The M48 Patton is an American medium tank produced between 1952 and 1959 and in service with the United States military from 1953 to 1990. The M48 was designed to replace the M47 Patton and M4 Sherman tanks. It was used extensively by American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War. The earlier variants used a 90mm gun as its main cannon and an M2 Browning as a co-axial machine gun. The M48A3 variant could include a large xenon searchlight above the barrel, which aided significantly in battles during the night. Certain M48s were also modified into M67 "Zippo" tanks, which was basically a normal M48A2 or -A3 armed with a flamethrower.
In Battlefield Vietnam, the Patton is the US Army's, USMC's and ARVN's standard main battle tank. It boasts a very powerful main cannon with 30 rounds to fire and a co-axial machine gun with 400 rounds in reserve. Another player can take control of the mounted machine gun to spot enemies and aid in anti-infantry offensives. The machine gun has 500 rounds in reserve.
The main cannon can be devastating in battle, as it features very high damage and a large blast radius. Infantry and light vehicles are easily eliminated by the main cannon, however, against other tanks, it can take up to 4 rounds to fully destroy a main battle tank, or 3 for light tanks like the PT-76. Naturally, a good tactic is to get the element of surprise and attack the sides and rear of enemy tanks. The driver's co-axial machine gun is also very effective against infantry, as with high damage, small cross hairs and no recoil can kill infantry at a variety of ranges. It is recommended to not overshoot, as enemy infantry can also easily avoid the Patton by entering a building, and reloading the main cannon and overheating the co-axial machine gun can give an opportunity to escape. Compared to light tanks, the Patton is slower, bigger, more resistant and generally more powerful, while having a longer reload for the main cannon. It can be considered an equivalent of the NVA and Viet Cong T-54.
In Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam, the M48 Patton is the tank issued to the United States Marine Corps. It seems to be the equivalent of the M1A2 Abrams and the T-90 from the base game. It features a xenon searchlight above its barrel and can use a flamethrower as its secondary weapon.