Pr.183

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This page is about the Soviet motor torpedo boat Pr.183. For the premium version, see Pr.183 BM-21.
Pr.183
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Pr.183
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Description

The Pr.183 "Bolshevik" is a rank IV Soviet motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.79 "Project X" when the Soviet fleet was implemented into the game. This is the first Soviet MTB whose design was influenced by Western PT Boats.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower10 / 10 / 10 mm
Hull40 mm (wood)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section3
Displacement67 t
Crew14 people

The Pr.183 hull is entirely constructed from wood. Only its superstructure and both turrets are protected by steel plates. It cannot withstand any fire; even 7.7 mm rounds can penetrate its hull at close range. With a crew of only 14 people, it lacks significant survivability since anything can penetrate its hull to begin with.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB114 / 46 km/h
RB81 / 33 km/h

Similar to other MTBs, the Pr.183 is also highly agile. Powered by four M-50 diesel engines, it can reach speeds of 81 km/h forward and 33 km/h in reverse (RB/SB). This allows you to take circuitous routes to catch enemy boats and ships by surprise. In times of danger, you can swiftly retreat from the frontline and relocate to a safer position or reposition yourself for your next attack.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 114 46
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 81 33

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 516 → 4 366 Sl icon.png
RB4 513 → 5 605 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications162 200 Rp icon.png
270 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 800 Ge icon.png
Crew training105 000 Sl icon.png
Experts360 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 200 Ge icon.png
Research Aces570 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
130 / 230 / 100 % Sl icon.png
178 / 178 / 178 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
9 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Damage Control Division
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Fire Division
Research:
9 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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25mm_2m3_he_navy_ammo_pack
Research:
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Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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25mm_2m3_ap_navy_ammo_pack
Research:
9 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Depth Charges
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
250 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret2 x 25 mm 2M-3 mounting
Ammunition3900 rounds
Belt capacity65 rounds
Fire rate300 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 85°
Main article: 2M-3 (25 mm)

The 25 mm 2M-3 is a frequently used naval autocannon among Soviet naval ships. It is effective against lightly armoured targets and PT boats, and can also serve as anti-aircraft defense. It only takes a few well-placed hits against enemy boats to incapacitate them. However, it's important to note that aiming can be challenging due to the motion of the waves and the presence of torpedo tubes, which might cause your shots to be less accurate.

  • Universal: AP-T · FI-T
  • 25 mm HE magazines: FI-T · FI-T · FI-T · AP-T
  • 25 mm AP magazines: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · FI-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
FI-T 3 3 3 3 3 3
AP-T 55 52 42 32 25 19
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
FI-T 900 0.28 0 0.1 30.8 47° 56° 65°
AP-T 900 0.28 - - - 47° 60° 65°

Additional armament

Setup 12 x 533 mm 53-38 torpedo
Setup 212 x BB-1 depth charge
Setup 32 x 533 mm 53-38 torpedo
12 x BB-1 depth charge

The 533 mm 53-38 Torpedo is relatively slow and heavy in comparison to torpedoes used by other nations' MTBs. However, it compensates with extended range and a substantial explosive payload. Effectively employing this torpedo requires getting in very close proximity (approximately 1.5 km) to the enemy ship due to its slower speed.

The BB-1 depth charge is primarily designed for anti-submarine warfare. However, since there is no submarines, it can be repurposed for ship hunting by discreetly approaching enemy vessels and deploying it nearby. Additionally, it can serve in engagements with other boats; releasing the depth charges when pursued from behind can effectively deter chasing enemy boats.

Usage in battles

The Pr.183 can fulfill roles as a brawler or a flanker, depending on the player's preference. It can engage both boats and ships effectively when utilized correctly.

Usage against boats:

The Pr.183 boasts impressive speed, allowing you to flank and catch enemy boats off guard using its 25 mm 2M-3 autocannons. Alternatively, you can capitalize on your speed to secure strategic points swiftly. The boat excels at incapacitating enemy vessels with well-placed shots. While you might encounter challenges against armoured boats, utilizing AP magazines can help overcome them. It's important to note that your wooden hull offers limited protection, making you susceptible to incoming fire. Prioritize target selection and cautious engagement due to your boat's low survivability. It's advisable not to expect prolonged survival in battles, given the vulnerability of the Pr.183.

Usage against ships:

The Pr.183 is equipped with 2 torpedoes and 12 depth charges in its arsenal. A precisely aimed torpedo can effectively sink an enemy destroyer or even some light cruisers with just one hit. Alternatively, you can utilize the depth charges to achieve the same goal. However, exercise caution, as dropping them near the enemy ship is crucial for causing damage. Employ a flanking strategy by concealing yourself behind large boulders or small islands and patiently await the passage of the enemy ship. Once they have passed, tail them closely and attempt to approach. Remaining unnoticed, you can position yourself beside the enemy ship and release 4-6 depth charges, usually sufficient to sink the target. In the event the enemy ship detects you, fire your torpedo in their path and swiftly retreat to cover.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Exceptional cannon firepower capable of dispatching most other PT boats with just a short burst
  • Strong mobility
  • Effective at performing AA duties if required

Cons:

  • Wooden construction leaves ship as being fragile
  • Torpedo tubes make getting both turrets on target somewhat of a challenge

History

In the early 1950s, the Soviet Navy recognized the need for a new Motor Torpedo Boat (MTB) to replace its existing Pr.123 MTB. This new vessel had to possess enhanced firepower while retaining the agility of its predecessor. The chief designer drew upon the knowledge gained from operating American-built Vosper, Elco, and Higgins Torpedo Boats received through the Lend-Lease program. This novel MTB was named the Pr.183 Bolshevik (also known as the P 6-class torpedo boat in NATO classification). It featured significantly greater firepower compared to its precursor, attributable to the inclusion of two 25 mm 2M-3 turrets. Despite striving to maintain the agility of its predecessor, certain design compromises, such as employing plywood for the hull, were made to achieve the desired speed.

The production of the Pr.183 Bolshevik started in 1952. The USSR carried out numerous developmental upgrades for the Pr.183. For instance, an improved version of the Pr.183 was equipped with an additional gas turbine engine, and a remote radio-controlled variant of the Pr.183 was developed for target practice. In 1954, the People's Liberation Army Navy (the Chinese Navy) reached an agreement with the USSR to license the production of the Pr.183, naming it the Type 02 torpedo boat. This marked the Chinese Navy's introduction to torpedo boats.

The Pr.183 Bolshevik found service in numerous nations. Prominent among these were the Soviet Navy, the Volksmarine, the People's Liberation Army Navy, and the Egyptian Navy. In particular, the Egyptian Navy acquired the Pr.183 BM-21 Motor Gun Boat variant. In contrast to the standard configuration featuring two torpedo launchers and two 25 mm 2M-3 turrets, the Pr.183 BM-21 was outfitted with a single 25 mm 2M-3 turret and a 122 mm BM-21 Rocket Launcher.

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USSR boats
Motor torpedo boats  D-3 · G-5 · G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr.123-bis · Pr.123K (A-11) · Pr.123K · Pr.183
Motor gun boats  TKA-106 · MO-4 · OD-200 · Pr.183 BM-21 · Ya-5M
Motor torpedo gun boats  Pr. 206 · Pr.206-M · MPK Pr.12412 · MPK Pr.12412P
Gunboats  Groza
Armoured gun boats  BMO · MBK-161 early · MBK-161 late · MBK pr.186 · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 early · Pr.1124 late · Pr.1124 MLRS
  Pr.191 · Pr.191M · Pr.1204 · Pr.1204 late