yesterday, an interesting post about Soviet rocket tanks by RU user leisheng appeared on the developer blog. While the author did try to make it into a branch of sorts, I think I’ll just pluck out the most interesting part – the vehicles.
1933 – Rocket-armed T-27 tankette, T-38 amphibious LT and BT-2
Projected by a designer called Gorokhovsky, they all carried one type of rocket, but it’s unknown what type: either a 245mm “tank torpedo”, or 132mm RS-132, or 82mm RS-82
1933 – RBT-5
First variant was supposed to be equipped with only one rocket, but it wasn’t built. This is the second variant with two 245mm “tank torpedos”.
1935 – NII-3, first variant
Another rocket variant of the BT-5, equipped with two RS-132 132mm rockets, mounted outside on the turret
1936 – NII-3, second variant
This variant had the rockets installed instead of the gun. Carried 18 re-loadable RS-132 rockets. There was a third variant too, with another type of 132mm rockets, installed outside on the turret, near the gun
1942 – KV-1K
Developed by the Kirov plant in Leningrad, there were two variants (early and late), it was equipped with 132mm rockets M-13, the early variant had 12 pieces, the late one carried 8
1957 – Object 281
Based on IS-8. No drawings were found, it was never built.
1957 – T-54
T-54 with a rocket launcher as its main weapon, was not built
1957 – Object 431
Based on T-54, was never built.
1957 – IT-1 “Drakon”
Based on T-54. There were several variants, this is the earliest.
1958 – Object 279
Armed with a TRS-132 and TRS-240 rocket launcher
There are more pictures in the original post. Pretty interesting actually. I wonder actually, if some older ATGM’s could be implemented into World of Tanks. The answer is probably “no”. The main problem is the 500m minimum range of for example the AT-3 Sagger. The missiles are also quite slow (140 m/s, good luck hitting anything), but can penetrate 400mm. But it would look cool :)