Pr. 123K (A-11)
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The Project 123K (A-11) is a premium rank I Soviet motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB/RB) and 1.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.83 "Masters of the Sea" as part of the fleet release into open beta test.
Survivability and armour
This boat has no armour, and relies upon small size and fast speed for survival. Turning away after dropping torpedoes and hiding behind smoke should be standard tactics.
The Pr 123K (A-11) is the fastest boat in the game - getting to 135/136kph in Arcade Battles. This makes it very useful for capturing zones that are some distance from the main battle area.
The vessel loses a lot of speed when making anything more than minimal turns, like all hydrofoils. However it has very good acceleration, allowing sharp turns to be a normal part of your tactics.
The Pr. 123K has dual 14.5 mm KPVT machine guns mounted at the stern, giving a very wide angle of fire excluding a relatively small angle either side of straight ahead..
However the KPV is a very powerful gun, and with API ammunition it can do considerable internal and crew damage, destroying any other small boat in the game with 2-3 reloads, and even significantly reducing the crew of much larger vessels such as destroyers. Effective use of the guns requires good understanding of lead and aiming offsets for speed and angle - opponents will often not adequately compensate for your speed, while you can be causing damage at ranges up to 1.5 km
The Pr. 123bis carries two 450 mm wet-heating 45-36NU torpedoes. They have a range of 3 km at a speed of 78 km/h or a range of 6 km at 73 km/h with the Torpedo Mode module installed. They are placed at the bow of the boat and fired out at the same speed the boat is already travelling at.
Depth charges, mines, rocket launchers and missiles are also effective in skilled hands and can be an unexpected surprise for an opponent. Evaluate the ammunition of this type of armament and rate its performance in combat.
Usage in battles
In arcade battles, this vessel is best used to cap zones that are some distance from the main action areas. This is best done at the start of the battle, or towards the end, in either case when there are likely to be fewer enemy vessels near those zones.
The vessel is also an adequate PT boat for its battle rating, and its high speed allows it to hide behind terrain (islands, peninsulas) in ambush and to reload torpedoes (in AB)
Pros and cons
- Very fast
- Very small
- Two 14.5 mm machine guns pack more punch than expected
- Weak hull and small crew cannot take much damage
- Only two torpedoes
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|Motor Torpedo||G-5 · D-3 · Pr. 123bis · Pr. 123K "Komsomolets" · G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr. 123K (A-11) · Pr.183 · Pr. 206|
|Armored Gun||Pr.1124 (1940) · Pr.1124 (1945) · Pr.191 · Pr.191M · MBK pr.186 · MBK-161 (1944) · Pr. 1204 · Pr. 1204 late · Pr.1124 MLRS · MBK pr.186 (MK 85)|
|USSR premium ships|
|Motor Torpedo boats||G-5 (ShVAK) · Pr. 123K (A-11)|
|Motor Gun boats||Ya-5M|
|Armored Gun boats||Pr. 1204 · MBK pr.186 (MK 85) · Pr.1124 MLRS|
|Destroyers||Pr. 7U Stroyny · Leningrad (leader)|