|USSR||Heavy Tank||Tier VI|
A lighter and upgraded version of the KV-1, with a total of 1,370 the KV-1S bis vehicles and 148 KV-85 vehicles manufactured.
Being the only way to access the IS from the heavy line since the 0.7.3 patch, this tank has become a more common sight in battles. To most players, the KV-1S is considered the best Tier 6 tank presently available in the game. It is the antithesis to its counterpart, the T-150, as this tank trades in its armor for excellent mobility. This tank can lead an assault and it can either be immediately behind the heavier tanks or try to flank the enemy and hit hard with the powerful D-2-5T. Just watch out for the reload time. The KV-1S is also very popular in tank companies along with the M18 Hellcat. Despite only having 75mm of frontal armor, the KV-1S is a hard nut to crack, keep in mind though that most shots planted behind the turret will result in a fire. A fire extinguisher is highly recommended for this tank, as well as a medic kit.
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Pros and Cons
- Most mobile of the tier 6 heavies, similar to a medium
- Highest alpha damage of all tier 6 heavy tanks (excluding howitzers)
- Good armor on the turret front
- Good gun depression for a Russian tank
- Excellent at the "peek-a-boo" tactic
- Good at angling its armor
- Can one-shot every tier 4 tank, every SPG up to tier 7 and almost every tier 5 tank destroyer (except the AT 2)
- Shells are expensive for the 122mm
- Long reload time with the 122mm, low damage per minute
- Horrible accuracy and aim time
- Very poor view range for its tier
- Armor can be consistently penetrated at close range by skilled opponents
- Easily set on fire with shots to the back
This tank is a pain without the D-2-5T but once you reach the 122mm D-2-5T, you don't have to aim to weakspots since the 122mm has one of the highest penetration at this tier. You can easily cripple anything you face with its alpha damage. This makes this tank very well suited to close range fighting, as your sheer damage can pin any tank in their spot in fear.
This tank can be quite tricky to play for those who come straight from the KV-1 as it uses a completely different play style from its predecessor. It makes a great front line tank, as its speed and maneuverability allow it to move to where its powerful gun is most needed. If you support a medium flank, you can use the mediums as a distraction to take on the targets they cannot reliably defeat, or give them the added fire power they need to break through. Learn what you can out maneuver, and what you can engage head on. When in the right hands, this tank easily makes up for its shortcomings and offers invaluable practice in learning to drive and operate the IS tank series.
Be aware, however, that this tank is not meant to fight at long range. Its long aim time, bad accuracy, and long reload will have you pulling hair out if you try to take on German tanks at range. However, don't be afraid to scope in and shoot if you have a clear, safe shot.
Overall, stick to your strength - close range, urban combat fighting and you will come out victorious. But if you see a full HP tier 4 in the sights, don't be afraid to show them one big reason why that is often considered the worst tier in the game.
- Only the radio and 122mm U-11 transfer over from the KV-1, so equip them first. The U-11 is decent against mediums at short ranges, but useless against bigger opponents at range, however it is still an improvement over the stock gun.
- Tracks should be next, as it allows you to put on all of the equipment.
- Next you should aim for the 122mm D-2-5T, which requires the 76 mm S 54 and the next turret.
- Engine should be next, allowing you to get enough horsepower to make the most of the vehicle.
Some Red Army high commanders demanded that all production of heavy tanks be stopped. Others suggested development of an "universal tank", something between heavy and medium tank. By the way, in the 1960's-1970's tank designers around the world came to the conclusion that it was the right decision.
Soviet tank builders tried to develop such a tank. This tank was named the KV-13. It contained many brilliant ideas (some of those ideas were applied in the IS-2 tank), however it never served in the Red Army.
At this time, a new decision was made to fully re-design KV-1. Soviet tank designers wanted to develop a new KV with lighter armor and higher speed and maneuverability like T-34 Medium Tank. The new tank was named KV-1S where "s" letter means "skorostnoy" or "speed". The KV-1S was lighter than its predecessor by up to 5 tons. The thickness of the frontal armor was lowered from 90 mm to 75 mm. The rear hull was re-designed. The existing road wheels were replaced with newer, lighter ones. The KV-1's transmission was re-designed as well.
The old gear-box was replaced with a new one and the tank received a new turret with a commander's cupola (the first Soviet tank with a commander's cupola was T-50 Light Tank). Both ZIS-5 or F-34 tank guns could be mounted in this turret. In addition, the new tank was armed with four machine-guns: a coaxial MG, a bow MG, an AA machine-gun, and a MG in the rear of the turret. Also, new tracks (608 mm width) were designed specially for this tank.In the summer of 1942, the KV-1S prototype was tested. On August 20, 1942, the production of this tank had begun. However, when the KV-1S appeared in the war theatre, the Red Army was already in need of a tank with thicker armor and better protection. A total of 1370 KV-1S were built. In April 1942 its production was cancelled. Many tanks were sent in tank brigades because the reorganization of the Red Army had not begun yet. The KV-1S took part in all major operations of the Red Army including Siege of Berlin.