JS-2 Heavy Tank

Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:50 pm

The JS-2 Heavy Tank, which was also known as the Victory Tank, was an upgraded version of the JS-1, with a larger main gun.

Production of the JS-2 began at the end of December 1943. By the beginning of 1944, about 100 JS-2s were in service.

A 4.8 inch (122mm) main gun was fitted onto the JS-2, which had more powerful weaponry than any other tank when it first appeared.
JS-2 heavy tank
The JS-2 also had a smaller cupola than the JS-1 and its armor silhouette around the hull was different from that of the JS-1.

After the Soviets produced the JS-2, they went on to produce an even more advanced version of the JS series, the JS-3.

Soviet Union


Active: 1944
Crew: 4
Weight: 45.3 tons (46,000kg)
Length: 32ft 6in (9.9m)
Height: 8ft 11in (2.73m)
Width: 10ft 2in (3.09m)
Weapons: Main – 4.8in (122mm) D-25gun, Secondary – 3 x 0.3 inch (7.62mm) machineguns
Armor Maximum – 4.72in (120mm)
Engine: V2-IS 12-cylinder diesel, 510hp
Speed: 23mph (37kph)
Range: 149 miles (240 km)