SU-57

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SU-57
ussr_su_57.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
2.3/2.3/2.3BR
5 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
6 / 6 / 6Hull
6 / 6 / 6Turret
Mobility
8.6 tWeight
79 km/h forward
10 km/h back
72 km/h forward
9 km/h back
Speed
Armament
57 mm M1 cannonMain weapon
99 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 15°Vertical guidance
-27° / 27°Horizontal guidance
Economy
550 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png790/670/480Repair
1 400 Sl icon.pngCrew training
9 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
× (106 + 100 Talisman.png) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage SU-57.jpg


The SU-57 is a premium rank I Russian tank destroyer with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory". The vehicle is similar to the American 75 mm GMC M3 by mounting a gun on the back of a half-track. The 57 mm gun can nearly penetrate most tanks at its battle rating range, nearly 100 mm at 500 meters away with regular AP rounds.

The most distinctive feature of this vehicle is its gun. Armed with very accurate 57 mm M1 gun with penetration of almost 90 mm on 2000m and fast reload speed, SU-57 is very effective long-range tank destroyer. Aside from that, SU-57 is very mobile, fast and agile. This, however, is vital for its survival as the vehicle basically lacks adequate armour protection. In order to use the SU-57 effectively, it is essential to combine its firepower with its mobility - attack selected targets from distance and be prepared for rapid relocation, as one well-placed enemy shot can tear the vehicle apart. On the other hand, one well-placed shot of the 57mm gun can tear apart almost everything SU-57 encounters, especially when aiming for weak spots.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Structural steel
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 6.35 mm (31°) Engine grille
6.35-12.7 mm (84°) Hood
6.35 mm (29-30°) Front plate
6.35 mm (1-2°) 6.35 mm (1°) N/A
Turret (Gun shield) 12.7 mm (24-79°) 12.7 mm (16°) N/A N/A

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick, bogies are 10 mm thick, and tracks are 7 mm thick.
  • Wheels in the front are 2 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 6.35 mm thick.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
8.6 N/A 78 (AB)
72 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 210 259
Realistic/Simulator 131 148
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 24.42 30.12
Realistic/Simulator 15.23 17.21

Armaments

Main article: M1 (57 mm)
57 mm M1
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
99 -5°/+15° ±27° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 4.2 5.8 _.__ _.__ _.__
Realistic 4.2 4.9 _.__ _.__ _.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
5.2 _.__ _.__ _.__
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M70 AP 117 114 97 80 66 54
M86 APCBC 103 100 85 69 56 46
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
M70 AP 900 2.8 N/A N/A N/A -1° 47° 60° 65°
M86 APCBC 822 2.7 1.2 20 41.16 +4° 48° 63° 71°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the SU-57.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
99 75 (+24) 50 (+49) 25 (+74) (+98) no

Bottom empty: 75 (+24)

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Accurate and powerful gun capable of penetration even on vast distances
  • Can destroy basically everything it encounters very easily
  • Great mobility and speed of the half-track vehicle compared to tanks
  • Ability to snipe from distance and relocate quickly if needed
  • Enemy shells often fly through its thin armour without dealing any serious damage
  • Crew has better protection compared to the American 75mm M3 GMC

Cons:

  • Lack of armour protection - vulnerable even to machine gun fire
  • Vulnerable to shrapnel and artillery shelling due to its open top
  • Rather limited gun arc
  • Cannot turn on one spot as tracked SPG can due to its half-track configuration

History

Development

The SU-57 began as the T48 57 mm Gun Motor Carriage from the United States. This is similar to their previous anti-tank vehicle the 75 mm GMC M3, which mounted a 75 mm M1897A4 gun instead. The development started from a British and American requirement for a vehicle mounting the 6-pounder gun. This was fulfilled with the 57 mm gun M1 (A US version of the 6-pounder) and this was installed on the rear of an M3 Half-track. Orders came in at April 1942, but the Americans soon drop theirs after the M10 GMC was put into production. Thus, the T48 was to be lend-leased to Allied countries and was never classified in the American inventory.

The vehicle was tested at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in May 1942 and was upgraded along the way with new mounting and recoil mechanism. A gun shield with 5/8 inches of armour on the front and 1/4 inch armour on the sides and top provided protection for the crew but was relatively low in height. The employment of the 75 mm GMC M3 had the T48 equipped with headlights that were demountable. The vehicle was approved for production in 1942 and was built until 1943 with 962 vehicles produced total.

Combat usage

The vehicle was delivered to the British and the Soviet Union as part of the Lend-Lease Act. The British were to use it in the Western Desert Campaign around Egypt and Libya, but the victory was achieved before the vehicles could arrive and do anything. After that, the 57 mm gun on the T48 was being superseded by the 75 mm gun from the US and the 17-pounder from the British. The T48 became surplus in British inventory and some were shipped to the Soviet Union as aid as well. The T48 in Soviet service was called SU-57 (Samokhodnaya ustanovka 57 - Self-propelled gun 57) and they received about 650 units in the course of the war. Some went to the Polish People's Army as well. Aside from that, British and Americans still retained several T48s but were all converted back into regular M3 Half-track carriers except for one in 1944. The German Wehrmacht also operated a few T48 as Half-track carriers due to being captured by the British and Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union employed the weapon most notably in their Summer 1944 offensive Operation Bagration. It was widely used by the Soviet 16th Separate Tank Destroyer Brigade in 1943 at the Dnieper River and the 19th Brigade in 1944 at the Baranow bridgehead. These vehicles would continue to serve in various units up until the Berlin and Prague offensives into Germany and Poland. They were allocated to 60 vehicles per brigade and the SU-57s were used as mobile fire support for the infantry due to their mobility. The 57 mm proved very well in this role as it could effectively hide behind a hill and fire from a long range due to the 57 mm gun.

In-game description

A self-propelled artillery/anti-tank mount based on the M3 semitrack transporter. Its weapons system included a six-pound British anti-tank cannon. The entire project was completed based on an order by Great Britain in 1942. The SPG was released between December 1942 and May 1943. In the end, Great Britain determined that the project was unnecessary, so this mount was used most widely in the USSR, where most of the SPGs produced were provided as part of the lend-lease program.

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See also

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Light  SU-5-1 · ZiS-30 · SU-57 · SU-57B · SU-76M · SU-76M (5th Guards Cavalry Corps) · YaG-10 (29-K) · SU-85A
Medium  SU-122 · SU-85 · SU-85M · SU-100 · SU-100P · SU-122P · SU-122-54
Heavy  SU-100Y · ISU-122 · ISU-122S · SU-152 · ISU-152 · Object 268 · Object 120 "Taran"
Rocket  BM-8-24 · BM-13N
Airborne  ASU-57 · ASU-85

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Anti-aircraft  ZUT-37 · ▂Type 65