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World of Tanks KV-5 - 9 Kills 6,8K Damage
Medals received: Radley-Walters' Medal, Spartan, Steel Wall, High Caliber, Top Gun
The KV-5 is a Soviet tier 8 premium heavy tank.
Development began in June 1941 at the Leningrad Kirov Plant and was completed by August, but plans were interrupted due to the complicated situation on the front. The KV-5 was to utilize some components of the KV-1. A new turret was designed, incorporating the 107-mm ZIS-6 gun. Two roadwheels and a single support roller were to be added on each side. A new 1,200 h.p. diesel engine was being developed for the vehicle, however it was not completed in time and was replaced with two V-2K engines.
This tank is known for its many weakspots as well as its impotent but fast-firing 107 ZiS-6M. It's surprisingly fast for a heavy tank, which tends to come in handy when you fail to pen your opponents.
Being extremely heavy and featuring a high top speed enables ramming of other tanks - adding to the damage output.
The KV-5 was buffed in 9.2. This buff was received badly by the community, and largely viewed as a pointless attempt at improving things that were fine while failing to address the core issues. This is in large part due to the KV-5's status as a 'veteran tank', that unlike the Type 59 has yet to see any competitive buffs.
There are many weak spots on this tank, which even after buffs to the armor model (9.2) means that you'll bounce close to nothing in an 'aimed brawl'. There are also a lot of flat surfaces of the turret. Granted that your extremely non-meta penetration values (both for AP and APCR) allows you to do anything but ding your opponent, the KV-5 can certainly be a force to be reckoned with. Just not against T9s, or even most T8 heavies. Or hulldown medium tanks, for that matter. Oh, and you probably won't spot any 'vision gaming' tank destroyers either.
In short, the KV-5 is an Swiss cheese roadblock that can work well if it doesn't face any armour. Does fit an aggressive playstyle rather well, but not worth your hard-earned money. This tank was removed from the in game store with the introduction of version 0.7.5.
Outro song: OST World of Tanks – Intro Login 2018