Image: IS-3 (Aviarmor)
YearMay 1945
Vehicle TypeHeavy Tank
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced350
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner, Loader & Driver)
Main Armament122mm L/43 D-25T Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-3° to +20°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTSh-17
Secondary Armament1 x 12.7mm DShK Heavy Machine Gun (AA Mount)
1 x 7.62mm Machine Gun (Coaxial)
1 x 7.62mm Machine Gun (Turret Rear)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried28 x 122mm + 945 x 12.7mm & 1000 x 7.62mm
Combat Weight46.500 kg
Ground Clearance0.45m
Fording Depth1.30m
Trench Crossing2.50m
Obstacle Clearance1.0m
Climbing Ability36°
ArmourHull Front: 120mm
Hull Sides: 90mm
Hull Rear: 60mm
Hull Top: 20mm
Hull Bottom: 20mm
Gun Mantle: 200mm
Turret Front: 160mm
Turret Sides: 100mm
Turret Rear: 110mm
Turret Top: 20mm
EngineV-2-IS (Diesel)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range225 km
Maximum Cross Country Range175 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed37 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed19 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesThe IS-3 (Iosef Stalin) was the next version of the IS family of heavy tanks and featured a revolutionary turret and a modified armored hull front. The angled hull front and hemispherical turret allowed for better shot deflection and the vehicle as a whole had a lower silhouette then the previous IS-2. I did however retain the same main gun as the IS-2 and featured a 12.7mm heavy machine gun for defense against ground attack aircraft. It arrived too late to take part in any military action in Europe but some sources say that a regiment of IS-3s were sent east to operate against the Japanese.