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T-43 (Stock)

1355000 Cost
1050 HPDurability
33.13 / 37.3 Weight
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Loader (Radio Operator)
75/75/75Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
80/80/60Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
520 h.p.Engine Power
51 km/hTop Speed / Reverse Speed
45 deg/sTraverse Speed
200 damage
126 mmAverage Penetration
5.5 Time for Complete Loading
48 deg/sGun Traverse Speed
250 mView Range
500 mSignal Range
Designed as a replacement for the T-34 in the spring of 1942. The T-43 was recommended for service, but all work on the project was discontinued in favor of improving the T-34. The vehicle never entered mass production.

Designed to replace the T-34, and actually historically predating the T-34-85, the T-43 features increased hull armor and a new torsion bar suspension replacing the T-34's Christie suspension, but retains the same weapons as the T-34-85, and the same engine and has similar turret protection. As a Tier 7 medium tank, the T-43 is expected to face Tier 8 tanks using the same gun as the tier 6 T-34-85.



Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VI T-43 mod. 1942 80/80/60 48 250 0 7000
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
V 122 mm U-11 30/140/43 450/270/300 5.62 0.57 2.9 4430 1600
VI 85 mm ZiS S-53 126/167/43 200/200/300 10.91 0.42 2.9 0 1550
Level Turret Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Gun Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
VII T-43 mod. 1943 90/90/90 46 250 7105 8400
Level Gun Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time Experience Weight (t)
V 122 mm U-11 30/140/43 450/270/300 5.72 0.57 2.9 4430 1600
VI 85 mm ZiS S-53 126/167/43 200/200/300 11.32 0.42 2.3 0 1550
VII 85 mm D5T-85BM 144/194/44 200/200/300 10.91 0.37 2.3 18290 1850


Level Engine Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact Experience Weight (t)
VI V-2-34M 520 15 0 750
VIII V-2-44 560 12 17000 750
VIII V-54K 600 12 22420 750

Level Suspension Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s) Experience Weight (t)
VI T-43 37.3 45 0 6400
VII T-43 mod. 1943 37.3 48 7960 6400


Level Radio Signal Range (m) Experience Weight (t)
IV _9R_USSR 500 0 80

Compatible Equipment

Medium Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Fill Tanks with CO2
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Enhanced Torsion Bars 3 t Class
Cyclone Filter
Improved Ventilation Class 2
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons


  • Excellent DPM.
  • Better maneuverability than the T-34-85
  • Good top speed and maneuverability.
  • Well sloped, and armored top turret
  • Relatively hull armor for a medium may get a few lucky bounces


  • Very poor penetration for a tier 7 medium - can bounce off of almost all of the tanks it's matched up against
  • APCR ammunition is almost always needed when battling against tier 8 tanks
  • Very vulnerable modules. Both the fuel tank and ammo rack can be damaged from the front


The T-43 plays the same as the T-34-85, and is generally considered the mid runner of the Tier 7 medium tanks, much like how the T-34-85 was also the mid runner among the Tier 6 medium tanks. It generally does not have any particularly outstanding features, but will perform most roles competently, if unremarkably.

Armament-wise, the T-43 retains the same guns as the T-34-85, but most disappointing is that the T-43 cannot mount the top gun, the 85 mm D5T-85BM, right from the start. Though once mounted, it has a higher rate-of-fire on the T-43 than on the T-34-85. It has good damage-per-minute for a Tier 7 medium tank gun, inferior only to the Comet's OQF 77 mm Gun. Like the Comet, however, this is countered by the gun's fairly low penetration, which means that outside of Tier 7 matches the T-43 will have trouble penetrating nearly all tanks from the front, and many from the sides.

Mobility-wise, the T-43 is fairly decent, but unremarkable. Being heavier than the T-34-85 while using the same engine, it has a lower power-to-weight ratio, but better terrain resistance, and has similar acceleration. Having said that, the top speed is fairly decent, and it will have no problems relocating to other flanks as needed. Maneuverability is quite good, better than the T-34-85, and will allow the T-43 to circle most heavies and TDs with ease.

The T-43 does have better hull armor than the T-34-85, however, its poorly angled and must now face Tier 8 tanks with guns that exceed 200mm of penetration, thus, the armor is not effective in tier 8 games. It is useful against lower tier tanks, and angling will yield some lucky ricochets, but the armor should generally not be relied upon to protect it beyond its well sloped turret. The module layout, combined with the generally more powerful guns that the T-43 faces regularly, means that even if it can survive the hits, it risks being crippled with modules or crew members knocked out.

With all this in mind, the T-43 generally performs best as a flanking medium. It simply does not have the penetration and accuracy of the Pz.Kpfw. V Panther to perform as a sniper, nor does it have the armor or agility to engage in close combat with enemy tanks without taking heavy damage and/or crippled modules. Picking your targets wisely should be a primary goal. As the tank's great DPM, great alpha (for a DPM oriented cannon), strong turret armor and sloped armor can give weaker tanks a tough time. Exploiting weaker enemies will also allow your team to take on tougher targets.

Specific mention should be made about the T-43's fuel tank, which is placed right next to the driver to his left. Hits to the front can damage the fuel tank, and if destroyed, the fuel tank will cause the T-43 to catch fire. It is very important to be mindful of this. There is also an ammo rack on the hull floor and on the rear right side of the second turret.

Early Research

  • The top engine carries over from the T-34-85, and the top gun has already been researched
  • The top priority is to unlock the T-43 mod. 1943 turret to mount the 85mm D5T-85BM
  • The T--43 mod. 1943 suspension can be researched next, providing better agility and terrain resistance.
  • The V-2-44 is automatically unlocked when the T-44 is researched and can be ignored.
  • Research the T-44

Historical Info

In 1942 the Soviet intelligence had information of the new German tanks Panther V and Tiger VI, and this resulted in a need of a new Russian tank to even the score in fire power and protection. At first it was planned to up-armour the T34 m/43, but instead a larger turret was put to the same chassis that was altered inside.

Two prototypes were built, known as T43 and they had a commander's cupola on top. At the beginning of 1943 they were tested and turned out to be just a little better in combat than T34. The decision was taken to start production, but after the battle of Kursk a few months later the it was obvious that a brand new heavy tank model was needed instead (it was to be IS-1) and thus the T43 project came to a close.

By the middle of the war it had become clear that the Red Army needed a new medium tank. The military demanded a tank with both maximum protection and minimum weight. These demands were implemented and the new medium tank project was completed by June 1943 under the name of T-43.


The T-43 had a configuration like the T-34 Medium Tank; its glacis consisted of 75 mm of armor and its turret-front was 90 mm. The tank w�;D rmed with the 76.2 mm F-34 Tank Gun. However, the total length of the engine and transmission compartment was not reduced; therefore, the battle compartment remained very cramped. To increase internal space, Soviet designers applied a torsion bar suspension that was more compact then the original Christie «candle» suspension. It was the first time that a torsion bar suspension was used for medium tanks.

Beginning in March 1943, two T-43 prototypes (preceded by vehicle T-43-1, which was built at the end of 1942. It possessed a driver's vision hatch and had the commander's cupola displaced to the rear of the turret.) underwent trials. These included combat trials with the NKSM Independent Tank Company. These showed that the T-43, because of its increased 34.1 ton weight, was marginally inferior to the T-34 in its ability to maneuver (maximum speed was decreased to 48 km/h). It did, however, significantly surpass the latter in smoothness of ride. The replacement of the eight side fuel tanks (on the T-34) for a smaller capacity fuel tank in the bow resulted in almost a 100km decrease in the radius of action. Tank crews praised the crew compartment and greater ease in operating the armament. After trials, the T-43 tank was recommended for acceptance by the Red Army at the end of the summer of 1943, but the results of the Battle of Kursk significantly altered this plan.

The armor protection was superior, compared to the T-34, while its armament was similar to the KV-1S Heavy Tank. However, the T-43 had a ground pressure similar to heavy tanks that adversely affected its range and maneuverability. Even worse was its extreme construction: it didn't allow further modernization. As a result, when production T-34's were rearmed with the 85 mm gun, the T-43 became obsolete. However, experience with the T-43 was not lost. The T-43's tests (3,000 km race) had clearly proved the superiority of the torsion bar suspension over the Christie's.

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