G-5 (ShVAK)

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Description

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The G-5 Type (ShVAK) is a premium rank I Soviet motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.83 "Masters of the Sea" as part of the fleet release into open beta test. This is a nice modification to the reserve one. The 20 mm cannon has good fire rate and good penetration

General info

Survivability and armour

Profile shot of the G-5. The two engines sit at the bow and ammunition storage is tucked behind the bridge where the turret is.

The G-5 ShVAK has no armor in its overall design, to the point where the only armor is the bulletproof glass on the windows of the bridge, which provides 5mm of protection!  As such, any small arms armament can penetrate and destroy critical modules and knock out crew members. The G-5 carries a crew complement of six, all located around the conning tower of the ship. Meaning any well-placed shots with high explosive rounds or concentration of fire on this area can see all the crew members knocked out and the ship destroyed! 

Mobility

In arcade battles, the ship can reach its top speed of 132 KM/H within 14.9 seconds, and in realistic & simulator, it can reach up to 94 KM/H within 14.3 seconds. The Reverse speeds can reach up to an impressive 62 KM/H! It's a small size, combined with its breakneck speed; maneuverability creates a highly agile ship.

Armament

Primary armament

Main article: ShVAK (20 mm)

The ShVAK 20mm cannon is a truly menacing tool, it provides great destructive capabilities over to enemy vehicles. Weather it be Air or Naval targets, which are met in battle. The cannon is placed the rear of the conning tower, it proves overall great defensive and offensive capabilities for the ship. However, it is important to note: That the ShVAK is unable to provide any stopping power when enemy ships are in-front of it due to the ship commander is placed in front, along with the ship radio mask which prevents the cannon being unable to be lowered.

1x ShVAK (20 mm)

  • It takes between 5.85 and 4.5 Seconds to reload this in game - 4.5 second time is achieved with a fully qualified & upgraded crew.

The ShVAK 20mm cannon has three choices of ammunition:

  • Universal
  • HE High Explosive
  • AP Armour Piercing

Each ammunition, has a unique belt that defines how the rounds are loaded into the gun.

Torpedo armament

Main article: 53-38 (533 mm)

The G-5 ShaVAK has two 53-38 torpedoes, placed in the rear of the ship. When the these are launched from the ship, they are ejected backwards into the water and then submerse under the ship. These torpedoes, are able to take down any ship in the game with well placed & calculated shots.

Usage in battles

The G-5 ShVAK is a fast and manoeuvrable ship, with speeds upto 122 KM/H in Arcade and 94 KM/H in Realistic & Simulator Battles. A G-5 ShVAK also offers excellent manoeuvrability, at high speeds compared to it competitors such as the PT, LS and others. Additionally the G-5 ShVAK is armed with a 20mm cannon, not all rivals have cannons or machine guns. A G-5 ShVAK is one of the fastest vessels in the game, almost twice as fast as other vessels similar in it's class.

As such it is best utilised to capture points early, providing cover to allies with smokescreen, and sneaking around enemies and ambushing them with hit-and-run tactics with it's slightly faster and accurate torpedoes.

When playing the G-5 ShVAK in arcade battles, it is important to be aware of your team mates - since most vessels travel at high speed it is not impossible for your team mates to accidentally collide into you. When this happens, the G-5 is a small and lightweight vessel, it is possible when they collide in the heat of battle, that they can flip you over and you drown.

In battle, weather it be arcade realistic or simulator: The G-5 ShVAK can be compared to a piranha, it's small size, high agility, resilience and being very fast makes it unstoppable in the hands of a skilled player. When engaging enemy ships, turn the G-5 into them, keeping G-5 profile, very small and hard to hit. Using the great high speed manoeuvrability offered, bring the ship along side and blast them with the ShVAK 20mm cannon.

It is important to make every shot count, do not aim for open spaces, aim for areas such the bridge and engine room where the rounds from the G-5 will be able to cause alot of damage to critical parts and knocking out sailors on the enemy vessel.

Using the G-5 torpedoes, are more suited to bigger, slower and less manoeuvrable ships such as the following the class of ships: BMO, 165 ft PC-451,SF40 Leichte, Isles class, Type K-3/No.1 Class and other types which are similar to these. However, it is not impossible to use the torpedoes on smaller & manoeuvrable targets, one of the ways is to out manoeuvre the opponent, and turn into them and launch it allowing the rival to sail into it.

The G-5 is one of the fastest vessels in the game, almost twice as fast as other vessels similar in it's class. As such it is best utilised to capture points early, providing cover to allies with smokescreen, and sneaking around enemies and ambushing them with hit-and-run tactics with it's slightly faster and accurate torpedoes.

Modules

Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 12.7 mm HEI belts
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 12.7 mm APIT belts
III Propeller Replacement Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Artillery Support Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great top speed
  • Great manoeuvrability
  • 20 mm ShVAK cannon packs a more powerful punch than the DShK machine gun
  • As with all PT boats, wields powerful torpedoes
  • Torpedoes are stored internally, making it difficult to spot a launch
  • Long range torpedoes (10 km)

Cons:

  • No armour
  • Low ammunition capacity for the ShVAK; can run out of ammo quickly if not properly handled.
  • Inadequate gun elevation and transverse

History

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Media

  • G-5 (ShVAK) featured in an in-game art.

See also

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USSR boats
Motor torpedo boats  D-3 · G-5 · G-5 TKA 106 · Pr. 123bis · Pr. 123K (A-11) · Pr. 123K "Komsomolets" · Pr.183
Motor gun boats  G-5 (ShVAK) · MO-4 · OD-200 · Ya-5M
Motor torpedo gun boats  Pr. 206 · Pr. 206M · MPK pr. 12412
Gunboats  Groza
Armoured gun boats  BMO · MBK-161 (1943) · MBK-161 (1944) · MBK pr.186 · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 (1940) · Pr.1124 (1945) · Pr.1124 MLRS
  Pr.191 · Pr.191M · Pr. 1204 · Pr. 1204 late

USSR premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr. 123K (A-11)
Motor gun boats  G-5 TKA 106 · Ya-5M
Armoured gun boats  MBK-161 (1943) · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 MLRS · Pr. 1204
Sub-chasers  MPK Pr.122bis
Frigates  Pr.50 «Rosomacha»
Destroyers  Kerch · Leningrad (leader) · Pr. 7U Stroyny · Pr. 41 Neustrashimy
Light cruisers  Zheleznyakov