The MO-4 Type is a rank I Soviet motor gun boat with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.79 "Project X" when the Soviet fleet was implemented into the game.
Survivability and armour
The MO-4 is not armoured at all, and can be easily destroyed by even a rank 1 ship at close range. The MO-4's motor also has a tendency to be set aflame quite easily by damage. The silver lining of the MO-4's survivability is that the ammunition are stored in the boat under the sea level, and so they are somewhat harder to hit and detonate, instantly destroying the ship.
Without upgrade, the ship is slow, reaching only 40 km/h and is pretty sluggish. However, when fully upgraded, the MO-4 handles very well and can reach 75 km/h.
This ship has access to two manual 45 mm cannon that can use AP ammo (against armoured boats) and three types of HE ammo. The default one and one of the unlockable ones (OR-73A and F-73 respectively) can be used to hit distant target due to their greater muzzle velocity. The O-240 HE shell has greater explosive filler, but lower muzzle velocity, and so is more effective at closer ranged targets.
However, these guns leave the crew exposed due to the lack of armour, so even enemy machine guns can incapacitate these guns. As such, try to stay at range to prevent this from happening.
The anti-air armaments of the MO-4 consist of a total of two 12.7 mm DShK machine guns. These guns should be primarily against the aircraft, which are relatively easy to take down at BR 2.0, but they can also be used against the lightly-armoured boats that are still present at this battle rating (such as the LS 3). The guns are positioned in the middle section of the ship, which should pose no problems against aircraft because at least one gun can be placed onto the enemy aircraft, but it can be hard to attack boats directly in front of the ship.
One big firepower improvement on the MO-4 is the ability to equip the M-8 rockets. With a total of 64 rockets (32 on the deck ready to use), this ship can destroy almost anything, armoured or not, at very close range. While this ship should not be used at close range due to the lack of protection, rockets can be used in a last ditch effort to defeat rushing enemies or if in need of a quick-reacting weapon to surprise-attack someone. Do not underestimate the psychological effect of the rockets on newer player that may try to run away seeing/hearing them.
Usage in battles
The MO-4 has dangerous long-range firepower at a very low battle rating, but limited defense against fast and evasive enemies and air power. Accordingly, the MO-4 should fight conservatively at the longest possible range the crew's gunnery skill could reach. At this battle rating, very few opponents will have large-caliber guns that can compete at range, and even fewer players will be able to target them effectively, so use that to the ship's advantage.
Since the MO-4 does not have good anti-air defense, with only two 12.7 mm for the job, it should be used as a first spawn ship or at least stay close to allies with good anti-air defenses to extend its lifespan.
Do not forget to use the M-8 rockets when in a bind, they could pull the MO-4 through desperate situations.
Pros and cons
- Two large 45 mm cannons on bow and stern of the ship
- Two secondary 12.7 mm DShK machine guns possess good field of range, provide some air cover
- Four rocket pods on the bow of the ship deal huge damage up close, and swivel to allow rockets to be fired in all directions except directly backward
- Primary cannons have a low rate of fire
- Turrets have low turning speed
- Crew are incapacitated very easily due to lack of armour
- Good speed requires the purchase of all seakeeping modules
- Wooden hull can catch on fire more easily
The MO-4 (produced from 1937-43, approximately 250 built) was the most-produced variant of the MO series of ships, succeeding the MO-1 (1935), MO-2 (1935-36), and MO-3 (1937) versions. Originally designed for anti-sub operations, the MO series also filled a multitude of roles including mine laying and sweeping, escorting convoys, and supporting amphibious landings. They remained in service until the end of WWII.
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|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|
|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|