T-55M1

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T-55M1
T-55M1
Details
Tier / Class:
4 MBT
Nation:
Soviet Union
Dealer:
Special
Cost:
1000 Gold
Stats - Stock (Renowned)
Max Damage:
458
DPM:
2,970
Penetration:
280 mm
Hit Points:
2,225
Hull F/S/R:
290 / 80 / 45
Turret F/S/R:
260 / 160 / 65
Max Speed:
50 km/h
Acceleration 0-32kph:
8.16 s
Hull Traverse:
35.42 deg/s
Camouflage:
14%
Vision:
395 m
Accuracy (Spread):
0.14°
Max Cannon Depression:
-5 / -4°
Turret Traverse Speed:
40 deg/s

The T-55M1 is a Tier 4 Main Battle Tank originating from the Soviet Union. It replaced the Object 155 for players who participated in the early access phases of Armored Warfare.

Player Recommendations[edit | edit source]

Pros and Cons[edit | edit source]

Pros[edit | edit source]

  • As it is a special vehicle, it is good for making credits and reputation

Cons[edit | edit source]

  • Unobtainable for players who do not already have one

Upgrade Suggestions[edit | edit source]

As it is a special vehicle, no upgrades need to be researched.

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Armor[edit | edit source]

T-55M1 Stock Armor
Reputation Cost Credits Hull F/S/R Hull Composition Turret F/S/R Turret Composition ERA Type ERA Modifiers
Stock Stock 290/80/45 Metal-Polymer Appliqué 260/160/65 Metal-Polymer Appliqué
The T-55M1 addresses concerns with turret survivability by having the BDD "Ilich's Eyebrows" armor package, a spaced cavity across major areas with additional appliqué plating on the glacis. This allows the vehicle to survive longer, with increasing penetration.


Firepower[edit | edit source]

100mm D-10T2S Cannon
Shell name Type Reputation Damage Penetration Max Accuracy Speed Reload
100mm 3UOF11 HE HE Stock 400 25mm 0.16° 900 m/s 8.7s
100mm 3UBK9 HEAT HEAT Stock 416 380mm 0.15° 900 m/s 8.7s
100mm 3UBM11 APFSDS AP Stock 416 280mm 0.14° 1,415 m/s 8.7s


Mobility[edit | edit source]

Name Reputation Cost Credits Max Speed Reverse Speed 0 to 32km/h 0 to Max Speed Hull Traverse Fire Chance
ChTZ V-55U 620 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 50km/h {{{reverse}}} 8.16s {{{0-max}}} 35.42deg/s {{{firechance}}}


Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Special vehicles come fully upgraded.

History[edit | edit source]

Class: Medium Tank
Developed: 1981-1983
Service: 1983+
Vehicles Built: N/A (est. several thousand)
Operators: Soviet Union, Syria, Angola, Cuba, Finland, Georgia, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda

The T-54/55 Medium Tank family is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic armored vehicles of all times. Throughout the Cold War, even with the appearance of much more modern vehicles, its distinctive silhouette remained one of the symbols of Soviet armored might. It was widely exported and used by dozens of countries and even though it was already quite obsolete by the 1970s, it received numerous upgrades and continues to serve in some countries to this day, participating in many (if not most) third world conflicts.

By the late 1960s and the 1970s, the T-55 was becoming increasingly obsolete, which was a problem for the Soviet Union and the entire Warsaw Pact, which was operating very high numbers of the T-54/55 series. The Soviet T-55M was one of these improved variants. The decision to develop it was taken on July 25 1981 and the goal was to improve T-55 protection and firepower to T-64A/T-72 levels.

The armor of the tank was increased by adding applique BDD plates to the upper frontal hull and additional BDD armor plates (nicknamed Ilyich's Eyebrows by some western publications) to the most exposed frontal parts of the turrets. The BDD armor is not a simple applique kit. Inside, it consists of thin angled steel plates with the rest filled with polyurethane. This composition, while space-intensive, adds increased protection value against HEAT rounds. The vehicle kept its 100mm D-10T2S gun (the barrel also received a new thermal shroud), but received a new Volna Fire Control System. The accuracy was significantly improved as a result, but the vehicle received something else to add to its destructive capabilities: the 1K116-1 Bastion system, allowing it to launch guided missiles from its barrel.

The T-55M1 is the same vehicle but without the Bastion system. It's difficult to track how many T-55s were modified to one of the M variants in the Soviet Union. The best estimate is several thousand, which then made their way across the globe. Details about their combat performance are equally sketchy, although some were apparently used in Afghanistan. A considerable number of T-55Ms was sold to Syria and sources of varying quality place hundreds of T-55M variants in Angola, Cuba, Finland, Georgia, Sudan, Somalia and Uganda, although (given the nomenclature chaos) at least some of these are very likely tanks of Polish or Czechoslovak origin, which are not identical to the Soviet ones.

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