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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


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


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


Main armament

Main article: D-49 (122 mm)
122 mm D-49
Capacity Vertical
35 -4°/+16° ±8° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 6.16 8.53 10.36 11.46 12.19
Realistic 4.17 4.90 5.95 6.58 7.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
15.99 14.51 13.04 12.3
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
BR-471 APHE 205 201 183 162 144 128
BR-471B APHEBC 205 203 191 178 166 155
BR-471D APCBC 230 227 215 200 186 173
3BM-7 APDS 299 298 291 272 253 249
3BK-10 HEATFS 400 400 400 400 400 400
OF-471 HE 45 45 44 43 42 42
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
BR-471 APHE 795 25 1.2 19 272 -1° 47° 60° 65°
BR-471B APHEBC 795 25 1.2 19 272 +4° 48° 63° 71°
BR-471D APCBC 800 25 1.2 19 212.5 +4° 48° 63° 71°
3BM-7 APDS 1400 5.4 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
3BK-10 HEATFS 820 18.4 0.0 0.1 2.05 N/A N/A N/A N/A
OF-471 HE 800 25 0.1 0.1 3,600 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the SU-122-54.
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
rack empty
35 Projectiles
28 (+7)
28 (+7)
14 (+21)
23 (+12)

Machine guns

Main article: KPVT (14.5 mm)
14.5 mm KPVT
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
300 (50) 600 -5°/+40° ±180°
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
300 (50) 600 N/A N/A

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.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive BR-471B
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire BR-471D
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism 3BM-7 Smoke Grenades
IV Transmission Engine Rangefinder 3BK-10 NVD

Pros and cons


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


  • Long reload (16 seconds), though not as long as most other 122 mm
  • 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


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.


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