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JS III Heavy Tank by DarkWizard83 JS III Heavy Tank by DarkWizard83
An incredibly heavy tank of the JS (Josef Stalin) line of tanks, this vehicle was first produced in 1945. Although there are several German claims to engaging and destroying a number of these vehicles during the final days of the war, this is highly unlikely, as the JS III probably arrived too late in the war to take part in combat against German forces, although there exists the possibility that a few engaged the Japanese in Manchuria. While arriving too late for significant action (if any) in the Second World War, these Russian giants would go on to see service in the Korean and Middle East wars, and a number of design features - most notably the low-silhouette shape with hemispherical turret - would be incorporated in all future Russian tank designs.

JS III Vehicle Stats:
Type: Heavy tank
Manufacturer: Kirovskiy Works Factory No. 100
First deployed: Mid 1945

Crew: 4
Length: 10 m
Width: 3.2 m
Height: 2.45 m
Weight: 51.5 tons

Armor: 120-200mm
Armament, primary: 1 x 122mm D25 gun
Armament, secondary: 1 x 12.7mm DShK MG, 2 x 7.62mm DT MG
Ammo stowage, primary: 28 rounds
Ammo stowage, secondary: 945 rounds 12.7mm; 1,000 rounds 7.62mm

Powerplant: V-2-IS 600hp V-12 diesel engine
Max speed: 37 km/h
Max range: 150 km

Operators: Soviet Union; (post-war) China, Egypt, possibly others
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:iconjlbcctq:
Jlbcctq Featured By Owner Edited Dec 28, 2016
It's ИС-3 (JS - 3). The last heavy tank.
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destroyerofducks Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:D nice!
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moosemin Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016
When Germany was defeated, General George S. Patton Jr. was very suspicious of Russian intentions, and was making public statements about kicking their butts back to Moscow. Worried that his old friend might start something, Ike took Third Army away from him. Probably a good idea, because if Georgie did pick a fight with the Ruskies, our Shermans would have been pitted against monsters like this, and the JS11's. Once these got rolling, they would not have stopped until reaching St. Nazaire!
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HashtagDown Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh the IS series wasnt that good!
The armor is pretty low and the shape not as perfect as the T-34.
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:icontankfan:
TankFan Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
IS3 you mean
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:iconstuglyfe101:
StugLyfe101 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is spelled either way
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:iconfoxtrot2069:
FoxTrot2069 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Is that a IS3
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:iconstuglyfe101:
StugLyfe101 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is spelled either way
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:iconfoxtrot2069:
FoxTrot2069 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
So JS is IS in russian?
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:iconstuglyfe101:
StugLyfe101 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It stands for Joseph Stalin AKA Iosif Stalin, Named after the Soviet leader at that time. Joseph is basically his nickname. I know this does not answer your. What does is ..... IDK Russians are weird
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FoxTrot2069 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Russians are russian bias
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:iconbartun:
Bartun Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
There are claims that they were suposedly used in combat but it is highly unlikely, however, they did were shown in the Victory Parade on Berlin in 1945.
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:iconbattlecruiser006:
battlecruiser006 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015
That pike nose.
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:iconthesketchydude13:
thesketchydude13 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How in the name of krebs did the Americans get that in one peice?! Egyptians I'm guessing?
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Gow13510 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
THAT IS 7 not JS III
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:iconmrken111:
mrken111 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016
IS 3 here
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:iconhermitdevil:
HermitDevil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Student General Artist
That's IS-3 not 7 :p
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SirMauser Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I just love how when I see armor descriptions on these kind of pictures, they never specify WHAT parts of the tank are what thickness. It never tells us whether the turret or hull is the thickest part of the tank and also doesn't display thickness of the all-round armor layout (i.e. front, sides, rear)
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that is an awesome beast of war. :w00t!:
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:iconthesovietkitsune:
thesovietkitsune Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
This is my favorite heavy tank! Yay!

HOWEVER, time for me to come derping through with my corrections to the stats.

Length: 9.9m (you essentially had that right)
Width: 3.09m (you essentially had that right)
Height: 2.73m
Weight: Correct above

Armor: 110/90/60 (front/sides/rear, mm) - Effective frontal armor is higher due to pike-nose design.
Turret Armor: 175/175/100 (front/sides/rear, mm) - Effective armor is much greater due to extremely flat profile and high sloping.
Primary Armament: 122mm D-2-5T, 122mm D-25T, 122mm BL-9 (most powerful)
Secondary Armament: Correct above
Primary Ammo Stowage: Correct above
Secondary Ammo Stowage: Correct above

Powerplant: V11 650hp, diesel; V-2-54IS 700hp, diesel
Max Speed: 38/15 km/h (forward/reverse)
Range: 240 km, 150 mi

Operators: Soviet Union (post war); China (attempted reverse engineering; failed in favor of T54A copy), Egypt, North Korea, other Warsaw Pact nations


Sorry for sounding like a megadouche. I don't mean to insult your knowledge of armor; I just was backing everything up. Everything that you had was close; it could just be because different sources say different things.


This is actually a really good photo of the tank. Where was it taken?
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Unb3kann1 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2015
thx
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Gray-Feathers Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is m best tank during world war 2 :)
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:iconthesovietkitsune:
thesovietkitsune Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
IS-3's were not used during the Second World War... They were being produced, but none were ready to be shipped to the lines by the time the war was over.
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Gray-Feathers Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o wait..o yeah...i forgot...its was one of the near new era tank ...oops X)
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V4YGR3 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
saweet! gotta love em JS/IS-3's!
and cool ya added discription ^^
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Crusaide-Nino Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks like Is-3. ofcourse if it isn't it. 
and nice tank ;)
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Samijabrothers Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Nice.
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:iconmaxterran:
MaxTerran Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
that not count the fact that it can't go off road to well ether and then there are still arty
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:iconmaxterran:
MaxTerran Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
something like this can work if you have alot od heavy movers but only then and then you have to have a alot of air suort to keep the jets from turning it into a piece of scrap metal
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MaxTerran Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
and top it off now adays the russains are only just second rate tank designers never get over the off of teh USSR
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:iconmaxterran:
MaxTerran Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
it was badass to look at but sadly as a weapon it failed badly just liek the maus it was just to big to work
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Animefanboy64 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats one badass tank!!!


ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER!!!
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Scorpion-Strike Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks evil... like it... want it... how much do these go for these days?
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yamatoxposeidon Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
My favourite tank of the war!
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single-leg Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
Yeah this tank is now gone from Aberdeen..(its funny to see the "Grasshopper" SP gun in the background with NO foliage growing through it yet..I see this pic is from 2006..

I know the US made a Tank specifically to face this tank but pretty much both Tanks were not used in the massive battles envisioned for them (thank God!!).
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TankFan Featured By Owner May 5, 2016
lol yes, the American tank was called the M1A1 Abrams, although know we are using more advanced M1A3 Abrams and just beginning to sell a few M1A1s
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PanzerschreckLeopard Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The IS series are my favourite Russian/Soviet tanks.
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Alexej555 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Student
One of the best tank ever!More powerfull than american tanks.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
JS-3 did have powerful 122mm gun and thick armour, but its limited maneuvering ability made it excellent target for British 17-pounders and American 90mm AA guns, especially since Americans used HVAP rounds for their 76mm and 90mm guns, that were able to neutralize JS-3 even when firing at front armour.

Besides, American and British aircraft with air-ground missiles have always been able to stop any Soviet/Russian tank, even P-47 with such missiles could knock down JS-3.
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TedizGrunt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Hardly...
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:icontedizgrunt:
TedizGrunt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
Hardly...
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BlitzkregOperative Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
i love that tank
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Brigadier-Zod Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2006
The Stalin series are my favorite tanks They seem to say "here kitty kitty Come play with Uncle Joe"
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inquisitorC Featured By Owner May 15, 2006   Photographer
Can i use this pic in one of mine? Please please please :)
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:icondarkwizard83:
DarkWizard83 Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
Certainly. :)
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inquisitorC Featured By Owner May 15, 2006   Photographer
Thank you :)
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open-flanker Featured By Owner May 8, 2006
Patrick - I wish I could comment on each picture, there's just so many of them. I will say that these are really good pictures, they really capture their subjects very well. I must say that I think your photography is really coming along so well with these pictures. Beautiful work.
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DarkWizard83 Featured By Owner May 15, 2006
Thank you so much Steve, that really means a lot. :)
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:iconsilentnight745:
silentnight745 Featured By Owner May 6, 2006
..... sweeeet.
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:iconsamurai69:
Samurai69 Featured By Owner May 3, 2006
More Correct name of this tank is IS-2 (Iosif Stalin) in Russian - ИС-2.

Removed from army in 1982. Very usable and durable mashine.
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