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Flames of War Military Tank - KV-1s Soviet Heavy Tank - SU083

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Flames of War Military Tank - KV-1s Soviet Heavy Tank - SU083

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In 1942 it was decided to improve the design of the KV-1 tank. The aim of the project (headed by N. F. Shashmurin) was to produce a lighter, and therefore faster, version of the KV-1. Part of the design brief was to also make it more reliable, in combat conditions the KV often proved more than a match for German armour only to be lost on the field through mechanical failure.Some in the Red Army command thought that heavy tanks were of no real benefit and that resources could be better used to produce more T-34s which had proved more reliable and faster and cheaper to build.Despite the opposition the project went ahead. The new tank was designated the KV-1S, the "S" referring to "skorostnoy" or "speed". The KV-1S was lighter than its predecessor by up to 5 tons.

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