KV-2 M1940

KV-2 M1940
Image: KV-2 (Red Army Photo)
YearFebruary 1940
Vehicle TypeHeavy Assault Howitzer
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced334
Crew6 (Commander, Gun Commander, Gunner, Loader, Radio Operator & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 152.4mm L/24 M-10 Howitzer
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-4° to +25.5°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTOD-9
Secondary Armament3 x 7.62mm DT Machine Guns (Coaxial, Bow & Turret Rear)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried36 x 152mm & 3.087 x 7.62mm
Combat Weight52.000 kg
Ground Clearance0.45m
Fording Depth1.60m
Trench Crossing2.70m
Obstacle Clearance1.20m
Climbing Ability36°
ArmourHull Front: 75mm
Hull Sides: 60mm
Hull Rear: 75mm
Hull Top: 30mm
Hull Bottom: 40mm
Gun Mantle: 110mm
Turret Front: 75mm
Turret Sides: 75mm
Turret Rear: 75mm
Turret Top: 40mm
EngineW-2K (Diesel)
Transmission5 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range250 km
Maximum Cross Country Range130 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed26 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed12 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe KV-2 (Kliment Voroshilov) was a heavy assault tank that was based on the chassis of the KV-1. It mounted a large 152mm howitzer in a large box like turret and this gave it the honour of having the largest gun ever mounted on a tank. It was a beast of a vehicle and had many issues, including slow turret traverse and slow speed. It was extremely well armoured and initially developed to lead armoured attacks. It was only produced in small numbers and many were lost to mechanical failure rather than enemy fire.