T-10M

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General info

The T-10M in the garage.

The T-10M is a Rank VI Soviet heavy tank with a battle rating of 8.3. It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel". The last tank on the Soviet heavy tank line-up, the T-10M is the product of years of Soviet development on the heavy tank series as well as being its last in history before the widespread employment of the main battle tanks.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

In-game the T-10M is a monster of a tank and is capable of killing any tank in game. The T-10M's main 122 mm gun is very powerful even with standard APCBC rounds and has access to modern shells like HEAT-FS. The tank also gets (APDS) at 1620 m/s making it an excellent sniper at long range. The stock rounds can pen the Maus at the turret cheeks and one shot it 6/10 times. Its armour isn't very thick but EXTREMELY sloped allowing it to bounce many high caliber shells such as the dreaded 12.8cm Pak 44/L55 mounted on both the Jagdtiger and the Maus As for turret armour it will not disappoint as it is over 250 mm thick and rounded. However keep in mind that tanks with Sabot,APCR,and HEAT-FS can penetrate the flat part of your turret armour. High Caliber HE shells are very dangerous as as the drivers vision port while heavily sloped is only 40 mm thick and a direct hit can immobilise your tank. This tank is pretty swift for a heavy and at times it can even give a Leopard I a hard time when chasing it down. In combat the T-10M is a very adaptable tank and can function in many roles such as a flanker,sniper, ambusher, and brawler. It is a very dominant tank at BR 8.0 even against MBT's and other heavy tanks.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great main gun - very high penetration, modern ammo types, and excellent free default BR-472 APCBC round capable of pen most tanks and deals great inner damage (mostly one-shot kill if pen).
  • 120 mm thick sloped side armour.
  • Good frontal protection, almost immune to everything but HEAT in the UFP.
  • Very good mobility for a heavy tank (+50km/h), even better than some mediums and can outrun every tank except low ranks.
  • Turret as usual very well rounded with good raw armour thickness.
  • 2x 14,5 mm machine gun that are very powerful vs light armour targets(45mm of pen in close range).
  • Low profile(Hide in shallow ridges).
  • Roof machine gun controlled by Loader( so commander death will not affect the machine gun).
  • Spaced side armour can be very "troll" like. Bounces HEATFS and HESH.

Cons:

  • Big 50mm weakspot on the turret front.
  • Bad Gun Depression (but better than on IS-4M).
  • Overall weaker armour in the LFP and UFP than on IS-4M.
  • Unimpressive Rate of Fire.
  • Angling the tank makes one side of the "pike" vulnerable.
  • Priority target: This tank will be top priority for the enemy team.
  • Modules and crew packed tightly. Ammo all around tank so it does get knocked out easily if hit.

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 122 mm M-62-T2S cannon (30 Rounds)
2 x 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun (450 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 122 mm M-62-T2S cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 30 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -4°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 10.1°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 20.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 122 mm M-62-T2S cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 30 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -4°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 10.1°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 20.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 122 mm M-62-T2S cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 30 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -4°
  • Gun Elevation: 15°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 10.1°/s (Stock), __._°/s (Upgraded), __._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), __._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 20.0s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay
in m:
Fuse sensitivity
in mm:
Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
BR-472 282 276 262 246 230 215 APCBC 950 25 1.2 15 204 +4° 42° 27° 19°
OF-472 35 35 35 35 35 35 HE 865 27 0.1 0.5 3,000 +0° 11° 10°
3BM-11 361 360 358 353 338 320 APDS 1620 7.4 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 15° 12° 10°
3BK-9 400 400 400 400 400 400 HEATFS 920 18 0.0 0.1 2,890 +0° 25° 18° 15°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the T-10M.
Full
ammo
Ammo
Part
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
8th
rack empty
9th
rack empty
10th
rack empty
11th
rack empty
12th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
30 Projectiles
Propellants
27 (+3)
27 (+3)
24 (+6)
24 (+6)
20 (+10)
20 (+10)
17 (+13)
17 (+13)
14 (+16)
14 (+16)
11 (+19)
11 (+19)
10 (+20)
10 (+20)
(+21)
(+21)
(+23)
(+23)
(+25)
(+25)
(+27)
(+27)
(+29)
(+29)
Keep full No

Secondary armaments

2 x 14.5 mm KPVT heavy machine gun (coaxial and pintle-mount)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 120 mm (57°) Front glacis
120 mm (49°) Lower glacis
40,60 mm (78-79°) Driver's port
120 mm (50°) Top
80 mm (0-64°) Middle
30 mm (60°) Bottom
50 mm (53°) Top
60 mm (21°) Bottom
30 mm
Turret 120-250 mm (26-60°) Turret front
100 + 250 mm (0-75°) Gun mantlet
130-190 mm (3-55°) 102 mm (21-47°) 30 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 40 mm 40 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 20 mm thick while tracks are 30 mm thick.
  • Turret side armour is not equally thick, ranging from 130 mm to 190 mm in some areas.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 50.0 ton

Max Speed: 53 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 968 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 19.36 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 50.0 ton

Max Speed: 50 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 663 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.26 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 50.0 ton

Max Speed: 50 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 663 hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.26 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 40°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2100 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

  • Parts and FPE
  • Smoke and Crew replenishment

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The desire for the successor of the IS-3 heavy tank with a more lenient weight and cost requirement brought forth a start in development in 1948. The tank, labeled the IS-8, used many characteristics from the previous experimental heavy tanks, with the engine of the IS-4 and IS-6, road wheels and tracks of the IS-4, the turret traverse mechanism and suspension system from the IS-7. The IS-8 also used an improved 122 mm gun from the IS-2 and IS-3 models. The armour on the IS-8 and IS-3 were quite similar in format, but was thickened on the IS-8 for improved protection. The hull was extended to make room for an engine cooling system, necessitating another road wheel set on the suspension. The IS-8 was deemed ready for production between late 1950 to early 1951, with production to begin at the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant (ChTZ), with reports that some IS-8 were also produced at a tank plant in Omsk as well.[1]

Stalin's death in 1953 brought forth a political situation of De-Stalinization to eradicate the influence of the late Soviet leader. Due to this, the IS-8 heavy tanks that take its first two letters from the name of Joseph (Iosef) Stalin was renamed to the T-10. Production of the tank continued, but with implemented improvements. The T-10A model introduced a newer 122 mm D-25TS gun with a vertical stabilization system and a bore evacuator, with a rammer implemented inside the tank to ease with the loading process by helping the loaders push the rounds into the breech. The T-10's sole telescopic sight was replaced with two new sights, one periscopic and one telescopic. There was also a night-vision device and gyrocompass installed for the gunner. The next upgrade was the T-10B in the mid-1950s, which introduced a two-axis stabilization for the gun and new fire control sight inside with little changes outside. The final revision was with the T-10M in 1957, with the most notable difference being the new M-62-TS gun, which was longer than its previous iterations and presents a very unique multi-slotted muzzle brake and bore evacuator along with having a stabilization system. DShK heavy machine guns were also replaced with the newer KPVT machine guns, which benefited by being similar in ballistic characteristics with the M-62-TS gun to double as a range-finder. Another change in the T-10M was the improved 750 hp engine. The last reported change to the T-10 design was in the 1960s when the tanks went through a rebuild with a new transmission and main clutch.[1]

By the time the T-10's production ended in 1962, a total of 8,000 of all types of T-10 heavy tanks had been manufactured, making the T-10 the most numerous Soviet heavy tank produced.[1]

Usage

The T-10s were organized in heavy tank regiments in the same way as the IS-3s. When first introduced, the Soviet heavy tank regiments were a composite unit organized in 1947 that were made of between 44-46 heavy tanks bolstered by 21 heavy assault guns. In between 1958 and 1959, the heavy tank regiments were reorganized to consist of only heavy tanks, 100 IS-3 or T-10 tanks that made the formation quite powerful. These regiments would help make up heavy tank divisions, which would consist of two heavy tank regiments and one medium tank regiment. These heavy tank divisions, intended to drive an offensive operation, were stationed along the borders of Soviet Union against the Western forces.[1]

The T-10, like the IS-3, were a concern to the Western forces whose only response were the heavy M103 and Conqueror heavy tanks. The T-10 never saw combat against a Western force, but was deemed invulnerable in frontal engagements against medium tanks of the time like the M48 Pattons, even when they used HEAT rounds. However, in a contest against the heavy tanks, the M103 and Conqueror presented better fire-control systems and range-finders that would benefit a well-trained and emplaced crew against an offensive force. The contest between the two sides with their heavy tanks reached a disparity with the introduction of newer tanks like the M60 and Chieftain, both which have guns able to penetrate straight through the T-10's front armour at standard ranges.[1]

Decline and discontinuation

Though the T-10 and the Soviet heavy tank family gave a formidable opponent to the Western forces, their fame and glory became short-lived in the 1960s. The new premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, began cut backs in the military with a new strategic goal of missiles and nuclear armament rather than with conventional forces. The heavy tanks, considered outdated, was ordered to have their production halted in 1960 by Khrushchev.[1] His orders are not without reason, heavy tanks are difficult to maintain and transport across the huge Soviet Union, which also did not have many bridges that could support a heavy tank. Another reason was the changing anti-tank technology that made tank armour extremely vulnerable, especially against the new anti-tank missiles that are becoming more and more efficient at their task in destroying tanks. Still, the order did not mean the dissolution of heavy tank units as by 1978, there were still up to 2,300 heavy tanks in the Far East. To this day, many heavy tanks are still either in inactive reserves or dug in as pillboxes along the borders of the Soviet Union. The heavy tank's place in the Soviet Union's military was replaced by the main battle tanks (MBT) like the T-64, which presented a much better firepower, armour, and mobility for only a weight of 35 tons, a technological sign on the rising prevalence of the MBT.[1]

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the _____ from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Heavy Tank T-10M

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Zaloga Steven. IS-2 Heavy Tank 1944-73 Great Britain: Osprey Publishing Ltd., 1994
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Icon-country-sov.png T-10M
Nation USSR
Type Heavy tank
Rank 6
Battle Rating
8.3
8.3
8.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
50,000 kg
110,231 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
120/120/50/30 mm
4.72/4.72/1.97/1.18 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
968 hp
663 hp
663 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
___ hp
750 hp
750 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
19.36
19.67
13.26
13.47
13.26
13.47
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
__.__
__.__
15.00
15.24
15.00
15.24
Max speed
53 km/h
33 mph
50 km/h
31 mph
50 km/h
31 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 122 mm M-62-T2S Cannon
Ammo stowage 30 rounds
Vertical guidance -4°/15°
Secondary Weapon
1 x KPVT Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 200 rounds
Mount Coaxial
1 x KPVT Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 250 rounds
Mount Pintle mount
Vertical guidance -5°/60°
Economy
Required RP 380,000 RP
Vehicle cost 990,000 SL
Crew training cost 280,000 SL
Max repair cost*
4,480 SL
5,390 SL
5,160 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
6d 18h
13d
13d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
_d __h
_d __h
_d __h
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