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However, this all comes at the price of a high battle rating where it currently sits at. This makes for a quite difficult vehicle to use, as the opposition will be fierce. Be mindful of how you approach a situation. Charging blindly or sitting very far back won't yield great results, play as if it were a chess match and strategically choose your position and targets.
 
However, this all comes at the price of a high battle rating where it currently sits at. This makes for a quite difficult vehicle to use, as the opposition will be fierce. Be mindful of how you approach a situation. Charging blindly or sitting very far back won't yield great results, play as if it were a chess match and strategically choose your position and targets.
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One way of playing the SU-122-54 is as a sniper, a task made easier with the inclusion of a APDS round that can pack a mean hit at penetration with a fire-rate decent for such sniper.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
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* Strong gun that can fire HEAT-FS or APDS shells, unlike most other 122 mm gun-equipped tanks
 
* Strong gun that can fire HEAT-FS or APDS shells, unlike most other 122 mm gun-equipped tanks
 
* Fairly low silhouette
 
* Fairly low silhouette
* Has a 14.5 mm machine gun, good for warding off low-flying aircraft
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* Has two 14.5 mm machine gun good for warding off low-flying aircraft
 
* Decently mobile
 
* Decently mobile
* Has access to a rangefinder
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* Has access to a rangefinder and NVD
 
* Good top speed
 
* Good top speed
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* Mantlet is 200mm thick in total
  
 
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* Long reload (16 seconds), though not as long as an IS-tank
 
* Long reload (16 seconds), though not as long as an IS-tank
* The protection is not adequate
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* The protection is not adequate at close range
 
* Restricted firing angles for the main guns, horizontally and vertically, due to casemate mounting
 
* Restricted firing angles for the main guns, horizontally and vertically, due to casemate mounting
 
* Lack of a turret means that if you get flanked, the tank is in serious trouble
 
* Lack of a turret means that if you get flanked, the tank is in serious trouble
* Roof machine gun will struggle to engage ground targets
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* Roof machine gun may sometime struggle to engage ground targets
 
* Cupolas hits will injure respective crew members
 
* Cupolas hits will injure respective crew members
 
* Two loaders means the rate of fire suffers strongly in the event of a penetration
 
* Two loaders means the rate of fire suffers strongly in the event of a penetration
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
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* ''reference to the series of the vehicles;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the vehicles;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
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* ''encyclopedia page on the tank;''
 
* ''encyclopedia page on the tank;''
 
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* [https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/780/ [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> SU-122-54 and J2M2]
 
* [https://warthunder.com/en/devblog/current/780/ [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> SU-122-54 and J2M2]
  
 
{{USSR tank destroyers}}
 
{{USSR tank destroyers}}

Revision as of 22:48, 13 May 2020

RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
SU-122-54
ussr_su_122_54.png
SU-122-54
AB RB SB
6.7 6.7 6.7
Research:95 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:260 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The SU-122-54 is a rank V Soviet tank destroyer with a battle rating of 6.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 (aka 1.70.1945) "Weapons of Victory". Featuring a T-54 chassis in a tank destroyer format and a 122 mm gun, the SU-122-54 presents an interesting vehicle for Rank V battles.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun mantlet, Commander cupola)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 100 mm (50°) Front glacis
100 mm (54-55°) Lower glacis
80 mm 45 mm (17°) 20 mm
Superstructure 100 mm (50°) Front glacis
100 mm (41°) Side joint plate
100 + 100 mm (7-65°) Gun mantlet
80 mm (26°) 30 mm (21°) 20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 30 mm thick.

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 55 9 36 739 992 20.53 27.56
Realistic 51 8 460 520 12.78 14.44

Armaments

Main armament

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Machine guns

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

Usage in battles

The SU-122-54 could be described as a post-war ISU-122. Most characteristics of the vehicle point towards an effort to improve on both the good and bad features of the ISU. It features thickened and better-angled armour increased firepower with better crew ergonomics and new shells as well as improved mobility thanks to a redesigned chassis. This makes for a dangerous vehicle with more options in how to use than it's predecessors.

However, this all comes at the price of a high battle rating where it currently sits at. This makes for a quite difficult vehicle to use, as the opposition will be fierce. Be mindful of how you approach a situation. Charging blindly or sitting very far back won't yield great results, play as if it were a chess match and strategically choose your position and targets.

One way of playing the SU-122-54 is as a sniper, a task made easier with the inclusion of a APDS round that can pack a mean hit at penetration with a fire-rate decent for such sniper.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Strong gun that can fire HEAT-FS or APDS shells, unlike most other 122 mm gun-equipped tanks
  • Fairly low silhouette
  • Has two 14.5 mm machine gun good for warding off low-flying aircraft
  • Decently mobile
  • Has access to a rangefinder and NVD
  • Good top speed
  • Mantlet is 200mm thick in total

Cons:

  • Long reload (16 seconds), though not as long as an IS-tank
  • The protection is not adequate at close range
  • Restricted firing angles for the main guns, horizontally and vertically, due to casemate mounting
  • Lack of a turret means that if you get flanked, the tank is in serious trouble
  • Roof machine gun may sometime struggle to engage ground targets
  • Cupolas hits will injure respective crew members
  • Two loaders means the rate of fire suffers strongly in the event of a penetration
  • The armour is thick enough to hamper acceleration

History

The success of the T-54 tank in the early 1950s had the vehicle chassis used in many different variants for different roles. The roles range out from a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, armoured recovery vehicle, bridge-layers, mine-clearers, flamethrowers, armoured personnel carriers, fire-fighting vehicles, and a self-propelled gun. The self-propelled gun, known as "Object 600", was a vehicle based off the T-54A design and carried the 122 mm gun infamous on the IS heavy tank series. The vehicle was known as the SU-122-54, but it has sometimes also be referred to as the IT-122 as well. The chassis was modified for the vehicle, with the large gap present between the first and second road wheels moved to between the third and fourth. The superstructure, like traditional designs, was built onto the hull and held the 122 mm gun. Secondary armament consisted of two KPVT heavy machine guns on coaxial and pintle-mount for anti-aircraft purposes. The general design was developed and built between 1955 and 1957, with a total of 77 units made with minor differences between each batch.

In-game description

The SU-122-54 self-propelled artillery mount was constructed on the basis of the T-54-55 medium tank from 1948 to 1951. It was intended first and foremost to play the role of an assault and antitank weapon. Plans were made for large-scale production of the SU-122, but starting in 1957 its release was curtailed due to a shift in the priorities of military production in favor of building missile weapons.

The SU-122-54 SPG was used by the Soviet Army until the second half of the 1960s, when it was removed from the army’s arsenal. A total of 77 SU-122-54 SPGs were produced.

Media

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


USSR tank destroyers
Light  SU-5-1 · ZiS-30 · SU-57 · SU-57B · SU-76D · SU-76M · SU-76M (5th Gv.Kav.Corps) · YaG-10 (29-K) · SU-85A · Khrizantema-S
Medium  SU-122 · SU-85 · SU-85M · SU-100 · SU-100P · SU-122P · SU-122-54 · IT-1 · Shturm-S
Heavy  SU-100Y · ISU-122 · ISU-122S · SU-152 · ISU-152 · Object 268 · Object 120
Rocket  BM-8-24 · BM-13N
Airborne  ASU-57 · ASU-85