Armored fighting vehicles designed by or imported into the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. USSR tanks will often fall into a role-set that each class will excel at, but at the expense of being notably less capable if called into other roles at any time. The USSR designed and fielded several of the most recognizable, and in some cases ubiquitous, tanks in the history of armored warfare. Best suited for high-speed spotting or flanking, or head-on frontal engagements due to high-speed and/or thick frontal armor.
The Soviet Lights at low tiers come in a number of varieties. The BT series vehicles leading to the T-34 are fast, but have little armor, and generally poor guns. The lights leading to the heavies are less mobile, and similarly lack armor, but feature greater firepower when compared with the BT series tanks. The high tier Soviet light tank line begins at the tier VI MT-25 and like other light tanks feature excellent mobility, and adequate firepower, albeit less than their medium tank counterparts. Unlike other light tanks, Soviet lights have armor strong enough to take a little bit of punishment, their primary distinguishing feature
The Soviet Mediums begin at the tier V T-34. Soviet mediums are regarded as some of the most well rounded vehicles in the game, all with good mobility, fair armor, and solid guns. Mid tier Soviet mediums focus primarily on damage per minute output on platforms with mediocre armor and mobility, but beginning with the tier VIII T-44 evolve into the the "MBT" playstyle trademark of cold-war era Soviet tanks with well angled hulls able to ricochet shells, tough turrets, excellent mobility compared with other mediums, and well rounded guns with decent accuracy and good damage per minute numbers.
The Soviet Heavies are composed of two separate lines; the popular "IS" line culminating in the tier X IS-7, and the "KV" line ending in the IS-4. In general, Soviet heavies feature powerful guns with higher damage per shot than their American, German, and British counterparts, at the expense of their accuracy and gun handling. The IS-7 line tends to feature better mobility, at the expense of raw armor thickness, and commonly feature a "pike nose" configuration and spaced side armor still giving them strong armor profiles. The IS-4 line focuses more on brute armor thickness, at the expense of mobility. KV line tanks tend to feature thick armor all around, and are excellent brawlers and sidescrapers as a result, but comparative lack of mobility makes them less flexible than their IS line counterparts.
The Soviet Tank Destroyers at low tiers begin with lightly armored, fairly mobile vehicles, with high penetration guns, at the cost of relatively lower damage per shot when compared with German and American low tier TDs, but all feature excellent concealment values. However, beginning with the tier VI SU-100, they branch into 2 distinctly different lines. The first is the Object 268 line, which emphasizes raw firepower and damage per shot, and the other is the Obj 263 line, featuring greater mobility, and a little extra armor at the expense of damage per shot. Both lines retain the trademark concealment values of their lower tier counterparts.