 Gun Depression/Elevation Angles
  • 1.97 Aiming Time
  • 0.36 Dispersion at 100m
  • 2,044 Average damage per minute

Survivability

  • 750 Hit Points
  • 123/38/38 Hull Armor
  • 63/63/63 Turret Armor

Mobility

  • 37/39 Weight/Load Limit
  • 500 Engine Power
  • 13.51 Specific Power
  • 42/18 Top Speed/Reverse Speed
  • 45.04 Traverse Speed

Concealment

  • 21.05/5.2 Concealment of Stationary Vehicle
  • 15.76/3.89 Concealment of Moving Vehicle

Spotting

  • 399 View Range
  • 748 Signal Range

The M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII will make a worthy addition to any tanker’s garage, offering players an opportunity to play a Premium tank at a lower tier than normal. It’s time to dig back into some USA Medium tank lines and train up some crew!

What do you think of the new M4A3E8 Thunderbolt VII, will you be picking it up from the Premium shop?

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Sam Chandler

Sam loves all things shooters, whether it's a cheeky chicken dinner in PUBG or diving into a raid in Destiny, he'll be there.