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The T-55 Enigma is a Tier 3 special premium Main Battle Tank under Zhang Feng's dealership.

History[]

Class: Medium Tank
Developed: 1988-1989
Service: 1989-1991
Vehicles Built: cca 10-20
Operators: Iraq

The T-54/55 Medium Tank family is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic armored vehicles of all times. Throughout the Cold War, even with the appearance of much more modern vehicles, its distinctive silhouette remained one of the symbols of Soviet armored might. It was widely exported and used by dozens of countries and even though it was already quite obsolete by the 1970s, it received numerous upgrades and continues to serve in some countries to this day, participating in many (if not most) third world conflicts.

Iraq in particular acquired a large number of T-55s throughout the years, even though tracking the exact numbers is very difficult. According to the most common account, Iraq purchased 300 T-55 tanks in 1973 following the Yom Kippur war losses with roughly more 1500 tanks of the same type acquired from Poland and the Soviet Union as well as from other smaller sources in the 1980s along with 1500 more Chinese Type 59 and Type 69 tanks. A large number of these tanks were, once again, lost during the Iran-Iraq war that took place between 1980 and 1988 and by the end of the conflict, the country, albeit undefeated, was seriously weakened with much of its modern equipment lost to the Iranians.

With its budgets depleted and most of its modern tanks gone, Iraq decided to upgrade its aging T-55s on a budget, fitting them with an indigenous armor kit. This armor kit, consisting of massive armor boxes, was clearly inspired by the Warsaw Pact M-series armor upgrades. The boxes of this set consisted of angled aluminum plates (15mm), steel plates (4mm) and rubber plates (5mm) on top of each other, separated by approximately 25mm gaps of air. Five or six such composite plates formed the inside of the turret armor boxes made of 5mm steel plates.

The official designation of this tank is unknown, although some sources state that they were called “Al Faw” by the Iraqis. The T-55 Enigma name is unofficial and likely appeared only after Operation Desert Storm when the news of these tanks started arriving in the west and nobody really knew what they were looking at (an enigma). All the Enigmas built were likely lost during Operation Desert Storm. As combat vehicles, these tanks were quite useless. At least five Enigmas are confirmed to have been knocked out by the Coalition forces and were subsequently recovered as military trophies. The most famous one is currently located in Bovington.

Vehicle Traits[]

  • Armored: This vehicle's armor can withstand a lot of punishment, allowing it to survive even serious firefights.
  • Smoke Generators: This vehicle generates smoke all around it and lays down smoke cover by driving forward.
  • Trained Crew: This vehicle comes with a fully trained Level 5 crew.

Ammunition[]

# Ammo
Name
Ammo
Type
XP Cost Damage Penetration Velocity Reload
Time
More
Info
1 100mm AP-2 AP APFSDS Stock 330 480[note 1] mm 1415 m/s 5.40 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.09 °
  • Damage Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 5 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °
2 100mm 3UOF10 HE HE Stock 495[note 2] 35 mm 700 m/s 5.40 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.12 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 100 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Splash Radius: 1.00 m
  • Splash Penetration: 75 mm
3 100mm 3UBK4 HEAT HEAT Stock 420 510 mm 900 m/s 5.40 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.10 °
  • Fire Chance Bonus: 300 %
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 15 %
  • Bonus Module Damage: 25 %
4 7.62mm AP AP Stock 8 18[note 3] mm 855 m/s 5.00 s
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  • Accuracy (Fully Aimed): 0.15 °
  • Magazine Type: Clip
  • Partial Reload: Yes
  • Magazine Size: 800
  • Burst Fire Rate: 400 rd/min
  • Damage Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Penetration Randomization: ± 10 %
  • Ricochet Angle: 67.0 °

Upgrades[]

Armor[]

T-55 Enigma Stock Armor
XP Cost Credit Cost Hull
Armor
Hull
Composition
Turret
Armor
Turret
Composition
ERA Name ERA
Penetration
Reduction
Stock Stock 465 mm (vs AP)
590 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel 795 mm (vs AP)
885 mm (vs HEAT)
Steel N/A N/A vs AP
N/A vs HEAT
This MBT features heavy appliqué armor on top of its basic steel body, providing some extra protection over the standard variant.

Weapon[]

# Name XP Cost Credit Cost Aim Time Reload Time More Info
Weapon1 100mm D-10T2S Rifled Cannon Stock Stock 1.40 s 5.40 s
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Stats:

  • Depression/Elevation: -5.0° / 17.0°
Ammo:
100mm AP-2 AP
100mm 3UOF10 HE
100mm 3UBK4 HEAT
7.62mm AP

Engine[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Max Speed Reverse Speed Forward
Acceleration
Hull Traverse Fire Chance
ChTZ V-55 580 hp Diesel Engine Stock Stock 45 km/h 13 km/h 6.89 s (0 to 32 km/h)
17.78 s (0 to Max Speed)
32.37° 10 %

Parts[]

Name XP Cost Credit Cost Description Notes
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Upgraded Exhaust Smoke Generator
Stock Stock Provides 5 exhaust smoke charges
Recharge time: 60s
Duration: 14s
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Improved Gun Stabilizer
Stock Stock Overall accuracy while moving is improved by 20%
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Improved Gunner Optics
Stock Stock Accuracy is improved by 10%
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Upgraded Fire Control System Sensors
Stock Stock Reduces the accuracy penalties for firing and traversing the hull.
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Stock Tracks
Stock Stock Mobility (Light Terrain): 89.9%
Mobility (Heavy Terrain): 75.8%

Footnotes[]

  1. 510 mm at 150m;
    360 mm at 500m
  2. 139 for Partial Penetration;
    35 for Non-Penetrating Hits
  3. 18 mm at 100m;
    9 mm at 1000m
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