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IS-3

Iosef Stalin 3
USSR Heavy Tank Tier VIII
Totals
Cost 2,568,500  Credits
Health 1,410 / 1,500 (new turret)
Weight/Load Limit 48.68/48.86t
Crew
4
Mobility
Engine Power 650hp
Speed Limit 38km/h
Traverse Speed 27deg/s
Armor
Hull Armor 110/90/60mm
Turret Armor220/110/110mm
Armament
Damage 293-488HP
Penetration 131-219mm
Rate of Fire 4.65r/m
Accuracy 0.4m
Aim time 3s
Turret Traverse 22deg/s
Gun Traverse Arc gunTraverseArc
Gun Vertical Limits gunVerticalLimits
Ammo Capacity ammo
General
Chance of Fire 15%
View Range 380m
Signal Range 500m
Parent Contour-USSR-IS.png
Child Contour-USSR-IS-4.png
Values Are Stock // Top
USSR-IS-3.png

The IS-3 is a Soviet tier 8 heavy tank. It has more agility and speed than the German PzKpfw VIB Tiger II. The IS-3 finds itself home with close-quarters combat. While not having as strong frontal armor as its German counterpart, it more than makes up for this with its speed and agility. A good IS-3 driver will be able to use their tank's speed to come out on top in a battle against a PzKpfw VIB Tiger II. Its playing style is more suited to an aggressive run and gun technique, while its German counterpart is suited for long range engagements. However, with this in mind, a good PzKpfw VIB Tiger II driver will know to keep an IS-3 tracked so it cannot get close enough to use its speed and agility to circle to the PzKpfw VIB Tiger II's weak side and rear armor. The IS-3 will find itself more suited to urban maps and other maps which allow it to take cover and move to get close to its target.

Research along the IS-3 leads to the IS-4.
















Modules

Gun
Tr
Nm
Dam
Pen
RoF
Acr
Aim
Pr
Wt
07VII
100 mm D10T
230/230/330(HP)
175/235/50(mm)
9.68(r/m)
0.37(m)
2.0(s)
00078 180 78 180 Credits.png
2 257 2 257(kg)
07VII
122 mm D-2-5T
390/390/465(HP)
175/217/61(mm)
4.29-4.65(r/m)
0.40(m)
3.0(s)
00084 980 84 980 Credits.png
2 600 2 600(kg)
08VIII
122 mm D-25T
390/390/465(HP)
175/217/61(mm)
5.56(r/m)
0.40(m)
3.0(s)
00125 140 125 140 Credits.png
2 590 2 590(kg)
09IX
122 mm BL-9
390/390/465(HP)
225/265/68(mm)
5.17(r/m)
0.35(m)
3.0(s)
00178 500 178 500 Credits.png
2 790 2 790(kg)

Turret
Tr
Nm
Arm
T.Tr
VR
Pr
Wt
08VIII
IS-3
0220 220/110/110(mm)
0022 22(d/s)
0380 380(m)
00030 000 30 000 Credits.png
11 200 11 200(kg)
08VIII
Mod. T-10
0201 201/148/90(mm)
0032 32(d/s)
0400 400(m)
00031 500 31 500 Credits.png
9 500 9 500(kg)

Engine
Tr
Nm
Pw
CoF
Pr
Wt
08VIII
V-11
0650 650(h.p.)
015 15%
00049 740 49 740 Credits.png
0750 750(kg)
09IX
V-2-54IS
0700 700(h.p.)
012 12%
00079 290 79 290 Credits.png
0700 700(kg)

Suspension
Tr
Nm
LL
Tv
Pr
Wt
07VII
IS-3
48.86 48.86(t)
027 27(d/s)
00017 780 17 780 Credits.png
10 000 10 000(kg)
08VIII
IS-3M
50.9 50.9(t)
030 30(d/s)
00031 450 31 450 Credits.png
10 000 10 000(kg)

Radio
Tr
Nm
SR
Pr
Wt
07VII
10RK
0500 500(m)
00018 600 18 600 Credits.png
0100 100(kg)
09IX
12RT
0700 700(m)
00033 600 33 600 Credits.png
0110 110(kg)
10X
R113
0830 830(m)
00052 200 52 200 Credits.png
0080 80(kg)

Historical Info

Designed in 1944, with 29 vehicles produced by the end of WWII and 2,282 by mid-1946.

The Iosef Stalin 3, also known as the Joseph Stalin 3 had improved armor layout, and a hemispherical cast turret (resembling an overturned "soup bowl") which became the hallmark of post-war Soviet tanks. While this low, hemispherical turret may have made the IS-3 better protected, it also imposed severe penalties inside the tank by significantly diminishing the working headroom, especially for the loader (Soviet tanks in general are characterized by uncomfortably small interior space compared to Western tanks). The low turret also limited the maximum depression of the main gun, since the gun breech had little room inside the turret to pivot on its vertical axis. As a result, the IS-3 was less able to take advantage of hull-down positions as Western tanks. The IS-3's pointed prow earned it the nickname Shchuka (Pike) by its crews. It weighed slightly less than the IS-2 and stood 30 cm lower.

Firepower

The 122mm A19 main gun was an established field gun as a towed howitzer and not only offering a capable armour piercing capacity at short ranges, it offered a superior bunker bashing capability thanks to the High Explosive rounds it fired. The 122m A19 had been around since the 1930’s and had an established manufacturing infrastructure behind it, which also supported the decision to adopt it as the main gun. Also known as the D25-T, it used Separate Loading ammunition, which limited the amount of shells carried to 28. The HE round or Armour piercing round was loaded in to the breach and then the combustible charge was loaded after, at which point the breach was closed and the gun fired. Two 9.62mm and one 12.7mm MG’s were used as secondary armaments.

The D25-T had an unfortunate tendency to explode, and its gun tube had a relatively short life. During trials on the A19's muzzle brake, the tube exploded, seriously injuring Marshall Kliment Voroshilov in the process; this led to protests against further development of the A-19, but Joseph Stalin intervened and insisted the A-19 be fielded regardless. The 122/40 D25-T also had a short tube life; approximately 200 rounds could be fired out of the main gun before the gun barrel wore out.

Despite these problems, the IS-3's main gun possesed an impressive amount of firepower. The D25-T could throw a 122mm APBC round 2000m and potentially penetrate up to 129mm of RHA steel. At 500m, the A-19's BR-471B APBC could penetrate up to 157mm.

Service History

The IS-3 came too late to see action in World War II. Though some older sources claim that the tank saw action at the end of the war in Europe, there are no official reports to confirm this. It is now generally accepted that the tank saw no action against the Germans, although one regiment may have been deployed against the Japanese in Manchuria.

In post-war conflicts, the IS-3 saw combat with the Soviet Army during the 1956 invasion of Hungary, and the Prague Spring in 1968.

Starting in 1960, the IS-3 was slightly modernized as the IS-3M, in a manner similar to the IS-2M. The Egyptian Army acquired about 100 IS-3M tanks in all from the Soviet Union. During the Six Day War, a single regiment of IS-3M tanks was stationed with the 7th Infantry Division at Rafah; the 125th Tank Brigade of the 6th Mechanized Division at Kuntilla was also equipped with about 60 IS-3M tanks.

Israeli infantry and paratrooper units had considerable difficulty with the IS-3M when it was encountered due to its thick armour, which shrugged off hits from normal infantry anti-tank weapons such as the bazooka. Even the 90 mm AP shell fired by the main gun of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) M48 Patton tanks could not penetrate the frontal armour of the IS-3s at normal battle ranges. However, due to the IS-3's much thinner flank armor, Israeli Patton and Centurion Tanks had little trouble penetrating the sides of the IS-3 tanks. Captured tanks were subsequently used by the Israeli army as static artillery pieces.



Soviet Tanks
Light Tanks MS-1  • BT-2  • Tetrarch  • T-26  • T-60  • BT-7  • BT-SV  • LTP  • M3 Light  • T-127  • T-46  • T-70  • A-20  • T-50  • T-80  • Valentine II  • T-50-2  • MT-25
Medium Tanks A-32  • T-28  • Matilda IV  • T-34  • T-34-85  • A-43  • KV-13  • T-43  • A-44  • T-44  • Object 416  • T-54  • Object 430 II  • T-62A  • Object 140  • Object 430
Heavy Tanks Churchill III  • KV  • KV-1  • KV-220  • KV-220 Beta-Test  • KV-1S  • KV-2  • T-150  • IS  • KV-3  • IS-3  • IS-6  • KV-4  • KV-5  • IS-8  • ST-I  • IS-4  • IS-7
Tank Destroyers AT-1  • SU-76  • SU-85B  • SU-85  • SU-85I  • SU-100  • SU-100Y  • SU-100M1  • SU-122-44  • SU-152  • ISU-152  • SU-101  • Object 704  • SU-122-54  • Object 263  • Object 268
Self-Propelled Guns SU-18  • SU-26  • SU-5  • SU-122A  • SU-8  • S-51  • SU-14-1  • SU-14-2  • 212A  • Object 261



Heavy Tanks
USA V T14 Gold  • V T1 Heavy Tank  • VI M6  • VII King Tiger (Captured) Gold  • VII T29  • VIII Chrysler K Gold  • VIII Chrysler K GF Gold  • VIII T26E5 Gold  • VIII T26E5 Patriot Gold  • VIII M54 Renegade Gold  • VIII M6A2E1 Gold  • VIII T32  • VIII T34 Gold  • VIII T34 B Gold  • IX AE Phase I Gold  • IX M103  • X T110E5  • X T57 Heavy Tank
UK V Churchill I  • V Excelsior Gold  • VI Churchill VII  • VI A43 BP prototype Gold  • VI TOG II* Gold  • VII Black Prince  • VII FV201 (A45) Gold  • VIII Caernarvon  • VIII Caernarvon Action X Gold  • IX Conqueror  • X FV215b Gold  • X Super Conqueror  • X T95/FV4201 Chieftain Gold
Germany IV Pz.Kpfw. B2 740 (f) Gold  • IV Durchbruchswagen 2  • V VK 30.01 (H)  • VI Tiger 131 Gold  • VI VK 36.01 (H)  • VII VK 45.03 Gold  • VII Tiger I  • VII Tiger (P)  • VIII VK 100.01 (P)  • VIII VK 168.01 (P) Gold  • VIII VK 168.01 Mauerbrecher Gold  • VIII VK 75.01 (K) Gold  • VIII E 75 TS Gold  • VIII Löwe Gold  • VIII Tiger II  • VIII VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. A  • IX E 75  • IX Mäuschen  • IX VK 45.02 (P) Ausf. B  • X E 100  • X Pz.Kpfw. VII  • X Maus  • X VK 72.01 (K) Gold
France IV B1  • V BDR G1 B  • VI ARL 44  • VII AMX M4 mle. 45  • VIII AMX 50 100  • VIII AMX M4 mle. 49 Gold  • VIII AMX M4 mle. 49 Liberté Gold  • VIII AMX 65 t  • VIII Somua SM Gold  • VIII FCM 50 t Gold  • IX AMX 50 120  • IX AMX M4 mle. 51  • X AMX 50 B  • X AMX M4 mle. 54
USSR V Churchill III Gold  • V KV-1S  • V KV-220-2 Gold  • V KV-220-2 Beta Test Gold  • V KV-1  • VI KV-2  • VI KV-2 (R) Gold  • VI KV-85  • VI Object 244 Gold  • VI T-150  • VII IS  • VII KV-3  • VII KV-122 Gold  • VII IS-2M Gold  • VII IS-2 Gold  • VIII IS-3  • VIII IS-6 Gold  • VIII IS-6 B Gold  • VIII KV-5 Gold  • VIII KV-4  • VIII IS-5 (Object 730) Gold  • VIII IS-3A Gold  • VIII KV-4 Kreslavskiy Gold  • VIII Object 252U Defender Gold  • VIII Object 252U Gold  • VIII IS-M  • VIII Object 703 Version II Gold  • VIII IS-2-II  • IX T-10  • IX Object 257  • IX Object 705  • IX IS-3-II  • IX ST-I  • X IS-4  • X IS-7  • X Object 260 Gold  • X Object 705A  • X Object 277  • X Object 279 early Gold  • X ST-II
China VII IS-2  • VIII WZ-111 Gold  • VIII WZ-111 Alpine Tiger Gold  • VIII 110  • VIII 112 Gold  • IX WZ-111 model 1-4  • X 113  • X WZ-111 model 5A
Japan III Type 91 Heavy  • IV Type 95 Heavy  • V O-I Experimental  • VI Heavy Tank No. VI Gold  • VI O-I  • VII O-Ni  • VIII O-Ho  • IX Type 4 Heavy  • X Type 5 Heavy
Czechoslovakia
Sweden VIII Emil I  • VIII EMIL 1951 Gold  • IX Emil II  • X Kranvagn