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'18th separate tank Brigade, vehicle no.3' Western Front October 1941, USSR. Camouflage created by wtando | download here

The ZiS-30 in War Thunder:

In War Thunder, the ZiS-30 is Soviet rank II tank destroyer with a BR of 2.3. It has a top speed of 39 km/h (24.2 mph), which it can reach in 20 seconds on flat surface. The amount of time needed for a full 360° hull traverse is 10 seconds, giving the vehicle a traverse rate of 36° per second.

Regarding armour protection, the frontal armour is 10mm (0.39‘‘) thick, with the lower glacis being sloped under 49°, the upper glacis having a slope of 26° and the joint between the upper and lower glacis being sloped under 68°. The frontal machine gun mount is protected by a 10mm (0.39‘‘) armour plate. The side armour is 7mm (0.28‘‘) thick with a maximum slope of 18°, while the rear armour is not sloped, having a thickness of 7mm as well. The gun shield is 5mm (0.2‘‘) thick.

As for firepower, the ZiS-30 is armed with the 57mm (2.24‘‘) ZiS-2 anti-tank gun with a reload time of 6.5 seconds when coupled with a fully trained loader, giving the vehicle a rate of fire of 9.2 rounds per minute. Additionally, the vehicle features a front-mounted 7.62 mm (0.3‘‘) DT machine gun. The main gun can use three types of ammunition; BR-271 APHEBC, BR-271K APHE, and OF-271 HE.

The ZiS-30 is the first Soviet tank destroyer on the Soviet tech tree, and aside from the rather unusual looks, it possess three main major advantages – small dimensions, great speed and maneuverability, and a fantastic gun for its tier. With its good top speed and acceleration, it can move very quickly across the map. It is also comparatively a very small vehicle, so it can be a very hard target to hit especially at long range. Its gun has virtually no problems when penetrating anything on the given BR spread (eg. 2.3-3.3) and features a fast rate of fire and flat trajectory, making the vehicle a suitable long range sniper. As the gun is mounted onto the roof, the vehicle has a reasonably tall profile. This is both an advantage and disadvantage – it compromises your cover which allows you to be spotted easier, but at the same time, you can shoot over lower obstacles while exposing only the gun shield.

Be sure to read more about the ZiS-30 on the Official War Thunder Forums!

Author: Jan "RayPall" Kozák

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'Crush the Tigers' text.

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