During World War II the Red Army showed the superb quality of its armored vehicles, the T34 medium tank with 76 or 85 mm guns and the “Josef Stalin” (JS) heavy tanks highlighted the ability of the Soviets to build well-balanced, simple machines that efficiently combined the three most important qualities of a tank: maneuverability, protection and firepower.
The T54 and its later improvement to T-55 showed again, during the first years of the Cold War, the capability of the USSR to produce good tanks. The T-55 weighed 36 tons, had a maximum turret armor of 210 mm, was armed with a 100 mm caliber D-10T cannon and had a water-cooled 12-cylinder V-55 engine rated at 580 hp. The T-55A (depicted in this Tamiya model) also incorporated anti-radiation upgrades to protect the crew in case of nuclear weapons attack.
More than 10,000 units of T-55 were built and this tank was part of the arsenal of more than 40 countries.
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