The SU-152 Assault Gun

The SU-152 Assault Gun

The Russian SU-152 Assault Gun was a rushed development in the early part of 1943 and completed in just 25 days resulting in the KV-14 prototype by the Russin Chelyabinsk Construction Group.

The 152mm howitzer-gun, M1937 (ML-20) was mounted in and operated in a fully enclosed superstructure mounted on a KV-1S tank chassis.

The Russian ML-20 was a towed artillery gun that entered production in 1937. The exact model for the SU-152 was the ML-20S following some modifications to fit the gun in the vehicle, but retained the same muzzle velocity and destructive capabilities of its towed counter-part.

Designed to provide both direct and indirect firepower support for Russian Infantry against fortifications and anti-personnel, its HE rounds were also able to provide an anti-tank capability. They would simply tear the most modern of German tanks apart due to the high energy generated from such a large calibre round.

Production began on the 1st of March 1943.704 were built when production swapped to the ISU-152 in the winter of 1943.

It made its debut to the battlefield during Battle of Kursk and earnt the nickname “Zveroboy” meaning animal hunter.

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The Russian 152mm ML-20S gun as used on the SU-152

The SU-152 Assault Gun Spec’s

Armament: 152mm Main Gun (x20 rounds stored), x1 12.7mm DShK MG
Armour: Frontal 75mm thick steel
Crew: 5
Dimensions: Length 8.95m / Width 3.25m / Height 2.45m
Weight: 45.35 tonne
Engine: 600hp 12-cylinder diesel model V-2K
Top Road Speed: 43 km/h
Operational Range: 330 km