LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2

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General info

The LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2 in the garage.

The LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2 is a gift American Rank II tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.3. It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai" during the 2016 "War Thunder Chronicle" that took place between 23 December 2016 to 16 January 2017. It was obtained via completing 6 tasks as part of the event, and is now unobtainable.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 57 mm armament can penetrate more than 100 mm at standard combat ranges.
  • Amphibious capabilities.
  • High shell velocity.
  • Wide gun traverse limits for a tank destroyer.
  • Has a machine gun (In the front of its hull), many low-rank tank destroyers do not have one
  • Tank destroyer that has the ability to call in artillery strikes.

Cons:

  • Despite turreted platform, limited side traverse angle.
  • Rather long reload rate.
  • Being amphibious doesn't really help on most maps.
  • Large ammo racks underneath the turret.
  • Open top.
  • Rather tall and prominent profile, almost as big as the Maus!
  • Virtually no armour, 12.7, SPAAA and artillery can kill it real fast.
  • Lacks AA machine gunners, unlike the LVT(A)-1.
  • Poor gun depression of -5°.
  • Has no additional unlockable camouflage except the winter camouflage.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 57 mm ZiS-2 cannon (76 Rounds)
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 machine gun (3,000 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 57 mm ZiS-2 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 7.1°/s (Stock), 9.9°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 8.71s (Stock), 7.71s (Full Crew), 7.1s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 6.7s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 57 mm ZiS-2 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 7.1°/s (Stock), 8.4°/s (Upgraded), 10.2°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 11.28°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 12.0°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 8.71s (Stock), 7.71s (Full Crew), 7.1s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 6.7s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 57 mm ZiS-2 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 76 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 7.1°/s (Stock), 8.4°/s (Upgraded), 10.2°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 11.28°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 12.0°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 8.71s (Stock), 7.71s (Full Crew), 7.1s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 6.7s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
BR-271 121 119 106 91 78 68 APHEBC 990 3.1 1.2 15 23.8 +4° 48° 63° 71°
O-271 5 5 5 5 5 5 HE 700 3.7 0.4 0.01 220 +0° 79° 80° 81°
BR-271K 135 134 111 87 69 54 APHE 990 3.1 0.6 20 30.6 -1° 47° 60° 65°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
76 71 (+5) 65 (+11) 49 (+27) 33 (+43) 17 (+59) (+75) Top empty: 65 (+11) No

Secondary armament

1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 machine gun (Bow machine gun)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver
  • Machine gunner

Total: 5 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun shield)
Armour Front (Slope angle°) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 12.7 mm (31°) Front plate
6.35 mm (83-84°) Upper glacis
6.35 mm (41-81°) Lower glacis
6.35 mm (11-53°) Top
6.35 + 6.35 mm Bottom
6.35 mm (1-62°) 6.35 mm
Turret 5 mm (32°) Gun shield
38.1 mm (25-26°) Turret front
25.4 mm (17-21°) 25.4 mm N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 6.35 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 18.3 ton

Max Speed: 43 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 355 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.40 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 437 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 23.88 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 43°
Weight: 18.3 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 221 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.08 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 250 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.66 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°
Weight: 18.3 ton

Max Speed: 40 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 221 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 12.08 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 250 hp @ 2400 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.66 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 41°

Modules and improvements

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal drive
II Suspension, Brake system FPE Adjustment of fire, BR-271K
III Filters Crew replenishment Elevation mechanism
IV Transmission, Engine

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The vehicle's origins is from a swamp-access vehicle called the Alligator made for civilians. Donald Roebling, its developer, built and improved version of his vehicle with better speed in water. The United States Marine Corps became interested in this amphibious design as they began drawing up their amphibious warfare doctrine. They requested a more sea-worthy version of the vehicle for use in their military operations. Though Roebling and the Navy were reclusive on that idea (the Navy believes they have the current vehicle in store already), the idea brought fruit when World War II broke out in Europe and Roebling created a military version. After a few trials with improvements like a stronger engine, the Bureau of Ships placed a contract for 100 of these vehicles with all-steel armour. The first ones arrive in July 1941, with 200 more ordered before the initial contract was finished. The vehicle design was adopted and designated the LVT, with many different variants of the vehicle being produced throughout the war.

Variants

The first version of the LVT, the LVT-1, could carry 18 men or 4,500 pounds of equipment. The Marines first used the LVT-1 in Guadalcanal with 128 available to 1st Marine Division. Usage in the field revealed that the LVT was too thinly armoured for a rapid deployment back and forth the ships and landing site, but the Marines saw the vehicle's potential as an assault vehicle. So in June 1941, the Marines push forward with a Roebling design of the LVT armed with a gun turret. In order for this to be possible, the LVT underwent a redesign into the LVT-2 "Buffalo", which had a new powertrain and suspension to allow better performances on land and able to carry up to 6,950 pounds in equipment. It was this design that the turret-equipped LVT's were created. The LVT-2's were armed with turrets from the Stuart series and M8 howitzer motor carriages. These two turret variants are designated LVT(A)-1 and LVT(A)-4 respectively. The (A) standing for armoured as the LVT was built with additional armour to withstand small arms fire. 510 of the LVT(A)-1 were created while 1,890 of the LVT(A)-4 were created.

Other variants of the LVT were produced featuring redesigns for its purpose of infantry fire support and cargo-bearing. Some of the significant ones was the LVT-4 in August 1943 that moved the engine forward and had a rear ramp door, which increased capacity from 18 soldiers to 30, making previous load-carrying LVT's obsolete. The LVT-4 was the most numerous of the LVT variants at 8,351 units.

Combat usage

The first usage of the LVT family is as a cargo carrier in Guadalcanal, it was unarmoured at te time and only had machine guns as their main armaments. Their next usage was in Tarawa, which saw the first usage of the newly designed LVT-2. The vehicles in both cases carried ammunition, troops, and wounded back and forth the ships and the beach. After Tarawa, the LVT inventory increased by the battalion, as well as the appearance of the gun-armed LVT(A)-1 and LVT(A)-4. The LVT family continued to see service in Bougainville, the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Peleliu, Leyte (its largest usage in the war), Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. The LVT's also saw use in South East Asia in use by the British, but they never saw combat action.

Outside the Pacific, the LVT also saw use in the European Theater of Operations. Their first usage was in North Africa in November 1942 during Operation Torch to land troops, where its best usage was to get stranded landing boats back into action. The LVT's were also given to the British as part of Lend-Lease. The LVT's were used in the Normandy landings and other operations in Europe such as crossing the Rhine River in Germany and Po River in Italy.

After World War II, the LVT's continued to see action in the multiple conflicts in the world. A number were given to the Chinese Nationalists in the Chinese Civil War by America. Many of these were captured by the Chinese PLA, with some converted to use a 75 mm howitzer or a ZIS-2 anti-tank gun. The Americans used a number of LVT vehicles in the Korean War, notably the landing at Inchon and the attack on Seoul. The French also used American-supplied LVTs during the Indochina War and the Suez Crisis.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the SM.79 series from live.warthunder.com.

Size comparison with the LVT(A)(4). As you can see, it's almost as big as the Maus!!

Additional information (links)

Obtainable events

The LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2 was introduced in the Winter 2016 War Thunder Chronicles, obtainable after completing 6 stages of tasks.

References


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Icon-country-usa.png LVT(A)-4 (ZiS-2)
Nation USA
Type Tank destroyer
Rank 2
Battle Rating
2.3
2.3
2.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
18,300 kg
40,345 lb
Number of Crew 5
Hull armour thickness
12.7/6.35/6.35/6.35 mm
1.0/0.5/0.5/0.5 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
355 hp
221 hp
221 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
437 hp
250 hp
250 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
19.40
19.71
12.08
12.27
12.08
12.27
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
23.88
24.26
13.66
13.88
13.66
13.88
Max speed
43 km/h
26.9 mph
40 km/h
24.8 mph
40 km/h
24.8 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 57 mm ZIS-2 Cannon
Ammo stowage 76 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/15°
Horizontal guidance -25°/25°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 7.62 mm M1919A4 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 3,000 rounds
Mount Hull mount
Vertical guidance -10°/20°
Horizontal guidance -15°/15°
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost N/A
Crew training cost 3,000 SL
Max repair cost*
430 SL
660 SL
770 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
38m
1h 17m
1h 33m
Free repair time (Upgraded)
12m
25m
31m
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