I won’t waste too much words, how good the new guns of the Tier10 mediums and TDs are, the pictures tell themselves. But as for the T-62A, I have several observations I would like to share. The battlefield of the new high-end Russian medium tank will be more difficult and more merciless than the same for the T-54. The maximum tier difference for tanks in the same match will be lowered to two. This means, that Tier10s will meet at least Tier8s. The other factor that will make the T-62A less forgiving is the decreased armor protection. By the virtue of its armor, a T-54 could take lower tier medium tanks confidently, but the T-62A has thinner, 100 mm thick historical front hull armor (the same as Type 59 has). This weakness had been expected, but WG went to the extremes to make this tank appealing. Maybe that is why it got so powerful gun.
Almost any Tier8 tank can penetrate this hull armor, protection won’t be advantage anymore.
However, there is a saving grace
Compared to the T-54, the T-62A has great accuracy on the move and superior aim time.
Regardless to the possible gun changes, this little bug looks like a never-stopping fire on the move tank which works best in wolf packs. The combination of high rate of fire, penetration and accuracy on the move is deadly against any flanked heavy armor. This is all well, but spitting out so much expensive shells with less than average alpha strike in such short time means high upkeep. The T-62A will be a very expensive toy, non-premium users can’t expect cloudless play with it. The low alpha strike leads to more exposure, this tank seems definitely less durable than its predecessor. Tier10 mediums fire APDS/APCR as default credit ammo, these had only the two-third of the average flying time of AP rounds, which boosts accuracy against weak spots and firing on the move a lot.
The T-62A is slower and a bit bigger than the T-54, artillery will hit us more. The Russian tank lost its mobility edge against the American and German counterpart. It”s still better a bit, but equipment, crew experience and the starting position will be more often a decisive factor on hill races than the physical limits of the tank itself. The T-62A is great in the open, it reaches its top speed fast on almost any terrain, but it gets somehow fallen when climbing hills. The ultimate position-rusher title still belongs to the Batchat (promoted to Tier10).
From the same starting position (middle of the base circle) the slower M48 and the T-62A reached hill of Mines and Karelia at about the same time. The T-62A has probably a small edge with full crew.
A surprise for us, but unlike the T-54 the T-62A can pivot-turn.