The Object 120 "Taran" is a gift rank V Soviet tank destroyer with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced late in Update 1.71 "New E.R.A.", made available on 29 September 2017.
Survivability and armour
- Rolled homogeneous armour
- Cast homogeneous armour (Turret)
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 30 mm (31-86°) Front glacis
30 mm (17-50°) Lower glacis
|15 mm|| 10 mm (15-80°) Top
10 mm (5°) Bottom
| 30 mm (86°) Front |
10 mm Rear
|Turret|| 30 mm (1-68°) Turret front
30 mm (0-58°) Gun mantlet
|15-30 mm (0-51°)||15 mm (14-21°)|| 30 mm Front |
10 mm Rear
|Cupola||15 mm||15 mm|
- Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
- Belly armour is 10 mm thick.
- Barrel ring around the gun is 100 mm thick.
- Structural steel boxes on hull sides provide 4 mm of protection.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
|152 mm M-69||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|152 mm HEAT-FS||HEATFS||480||480||480||480||480||480|
|152 mm HE||HE||49||49||49||49||49||49|
|152 mm APDS-FS||APFSDS||405||400||385||370||355||340|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|152 mm HEAT-FS||HEATFS||1,000||35.0||0.0||0.1||5,850||65°||72°||75°|
|152 mm HE||HE||960||43.5||0.1||0.5||5,900||79°||80°||81°|
|152 mm APDS-FS||APFSDS||1,710||8.0||N/A||N/A||N/A||76°||78°||80°|
| 1 (+21)
Usage in battles
The Object 120 performs best in all game modes as a sniper/support. This means finding a good spot overlooking the battle with some cover, and taking out enemies from long range. The Object 120's 152 mm gun and its shells are well suited for this purpose.
The Object is armed with two main types of shells. The first is APFSDS, a round that does less damage than the HEAT-FS, but is capable of going through almost all the armour of most vehicles it can face. The APFSDS also has an extremely low shell drop, giving similar ballistics to top ranking main battle tanks that makes it one of the best kinetic rounds at its battle-rating. The second round is the HEAT-FS shell, which has a more standard shell drop on par with other tanks of the battle-rating. However, the HEAT-FS has a high penetration and holds a huge amount of explosives, almost equal to the HE shell (which almost make the HE shell worthless to bring to battle). The HEAT-FS can then play a role as a high-penetrating chemical round and an effective device to induce hull-breaks on lightly-armoured vehicles. With these characteristics, both of these rounds have their pros and cons at long range, but both are very suitable.
The Object 120 can be used at a close-range battle, but it will not be able to perform as effectively due to its relatively long 10 second reload time and a lack of gun stabilizer. These two lacking features mean that the Object 120 cannot react to new threats quickly, especially when it tries to take the battle offensively. It is thus better to fight at range, where the Object's advantages can be used to the fullest.
Pros and cons
- Very high velocity APFSDS round means "point and shoot" at typical War Thunder combat ranges - no need to account for projectile drop at range
- Outstanding armour penetration by HEAT-FS and APFSDS rounds
- Very good spalling effect from the kinetic energy spread and explosive mass from HEAT-FS round
- Good mobility for the size of gun
- Only Soviet tank destroyer with a turret
- Weak armour - vulnerable to anything bigger than a heavy machine gun, and even those from some angles at short range
- Poor depression for main armament
- Low ammunition load
- All projectiles carried in rear of turret behind thin armour makes ammunition explosions very likely from turret hits
The Object 120 "Taran" was a tank destroyer developed after the USSR's conclusion that AP rounds from the T-10 and T-55 could not pierce the newest American tank the M60. The Object 120 (also noted as being the SU-152 "Taran") surpassed foreign tank destroyers with firepower and mobility at the time. The name Taran comes from its cannon which became the reason it wasn't adopted. The 125 smoothbore and anti tank missiles are the reason why the Object 120 was not put into production.
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|USSR tank destroyers|
|Light||SU-5-1 · ZiS-30 · SU-57 · SU-57B · SU-76M · SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps) · YaG-10 (29-K) · SU-85A · Khrizantema-S|
|Medium||SU-122 · SU-85 · SU-85M · SU-100 · SU-100P · SU-122P · SU-122-54 · IT-1 · Shturm-S|
|Heavy||SU-100Y · ISU-122 · ISU-122S · SU-152 · ISU-152 · Object 268 · Object 120|
|Rocket||BM-8-24 · BM-13N|
|Airborne||ASU-57 · ASU-85|
|USSR premium ground vehicles|
|Light tanks||BA-11 · RBT-5 · BT-7 (F-32) · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-126|
|Medium tanks||T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34E · T-34-57 (1943) · T-34-85E · T-34-100 · T-44-122 · T-55AM-1 · T-72AV (TURMS-T)|
|▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2 · ▂T-III · ▂T-V · ▂МК-IX "Valentine"|
|Heavy tanks||SMK · T-35 · ▂MK-II "Matilda" · KV-1E · KV-2 (1940) · KV-2 (ZiS-6) · KV-122 · KV-220 · IS-2 "Revenge" · IS-6 · T-10A|
|Tank destroyers||BM-13N · BM-8-24 · SU-57 · SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps) · SU-85A · SU-100Y · SU-122P · Object 120|
|SPAA||▂Phòng không T-34 · ZUT-37|