August 13, 2014

SU 152 Animal Hunter

SU-152

The SU-152 was based on the KV-1 chassis and was fitted with the 152 mm howitzer. The new AFV went into production in March 1943 and the first regiment was formed in May 1943. It was intended as an assault gun for close infantry support, but soon it was found out that the blasting effect of its ΗΕ round could put out of action any German tank. The SU-152 was capable of direct and indirect fire.


Totally 704 SU-152s were produced. The 1529th Heavy Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment was the first to be equipped with the SU-152 and was rushed to take part at Kursk. There it claimed to have knocked out twelve Tigers and seven Elefants. It was nicknamed “Zveroboy - Animal Hunter” by its crews for his ability to kill Panthers, Tigers and Elephants. The SU-152’s gun was capable of penetrating 110mm (4.3 in) of armor at a distance of 2,000m.

The SU-152 was replaced by the ISU-152, which was based on the chassis of the Iosef Stalin-1 tank.

SPECIFICATIONS
Weight:
46,500 kgr
Length:
9.05 m
Height:
2.46 m
Armor:
60 mm (hull front)
Engine:
V-2 600hp
Fuel
975 litres (214 gallons)
Max Speed:
37 km/h
Range:
330/120 km (road/off-road)
Crew:
5
Armament:
152mm ML-20S gun
Ammunition:
20 rounds
Muzzle Velocity:
655 m/sec (2,149 ft/sec) HE round
Shell Weight:
48.78 kgr (107.5 lb) AP round

43.50 kgr (96 lb) HE round

Organization of a Heavy Self-Propelled Regiment in the summer of 1944

Organization of a Heavy Self-Propelled Regiment


SU-152


Bibliography
Bean, Tim and Will Fowler. Russian Tanks of World War II. Ian Allan Publishing, 2002.
Hogg, Ian V. Allied Armour of World War Two. Ramsbury: Crowood, 2000.
Sutherland, Jonathan. World War II Tanks and AFVs. Shrewsbury: Airlife, 2002.


Photo attribution
Megapixie at en.wikipedia, via Wikimedia Commons