The SU-100, a Soviet tank destroyer, was armed with a powerful 100 mm anti-tank gun and was used extensively during the last year of World War II. It also saw service for many years afterwards with the armies of Soviet allies around the world.
The SU100 continued the development of the T-34 chassis begun with the SU-85. The SU85 used the 85 mm D-5 gun, however it was quickly rendered obsolete when designers managed to mount the same gun on the T-34-85 which, being turret-mounted, was more effective than a vehicle that needed to point directly at the enemy.
The SU-100 quickly proved itself to be able to penetrate around 125 mm (4.9 in) of vertical armor from a range of 2,000 m (1.2 mi) and the sloped 85 mm (3.3 in) front armor of the German Panther from 1,500 m (0.93 mi).
In addition to increased penetrability of its gun, the hull of SU-100 had major improvements over the SU-85; the thickness of the front armor was increased from 45 to 75 mm (1.8 to 3.0 in), and the commander was based in a small sponson on the right side of the hull; combined with the commander's cupola this improved the commander's effectiveness. Mass production began in September 1944.
The SU-100 proved to be effective in destroying German heavy tanks and Tank Destroyers such as the Panther, Tiger, Ferdinand, JagdPanther and JagdTiger, which lead it to have a very important role during the final phases of the Second World War.
The vehicle remained in service with the Red Army well after the war; production continued in the Soviet Union until 1947 and into the 1950s in Czechoslovakia. It was withdrawn from Soviet service in 1957.
Many Warsaw Pact countries also used the SU-100, as did Soviet allies such as Egypt, Angola and Cuba. The SU-100 saw service in the fighting that accompanied the 1956 Suez Crisis, in which the Egyptians used SU-100s against Israel's M4 Sherman tanks. The vehicle was also utilized in the 1967 Six-Day War and the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Skill Level: 2
Features: Includes 2 identical tank kits
Assembly and cement required
Highly detailed tank kit