KV-2 Model 1940

 A heavy assault tank with the M-10 152 mm howitzer, the KV-2 was produced at the same time as the KV-1. Due to the size of its heavy turret and gun, the KV-2 was slower and had a much higher profile than the KV-1. Those captured and used by the German Army were known as (Sturm)Panzer kampfwagen KV-II 754(r) and often used for artillery observation due to its height. Few were produced due to its combat ineffectiveness, mainly the decreased speed due to the weight of the new gun and turret. The enlarged turret also offered a much bigger target, resulting in it being easier to hit and destroy than other KV tanks. Due to the increased turret weight due to expanded dimensions and a heavier gun, the turret traverse mechanism could work only on level ground.

KV-2 Model 1940
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Factory No.100 Kirovskiy Works in Chelyabinsk
Production Period 1940 - 1941
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1940
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Factory No.100 Kirovskiy Works in Chelyabinsk 1940 1941 330 View
Other DesignationsKV-2 Model 1940 (Klim Voroshilov) [also KV-II, KV-IIB, KV-2B]
Manufacturer(s)Factory No.100 Kirovskiy Works in Leningrad (LKZ)
Production Quantity330Production Period1940-1941
TypeHeavy Assault TankCrew6
Overall Length7.0Barrel Overhangabout 0.2
Combat Weight52000Radio Equipment71-TK-3
Primary Armament152.4mm Howitzer M-10Ammunition Carried36
Traverse (degrees)360°Elevation (degrees)-4° to +24.5°
Traverse speed (360°)n.a.Sightn.a.
Secondary Armament3 x 7.62mm DT MGAmmunition Carried2475-3087

Engine Make & ModelV-2KTrack Links87-90/track
Type & DisplacementV12Track Width65 cm (26")
Horsepower (max.)600hp@2000rpmTrack Ground Contact433 cm (170")
Power/Weight Ratio11.5 hp/tonneGround Pressure0.92 kg/cm2 (13.0 psi)
Gearbox5 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance0.45 m (1' 6")
FuelDieselTurning Radius9.45 m (31' 0")
Range on road250 kmGradient30°
Mileage on road240 l/100kmVertical Obstacle1.2 m (3' 11")
Fuel Capacity600 lFording1.6 m (5' 3")
Speed on road26 km/hTrench Crossing2.7 m (8' 10")
Armor DetailFrontSideRearTop/Bottom
RTAV, OOBTr, ST, RT, SKVr, PH21r, PH22r, BP04

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