MBK-161 (1943)

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MBK-161 (1943 series)
General characteristics
39 peopleCrew
158 tDisplacement
4Number of section
40 / 45 / 45 mmMain fire tower armor
30 / 52 / 18 mmCitadel armor
6 mm (steel)Hull armor
4 mm (steel)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
76 mm F-34 cannon2 x Turret
192 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 25°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
45 mm/46 21-K cannonTurret
500 roundsAmmunition
37 mm/67 70-K automatic cannonTurret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
5 roundsBelt capacity
180 shots/minFire rate
Anti-aircraft armament
12.7 mm DShK machine gun3 x Turret
2 000 roundsAmmunition
50 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Special armament
82 mm BM-37 mortarTurret
50 roundsAmmunition
Sl icon.png/3 800/2 740Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
80 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png80 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png70 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage MBK-161 (1943).jpg

The MBK-161 (1943 series) is a premium gift rank II Soviet armoured gun boat with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.91 "Night Vision" as a reward for the Operation Shipyard event.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

Main article: F-34 (76 mm)

The MBK-161 (1943) has 2 turrets on the main deck, which are the same ones you can find on the T-34 (1942) medium tank. The two turrets present the 76 mm F-34 cannon, practically with the same characteristics as the ground model.

  • The 76 mm OF-350M is the stock shell you will start with, and it is the best of the two available. With a explosive mass of 621 g, a well-fired salvo is enough to set enemy ships on fire and take almost a third of their crew members in the majority of cases. It can be used against early destroyers, as they do not have a lot of protection.
  • The 76 mm BR-350A is a ballistic high explosive shell that sacrifices explosive power in exchange of a higher penetration. You will successfully penetrate every vessel you shoot at, but the post penetration damage is not as powerful as with the HE. It requires 4 mm of armour to activate, and in the common scenario it will pass trough the enemy clear, only taking a few crew and the module behind. Use it only against heavy armoured boats such as the Russian PR and MBK boats. It can also be fired against early destroyers, but with the small amount of explosive filler will produce little damage.

The guns are very reliable, and work perfect against any type of enemy boat. The turning is a little bit slow, so try to figure out where will be the enemy before it shows up so you can have both guns facing the target.

Secondary armament

The MBK-161 (1943) carries a 45 mm cannon with quick reloading time and good accuracy at close range. This, with a lower calibre than the turret cannons, turns faster and can be a solution for quickly moving targets when your turrets are facing the apposite direction. It can be loaded with the following ammunition:

  • The 45 mm OR-73A HET: As stock you get a High Explosive shell with low penetration and small amount of explosive. It has a high velocity, but it does not compensate the damage produced.
  • The 45 mm O-240 HE: An HE shell which contains 118 g of explosive and a stable penetration of 5 mm at any distance and angle. It produces higher damage, and is quite a good shell both for naval and air targets.
  • The 45 mm BR-240 APHE: It is the only shell of the calibre that penetrates up to 75 mm at 100 meters. It has a significance reduction of explosive filler, but can still make damage if it hits an enemy module.
  • The 45 mm F-73 HE: It is an HE shell with a time fuse, which means you can adjust the explosion time. It has quite similar explosive filler as the O-240 shell, but with an improved penetration of about 21 mm at 100 meters. It is the best shell for anti-air purposes.

It is recommended to use it as an anti-aircraft gun with the F-73 shell, as it can make a lot of damage if hits at the correct timing. Nevertheless, it can perform great against enemy ships.

The MBK-161 also carries a 37 mm 70-K automatic cannon, with a standard belt of ammunition. It is a good AA armament, delivering powerful hits to enemy aircraft that dare to get close to you. As a secondary armament it also performs great, similar to the one present in the BMO. It is placed at the stern of the ship, so take care to frontal attacks.

Take care when the AI is controlling the 37 mm cannon, as it will tend to shoot rounds until overheating the gun, leading to a malfunction that will cost some precious time. Try to look for planes and only activate the AA when it is close enough.

Anti-aircraft armament

Main article: DShK (12.7 mm)

The MBK-161 also carries three 12.7 mm DShK machine guns with standard belts, situated 2 of them at the port and starboard side of the bridge, and one at the very top. They can hit hard if the enemy attacks from the front and the rear. Elevation does great until a certain angle, so attack from above may present a threat.

Special armament

Main article: BM-37 mortar

The MBK-161 carries one the most unique armaments for a boat: a 82 mm BM-37 mortar. It shoots 82 mm shells, with a explosive filler of 0.4 kg of TNT equivalent.

Unfortunately, it can only fire at a fixed range of 300 meters around the mortar, and the parabolic shot takes around 17 seconds to land. It is pretty difficult to actually hit a moving target, and it does not guarantee to make a perfect shot. As it was developed as an armament against ground forces near rivers, it has no real use in naval battles. It is quite unique, and maybe it can have a role in the future.

Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 45 mm O-240 HE Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 45 mm BR-240 Auxiliary Armament Targeting 76 mm BR-350A
III Propeller Replacement Primary Armament Targeting Improved Rangefinder
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps 45 mm F-73
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons

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See also

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USSR boats
Motor Torpedo Boat  D-3 · G-5 · G-5 TKA 106 · Pr. 123bis · Pr. 123K (A-11) · Pr. 123K "Komsomolets" · Pr.183
Motor Gun Boat  G-5 (ShVAK) · MO-4 · OD-200 · Ya-5M
Motor Torpedo Gun Boat  Pr. 206 · Pr. 206M
Gunboat  Groza
Armoured Gun Boat  BMO · MBK-161 (1943) · MBK-161 (1944) · MBK pr.186 · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 (1940) · Pr.1124 (1945) · Pr.1124 MLRS
  Pr.191 · Pr.191M · Pr. 1204 · Pr. 1204 late

USSR premium ships
Motor Torpedo Boat  G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr. 123K (A-11)
Motor Gun Boat  G-5 TKA 106 · Ya-5M
Armoured Gun Boat  MBK-161 (1943) · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 MLRS · Pr. 1204
Sub-chaser  MPK Pr.122bis
Destroyer  Leningrad (leader) · Pr. 7U Stroyny · Pr. 41 Neustrashimy