T-54 (1951)

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T-54 (1951)
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
83 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
100 / 80 / 45Hull
200 / 160 / 65Turret
35.5 tWeight
992 hp520 hpEngine power
28 hp/t15 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
55 km/h forward
8 km/h back
50 km/h forward
7 km/h back
100 mm D-10T cannonMain weapon
34 roundsAmmunition
20 roundsFirst-order
8.5 / 11.1 sReload
-4° / 17°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm DShK machine gunMachinegun
250 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
50 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 60°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm SGMT machine gunCoaxial weapon
3 500 roundsAmmunition
8.0 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
170 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
440 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png5 850 / 7 915/4 050 / 5 479/4 890 / 6 616Repair
130 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
440 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 400 Ge icon.pngAces
208 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png


The T-54 (1951) is a rank V Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in during the Closed Beta Test for Ground Forces before Update 1.41.

In 1951, a new hemispherical turret with improved ballistic shaping was introduced for the T-54 medium tank. This turret eliminated the turret shot-traps of earlier models and became the definitive one for all T-54 and T-55 variants that followed. A new telescopic gunsight was also introduced.

Ingame, the 1951 model plays similarly to the 1949 model. It has the same reduced hull armour compared to the 1947 model but makes up for this with its better mobility and turret, which is not vulnerable to shot-traps like the 1947 and 1949 models are. The 1951 model also has access to a powerful HEAT-FS round.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull, Turret roof)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret, Gun mantlet)
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 100 mm (60°) Front glacis 
100 mm (54°) Lower glacis
80 mm 45 mm (16°) Upper 
30 mm (72°) Lower
30 mm Front
20 mm Back
Turret 160 mm (14-39°) Turret front 
200 mm (4-78°) Gun mantlet
115 mm (45-50°) Upper
155 mm (10-30°) Lower
65 mm (9-35°) 30 mm


  • Suspensions wheels and tracks are 20 mm thick


Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour

weight (tons)

Max speed (km/h)
35.5 N/A 56 (AB)
50 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 806
Realistic/Simulator 460
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 18.66
Realistic/Simulator 10.65


Main armament

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Machine guns

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Usage in battles

The T-54 '51 is practically the same tank as the T-54 '49, it has the same armour as the T-54 '49 and the only difference is the addition of the new HEAT-FS round capable of going through 380mm of armour (the War Thunder community generally accepts the T-54 '51 as having the best ammunition overall). Again, the new round should be taken as a back-up option for the most armoured enemies, while BR-412D should remain the main round.

General Playstyle

The T-54 '51 is simply the better tank than the T-54 '49, because it has the same armour, and the only difference is the addition of HEAT-FS round, which penetrates through 380mm. (Read the T-54 '47 and the T-54 '49 articles, as they cover the T-54 playstyle).

Major Gameplay Differences from the T-54 '49 (Read the T-54 '47 and the T-54 '49 articles prior to reading this!)

  • You can now penetrate all vehicles that you can see.
  • If the map is very big, and you are forced to snipe, you may prefer to take APDS ammunition, because it's much easier to aim.

The Stock Grind

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General tips for the stock grind are the same as those for the T-54 '47, read that article.

Pros and cons


  • Improved turret shape and armour thickness, with no shot-traps (Same turret as the T-54 '49)
  • Lighter than the 1947 model, with improved mobility
  • Wide ammunition selection, including 380 mm penetration 3BK-5 HEAT-FS and powerful APHE rounds
  • Well-sloped hull glacis plate, resistant to most full-bore AP rounds
  • Roof-mounted DShK heavy machine gun for use against aircraft or light vehicles


  • Unstabilised main gun and very slow turret traverse make it vulnerable to being flanked in close combat
  • Relatively low rate-of-fire
  • Small magazine size of the DShK heavy machine gun
  • Weaker hull armour than the 1947 model
  • Poor penetration with APHE rounds


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In-game description

The new 1951 tank model received a cast semi-spherical turret without shot traps and with improved traverse sealing and an apparatus for attaching a minesweeper. Its two SG-43 machine guns were replaced with a 7.62 mm SGMT machine gun. The T-54's main armament remained as before - a 100 mm D-10T cannon with a 56 calibre barrel length. This weapon was developed in the No. 9 artillery factory's design bureau under the direction of F.F. Petrov. The 100 mm cannon's armour-piercing round was able to penetrate a 125 mm thick vertical armour plate at a range of 2,000 m. After the Second World War, improved variants of this tank served for forty years after the basic model was developed. From 1946, all the characteristics of the T-54 and its variants surpassed those of foreign medium tanks, and its weapon had the best armour-piercing properties.

In total, 7,009 of them were made between 1952 and 1955. The T54 Mod. 1951 became widespread outside the USSR's borders and was licensed for production in Poland, Czechoslovakia and China. Its Chinese variant was designated Type 59. Tanks of this type were used in a multitude of armed conflicts in the 20th century. These vehicles are still in service in many countries in Asia and the Middle East.

A disadvantage of the tank was the hull layout is inherited from the T-44. It ensured the Soviet tank's advantages over its foreign counterparts, but also restricted opportunities for further increasing the tank's defences, particularly against the new 90 and 105 mm high-explosive anti-tank warheads and armour-piercing subcalibre rounds. The unstabilised tank cannon's accuracy and rate of fire were too low when firing on the move. The T-54's transmission and undercarriage restricted opportunities to increase its mobility after installing a more powerful weapon or increasing its armour.

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See also

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USSR medium tanks
T-28  T-28 · T-28E
T-34-76  T-34 (Prototype) · T-34 (1940) · T-34 (1941) · T-34 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-34 (1942) · T-34E STZ · T-34E
T-34-57  T-34-57 · T-34-57 (1943)
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T-34-100  T-34-100
T-44  T-44 · T-44-100 · T-44-122
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T-55  T-55A · T-55AM-1
T-62  T-62 · T-62M-1
T-64  T-64A (1971) · T-64B
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