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T-43

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USSR Medium Tank Tier VII
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 1,355,000  Credits
Hit Points 1,0001,100 HP
Weight Limit 33.1/3434.85/37.3 t
Crew
Commander
Gunner
Driver
Loader (Radio Operator)
Mobility
Engine Power 520600 hp
Speed Limit 51/20 km/h
Traverse 3638 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 15.7117.22 hp/t
Pivot NoNo
Armor
Hull Armor 75/75/75 mm
Turret Armor80/80/6090/90/90 mm
Armament
Damage 120-200135-225 HP
Penetration 90-150108-180 mm
Rate of Fire
12100% crew: 12.51 rpm
+ Vents: 12.8 rpm
+ BiA : 13.08 rpm
+ Food: 13.65 rpm
11.11100% crew: 11.59 rpm
+ Vents: 11.85 rpm
+ BiA : 12.11 rpm
+ Food: 12.63 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.42100% crew: 0.4 m
+ Vents: 0.39 m
+ BiA : 0.39 m
+ Food: 0.37 m
0.37100% crew: 0.35 m
+ Vents: 0.35 m
+ BiA : 0.34 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
Aim time
2.9100% crew: 2.78 s
+ Vents: 2.72 s
+ BiA : 2.66 s
+ Food: 2.55 s
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
Turret Traverse
48100% crew: 50.06 deg/s
+ Vents: 51.19 deg/s
+ BiA : 52.32 deg/s
+ Food: 54.58 deg/s
46100% crew: 47.97 deg/s
+ Vents: 49.06 deg/s
+ BiA : 50.14 deg/s
+ Food: 52.31 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -8°/+26°-8°/+26°
Ammo Capacity 6048 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 1512 %
View Range
360100% crew: 360 m
+ Vents: 367.71 m
+ BiA : 375.43 m
+ Food: 390.86 m
370100% crew: 370 m
+ Vents: 377.93 m
+ BiA : 385.86 m
+ Food: 401.71 m
m
Signal Range
325100% crew: 338.93 m
+ Vents: 346.59 m
+ BiA : 354.25 m
+ Food: 369.57 m
525100% crew: 547.5 m
+ Vents: 559.88 m
+ BiA : 572.25 m
+ Food: 597 m
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The T-43 is a Soviet tier 7 medium tank.

Designed as a replacement for the T-34 in the spring of 1942. The T-43 was recommended for service, but never entered mass production.

Designed to replace the T-34, and actually historically predating the T-34-85, the T-43 features increased hull armor and a new torsion bar suspension replacing the T-34's Christie suspension, but retains the same weapons as the T-34-85 and has similar turret protection. As a Tier 7 medium tank, the T-43 is expected to face Tier 9 tanks using the same gun that the T-34-85 had at Tier 6, which can be frustrating at times, to say the least.

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Modules

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
06VI Т-43 mod. 1942 0080 80/80/60 mm
48100% crew: 50.06 deg/s
+ Vents: 51.19 deg/s
+ BiA : 52.32 deg/s
+ Food: 54.58 deg/s
48100% crew: 50.06 deg/s
+ Vents: 51.19 deg/s
+ BiA : 52.32 deg/s
+ Food: 54.58 deg/s
d/s
360°
360100% crew: 360 m
+ Vents: 367.71 m
+ BiA : 375.43 m
+ Food: 390.86 m
360100% crew: 360 m
+ Vents: 367.71 m
+ BiA : 375.43 m
+ Food: 390.86 m
m
0------ 12,84012,840 Credits 7,000 7,000 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
05V 122 mm U-11 36 450/370 HP 61/140 mm 257 Credits/10 Gold
5.26100% crew: 5.49 rpm
+ Vents: 5.61 rpm
+ BiA : 5.74 rpm
+ Food: 5.98 rpm
r/m
0.57100% crew: 0.55 m
+ Vents: 0.53 m
+ BiA : 0.52 m
+ Food: 0.5 m
m
2.9100% crew: 2.78 s
+ Vents: 2.72 s
+ BiA : 2.66 s
+ Food: 2.55 s
s

Front: -8°/+26°
Sides: -8°/+26°

Rear: -3°/+26°
3,750 59,92059,920 Credits 1,600 1,600 kg
06VI 85 mm ZiS S-53 60 160/160/280 HP 120/161/43 mm 109 Credits/7 Gold/98 Credits
12100% crew: 12.51 rpm
+ Vents: 12.8 rpm
+ BiA : 13.08 rpm
+ Food: 13.65 rpm
r/m
0.42100% crew: 0.4 m
+ Vents: 0.39 m
+ BiA : 0.39 m
+ Food: 0.37 m
m
2.9100% crew: 2.78 s
+ Vents: 2.72 s
+ BiA : 2.66 s
+ Food: 2.55 s
s

Front: -8°/+26°
Sides: -8°/+26°

Rear: -3°/+26°
--- 62,00062,000 Credits 1,550 1,550 kg

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
07VII Т-43 mod. 1943 0090 90/90/90 mm
46100% crew: 47.97 deg/s
+ Vents: 49.06 deg/s
+ BiA : 50.14 deg/s
+ Food: 52.31 deg/s
46100% crew: 47.97 deg/s
+ Vents: 49.06 deg/s
+ BiA : 50.14 deg/s
+ Food: 52.31 deg/s
d/s
360°
370100% crew: 370 m
+ Vents: 377.93 m
+ BiA : 385.86 m
+ Food: 401.71 m
370100% crew: 370 m
+ Vents: 377.93 m
+ BiA : 385.86 m
+ Food: 401.71 m
m
7,1057,105 15,30015,300 Credits 8,400 8,400 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
05V 122 mm U-11 42 450/370 HP 61/140 mm 257 Credits/10 Gold
5.36100% crew: 5.59 rpm
+ Vents: 5.71 rpm
+ BiA : 5.84 rpm
+ Food: 6.09 rpm
r/m
0.57100% crew: 0.55 m
+ Vents: 0.53 m
+ BiA : 0.52 m
+ Food: 0.5 m
m
2.9100% crew: 2.78 s
+ Vents: 2.72 s
+ BiA : 2.66 s
+ Food: 2.55 s
s

Front: -8°/+26°
Sides: -8°/+26°

Rear: -5°/+26°
3,750 59,92059,920 Credits 1,600 1,600 kg
06VI 85 mm ZiS S-53 60 160/160/280 HP 120/161/43 mm 109 Credits/7 Gold/98 Credits
12.5100% crew: 13.04 rpm
+ Vents: 13.33 rpm
+ BiA : 13.63 rpm
+ Food: 14.21 rpm
r/m
0.42100% crew: 0.4 m
+ Vents: 0.39 m
+ BiA : 0.39 m
+ Food: 0.37 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s

Front: -8°/+26°
Sides: -8°/+26°

Rear: -5°/+26°
--- 62,00062,000 Credits 1,550 1,550 kg
07VII 85 mm D5T-85BM 48 180/180/300 HP 144/194/44 mm 150 Credits/7 Gold/139 Credits
11.11100% crew: 11.59 rpm
+ Vents: 11.85 rpm
+ BiA : 12.11 rpm
+ Food: 12.63 rpm
r/m
0.37100% crew: 0.35 m
+ Vents: 0.35 m
+ BiA : 0.34 m
+ Food: 0.33 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s

Front: -8°/+26°
Sides: -8°/+26°

Rear: -5°/+26°
15,500 73,60073,600 Credits 1,850 1,850 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
06VI V-2-34M 0520 520 hp 015 15 % Diesel --- 29,50029,500 Credits 0750 750 kg
08VIII V-2-44 0560 560 hp 012 12 % Diesel 17,000 49,74049,740 Credits 0750 750 kg
08VIII V-54K 0600 600 hp 012 12 % Diesel 19,000 58,00058,000 Credits 0750 750 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
06VI T-43 003434 t 03636 d/s ------ 11,69011,690 Credits 6,400 6,400 kg
07VII T-43 mod. 1943 37.337.3 t 03838 d/s 7,9607,960 17,72017,720 Credits 6,400 6,400 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
04IV 9R
325100% crew: 338.93 m
+ Vents: 346.59 m
+ BiA : 354.25 m
+ Food: 369.57 m
325100% crew: 338.93 m
+ Vents: 346.59 m
+ BiA : 354.25 m
+ Food: 369.57 m
m
0--- --- 1,9801,980 Credits 0080 80 kg
08VIII 9RM
525100% crew: 547.5 m
+ Vents: 559.88 m
+ BiA : 572.25 m
+ Food: 597 m
525100% crew: 547.5 m
+ Vents: 559.88 m
+ BiA : 572.25 m
+ Food: 597 m
m
4,040 4,040 24,24024,240 Credits 0100 100 kg

Historical Info

In 1942 the Soviet intelligence had information of the new German tanks Panther V and Tiger VI, and this resulted in a need of a new Russian tank to even the score in fire power and protection. At first it was planned to up-armour the T34 m/43, but instead a larger turret was put to the same chassis that was altered inside.

Two prototypes were built, known as T43 and they had a commander's cupola on top. At the beginning of 1943 they were tested and turned out to be just a little better in combat than T34. The decision was taken to start production, but after the battle of Kursk a few months later the it was obvious that a brand new heavy tank model was needed instead (it was to be IS-1) and thus the T43 project came to a close.

By the middle of the war it had become clear that the Red Army needed a new medium tank. The military demanded a tank with both maximum protection and minimum weight. These demands were implemented and the new medium tank project was completed by June 1943 under the name of T-43.

Development

The T-43 had a configuration like the T-34 Medium Tank; its glacis consisted of 75 mm of armor and its turret-front was 90 mm. The tank was armed with the 76.2 mm F-34 Tank Gun. However, the total length of the engine and transmission compartment was not reduced; therefore, the battle compartment remained very cramped. To increase internal space, Soviet designers applied a torsion bar suspension that was more compact then the original Christie «candle» suspension. It was the first time that a torsion bar suspension was used for medium tanks.

Beginning in March 1943, two T-43 prototypes (preceded by vehicle T-43-1, which was built at the end of 1942. It possessed a driver's vision hatch and had the commander's cupola displaced to the rear of the turret.) underwent trials. These included combat trials with the NKSM Independent Tank Company. These showed that the T-43, because of its increased 34.1 ton weight, was marginally inferior to the T-34 in its ability to maneuver (maximum speed was decreased to 48 km/h). It did, however, significantly surpass the latter in smoothness of ride. The replacement of the eight side fuel tanks (on the T-34) for a smaller capacity fuel tank in the bow resulted in almost a 100km decrease in the radius of action. Tank crews praised the crew compartment and greater ease in operating the armament. After trials, the T-43 tank was recommended for acceptance by the Red Army at the end of the summer of 1943, but the results of the Battle of Kursk significantly altered this plan.

The armor protection was superior, compared to the T-34, while its armament was similar to the KV-1S Heavy Tank. However, the T-43 had a ground pressure similar to heavy tanks that adversely affected its range and maneuverability. Even worse was its extreme construction: it didn't allow further modernization. As a result, when production T-34's were rearmed with the 85 mm gun, the T-43 became obsolete. However, experience with the T-43 was not lost. The T-43's tests (3,000 km race) had clearly proved the superiority of the torsion bar suspension over the Christie's.


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