Hello everyone, those of you, who follow FTR for longer and/or are interested in the German war industry are probably aware of the Sturmpanzer Bär project, a superheavy assault gun, whose development was however cancelled in favour of what would later become the Sturmmörser Tiger, or – as you know it – the Sturmtiger. It is certainly the best known “bear” out there, but there was one more self-propelled gun project, bearing the same name out there, a Soviet one.. As you also know from World of Tanks, the Soviets had a large number of various heavy self-propelled guns. One of the later ones whas the one pictured above, the heavy SPG called “Medved” (“bear”). It was designed right before the end of the war (Spring 1945) by the combined effort of three design bureaus: the UZTM (Uralmash), No.100 Plant and No.9 plant. The plan was to create a long-range rapid-fire artillery vehicle, the main purpose of which would be rapid artillery fire missions and counter-battery fire. This design was a part of the “Medved” program and for some time, it had quite a high priority. Unlike in the previous projects, which used usually a heavy tank chassis, here, the designers proposed a completely new chassis, but the “trademark” of this project was the use of a twin 122mm gun. It was planed that when this vehicle would fire one gun while the other gun was reloading, but in real life, this proved much more problematic than the developers thought. A test mockup was made with two 76,2mm guns and it worked fine, but in this case, the 76,2mm guns used single shells, while the 122mm guns used separate shells and charges. The twin-linked setup had to be abandoned and instead, the designers proposed two separate guns on each side of the vehicle by the end of 1945. In the end, a mockup was built in 1946 of the project, but that’s as far as it went, no further development was conducted and the project was cancelled. It’s worth noting that in the very early stage of the WoT Soviet tree development, the “Medved” was listed as a top tier artillery vehicle. In the end, it was not implemented because there is no hard data on it available, no characteristics, nothing. Source: www.aviarmor.net/tww2/tanks/ussr/s51.htm

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