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IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin)

Heavy Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle

Soviet Union | 1953

"The IS-10 / T-10 was the last of the Josef Stalin heavy-caliber, heavy-armor tank designs dating back to the Second World War."

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The T-10 can be considered the pinnacle "Josef Stalin" tank design as it is the tank that superceded previous forms and became the final product of the series. It sported an all new main gun, redesigned body and turret and put upon itself all of the lessons learned through armored conflict in World War 2. The tank was of a heavy classification and was such an outstanding and well-regarded design that the last known operational usage of the T-10 was reported in 1996.

Outwardly, the T-10 was similar to the preceding IS (Josef Stalin) tank series with a rounded turret placed forward of the hull design and had more in common with the IS-3 than other previous forms. The T-10 featured an all new turret and main gun armament along with a redesigned hull and improved engine performance. A crew of four personnel operated the machine with the drive in the front hull and the commander, loader and gunner in the turret in traditional Soviet tank design fashion (commander and gunner on left and the loader on the right inside the turret - contrasting Western design placement). Power was derived from a single 12 cylinder diesel generating around 700 horsepower. Armor protection was excellent, reach some 10 inches at its thickest.

The T-10 appeared in two supplementary forms with subtle modifications as the T-10A and the T-10B. The final version in the series would be the T-10M, which fitted a longer M-62-T2 (L/43) main gun. This particular version also featured a new muzzle brake, NBC protection for the crew and infra-red nightvision. Additionally, self-defense machine gun protection was improved allowing for an optional 12.7mm anti-aircraft DShK machine gun to be installed.

The T-10 performed as expected and was well-regarded. It saw action with Egyptian forces against Israel in the Six Day War, losing many examples to Israeli control - to which the very same systems were used to guard the Suez Canal from Egyptian encroachment. Production of the T-10 ended in 1966, to which some 2,500 examples appeared overall, and were the last of the Soviet heavy tanks when that classification type fell out of favor with Red Army needs.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin) Heavy Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle.
1 x V2 -IS 12-cylinder diesel engine delivering 690hp.
Installed Power
26 mph
42 kph
Road Speed
155 miles
250 km
The physical qualities of the IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin) Heavy Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle.
32.4 ft
9.88 meters
O/A Length
11.7 ft
3.57 meters
O/A Width
7.4 ft
2.25 meters
O/A Height
114,640 lb
52,000 kg | 57.3 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin) Heavy Tank Tracked Combat Vehicle.
1 x 122mm D-74 main gun
2 x 14.5mm KPV machine guns

1 x 12.7 DShK anti-aircraft machine gun
Not Available
Nightvision - INFRA-RED (T-10M MODEL)
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES (T-10M MODEL)
Notable series variants as part of the IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin) family line.
IS-9 - Josef Stalin Heavy Tank Prototype following the IS-1 through IS-8 models; accepted into production as the T-10.
IS-10 - Initial Designation based on the similar "IS - Josef Stalin" designations preceding it until Stalin fell out of favor.
T-10 - Base Production Model Series Designation.
T-10A - Fitted with two-axis main gun stabilizer.
T-10B - Improved gun stabilization system and sighting equipment.
T-10M - Fitted with longer M-62-T2 (L/43) main gun; redesigned muzzle brake; two-axis gun stabilizer; NBC protection; improved self-defense machine guns.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 8,000 Units

Contractor(s): State Factories - USSR
National flag of Egypt National flag of Israel National flag of the Soviet Union National flag of Syria National flag of Vietnam

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Image of the IS-10 / T-10 (Josef Stalin)
Left side profile view of the IS-10 / T-10 Joseph Stalin heavy tank; color

Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
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