Zachlam M3 (Tager): Half-Track Abroad

The Zachlam M3 (Tager) is an ATGM carrier, domestically developed by Israeli engineers on the basis of the American M3 and M5 halftracks, which were fitted with French SS.11 missiles. This unique new ground vehicle will await tankers in the upcoming Israeli ground forces tree, arriving in War Thunder as part of the next major update!

Zachlam M3 (Tager), anti-tank missile carrier, Israel, rank V

Features:

  • Deadly SS.11 missiles
  • Good mobility
  • Lightly armored
  • Limited number of missiles
History

Shortly after the founding of the Israeli state during the post-war period, its armed forces began being supplied by the Allied countries. Among the equipment provided to Israel were also variants of the American M3 halftrack. At the start of the 1960s however, Israel also acquired a number of French SS.11 missiles (or Tager in Israeli service) in order to equip its first units with the new technology and train maintenance specialists.

Around the same time, Israeli engineers modified some M3 halftracks, in service at the time as APCs, in order to enable them to carry the newly acquired SS.11 missiles and effectively convert the vehicle into a missile carrier. Being officially commissioned into service with the IDF in 1962, the vehicle was first publicly shown during a military parade in April 1963.

In service, the Zachlam missile carrier saw limited combat action as it mostly equipped IDF auxiliary units or those tasked with a defensive role. Nonetheless, the Zachlam M3 participated in the Six Day War and took part in combat operations on the Sinai peninsula. The vehicles remained in service with the IDF until 1969 before being officially decommissioned, while the remaining SS.11 missiles retrieved from them were subsequently used up during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

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In War Thunder, the Zachlam M3 (Tager) will be one of the more unique vehicles awaiting tankers in the upcoming Israeli ground forces tree, arriving to the game as part of the next major update. Compact, nimble and equipped with deadly anti-tank guided missiles, the Zachlam M3 (Tager) represents an interesting Israeli twist on a chassis familiar to most tankers in War Thunder!

What will certainly draw the most attention from a tank commander’s perspective is the Zachlam’s primary and indeed only weapon system, namely the SS.11 missiles or ‘Tager’ as they are known in Israeli service. These first generation guided anti-tank missiles are well familiar to seasoned War Thunder tank commanders as they can be found on a number of vehicles at the higher ranks. While promising a high destructive potential, their effectiveness is highly dependent on the tanker’s gunnery skills due to the missile requiring manual guidance. 

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Furthermore, advanced armor such as ERA or composites significantly reduce the missile’s destructiveness. Nevertheless, a skilled tanker can still make good use of the weapon to severely damage or outright knock out unsuspecting enemies from up to 3.5 km away. In doing so however, commanders should keep in mind that the Zachlam’s ammunition capacity is severely limited though. In fact, the vehicle only carries two additional SS.11 missiles after the four preloaded ones are expended from the launcher, so make your shots count!

Because the Zahlam is based on the familiar M3 halftrack chassis, the vehicle also inherited the good mobility from the American base model. Thanks to its low mass and 143 horsepower engine, the Zachlam can reach a top speed of around 67 km/h on paved roads while only dropping slightly in less hospitable terrain types thanks to its halftrack design. On the other hand, being just a simple APC by design means that the Zahlam can’t boast about its protection. In fact, the vehicle is only sufficiently protected to withstand rifle-caliber fire and shrapnel damage. On the other hand, unlike the base model found in other nations’, the Zachlam’s crew is better protected from air attack as they’re all situated in the armored driver’s cabin in the front portion of the vehicle.

The Zachlam M3 (Tager) will be arriving in War Thunder as part of the upcoming Israeli ground forces tree with the release of the next major update. In the meantime, make sure to keep scanning the horizon for more news as we continue showcasing what else the upcoming update has in store for you. Until then, happy hunting tankers!

You can greatly speed up the research on this vehicle with M-51

M-51 Pack
M-51 Pack
The Kit Includes:
  • M-51
  • 1000 Golden Eagles
  • Premium account for 7 days
  • Access to Israeli ground forces tree CBT

Since the Israeli army was formed after the end of World War II, research for Israeli ground vehicles will begin immediately from rank IV. All owners of early access packs will be able to take part in closed testing of the Israeli ground forces immediately after the “Wind of Change” update is live. Terms of access for all other players will be published later. 

After the end of closed testing, to start researching the Israeli ground forces, the player will need at least one purchased ground vehicle of rank IV (or higher) in any of the following playable nations: USA, USSR, Great Britain, France or Israel.

In the “Wind of Change” major update we will begin the closed beta testing of the Israeli ground forces! Each Early Access Pack guarantees early access to beta testing, and until it starts you will be able to master your crews in all vehicle slots. Early Access Pack vehicles will have 3 free respawns in Arcade and Realistic battles in War Thunder before the “Wind of Change” update is released. 


Dear players! We kindly remind you that the Magach 3, the Sho’t Kal Dalet and the AH-64A Peten

Packs are to be discontinued by the start of Israeli ground forces CBT.

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