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The T-62M-1 is a rank VI Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 9.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X".
A modernized version of the famous T-62, the T-62M-1 chiefly features improved firepower, fire control, and protection in a similar manner to the T-55AM-1. The hull and turret feature add-on composite armour, including the conspicuous "brow" arrays on the turret cheeks. The gun is now equipped with a thermal sleeve and can fire improved APFSDS, HEAT-FS and HE shells in addition to a potent ATGM. A laser rangefinder is mounted in a large box above the gun barrel, smoke grenade launchers are added to the turret side, and a more powerful engine has been installed to compensate for the increased weight of all these new features. Though the T-62M-1's gun handling and speed are still inferior to most of its competitors, it has many tools at its disposal and can be a formidable opponent despite its old chassis and somewhat crude nature.
Survivability and armour
The T-62M-1 has very similar armour to the T-55AM-1, having similar composite add-on armour. The turret cheeks are protected by large curved composite blocks, sometimes historically referred to as "Brezhnev's Eyebrows" due to their appearance. These mean the turret can withstand many kinetic rounds, including any APFSDS that has less than 400mm of penetration. The protection against chemical munitions is even greater, able to stop between 450-750mm of chemical penetration depending on the angle. The brow armor's composite covers less than it might seem; the sectors closer to the gun are not backed by metal-polymer layers and only the outer steel provides extra protection. It can help to point the turret slightly away from opponents to reduce the chances of getting hit in the non-composite zones.
The hull protection is less, although still relevant. The hull composite will stop APDS and HEAT rounds from the L7 105mm gun, but any more powerful rounds will penetrate. The hull sides are relatively well protected. 80mm RHA will stop most autocannon rounds, and the composite skirts as well as flaps can stop HEAT rounds at an angle.
Frontal weak points include the cannon breech area, as it is not covered by the add-on composite. Additionally the lower front plate is not protected by composite. These areas are easy to penetrate. The hull sides also are only 20 mm near the bottom, which is a weakness that can be exploited by autocannons. That said, there is essentially nothing important in those areas. The rear armour is not worth mentioning, as it will not stop anything larger than a heavy machine gun.
Side flaps, or "gill" armor, similar to those used on the T-64A (1971) can be equipped on the T-62M-1 with an unlockable modification. They add 30 kg of mass to the tank, which is a negligible penalty, and help to block HEAT-FS projectiles and ATGMs from side-aspect shots. Each flap will fall off after being hit, so do not count on being able to body-block an entire barrage of chemical rounds.
The T-62M-1 also has wet ammunition storage bins. 16 rounds are placed within the fuel tank located beside the driver, acting as a spaced armour, protecting the ammunition from HEAT. Successive HEAT shots might still detonate the ammunition. Note that APFSDS can detonate the rounds with ease, so avoid being shot in the hull if possible.
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||100 mm (59°) + 30 mm (59°) Upper glacis + add-on RHA
100 mm (50-51°) Lower glacis
|80 mm (0°) Middle to upper side
80 mm (20-61°) Turret ring extension
20 mm (0-28°) Lower hull side
8 mm (0°) Side Skirts
|45 mm (0-2°) All rear||30 mm (87°) Hull roof incl. engine deck|
|Turret||240-214 mm (14-60°) + 85-65 (7-33°) Turret cheeks + add-on RHA
40-50 mm (0-63°) Mantlet
40 mm Rear Mantlet Plate
|165-140 mm (16-57°) Turret side||65 mm (3-26°) Turret rear
||60 mm (74-78°) Forehead Armour|
30 mm (78-85°) Turret roof
60 mm (29-67°) Rear turret roof (including ejection port)
~300 mm Kinetic
~450 mm Chemical
~400 mm Kinetic
450 - 750 mm Chemical
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
|115 mm U-5TS||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|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
The stock 3BM21 APFSDS already far exceeds any of the APFSDS rounds available to the original T-62. The unlockable 3BM28 APFSDS is improved all-round and should be used if ammo costs are not a concern. The APFSDS rounds should be the primary ammo choice for the T-62M-1, but its selection of three types of chemical rounds should not be overlooked either.
The 3BK15M HEAT-FS has high penetration for its class, but its 500 mm of flat penetration is overkill against steel armor, is less effective versus reactive or composite armor, and deals less post-penetration damage than the APFSDS rounds. The 3OF27 HE shell is surprisingly strong and can be lethal against even MBTs; however, it is not as powerful as the 125 mm HE rounds used by top-tier Soviet and Chinese MBTs and needs fine aim for best results. Considering the tank's long reload time, the HE shell is a situational choice. Lastly, the 9M117 gun-launched ATGM has 600 mm of penetration and is mouse-guided. It is the most versatile of the chemical rounds since it can be used against helicopters, can cause hull-breaks, and has the highest penetration. Taking a few into battle is a good idea.
Note: Ammo rack #4 is on the left side of the fighting compartment, opposite of rack #2.
|40||39 (+1)||38 (+2)||18 (+22)||17 (+23)||1 (+39)||No|
For maximum survivability, taking 17 rounds or less will store ammunition only in the wet rack next to the driver. However, the T-62M-1's ammo storage is relatively safe compared to, say, the T-55AM-1. Little ammunition is stored in the turret or the hull sides, the majority being stored in the rear of the fighting compartment. Any penetrating shot that manages to detonate the rear ammo rack will have likely caused catastrophic damage to the tank anyway, so feel free to take a healthy supply of ammo.
|12.7 mm DShK|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
|7.62 mm PKT|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
The T-62M-1 should be played like other high tier Soviet MBTs, though with an higher emphasis on range and cover. Hide your hull and use your almost impenetrable turret armour to deflect hostile fire. If possible, try to use cover to conceal your cannon breech, as a well-placed APFSDS can disable your cannon and, depending on which side of tank you were hit from, kill your gunner or loader. A turret penetration may result in a one-shot kill if it hits your ammo. Do not allow yourself to fall into close-range combat areas if at all possible.
Those who have fought and/or used the T-55AM-1 will find the same tactics and assumptions work against the T-62M-1, as well. It performs similarly, mostly just having upgraded the strengths the T-55AM-1 is known for; the turret armour is even better, and the power of the variety of rounds these tanks are known for has been increased, thanks to the increased calibre of the cannon (from 100mm on the T-55AM-1 to 115mm on the T-62M-1). This allows the T-62M-1 to have ways of dealing with vehicles all the way up to 9.7.
Thanks to the incredible turret armour, and highly effective and varied ammunition choices, the T-62M-1 is highly suited for a long-range sniping and support role. Players of tanks such as the Chieftain will have an idea of the playstyle. Use your fast and powerful APFSDS rounds to quickly disable targets travelling quickly at ranges out to several kilometres, use your potent HEAT-FS to dispatch targets at closer ranges, or fire the breech-loaded ATGM for highly accurate shots against exposed targets, both ground and air (especially against helicopters).
Try to avoid close-range engagements at all costs. The T-62M-1 suffers in almost all regards compared to other tanks at closer ranges. Compared to other common tanks, such as the XM-1 (GM), the T-62M-1 has a far longer reload, worse acceleration and top speed, a larger and slower turning circle, and a poorer turret traverse speed. If you get caught out, try to take quick shots to disable the mobility of enemy tanks if you cannot out-right kill them, and make your goal of upmost importance to leave the area immediately. Use your smoke launchers to hide your retreat, and cover your upper frontal plate at all costs; a penetration on the left side of your front plate will spell instant death.
Beware of fast MBTs like the Leopard A1A1, as their mobility allows them to easily flank you and get a shot into your weaker side armour. The T-62M-1 is currently unlikely to face many tanks capable of penetrating its turret composite armor. The majority of deaths will likely result from being shot through weak spots or from flanking, so avoiding these should be your primary concern.
Your tank also has a large amount of weak-spots from even the slightest angle above you, so make sure you take enemy helicopters seriously and deal with them as fast as possible. Your gun elevation isn't the greatest, so make sure you use terrain to help lift your gun as well as present thicker armour profiles.
Fighting the T-62M-1
The T-62M-1's core strengths lie in the frontal armour and versatile ammunition choices. Do not attempt to out-snipe a T-62M-1 in anything short of a hull-down British MBT. Instead, abuse the T-62M-1's inferior mobility to out-flank it and quickly disable the gun. At closer ranges with higher penetration shells (260mm+ penetration, chemical or kinetic), shooting the cannon breech can also serve to turn the T-62M-1 into an easy kill.
If you're engaging a wary T-62M-1 at closer ranges, try to bait out a shot or wait until he fires. The T-62M-1, depending on crew skills, has a reload of up to 12 seconds, giving a smart opponent plenty of time to take out a T-62M-1 after he fires. Using smoke to hide a quick change in your position can also work well, as both the T-62M-1 itself and its turret turn slowly compared to vehicles it will face, giving you time to drive around it in the confusion.
|I||Tracks||Parts||Horizontal Drive||Laser rangefinder|
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Smoke grenade||Adjustment of Fire||3BK15M|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||NVD||Elevation Mechanism||9M117|
|IV||Transmission||Engine||Side skirts||ESS||Artillery Support||3BM28|
Pros and cons
- Powerful and varied ammunition choices, comparable to several top-rank vehicles
- Access to a gun-launched ATGM with 600mm chemical, for long ranges or dealing with helicopters
- Laser rangefinder and high-velocity ammunition allows long-range sniping
- Tough turret cheek armour for the battle rating, as well as a composite addon on the glacis which may help in some cases
- Wet ammunition storage within the frontal fuel tank holds the ready ammunition, reducing vulnerability to HEAT rounds
- Four crew members, compared to the three of most Soviet MBTs, increase its survivability on the battlefield
- Upper front plate armour is inadequate against most enemies, especially in uptiers
- Not very mobile
- No thermal sights
- Substandard gun handling
- Three crew members lined-up on the right side of the tank, one shot may knock them all out
- Weak gun mantlet, leaving cannon breech highly exposed at closer ranges
- Very long reload time compared to most contemporaries leaving you unable to deliver quick follow-up shots
By the early 80s, the USSR began deploying new tanks: the T-72s, the modernized versions of the T-64, and its derivatives, the T-80s. However, the country also had a rather large fleet of "old-school" models that were no longer a match for the newest tanks but still possessed some modernization potential. So, in 1981 the government approved a project on the complex modernization of the T-62s. The aim of the project was to upgrade the defenses and augment the tanks' firepower. Following several radical design changes, the tank's combat effectiveness – despite the resurfaced issues and substantial age of the model – was significantly increased, putting the modified T-62M-1 on the same level as the third-generation tanks.
- From Devblog
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