The Russian IS-4 Heavy Tank

The Russian IS-4 Heavy Tank

The Russian IS-4 Heavy Tank was originally developed in competition with the IS-3, the IS-4 was similarly an extensive redesign of the IS-2. The hull was lengthened, with an extra set of road wheels added and an improved engine. Both the hull and turret were uparmoured. Several alternative armaments were explored in paper studies, but ultimately the IS-2’s original 122mm gun was retained.

The tank was approved for mass production in 1948, but due to disappointing speed and mobility only 200 were manufactured. Most of these were transferred to the Russian Far East in 1950, in preparation for the planned Soviet intervention in the Korean War. When this operation was aborted, the tanks nevertheless remained stationed in the region until their decommissioning in the 1960’s.

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