|This page is about the Soviet motor torpedo boat Pr.183. For the premium version, see Pr.183 BM-21.|
The Pr.183 "Bolshevik" is a rank IV Soviet motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.79 "Project X" when the Soviet fleet was implemented into the game. This is the first Soviet MTB whose design was influenced by Western PT Boats.
Survivability and armour
The Pr.183 hull is entirely constructed from wood. Only its superstructure and both turrets are protected by steel plates. It cannot withstand any fire; even 7.7 mm rounds can penetrate its hull at close range. With a crew of only 14 people, it lacks significant survivability since anything can penetrate its hull to begin with.
Similar to other MTBs, the Pr.183 is also highly agile. Powered by four M-50 diesel engines, it can reach speeds of 81 km/h forward and 33 km/h in reverse (RB/SB). This allows you to take circuitous routes to catch enemy boats and ships by surprise. In times of danger, you can swiftly retreat from the frontline and relocate to a safer position or reposition yourself for your next attack.
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Modifications and economy
The 25 mm 2M-3 is a frequently used naval autocannon among Soviet naval ships. It is effective against lightly armoured targets and PT boats, and can also serve as anti-aircraft defense. It only takes a few well-placed hits against enemy boats to incapacitate them. However, it's important to note that aiming can be challenging due to the motion of the waves and the presence of torpedo tubes, which might cause your shots to be less accurate.
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The 533 mm 53-38 Torpedo is relatively slow and heavy in comparison to torpedoes used by other nations' MTBs. However, it compensates with extended range and a substantial explosive payload. Effectively employing this torpedo requires getting in very close proximity (approximately 1.5 km) to the enemy ship due to its slower speed.
The BB-1 depth charge is primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare. However, since there is no submarines, it can be repurposed for ship hunting by discreetly approaching enemy vessels and deploying it nearby. Additionally, it can serve in engagements with other boats; releasing the depth charges when pursued from behind can effectively deter chasing enemy boats.
Usage in battles
The Pr.183 can fulfill roles as a brawler or a flanker, depending on the player's preference. It can engage both boats and ships effectively when utilized correctly.
Usage against boats:
The Pr.183 boasts impressive speed, allowing you to flank and catch enemy boats off guard using its 25 mm 2M-3 autocannons. Alternatively, you can capitalize on your speed to secure strategic points swiftly. The boat excels at incapacitating enemy vessels with well-placed shots. While you might encounter challenges against armoured boats, utilizing AP magazines can help overcome them. It's important to note that your wooden hull offers limited protection, making you susceptible to incoming fire. Prioritize target selection and cautious engagement due to your boat's low survivability. It's advisable not to expect prolonged survival in battles, given the vulnerability of the Pr.183.
Usage against ships:
The Pr.183 is equipped with 2 torpedoes and 12 depth charges in its arsenal. A precisely aimed torpedo can effectively sink an enemy destroyer or even some light cruisers with just one hit. Alternatively, you can utilize the depth charges to achieve the same goal. However, exercise caution, as dropping them near the enemy ship is crucial for causing damage. Employ a flanking strategy by concealing yourself behind large boulders or small islands and patiently await the passage of the enemy ship. Once they have passed, tail them closely and attempt to approach. Remaining unnoticed, you can position yourself beside the enemy ship and release 4-6 depth charges, usually sufficient to sink the target. In the event the enemy ship detects you, fire your torpedo in their path and swiftly retreat to cover.
Pros and cons
- Exceptional cannon firepower capable of dispatching most other PT boats with just a short burst
- Strong mobility
- Effective at performing AA duties if required
- Wooden construction leaves ship as being fragile
- Torpedo tubes make getting both turrets on target somewhat of a challenge
In the early 1950s, the Soviet Navy recognized the need for a new Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) to replace its existing Pr.123 MTB. This new vessel had to possess enhanced firepower while retaining the agility of its predecessor. The chief designer drew upon the knowledge gained from operating American-built Vosper, Elco, and Higgins Torpedo Boats received through the Lend-Lease program. This novel MTB was named the Pr.183 Bolshevik (also known as the P 6-class torpedo boat in NATO classification). It featured significantly greater firepower compared to its precursor, attributable to the inclusion of two 25 mm 2M-3 turrets. Despite striving to maintain the agility of its predecessor, certain design compromises, such as employing plywood for the hull, were made to achieve the desired speed.
The production of the Pr.183 Bolshevik started in 1952. The USSR carried out numerous developmental upgrades for the Pr.183. For instance, an improved version of the Pr.183 was equipped with an additional gas turbine engine, and a remote radio-controlled variant of the Pr.183 was developed for target practice. In 1954, the People's Liberation Army Navy (the Chinese Navy) reached an agreement with the USSR to license the production of the Pr.183, naming it the Type 02 torpedo boat. This marked the Chinese Navy's introduction to torpedo boats.
The Pr.183 Bolshevik found service in numerous nations. Prominent among these were the Soviet Navy, the Volksmarine, the People's Liberation Army Navy, and the Egyptian Navy. In particular, the Egyptian Navy acquired the Pr.183 BM-21 Motor Gun Boat variant. In contrast to the standard configuration featuring two torpedo launchers and two 25 mm 2M-3 turrets, the Pr.183 BM-21 was outfitted with a single 25 mm 2M-3 turret and a 122 mm BM-21 Rocket Launcher.
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|Motor torpedo boats||D-3 · G-5 · G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr.123-bis · Pr.123K (A-11) · Pr.123K · Pr.183|
|Motor gun boats||TKA-106 · MO-4 · OD-200 · Pr.183 BM-21 · Ya-5M|
|Motor torpedo gun boats||Pr. 206 · Pr.206-M · MPK Pr.12412 · MPK Pr.12412P|
|Armoured gun boats||BMO · MBK-161 early · MBK-161 late · MBK pr.186 · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 early · Pr.1124 late · Pr.1124 MLRS|
|Pr.191 · Pr.191M · Pr.1204 · Pr.1204 late|