The National Interest: Soviet T-10 heavy tank is one of the most underrated in the world

The National Interest: Soviet T-10 heavy tank is one of the most underrated in the world

The National Interest magazine believes that the Soviet T-10 tank should be considered one of the most underrated in the world. The vehicle was created in 1949, it became the successor of the heavy tanks of the IS series that participated in the Second World War.

The National Interest: Soviet T-10 heavy tank is one of the most underrated in the world

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The T-10 is distinguished by its durability and reliability; it was adopted for service in 1953. The service life of this tank was over 40 years, before the vehicles were written off in 1997. The creation of the next heavy tank of the “Joseph Stalin” (IS) series began taking into account the experience of operating tanks with the indices “1”, “2” and “3”, which took part in the Second World War. The ISs had a powerful 122mm D-25 cannon, its shells piercing the armor of German tanks and destroying enemy bunkers. In fact, the T-10 (IS-8) was an upgrade of the IS-3, which had a teardrop-shaped tower, while the IS-4 had it in the form of a truncated trapezoid. The shape of the turret of the IS-5, IS-6 and IS-7 models was again rounded. The barrel had a muzzle brake, which made it possible to fire armor-piercing shells. The T-10 tank had a low rate of fire, for this reason an electromechanical rammer was installed in it to help the loader. The ammunition capacity was 30 shells, which had an ergonomic configuration. The tank received thick armor, it was distinguished by a high degree of target destruction.

The crew survived after being hit by a shell. In 1962, during the third modernization, a new M62T2 cannon was installed on the T-10, and the 12.7 mm DShK machine gun was replaced with a 14.5 mm KPV. The tank was later removed from production, as the Ministry of Defense needed light and high-speed vehicles, at the same time, the experience of operating the T-10 became necessary when creating new heavy tanks.

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