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Heavy assault tank. Developed on the basis of the KV-1 in January 1940, with a total of 334 vehicles manufactured from 1940 through 1941. The KV-2 tanks were used in action in 1941, with most of the vehicles lost the same year.
Considered the "king of Derp" and the "ultimate Trolling tank", it shares the same chassis as the KV-1, but features an extremely large turret designed specifically for mounting the 152 mm M-10 howitzer. When stock, the KV-2 uses the 122mm U-11 howitzer, previously available on the KV-1 with a negligible RoF increase. When upgraded, the KV-2 gains the 152mm M-10 howitzer, known as the "Derpgun" or the "Trollcannon". This weapon is very powerful, but it has a very long reload time and has terrible accuracy. Nevertheless, in the hands of a skillful player, the KV-2 was, prior to the matchmaking change in 0.7.5, one of the few tier 6 tanks that could remain useful in even Tier 10 battles. Its armor remains unchanged from the KV-1, so at Tier 6, its armor is no longer the formidable barrier it was at tier 5, but it remains in-line with other Tier 6 tanks. The turret is extremely heavy, but fortunately this tank does have an engine upgrade available to help compensate.
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Pros and Cons
- Very powerful 152mm M-10 gun, capable of damaging tier 10 tanks, and even the T95 frontally!
- Good rate of fire and penetration (for tier 6) with the 107mm ZiS-6
- Three great guns offer many choices of tactics
- Very strong mantlet
- The 152 mm M-10 can one-shot tanks of tier 6 (sometimes even tier 7!) and lower (except for the TOG II*)
- Fear, some players fear the KV-2 and might even start retreating.
- Massive splash radius can damage multiple tanks at once
- Above average HE damage can cause significant module damage.
- Reputation, makes players play differently to avoid the gun pointing at them
- Low speed and maneuverability
- Large and tall silhouette
- Bad view range
- Relatively low accuracy of the 107mm gun
- Horribly low accuracy and long reload time of the 152mm gun
- Armor remains unchanged from the tier 5 KV-1
- Turret's flat surfaces are more easily penetrated than the KV-1's
- Horrifyingly slow turret traverse (one of the slowest available in game, except for Bat Chatillon 155 and SU-26)
- Turret ring and main gun is easily damaged
In the right hands, this can be a very powerful tank, capable of fighting against tier 7 tanks with proper application of its strengths and weaknesses. This tank can be used as a close range brawler using the incredibly powerful M-10 howitzer and as support tank from the second line with the powerful 107mm ZiS-6, although the T-150 is able to use the ZiS-6 to better effect. The most basic and most important lesson is: never venture alone. Stay close to your allies. You will need them to cover you while you reload. They can also pick off any light tanks that attempt to circle you. Do not judge the KV-2 by its "derp" turret, as it is an extremely dangerous tank.
Since this tank's upgrade to a tier 6, it has made a massive impact on medium tank companies. This tank is actually much more effective in TC's than it is in standard battle, since it will be facing tanks at or below its tier. Out of the three Soviet tier 6 heavies, however, the KV-2 is considered the weakest by most players, simply because of the fact that it is so incredibly slow and sluggish when compared to the KV-1S and even the T-150. The best advice for this situation is, again, to fight with teammates and never lead attacks, especially if you are packing the 152mm. Also, keep in mind that the KV-2's extremely large profile is a tempting target to other tanks and artillery, so caution must be taken when crossing open fields or crucial choke points, and be sure to always keep your back clear and a safe escape route in plan.
Another thing to note about the KV-2 is that the color of the reticle does not really matter. The massive damage of the 152mm HE shell means that every enemy is guaranteed to receive damage even without penetrations, with the shell dealing 1/2 damage if it doesn't penetrate, reduced by enemy armor thickness. The damage is so massive that the HE shell can damage the T95 from the front. If it does penetrate though, the tank on the receiving end of the shell is usually blown off the map and hurled into the sun or has a large chunk of health missing together with a crippled crew and damaged modules.
Consider a Large-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer a mandatory piece of equipment on this tank.
- The V-2K engine and the 10RK radio carry over from the KV-1 and should be installed immediately upon purchasing this tank.
- Begin by researching either the 152 mm M-10 or the 107 mm ZiS-6. The stock suspension can handle the weight and the second turret isn't required.
- Next upgrade the suspension.
- Go from there.
The KV-1 entered in service in December 1939 and was tested during the Russo-Finnish war (War of winter). During this war, the high command issued that the Red Army had an urgent need for a heavy tank equipped with a more powerful armament to destroy the enemy fortifications (bunkers...). Four KV-1 were diverted to be tested with the heavy howitzer of 152 mm. They were the engineers of the KTZ which was charged to realize this conversion. After only two weeks, the project was finalized on paper. Initially it was the howitzer of 152 mm model 1909/1930 which was selected but the latter was quickly replaced by M-10 model 1938/1940, more modern. Of course, to accommodate this imposing weapon, a new turret (MT-1) was to be created.
At the beginning of 1941, the project was renamed KV-2. The imposing turret of the KV-2 was assembled on the hull of a KV tank experimental with double turrets. The first tests on this machine had been carried out on February 10, 1940. The tests on defence works were excellent and the KV-2 was thus accepted for the production.
In the late 1930 the Russians began developing "artillery tank" variants of some of their existing designs, such as the T-26 and BT-7. The T-26A proved a failure, but the cavalry BT-7A was more successful and limited production was undertaken. These tanks meant to provide high-explosive fire support to the regular BT tanks. With the introduction of the T-34 with its dual purpose 76mm gun, the idea of separate "artillery tanks" began to die out, by the experience in the Russian-Finnish Winter War prompted a brief revival using the KV tank. In their early assaults on the Mannerheim Line in January 1940 the Soviets found that even their new, experimental heavy tanks, the SMK, T-100 and KV-1, were unable to smash the well-built Finnish bunkers. The Kirovsky works in Leningrad received an urgent request for a bunker-buster, and in a remarkably short time they responded with the KV-2, armed with a 152mm howitzer. A prototype KV-2 was rushed to the front in February 1940, and successfully wrecked a number of Finnish bunkers near the town of Summa. Having proved the principle, the Red Army placed a large order for the type. The early KV-2 model 1939 was perhaps the most ungainly tank of its generation. The huge turret owed its bulk to a simple fact of life; because it used the existing KV-1 turret ring the howitzer's recoil could not be contained within its restricted diameter. By siting the trunnions well above the turret ring, the breech was given ample room to recoil at all angles of elevation without risking striking the turret ring armour, or the floor of the turret bustle. The turret was a simple, almost crude, assembly of flat welded plates forming the front, sides, rear and roof, while the turret ring was guarded by curved plates fore and aft. The howitzer trunnions were guarded by huge "D-plates" reinforced by three triangular webs on each side, the whole assembly being bolted to the turret front. The turret rear had a detachable Vee-plate which could be unbolted to allow the howitzer to be more easily removed for servicing, or replacement. The secondary armament was a single DT machine gun, mounted co-axially above to the right of the howitzer. For anti-aircraft defence, another DT could be rigged on the ring of the commander's hatch. The 152mm howitzer was sighted by a telescope built into the upper left side of the mantlet "box". Close-in defence was provided by plug-and-chain pistol ports in both sides of the turret, and flanking the howitzer-removal panel of the rear. Vision devices were extremely limited. One observation periscope was provided for the commander, and two vision slits appeared in the sides of the turret. A pair of episcopes covered the rear quarters, providing a method of aiming a pistol or sub-machine gun through the rear ports. The gunner's sole vision device was his gunsight telescope,leaving him heavily dependent on his commander for gunnery orders.
ProductionA total of 330 specimens of the KV-2 were produced in 1940-1941in LKZ (Leningrad). Two models were created. The KV-1A (model 1940) had a too heavy turret which could be moved only on flat ground. The production of this model was abandoned end 1941. The KV-2B had a larger mantlet with a rounded shield. It weighed 4 tons more than model A and some were equipped with flame thrower. The KV-2B was carried out starting from the hull of the KV-1A. During the production, an additional machine-gun was installed.