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The KM-5 is a premium rank I German motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Drone Age".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull40 mm (wood)
Superstructure5 mm (steel)
Number of section3
Displacement19 t
Crew13 people

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Speedforward / back
AB83 / 35 km/h
RB59 / 25 km/h

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Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 83 35
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 59 25

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB151 Sl icon.png
RB158 Sl icon.png
Crew training450 Sl icon.png
Experts3 000 Sl icon.png
Aces45 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 20 / 30 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Damage Control Division
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Fire Division
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New Pumps
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15 mm HEIT belts
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15 mm APIT belts
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Torpedo Mode
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Artillery Support


Primary armament

Turret15 mm MG 151 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity600 rounds
Fire rate700 shots/min
Vertical guidance-30° / 80°
Main article: MG 151 (15 mm)

The 15 mm MG 151 is an excellent gun, with an impressive fire rate of 750 rounds per minute, allowing it to easily shred boats and aircraft at its BR.

It has two types of ammunition, an API shell that has great penetration and incendiary capabilities, which can penetrate the armoured turrets of some higher BR boats and even some frigates. The second is the HEI shell, which deals a massive amount of damage to enemy boats, destroying compartments and has a high chance of setting fires. It is also excellent against enemy aircraft, with a short burst capable of downing an enemy dive bomber. The gun is mounted on a turret that has excellent firing angles and traverse speed, which makes it easy for the KM-5 to lead and destroy enemy targets.

There are three ammunition belts available:

  • Universal: API-T · HEF
  • 15 mm APIT belts: API-T · API-T · API-T · HEF
  • 15 mm HEIT belts: HEF · HEFI-T* · HEF · API-T

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
HEF 8 8 7 5 4 3
API-T 33 31 23 16 11 7
HEFI-T* 8 8 7 5 4 3
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
HEF 960 0.06 0 0.1 7.65 79° 80° 81°
API-T 850 0.07 - - - 47° 60° 65°
HEFI-T* 960 0.06 0 0.1 3.32 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

Turret2 x 7.92 mm MG34 machine gun
Ammunition3000 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: MG34 (7.92 mm)

The secondary armament of the KM-5 consists of two MG34 machine guns on a twin mount located directly on the back of the 15 mm MG 151 turret. There are 3,000 rounds of ammunition available for the turret, with 1,500 for each gun.

The MG34s are good against enemy aircraft and enemy boats found at the KM-5's BR. It has an excellent rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute, causing it to have a decent damage output despite it only being rifle calibre. However the MG34's small calibre will prove to be a weakness, as it makes it hard to do meaningful damage to larger boats, having no explosive filler.

Additional armament

Setup 12 x 450 mm LT 1A/1 torpedo
Main article: LT 1A/1 (450 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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KM-5, armed with torpedoes.

The KM-5 (Küsten-Minenleger-5) is one of the KM-class (KM1-KM36) built as a minelayer by Germany in World War II. KM-class boats were built to lay mines on enemy coastlines, but because of the unreliability of the engines, they were used in the lakes, rivers and coastal areas of the Eastern Front. As a result, 20 of the 36 ships in the KM series were stripped of mines and modified to be fitted with torpedo tubes. The KM-5 is one of them. The other 16 were used as minesweepers. Most of the KM-class boats remained until the end of the war and were requisitioned by the Soviet Union. The KM-5 was laid down in 1942 by Roland Shipyard located in Bremen, northern Germany, launched in 1942, and entered service on August 8, 1942, and was deployed to Lake Ladoga, Europe's largest lake, located in Estonia, and then to Lake Peipus, on the Estonian-Russian border. It was disposed of by self-scuttling. On July 3, 1944, she was raised near Kastre, Estonia, and was captured by the Soviet Union at Ventspils, Latvia in May 1945.

This KM-class boat has a machine gun on the stern.


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See also

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Patrol Boats 
KM-class  KM-5

Germany boats
Motor torpedo boats  LS 3 · LS 4 Esau · KM-5 · VS-10
  S-38 · S-38b · S-100 · S-100 (1944) · S-204 Lang · S-701
  Jaguar · Hugin · Pfeil
Motor gun boats  R-41 · R-130 · Krischan der Große
Motor torpedo gun boats  Albatros · Bussard · MZ1 · Pr. 206
Minelayers  VS-8

Germany premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  LS 4 Esau · KM-5 · S-204 Lang · S-701
Minelayers  VS-8
Sub-chasers  M-802
Frigates  Lübeck
Destroyers  Jaguar · Luchs · T31 · Z20 Karl Galster · Z25 · Z47
Light cruisers  Karlsruhe
Heavy cruisers  Prinz Eugen
Battleships  SMS Nassau