LVT(A)(4) (ZiS-2) (China)

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␗LVT(A)(4) (ZiS-2)
cn_lvt_4_zis_2.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.3/2.3/2.3BR
5 peopleCrew
167 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
12 / 6 / 6Hull
38 / 25 / 25Turret
Mobility
18.4 tWeight
477 hp250 hpEngine power
26 hp/t14 hp/tSurface density
43 km/h forward
5 km/h back
39 km/h forward
4 km/h back
Speed
Armament
57 mm ZIS-2 cannonMain weapon
76 roundsAmmunition
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-5° / 15°Vertical guidance
-25° / 25°Horizontal guidance
3 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
7 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
10 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png740 / 923/650 / 811/480 / 599Repair
3 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
10 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
110 Ge icon.pngAces
× (112) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 0.8 Sl icon.png× 0.8 Sl icon.png× 0.5 Sl icon.png

Description

The ␗LVT(A)(4) (ZiS-2) is a rank I Chinese tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Machine 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 (11-51°) Top 6.35 + 6.35 mm Bottom

6.35 mm (0-62°) 6.35 mm
Turret 38 mm (10°) Turret front

5 mm (1-81°) Gun mantlet

25 mm 25 mm N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Front hull has flat armour area where driver & co-driver sits.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour

weight (tons)

Max speed (km/h)
14.9 N/A 44 (AB)
40 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 387 477
Realistic/Simulator 221 250
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 25.97 32.01
Realistic/Simulator 14.83 16.78

Armaments

Main armament

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Additional armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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History

The LVT series of tracked amphibious vehicles originated from a pre-war civilian design, the Alligator hurricane rescue vehicle which had been designed by Donald Roebling (1908-1959) in 1935. An article on a further development of this vehicle in 1937 caught the attention of the US Marine Corps, but initially the proposal of militarising the Alligator met resistance both from the US Navy, who felt conventional landing craft could do the job just as well, and from Roebling himself, who disliked the idea of his vehicle being used for military purposes. The outbreak of war in Europe persuaded Roebling into building it anyway, and by May of 1940 he had completed a militarised prototype, which was tested in November 1940 and subsequently approved for production.

Even before the first prototype had been tested, Roebling had started designing a turret-equipped armed version of his LVT, intended for providing fire support for landings. Originally the design languished, but in June of 1941 the USMC recommended the development of a fire support version of the LVT. Development of this variant was slow, as the entire LVT had to be redesigned: light armour was added to the hull and a 37 mm armed turret similar to that of the M3 Stuart light tank was mounted on top, resulting in the initial fire support variant, the LVT(A)(1).

Combat experience with the LVT(A)(1) soon showed that the 37 mm gun was insufficient for fire support purposes, so the original M3 Stuart turret was replaced by that of a 75 mm Howitzer Motor Carriage M8, creating the LVT(A)(4) variant, of which 1890 were built. Of these, several dozen were delivered to Nationalist China under the Lend-Lease Agreement.

In KMT service, the LVT(A)(4) ended up being used both against the Japanese forces during World War II, as well as against the PLA during the ensuing civil war. Most of them eventually fell into PLA hands. The lack of western supplies meant that ammo soon became sparse for the 75 mm M3 Howitzer gun mounted by the LVT(A)(4); to keep them useful as well as to bolster the number of available armoured vehicles in the PLA inventory, the LVT(A)(4)s were locally converted to either accept the 37 mm M6 tank gun - essentially retrofitting them to LVT(A)(1) status - or the 57 mm ZiS-2 anti-tank gun - identical to the gun used on the ZiS-30 tank destroyer, and technically similar to the ZiS-4 gun used on both the T-34-57 and the SU-57B.

The haphazard way in which these conversions took place, as well as the lack of official documents on them, make it unclear how many LVT(A)(4)s were converted. The lack of available spares for their automotive components makes it unlikely that they were used for long, and it is likely they were withdrawn from frontline use as soon as Soviet deliveries of tanks and armoured vehicles started in the early 1950s.

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See also

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China tank destroyers
American  ␗M8 HMC · ␗LVT(A)(4) (ZiS-2) · ␗M10 · ␗M18 · ␗M36
Soviet  ␗SU-76M · ␗ISU-152 · ␗ISU-122 · ␗SU-100
Italy  ␗M113A1 TOW