The T-55 is a Soviet medium tank. It holds the distinction of being the most produced tank in history, with estimates of around 86,000 to 100,000 tanks produced. It saw service in many parts of the world throughout the Cold War and beyond. While more modern tanks, such as the T-72, has been produced and adopted for service, the T-55 is still in widespread use around the globe today due to its ease of maintenance.
The T-55 itself is an improvement to the visually identical T-54. In fact, the T-54 and T-55 is so difficult to distinguished that sometimes the type is referred to as the T-54/55. The T-54 was designed to replace the iconic T-34 tank of the World War 2 era. Works began in 1944, even before World War 2 ended and the first prototype trials coincide with the Soviet capture of Berlin in March 1945. The tank was accepted for service in 1946.
The T-55 was born out of the combination of the multiple planned upgrades to the T-54. When it was first introduced for service in 1958, it was one of the most powerful tanks in the world. Its adoption in Soviet service led to the development of the US M-60 Patton tank.
Throughout its service life, the T-55 is continuously upgraded. In some cases, Western guns and electronics were installed. Similarly, some countries opted for armor upgrades by installing external armor blocks. This versatility ensures that T-55 remains a viable alternative to armies around the world today.
ArmA 2 Edit
The T-55 was introduced in the series in the standalone expansion Operation Arrowhead. It was used by two factions, the Takistani Army and Takistani Guerillas, along with its predecessor, T-34, and successor, T-72. While powerful, it is greatly outclassed by the much newer US M1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks it faced in the conflict. It is also vulnerable to anti-tank missiles from helicopters, such as the AH-64 Apache, other armored vehicles, such as the M2 Bradley, or infantry anti-tank missiles, such as the Javelin.
The Takistani tank force seemed to have largely been destroyed by the conclusion of the US invasion.
In-Game Data Edit
ArmA 2 Edit
Type: Medium tank/main battle tank
Crew: 3 (Driver, Gunner, Commander)
Main armament: D10 100 mm cannon
Secondary armament: SGMT 7.62 mm machine gun
Optics: Night vision sights, thermal sights