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Update (16.09.2020)
  • The protection parameters of the US and Soviet main battle tanks have been changed (open chart).
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Changes to protection parameters of the American and Soviet MBTs

In the recently published changelog for the “Raining Fire” update, a few mistakes were made in the protection parameters of Soviet MBTs, while those parameters in the game were mostly set correctly. We have corrected these issues, and now present the latest protection values. In addition, the protection parameters on the M1 Abrams series of tanks have been adjusted.

For turrets of Soviet MBT’s, the protection values ​​in the sector of course angles ± 30° from the vehicle axis are used; this means that when a tank gets hit from these angles, protection is provided at a minimum as indicated. In the case of hitting from a course angle of 0°, the protection might be noticeably higher than that indicated and strongly depends on the point of impact on the turret.

For tanks of the M1 series, the protection is indicated separately for the left and right sides of the turret due to their different inclination angles. It is assumed that, structurally, the turret ‘cheeks’ and lower frontal hull armor plate represent the same obstacle, installed at different angles. Because of this, the equivalent protection of the lower front plate is set slightly higher than that indicated for M1A2 in the publication “Stridsfordon idag och imorgon. Ett föredrag om Svenskt Pansar med utgångspunkt i historien”.

These changes are not final and may be clarified and revised further in case of new documentary sources.


  • «Теория и конструкция танка» — Т. 10. Кн. 2. Комплексная защита / Под ред. д.т.н., проф. П. П. Исакова.  — М.: Машиностроение, 1990. — 208 с.
  • «Защита танков» — В. А. Григорян, Е. Г. Юдин, И. И. Терехин и др.; под ред. В. А. Григоряна. — М.: Изд-во МГТУ им. Н. Э. Баумана, 2007. — 327 с.
  • «Средний танк Т-64А (основные характеристики)»
  • Акты государственных (совместных) испытаний комплекса ДЗ. Устьянцев С. В., Колмаков Д. Г. Боевые машины Уралвагонзавода. Танк Т-72. — Н. Тагил: Изд. дом «Медиа-Принт», 2004.
  • «Вестник БТВТ». Сборник.
  • “Infantry Fighting Vehicle Task Force study results” Creator United States. Department of the Army. Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. Infantry Fighting Vehicle Task Force.
  • “Stridsfordon idag och imorgon. Ett föredrag om Svenskt Pansar med utgångspunkt i historien”. Arsenalen den 8 November 2012 av Rickard O.Lindström.


  • The sound of splashes from torpedo launches has been corrected.
  • The missing sound indicator of shot down enemy aircraft has been fixed.
  • The Ju-87 B-2 Stuka siren has become audible in cockpit view.
  • Piston and jet engine volume has been lowered where the spectator’s view camera is close to the engine.
  • Ground vehicle engine volume has been slightly lowered in gunner view.
  • The volume of player aircraft guns has increased slightly.
  • The sound event of passing-by (missed) shells has been reworked.
  • A bug where music incorrectly overlaps in the hangar after a battle is over has been corrected.

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