SU-122-54

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SU-122-54
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SU-122-54
AB RB SB
6.7 6.7 6.7
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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

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Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 100 mm (50°) Front glacis

100 mm (54°) Lower glacis

80mm 45 mm (17°) Hull

30mm (21°) Superstructure

20 mm

Notes:

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

Mobility

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Armaments

Main armament

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Additional armament

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Machine guns

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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 of 7.3. 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.

Pros and cons

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Long reload (16seconds), though not as long as an IS-tank
  • The protection is not adequate for a 7.3 vehicle
  • Restricted firing angles for the main guns, horizontally and vertically
  • 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
  • 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

External links

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  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the tank;
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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