Playing in new vehicles is always very exciting, so you’ll be glad to hear that the Large Boxes in the Holiday Ops 2023 event feature three brand-new Tier VIII and IX Premium tanks, each of which is sure to impress you!
It’s the first time in the game that the M47 Iron Arnie, the BZ-176, and the Char Mle. 75 will be available, so don't miss your chance to add these unique warriors to your collection! Let's take a closer look at them.
The M47 Iron Arnie: Ride the Tank Created With Arnold Schwarzenegger!
The undisputed star of our festive bash is the versatile M47 Iron Arnie, a Tier VIII American medium tank. As the name suggests, this unique tank is inseparably connected to Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of our guests of honor during Holiday Ops 2023.
You probably know that Arnie is a seasoned tanker and served in the Austrian Army from 1965 through 1966, during which time he operated the M47 Patton II tank (331). He later obtained the same vehicle he trained on and now uses it to support his charity. Arnie knows perfectly how to drive and operate it in every possible way, so who better than the man himself to figure out how to make it even greater?
Together with our incredible celebrity, we thought about how to improve Arnie’s M47 Patton II and introduce it to the game so that it would be even cooler for players. Arnie personally initiated several important improvements for his tank, and that's how the M47 Iron Arnie was born. We’re sure you will enjoy these upgrades!
Advantages and Gameplay
The M47 Iron Arnie can be called a “heavier” representative of the famous American tank series but with enhanced armor and a stronger armament. To better protect the tank from enemy shells, we equipped its turret and hull with additional metal screens, which allow you to confidently play on the first line of attack.
To increase the firepower, we replaced the standard 90 mm gun with a more powerful 105 mm cannon. Excellent (for a medium tank) 230 mm of armor penetration with a standard AP shell helps you cause damage even to well-armored opponents. Thanks to its reliable frontal armor and menacing high-penetrating gun, this medium tank can easily operate as a frontline brawler, assisting heavies and breaking through enemy lines. Just note that its aiming time and accuracy are not the best for its tier, so long-range sniping is not the vehicle’s ideal role.
The M47 Iron Arnie features a unique look with Arnold’s signature on it. Its unforgettable character emanates celebrity vibes and makes you a superstar in any battle!
The BZ-176: Combat Typhoon Featuring the Jet Booster Mechanic
The upcoming Chinese heavy tanks featuring the new jet booster mechanic will soon make their Tech Tree debut! We’re actively working on these unusual vehicles, but you already have a chance to try out the pioneer of the new branch: Meet the mighty BZ-176, a Tier VIII Premium tank!
Advantages and Gameplay
The BZ-176 is a heavily armored brawler that is perfectly suited to frontal assaults. Its strong hull and well-sloped turret armor make it easy to deflect shots from same-tier—and even some top-tier—vehicles. Additionally, the gun depression reaches −10 degrees, which is outstanding for a Chinese tank.
Although the BZ-176’s dynamics and top speed are not impressive (30 km/h) due to the vehicle’s strong armor, this is where the new jet booster mechanic will come into play, which can be used from the start of a battle. Upon activation, the jet booster increases both the engine power and the top forward speed, which reaches 45 km/h. Thanks to this boost, the BZ-176 can quickly travel through dangerous areas, leave the line of fire, or rush to support allies.
Keep in mind that you can use the jet booster mechanic only several times in a single battle.
At the start of a battle, the booster will take five seconds to load and prepare for use. Once activated, the tank will receive a brief boost to its engine power and top forward speed. After that, you will need to wait four seconds until the booster is reloaded.
And now, meet the main attraction: The BZ-176 is armed with a 160 mm gun that causes 650 HP of damage with a standard AP shell, as well as an incredible 800 HP with an HE shell with increased penetration (225 mm). Respectable alpha damage is counterbalanced with mediocre accuracy (0.46 m) and a very long reload time (25 seconds), which can be challenging in the heat of a close battle. If the combat situation is not in your favor, take advantage of the jet booster mechanic and make a tactical retreat.
The Char Mle. 75: A Formidable Scout With Two Speed Modes
This vehicle is unique, and that’s not just because it’s the first Tier IX Premium vehicle available in Large Boxes—it’s also the first Tier IX Premium light tank in the game! The Char Mle. 75 has no analogs in World of Tanks as it possesses two distinctive features at once:
- A gas-turbine engine
- Burst-fire autoloading mechanics
It perfectly performs the role of an active scout and is always ready to hunt enemy tanks.
Advantages and Gameplay
Thanks to the gas-turbine engine, the Char Mle. 75 has two speed modes: standard mode (the default one) and rapid mode (the fast one). In the standard mode, the top speed is 55 km/h. But if you switch to the rapid mode, you’ll increase your top speed to 75 km/h and become one of the fastest tracked vehicles in the game!
But, as with the BZ-176, what's truly dangerous is its gun. The Char Mle. 75 is equipped with a six-shell autoloader that fires three shells in a single burst, each of which causes 200 HP of damage. You only need two clicks to unleash a hail of shells on your opponent!
To adapt to this hunter and learn how to make the most of its whirlwind gameplay, you’ll have to play smart. You should constantly analyze the situation on the battlefield and adapt to it by switching between the two speed modes. If necessary, you can play the role of both an active scout and a lightning-fast flanker, finishing off stragglers or tanks low on HP. If you can tame the hurricane power of the Char Mle. 75, you will be able to make a decisive contribution to your team’s victory.
IMPORTANT: The Char Mle. 75’s specificity is that switching between engine modes also affects some of its combat characteristics. Check out the differences in the parameters between standard and rapid modes in the table below.
|Characteristic||Standard Mode||Rapid Mode|
|Top speed /Reverse speed||55 / 20||75 / 30|
|Concealment moving (%)||16.25||12.2|
|Concealment stationary (%)||16.25||12.2|
|Turret traverse speed||65||20|
How to Get the Vehicles
Want to park these brand-new, formidable tanks in your Garage among other valuable items like other Premium vehicles, 3D styles, and more? Head to the Premium Shop to get Large Boxes full to the brim with valuable goodies!
We're sure you’ll love playing in these vehicles, Commanders!
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