T-44-122

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General info

The T-44-122 in the garage.

The T-44-122 is a premium Rank IV Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 6.3. It was introduced in Update 1.55 "Royal Armour". It has the same design as the standard T-44, but comes with a 122 mm gun instead, giving the tank a very high boost in firepower compared to its previous 85 mm cannon.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

Succinctly put, the T-44-122 is a go-kart equipped with a 122mm gun. At 6.3 it is highly competitive with its peers, sporting an extremely powerful 122mm cannon, Panther-like armour, and Hellcat-like maneuverability. As such, the T-44-122 makes for an excellent flanking tank due to its high mobility and devastating firepower. A single 122 mm to the side of an enemy tank can instantly destroy it. When flanking, try to stay out of reach from the enemy's cannon as the 122 mm has a long reload and the T-44-122 will be vulnerable in this time period from enemies with cannons like the 88 mm on the Tiger II and possible flankers.

In urban combat, the T-44-122 both excels and suffers due to its 122mm cannon. On one hand, the sheer firepower of the cannon makes for an excellent one-hit-kill machine; on the other, the long reload make it difficult to deal with multiple opponents. Playing with a teammate is highly recommended.

Additionally, the 122mm cannon also makes the T-44-122 a somewhat good sniper, but this nullifies the excellent mobility which should be utilized on the battlefield.

Vehicle characteristics

The most distinctive feature of the T-44-122 is its excellent 122mm cannon. This cannon has the ability to reliably penetrate the front of every single tank at 6.3 except for the T28. However, this does come at the cost of a long reload which can be somewhat assuaged with an upgraded crew (max reload ~23sec).

Tactics

Flank and spank. The T-44-122 plays almost identically to the -85 variant T34/44s, but obviously gets the added bonus of being able to penetrate most vehicles frontally in an emergency.

Specific enemies worth noting

Most ~6.3 British vehicles with stabilizers (etc. FV4202) are extremely dangerous as they have APDS/AP that can shear through the T-44's armour like butter. Additionally, the Tiger II (H) can only be penetrated through the turret but thankfully such a target is much less mobile than the aforementioned vehicles and also lacks a stabilizer.

Counter-tactics

The T-44-122 hull, in spite of being weaker than that on the standard -85 variant, is still reasonably bouncy and a slight angle/turret wiggle can and will bounce shots on occasion. However, do not rely on the T-44-122's armour!

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Devastating 122 mm firepower for a medium tank
  • Low profile, can assume hull/turret-down positions and take cover easily
  • Ridiculous mobility and corresponding armour
  • Better gun depression than the T-44-100

Cons:

  • Limited ammo capacity of 24 due to having a heavy tank's gun in a medium tank
  • Slow main gun reload speed
  • Suffers from poor gun depression inherent in most Soviet tanks
  • Front armour is not as strong as T-44 at 75 mm instead of 90 mm, turret is slightly thinner at 110/120 mm
  • Driver's port and turret ring can be a weakness
  • Tends to face allied teams of which many tanks have 2-plane stabilizers and APDS

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 122 mm D-25-44T cannon (24 Rounds)
1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (1,890 Rounds)

Main armament

1 x 122 mm D-25-44T cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 24 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 18°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.9°/s (Stock), 20.6°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 30.2s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 122 mm D-25-44T cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 24 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 18°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.9°/s (Stock), 17.5°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 30.2s (Stock), __._s (Full Crew), __._s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), __._s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 122 mm D-25-44T cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 24 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -5°
  • Gun Elevation: 18°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.9°/s (Stock), 17.5°/s (Upgraded), _._°/s (Prior + Full Crew), _._°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), _._°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reload Rate: 30.2s (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-471 200 196 179 158 141 125 APHE 795 25 1.2 15 272 -1° 43° 30° 25°
BR-471B 207 201 183 162 144 129 APHEBC 800 25 1.2 15 272 +4° 42° 27° 19°
OF-471 36 36 36 36 36 36 HE 800 25 0.1 0.1 3,600 +0° 11° 10°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the T-44-122.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
24 21 (+3) (+23) Rear empty: 21 (+3) no

Secondary armament

1 x 7.62 mm DT machine gun (coaxial)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Roof, Gun mantlet)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 75 mm (62°) Front glacis
75 mm (27°) Lower glacis
75 mm (34-35°) Driver's port
75 mm 45 + 18 mm (2°) 15 mm
Turret 110 mm (7-80°) Turret front
110 mm (2-76°) Gun mantlet
80 mm (14-21°) 75 mm (10-13°) 15 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 90 mm 15 mm

Notes:

  • Tracks cover the rear of the tank, which provide an additional 18 mm of armour at their locations.
  • Suspensions wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 30 mm thick.
  • Commander's cupola is 90 mm thick.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 31.8 ton

Max Speed: 67 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 775 hp @ 2050 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 24.37 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 23°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 954 hp @ 2050 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 30.00 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 28°
Weight: 31.8 ton

Max Speed: 60 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 442 hp @ 2050 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.90 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 25°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 500 hp @ 2050 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.72 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 28°
Weight: 31.8 ton

Max Speed: 60 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 442 hp @ 2050 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 13.90 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 25°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: 500 hp @ 2050 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 15.72 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 28°

Modules and improvements

As a premium vehicle, the modules are all already unlocked for use.

History of creation and combat usage

Development

In the autumn of 1943 at the Stalin Ural Tank Factory No. 183, the designers started working on a vehicle under orders of Stalin to have major improvements over the initial T-34s. The mobility of the T-34 medium tank was to be similar, but with more armour on it. In November, chief designer A. A. Morozov presented a design and model, and it was designated the T-44 (Object 136). The first prototype was complete on January the next year and two more in February. The first two prototypes are armed with the 85 mm D-5T gun with the designation T-44-85, while the last had a 122 mm D-25-44T cannon similar to the one on the IS-2 tank (Though differing from one-piece ammunition and better muzzle brake) designated the T-44-122. An innovative feature that allowed the mounting of heavy guns on a 30 ton design was the placement of the engine perpendicular to the axis of the tank. This allowed the hull to be made without sponsons, gave the crew a much bigger fighting compartment, had the turret placed on the center of the vehicle, and reduced the vehicle's overall length. However, the ammo stored on the left side of the tank was easily hit and could detonate, destroying the tank. The armour on the design featured 75 mm thick plate on the front, 90 mm on the turret mantlet, side armour is 45 mm thick with the capability of mounting additional 30 mm of armour. These prototypes had a V-2IS diesel engine delivering 500 horsepower. The tank provided many advantages over the T-34 design, the gun accuracy on the T-44 design was arguably better, and the turret ring was more reliable. It presented more than double frontal armour without significantly affecting weight distribution. The increased fighting compartment meant that the turret floor ammunition storage on the T-34 could be removed. Tank height comparison, the T-44 was 300 mm lower than the T-34, and the driver's vision from his hatch is much better than on the T-34.

Testing and cancellation

Trials with the first prototypes began in February 1944. One of the competition was against the German Panther tank. Compared to the T-44-85, the T-44-122 was flawed and unsatisfactory. The large gun made the interiors cramped and unable for the crew inside to work properly. The rate of fire with the 122 mm, even when using single-piece ammunition, was very slow with a maximum of only three rounds per minute. This compounded with the fact that the T-44-122 could only hold 24 rounds inside the tank, makes the T-44 with the 122 mm gun unsatisfactory for the role of a medium tank. Thus, all further development on the 122 mm armed T-44 are cancelled for further development on the 85 mm variant, which continued on to finally being accepted into service on November 1944 and with 1,823 units built from 1944 to 1947.

Ingame description

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Screenshots and fan art

The T-44-122 prototype on trials alongside a German Panther.

Additional information (links)

References


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Icon-country-sov.png T-44-122
Nation USSR
Type Medium tank
Rank 4
Battle Rating
6.3
6.3
6.3

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
31,800 kg
70,107 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
75/75/45/15 mm
2.95/2.95/1.77/0.59 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
775 hp
442 hp
442 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
954 hp
500 hp
500 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
24.37
24.76
13.90
14.12
13.90
14.12
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
30.00
30.48
15.72
15.97
15.72
15.97
Max speed
67 km/h
42 mph
60 km/h
37 mph
60 km/h
37 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 122 mm D-25-44T Cannon
Ammo stowage 24 rounds
Vertical guidance -5°/18°
Secondary Weapon
1 x DT Machine gun
Ammo stowage 1,890 rounds
Mount Coaxial
Economy
Required RP N/A
Vehicle cost 6,090 GE
Crew training cost 10,000 SL
Max repair cost*
2,710 SL
3,420 SL
3,650 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
2d 06h
3d 22h
3d 22h
Free repair time (Upgraded)
18h 02m
1d 07h
1d 07h
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