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KV4 (Stock)

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Totals
2430000 Cost
1470 HPDurability
97.43 / 112.56 Weight
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Radio Operator
  5. Loader
  6. Loader
Armor
180/150/90Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
180/130/130Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
1000 h.p.Engine Power
30 km/hTop Speed / Reverse Speed
15 deg/sTraverse Speed
Firepower
320 damage
167 mmAverage Penetration
10.023576961 Time for Complete Loading
20 deg/sTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
230 mView Range
500 mSignal Range
VIII
KV-4
2430000
The project of N. L. Dukhov developed in April 1941. A prototype was to be produced by November 1941. However, the work was discontinued due to the outbreak of the Soviet–German war.

The KV-4 is the soviet tier 8 heavy tank, the alternative to the IS-3. The KV-4 is an armored behemoth, sporting insane armor for its tier while being really slow. The top gun has good penetration and standard DPM. Overall, sidescraping in this tank is almost always extremely profitable if done correctly.

Turretgun

Turret

Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VII KV-4 180/130/130 20 230 0 15400
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
VII 107 mm ZiS-6 167/219/54 320/320/400 5.99 0.45 3.4 0 2400
VII 122 mm D-2-5T 175/217/61 400/400/500 3.95 0.46 3.4 20060 2600
VIII 122 mm D-25T 175/217/61 400/400/500 4.73 0.46 3.4 19000 2590
IX 107 mm ZiS-24 227/289/62 320/320/400 5.26 0.38 3.4 44000 2840
Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VIII KV-4-5 180/150/140 18 240 14800 24000
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
VII 107 mm ZiS-6 167/219/54 320/320/400 6.19 0.45 2.9 0 2400
VII 122 mm D-2-5T 175/217/61 400/400/500 4.04 0.46 3.4 20060 2600
VIII 122 mm D-25T 175/217/61 400/400/500 4.81 0.46 3.4 19000 2590
IX 107 mm ZiS-24 227/289/62 320/320/400 5.41 0.38 3.4 44000 2840
Engine

Engine

Level Engine Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact Experience Weight (t)
IX M-40 1000 15 0 1250
IX 2x V-2K-F 1200 15 27300 1500

Level Suspension Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s) Experience Weight (t)
VII KV-4 112.56 15 0 20000
VIII KV-4 Bis 112.56 17 15200 20000
Radio

Radio

Level Radio Signal Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VII _10RK 500 0 100


Compatible Equipment

Vertical Stabilizer Mk 2
Heavy Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 5+ t Class
Cyclone Filter
Improved Ventilation Class 3
Large-Сaliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 2

Compatible Consumables


Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:

-Excellent armor profile, especially when highly angled can deflect most incoming fire

-Good penetration for 107mm Zis-24 gun

-High hitpoint pool allows for survival

-Frontal turret armor profile very strong


Cons:

-Extremely slow. Almost impossible to retreat when necessary

-Becomes quite vulnerable to higher tiers as armor looses some effectiveness

-Turret hatch is an obvious weak spot

-Mediocre gun depression and poor accuracy


Performance

The KV-4 is a large, massive, hulking heavy tank and the universal bane of inexperienced enemies everywhere. KV-4 drivers should attempt to use their armor at all times to take advantageous forward positions and act as a bunker for their teammates. The frontal armor does have a decent volume of weak areas, especially the lower glacis when pointed head on at the enemy. However given the very thick side armor, the KV-4 can be angled steeply at around 35 degrees when facing targets to increase effective armor on the frontal weak spots and continue to deflect rounds with the sides. As such when approaching enemies, KV-4 drivers should tack like a sailboat. Furthermore with such strong side armor, drivers should sidescrape whenever possible. Stuff that weaker frontal armor into a building, behind a hill, or behind a dead tank hull and hide those frontal weak spots. The turret is mounted rear-enough to offer excellent sidescraping at all times. Take care though, the sides of the KV-4 turret are quite weak and if not aimed properly towards incoming fire, the turret is not strong.

The trade-off of such thick and strong armor is exceedingly poor mobility. While KV-4 does have a high top speed and is devastating when rolling down hill to ram enemies, its' ability to accelerate and traverse are nearly non existent. KV-4 drivers must take care to examine enemy team composition and predict where a battle will unfold and take positions to defend against those strategies. Being left alone in the middle of a map with no cover is never a wise decision in this tank as you are easily flanked, circled, and surrounded all while lacking the mobility to retreat or relocate. Plan engagements ahead and think about them while trundling slowly towards the battle.

Lastly, the gun on KV-4 is unique to tier VIII heavy tanks. Slightly below average alpha but with exceptional penetration and respectable DPM. Luckily the strong armor allows longer exposure times to take advantage of the not the greatest alpha. Remember, gun handling is not good on this tank, so fighting at medium or closer ranges is required to mitigate the poor accuracy. The D-25T gun is tempting to use with the 400 alpha, but the penetration is so low as to make this ineffective and require gold rounds in most scenarios.


Early Research

Stock grind is not terribly challenging. Consider either Tracks or ZiS gun first. Follow up with the turret, and finally the engine.


History for this tank not found


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