The Object 435 has a rather strange appearance like many other Soviet "Object" prototypes. The hull front has unusual angles that wouldn't seem out of place on the IS heavy tank family, but it has a very round turret reminiscent of the T-62. The suspension and roadwheels foreshadow the T-64. It was designed as a next-generation medium tank to potentially replace the ubiquitous T-54/55 under the name "Object 430" with new 100 mm or 115 mm U-5TS (2A20) smoothbore gun for the Object 435, but ultimately was shelved for what eventually became the T-64 (Object 432) and now stored in Kubinka Tank Museum right next to the tank that won the state certification, T-64A (Object 434).
Introduced in Update "La Royale", the Object 435 offers a similar experience to the T-62 while being placed in the T-64/T-80 MBT line in the tech tree. It has the same powerful 115 mm smoothbore cannon with good APFSDS rounds that can tackle most foes without any issues at the cost of a slow reload. Mobility and turret traverse are slightly improved. It trades the ESS system for an optical rangefinder. A nice bonus is that while the T-62 lacks any kind of pintle machine gun, not even a humble 12.7 mm DShK, the Object 435 packs a KPVT 14.5 mm heavy machine gun that can shred light vehicles and helicopters. Players transitioning from the T-10M will be very happy to still have an effective supplement to the main cannon.
Survivability and armour
For previous players who own T-64 series, they can tell Object 435 should have some kind of resemblance to the infamous "Kharkov (Kharkiv) Fortress" tanks from the flat, dish-like road wheels and narrow side skirts; this is indeed true as the Object 43x were the numbers used by the T-64 family and their competitors or prototypes. The Object 435 still used the irregular and angular UFP design from the Object 430 (while 432 was the T-64 itself, the LRIP variants with 115 mm gun), players will see 3 triangular plates on the UFP at 120 mm (front plate) and 40 mm (side plates) respectively; aside from that, the tank looks like an irregular T-62 from afar. The protection might look similar to previous T-54 (1947) with a 120 mm UFP at 60°, some might even start to consider it will be easy for APDS or late full-caliber shell to penetrate the UFP; this might be true to tanks like M103 or Conqueror with high-penetration shells at their tier, but once the other tanks do so, they will most likely find their attempt fruitless as the UFP can provide up to 360 mm RHA equivalent even without composite armor. To say at least, for ensured penetrations, enemies will have to bring in vehicles with HEAT or APFSDS to penetrate the UFP. In most cases tanks below its tier could only rely on HEAT warhead to defeat the armor; but in some cases, the joints between the triangular plates can be vulnerable to full-caliber APCBC shots and hit the fuel tank/ammo storages, causing an explosion or even "Jack-in-the-Box" type detonation; sometimes the area around the mantle provides inconsistent protection where penetrated APCBC can damage the gun or even knock-out the crews in extreme cases.
The sides and rear are similar to previous Soviet medium tanks at 80 mm/40 mm (vs 80 mm/45 mm), while the sides has side skirts and tool boxes to stop oncoming shots from autocannons, the hull itself doesn't; if shots penetrated the sides, due to the cramped interior of the tank, either the crews will suffer fatal damages or ammunitions scattered around the center-mass will detonate. So do not show the sides to the enemies for the maximum survivability to Object 435.
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull|| 120 mm (60°) UFP
40 mm (78°) Side UFP 120 mm (55°) LFP
| 80 mm Top (Volumetric)
25 mm Bottom (Volumetric)
|40 mm (10°)||20 mm (Volumetric)|
|Turret|| 250 mm Turret front
40 mm Gun mantlet
|160 mm (Volumetric)||65 mm (Volumetric)||30 mm|
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The mobility of the Object 435 is slightly improved over the T-62, with a slightly higher power-to-weight ratio thanks to the new Kharkov 5TD engine at 580 hp output. The reverse speed has also been improved by a small amount. Unfortunately it still lacks behind speedy MBTs like the Leopard or AMX-30, so it is not great for flanking or rushing vantage points.
Modifications and economy
The 115 mm U-5TS smoothbore cannon is the same as on the T-62. It reloads more quickly than the T-10M's 122 mm rifled gun, but lags far behind NATO guns. It is very important to make every shot count. The Object 435 does enjoy a better turret rotation speed than the T-62, matching the T-64A (1971), which is helpful for brawling. One degree of gun depression is lost compared to the T-62.
|115 mm U-5TS||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
The Object 435's ammunition needs no introduction to T-62 veterans. The stock 3BM4 round is a solid steel dart with a high muzzle velocity and good angled penetration. It has poor flat penetration, especially compared to the T-10M's heavy 3BM-11 APDS, but practically any tank can be dispatched with a shot to the hull. Even after the other ammunition types are unlocked, 3BM4 should be a staple in the Object 435's arsenal.
The 3BM3 tungsten-cored APFSDS has much greater flat penetration, but its angled penetration is degraded significantly. Since the Object 435 will meet very few enemy tanks that 3BM3 would perform better against than 3BM4, it should be mostly disregarded.
The 3BK4 HEAT-FS round is quite impressive within its class, with good penetration and TNT equivalent. It has less consistent damage than APFSDS and can be defeated by ERA, so it should be reserved for either overpressuring light targets or attacking huge steel behemoths like the Maus or Object 279 that can sometimes block APFSDS.
The 3OF11 is an ordinary HE shell containing 2.64 kg of TNT. While it's enough to overpressure light vehicles, it's a far cry from the infamous 125 mm 3OF26 rounds of later Soviet MBTs and will have a difficult time damaging anything with decent protection. The Object 435's slow reload also makes it very dangerous if an armoured target shows up when a HE shell is loaded. It helps to bring several for smacking light tanks or exposed cupolas opportunistically, but it should not be relied on as a primary tool.
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|37||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
|14.5 mm KPVT|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|7.62 mm SGMT|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
The Object 435 has a pintle-mounted KPVT heavy machine gun on the loader's cupola and a coaxial SGMT general-purpose machine gun. The SGMT isn't worth writing home about but the high-calibre KPVT definitely is. With a mixed belt of API-T, cermet core, and IAI rounds, it can shred many light targets from at least the sides and is very good at setting helicopters and planes ablaze. The 50 round belt capacity is low, but it's enough to provide a good volume of fire while the tank's main cannon is reloading.
Keep in mind that since the KPVT is not a coaxial weapon, it is unavailable if the loader is knocked out. So the T-10M is still better as a KPVT carrier, having both coaxial and pintle mounts.
Usage in battles
The Object 435 looks and acts like a cross between the T-62 and T-64. Most of its characteristics are similar to the T-62, so it is worth examining which aspects are different.
The Object's offensive power is generally superior. The improvements to mobility and turret traverse make it a more effective brawler in urban combat and the KPVT machine gun is a helpful supplemental weapon; while a T-62 would need to hide and retreat if a light target survived a hit from the main gun, the Object can spray them down with 14.5 mm rounds and finish the job. Armoured targets can still be stripped of their tracks and barrels. At long distances, the new optical rangefinder is helpful for landing precise hits, even if it is not as effective as a laser rangefinder.
The main weakness of the Object 435 is that it has no sources of smoke, with no grenades, ESS, or smoke shells. This makes it difficult to escape from a bad situation or cover a retreat, so careful positioning is very important. Another flaw is its fixed-zoom, narrow FOV optics with 8.0x zoom. While this is fine at long distances, the lack of a low-zoom, wide FOV option can be an issue in close combat for players used to the T-55/T-62 family.
Pros and cons
- Same powerful gun as T-62 with improved gun handling
- Well-protected against full-caliber AP shells
- Fairly low profile
- Powerful KPVT heavy machine gun
- Optical rangefinder for long-distance shots
- No protection against HEAT or APFSDS rounds
- No sources of smoke
- Slow reload
The prototype Object 435 medium tank was the most advanced in a series of experimental tanks being developed by Kharkov plant No. 75 under the "new medium tank" program at the very beginning of the 1960s. The Object 435 became a test vehicle for the newly developed 115mm U-5TS Molot unitary-loading smoothbore cannon that was later installed on tanks of the T-62 family. The tank had a short hull and an original hull armor layout at the front, which was supposed to provide the vehicle with a high level of protection against kinetic munitions. The Object 435 was canceled in 1961 in favor of another prototype, Object 432. A survivor Object 435 tank is on display at Patriot park near Moscow.
- From Devblog
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- reference to the series of the vehicles;
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|USSR medium tanks|
|T-28||T-28 (1938) · T-28 · T-28E|
|T-34-76||T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34 (1942) · T-34E STZ · T-34E|
|T-34-57||T-34-57 · T-34-57 (1943)|
|T-34-85||T-34-85 (D-5T) · T-34-85 · T-34-85E|
|T-44||T-44 · T-44-100 · T-44-122|
|T-54||T-54 (1947) · T-54 (1949) · T-54 (1951)|
|T-55||TO-55 · T-55A · T-55AM-1 · T-55AMD-1|
|T-62||T-62 · T-62M-1|
|T-64||Object 435 · T-64A (1971) · T-64B|
|T-72||T-72A · T-72AV (TURMS-T) · T-72B · T-72B (1989) · T-72B3 · T-72M2 Moderna|
|T-80||T-80B · T-80U · T-80UK · T-80UM2 · T-80BVM|
|Germany||▂T-III · ▂T-V|
|Great Britain||▂МК-IX "Valentine"|
|USA||▂M3 Medium · ▂M4A2|