A new tier 8 Soviet tank destroyer appeared on Supertest this morning, notably being the second tank destroyer in the game to feature two guns (the first having been the also-Soviet SU-2-122):
The ISU-122-2 is a Tier VIII Soviet tank destroyer and the second double-barreled tank destroyer in the game.
The vehicle’s most noteworthy feature is its gun system with low salvo preparation time and low time required to lock fire and reload after a salvo. An additional advantage of the ISU-122-2 is its excellent aiming time (2 s) and stabilization.
Its weak armor does not allow the ISU-122-2 to engage in open combat which means playing from cover should be prioritized. However, paired with its high maximum speed (40 km/h) and maneuverability, the ISU-122-2’s firing characteristics determine the vehicle’s gameplay—quickly taking a firing position and delivering a salvo to a target, then preparing the next salvo, switching to single shots, or moving to the next position.
Historical Background – Is This the Bear/Medved?
While the original FTR article states this vehicle would have been produced on a new chassis, the concept for this vehicle used a shortened version of the IS-2 chassis facing backrwards (as can be seen on in both the mockup above and the in-game representation).
However, do note that the version we have appears to have been modified slightly, including a slightly different superstructure shape (though, it appears other versions of this design may have existed, which could explain why this has been done). Furthermore, it is not yet clear whether the in-game version has an open or closed top.
Thanks to leggasiini for pointing me in the right direction on this one!