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Heavy Tank T30
General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
108 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
102 / 76 / 51Hull
203 / 158 / 102Turret
65.1 tWeight
1 545 hp810 hpEngine power
24 hp/t12 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
37 km/h forward
14 km/h back
35 km/h forward
13 km/h back
155 mm T7 cannonMain weapon
34 roundsAmmunition
6 roundsFirst-order
29.9 / 38.9 sReload
-10° / 15°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunMachinegun
1 000 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 50°Vertical guidance
-120° / 120°Horizontal guidance
12.7 mm M2HB machine gunCoaxial weapon
1 200 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png5 700/4 300/4 900Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
480 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 200 Ge icon.pngAces
196 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
160 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage T30.jpg

The Heavy Tank T30 is a rank IV American heavy tank with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB/RB/SB). This vehicle was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic" in the 2018 "Festive Quest" that took place between 21 December 2018 to 14 January 2019. It was obtainable via completing ten tanker's coupons. It is also obtainable on the Gaijin market after the event is over.

The T30 was a World War II American tank project developed to counter new German tanks, such as Tiger I, Tiger II, and tank destroyers, such as the Jagdtiger, or Soviet heavy tanks, such as IS-1 or IS-2. The T30 was designed at the same time as the T29 Heavy Tank. However, it had a 155mm gun mounted on the same hull and turret as the T29 and T34's heavy tanks.

General info

Survivability and armour

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat?

If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 37 14 65.1 1046 1,545 16.07 23.73
Realistic 35 13 716 810 11 12.44


Main armament

Main article: T7 (155 mm)
155 mm T7
Capacity Vertical
34 -10°/+15° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 22.85 31.62 38.40 __.__ 45.18
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.4 22.60 24.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
38.9 __.__ __.__ 29.9
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M112B1 APBC 197 195 185 174 163 153
M107 HE 54 54 54 54 54 54
T29E1 APCBC 197 195 185 174 163 153
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
M112B1 APBC 670 45 1.2 20 653 ° 48° 63° 71°
M107 HE 717 43 0.1 0.1 6.86 ° 79° 80° 81°
T29E1 APCBC 670 45 1.2 20 653 ° 48° 63° 71°
Smoke characteristic
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Mass in kg
Screen radius
in m
Screen time
in s
Screen hold time
in s:
Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
M110 717 45 25 5 30 50

Machine guns

The T30 is outfitted with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2HB machine guns (??? RPG = ??? total)

These Brownings can be extremely useful for gauging distance measurements or shooting down enemy aircraft.

Usage in battles

Despite its labeling as a heavy tank, the T30 plays more like a tank destroyer than anything else. This is as a direct result from the 155's excellent ability to over-match most enemy armor it faces. Due to the reload rate of the tank, it is best to play a similar play-style to the KV-2s.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism M110
IV Transmission Engine T29E1
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Inherits the great armour layout of the T29
  • Huge 155 mm gun that packs a devastating punch
  • HE shell is great at taking out heavily armoured tanks if the explosion occurs over the turret, or under the hull
  • Because of the slow shell velocity, this is one of the few tanks that's really good at hitting targets behind cover
  • Despite the massive breech, the tank still has 10 degrees of gun depression
  • Has two .50 cal machine guns that can rip apart lightly armoured vehicles


  • Has one of the slowest reloads in the game, an ace crew will only reload the gun every 29.9 seconds
  • Despite the massive gun, the top APCBC shell only has 199 mm of pen at point blank range
  • Bad shell velocity makes hitting moving targets at ranges exceeding 500 meters a challenge
  • Has one less .50 cal machine gun than the T29 and T34
  • The first stage ammo rack means there is almost always ammo in the turret
  • Is simply a worse T29


In 1944, the Army requested 4 prototypes for heavy tanks, two armed with a 105 mm gun and two armed with a 155 mm gun. The intention was to create vehicles that could face enemy heavy tanks on even terms, or even advantageous terms. The vehicles armed with the 105 mm gun were designated T29, and the two armed with a 155 mm gun were designated T30.

The armament of the T30, a 155 mm T7 L/40 gun, was one of the largest guns ever fitted to an armored fighting vehicle made in the United States. The gun was carried in a tall, long turret with rounded edges. The height of the turret was quite necessary, as the size of the gun and its ammunition required a standing loader. The hull of the T30 was the same as the T29. It was a lengthened version of the T26E3 chassis. The armor of the T30 was quite thick, and the hull was also well angled, as one of the requirements for the design was protection from the German long 88 mm anti-tank gun. The T30 carried a crew of six men. These were the driver, commander, bow machine gunner, gunner, and two loaders. One loader moved the crane that placed the shell, and the other used the rammer that put the shell into the breech. The gun could only be loaded at certain angles. The T30 saw an upgrade, called the T30E1, which added an automatic loading system, which moved the gun to the correct position, loaded the shell, and moved the gun back to the firing position. A hatch was added to the rear of the turret to allow the ejection of shell casings after firing.

World War 2 ended before the heavy tank designs (T28, T29, T30, T32, T34) could enter service, and the development of these vehicles ended, but the development of these heavy tank designs provided experience that proved useful when designing the M103 heavy tank during the Cold War.


Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Other tanks sharing the design
  • T29 - 105 mm gun
  • T34 - 120 mm gun

External links

USA heavy tanks
M4 Jumbo  M4A3E2 · Cobra King · M4A3E2 (76) W
Small-scale series  T14 · M6A1 · T26E1-1
Post-war  T29 · T30 · T32 · T32E1 · T34 · M103

USA premium ground vehicles
Light tanks  LVT(A)(4) · M2A4 (1st Arm.Div.) · M3A1 (USMC) · M8 · M5A1 (5th arm.div.) · T18E2
Medium tanks  Grant I · M4A5 · Calliope · T20 · M26 T99 · M26E1 · M46 "Tiger" · Magach 3 · XM-1 (GM) · XM-1 (Chrysler) · T54E1
Heavy tanks  T14 · Cobra King · T29 · T30
Tank destroyers  M8A1 · M18 "Black Cat" · Super Hellcat · T28 · T114

Winter events
2019  Operation F.R.O.S.T.
Pilot stars  TIS MA · J6K1
Tanker stars  QF 3.7 Ram · Merkava Mk.2B
Sailor stars  94 ft PT-811 · Type 1924 Jaguar
2018  Festive Quest
Pilot stars  M.B.152C1 · Fw 190 C
Tanker stars  SU-85A · T30
Christmas Lights  P-43A-1 · Iron Duke IV
2017  Festive Quest
Pilot christmas toys  P-40C · NC.900
Tanker christmas toys  AEC Mk II · Ersatz M10
Christmas Lights  Fw 189 A-1 · KV-2 (1940)
2016  Winter Holiday
Pilot stages  Ki-21-I hei · Me 262 A-2a
Tanker stages  ▃LVT(A)(4) ZIS-2 · ▂Type 62
2015  War Thunder Fulfills Your Wishes!
Pilot reward  ▂P-63C-5
Tanker reward  VK 45.01 (P)
2014  Holiday War Thunder Marathon!
Pilot reward  I-301
Tanker reward  M8A1
2013  Winter Magic!
Rewards  TB-3M-17-32 · XF5F