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General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
83 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
100 / 80 / 45Hull
200 / 160 / 66Turret
41.5 tWeight
1316 hp690 hpEngine power
31.7 hp/t16.6 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
56 km/h forward
9 km/h back
51 km/h forward
8 km/h back
100 mm D-10T2S cannonMain weapon
42 roundsAmmunition
18 roundsFirst-order
8.5 / 11.1 sReload
-5° / 16°Vertical guidance
12.7 mm DShK machine gunMachinegun
300 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
50 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
-10° / 60°Vertical guidance
7.62 mm PKT machine gunCoaxial weapon
3000 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
700 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png4040/4300/3500Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
790000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2000 Ge icon.pngAces
214 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
150 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage T-55AM-1.jpg

The T-55AM-1 is a premium gift rank VI Soviet medium tank with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.81 "The Valkyries".

General info

Survivability and armour

The T-55, which this tank was based upon, used exclusively rolled homogeneous armour, which proved to useless against advanced chemical warheads. The Soviet Union, in an attempt to modernize and extend the service life of the T-55, conceived the AM-1 upgrade kit for the tank. The upgrade kit consists bolted-on blocks of metal-polymer plates, which are essentially plates of metal sandwiching polymer fillings. This solution was cheap and easy to implement, though its effectiveness was debatable. Compared to the original T-55A, the armour protection was greatly improved, but still prove to be insufficient against certain weapons.

The turret cheeks are fitted with the add-on metal-polymer blocks, which grants immunity to every HEAT warhead in-game except the HOT missiles. The Leopard's 120mm HEAT-FS occasionally penetrates the cheeks, and in that case, very minimal damage is caused. The turret armour against APDS is highly effective, given that the projectile impacts the add-on armour. However, the armour is mostly useless against APFSDS, and in case of penetration, will cause extensive damage. The add-on armour on the upper front plate is somewhat effective as it can nullify HEAT warheads with less than 450mm penetration. Most APFSDS will seamlessly penetrate the hull. Most APDS will bounce.

Do note that the gun breech area is very poorly protected by some 200mm of cast homogeneous armour, making its protection worth absolutely useless against everything. So do try to angle your turret by facing your cheeks. When doing so, use the right side of your turret to "catch" rounds, as even if it penetrates, only your loader will be knocked out, so no big deal.

Also note that the add-on armor block can be blown off your tank. For example, HOT missiles will have very high chance of taking off armor, and direct hit from artillery shell (assuming it hits the armor and doesn't destroy you) will take off the armor.

In regards to ammo storage, your ready rack is stored within your fuel tank. This wet ammo storage will prevent ammo detonation from HEAT, but a well placed APFSDS will nonetheless cause ammo cook-off.


Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 56 9 41.5 1,069 1316 25.76 31.71
Realistic 51 8 610 690 14.7 16.63

The mobility is only bested by the XM-1. It will out-run most, if not all, its friendlies and adversaries. Its pivoting capabilities are comparable to the very capable neutral steering system on the Leopard L/44. The tank will reach around 30-40 km/h off-road, and -10 km/h in reverse. The so-called "stabilized" gun is only operable reliably under 35km/h.


Main armament

Main article: D-10T2S (100 mm)

The 100mm rifled gun seems like an oddity at this BR, not in its calibre or whatnot, but its unparalleled versatility. The gun can fire APDS, APFSDS, HEAT-FS, HE, APHE, ATGM and smoke. In fact, it can fire every type of munition available in-game with the exception of HESH. Though very versatile, it is quite useless as the APDS, APFSDS and HEAT-FS are terribly under-performing compared to its adversaries. The only offensive munition worth carrying is the APHE and ATGM. The APHE (APCBC) is extremely capable. It will destroy most bad guys your face with one shot, given proper shot placement and successful penetration. At this rank, most your opponents are poorly armoured, like the Leopard 1, MBT/KPz-70 and XM-1, so the 200mm penetration on the APHE will penetrate and will result in the instant destruction of your enemies.

100 mm D-10T2S Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 42 -5°/+16° ±180° Two-plane 14.28 19.76 24.00 26.55 28.24 11.05 9.78 9.01 8.50
Realistic 8.92 10.50 12.75 14.10 15.00


Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
3BM-8 APDS 299 298 291 272 253 249
BR-412D APCBC 239 236 223 207 192 178
3BM25 APFSDS 335 330 307 290 275 260
3BK17M HEATFS 390 390 390 390 390 390
OF-412 HE 19 19 19 19 19 19
9M117 ATGM 600 600 600 600 600 600
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
Fuse sensitivity
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
0% 50% 100%
3BM-8 APDS 1,415 4.13 N/A N/A N/A 75° 78° 80°
BR-412D APCBC 887 15.9 1.2 19 93.94 48° 63° 71°
3BM25 APFSDS 1,430 3.4 N/A N/A N/A 76° 77° 80°
3BK17M HEATFS 1,085 9.96 0.05 1 1,440 65° 72° 77°
OF-412 HE 900 15.6 0.1 0.5 1,460 79° 80° 81°
9M117 ATGM 370 18.8 0 0.1 3,000 80° 82° 90°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
Mass (kg)
Screen radius
Screen deploy time
Screen hold time
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
3D3 880 15.6 20 5 25 272

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the T-55AM-1

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42 41 (+1) 37 (+5) 33 (+9) 21 (+21) 19 (+23) (+41) No
  • Rack 6 is a first-stage ammo rack

Machine guns

12.7 mm DShK
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 300 (50) 600 -10°/+60° ±180°
7.62 mm PKT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,000 (250) 700 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The classic method of operating Soviet post-war tanks is hull-down sniping, concealing your vulnerable hull and exposing your well-armoured turret. Although this method is highly effective at staying alive, it is somewhat boring, and sometimes not enough to secure a victory. At times, you will have to leave the comfort of your cover and advance into enemy lines, and this tank will have no problem doing so. The T-55 AM-1 can not only hold a position, but also flank and advance the line (lead the charge) It is recommended to use your mobility to take up vantage points as the match begins, support your team and push out mid-late game to capture points.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts BR-412D Horizontal Drive NVD
II Suspension Brake System FPE 3BM25 Adjustment of Fire Laser rangefinder
III Filters Crew Replenishment 3BK17M Elevation Mechanism Smoke grenade
IV Transmission Engine ESS 3D3 9M117 Artillery Support
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons


  • Access to APFSDS ammunition
  • Access to very good AGTM
  • One of the few top rank tanks with APHE, great for one shots.
  • Favourable matchmaking that won't face top rank tanks
  • Respectable mobility
  • Decent armour, especially vs chemical Munitions
  • Roof Mounted DShK 12.7 mm MG is great for taking out low flying Helicopters
  • Wet ammo storage in the front fuel tank may prevent ammo detonation from HEAT
  • Due to access to APHE, it can even one-shot Abrams given proper shot placement, making the vehicle an adequate back-up for a top-rank Soviet lineup


  • Armour is completely ineffective against APFSDS and 120 mm APDS
  • Below average reload time, many enemies will have a faster reload
  • Poor reverse speed
  • The Rheinmetall 120mm's HEAT-FS and most high-penetration ATGM's will go clean through its armor
  • Ammo stored all around the Hull, a penetration will most likely result in an ammo detonation
  • Rather weak APFSDS
  • Doesn't have access to thermal optics


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