High end tank may change from T-80UM to T-80UD that actually saw service.
Global USSR arty RoF buff to 6 r/m with no change in existing variants (no matter how much I want to see that 2S3M1...)
I am assuming that my national compatriots over in the USA thread will undertake a similar effort by providing parallel developments in the USA and save me from the labor that is creating a comprehensive superpower revitalization thread. So far I am actually playing catchup to the work done in the US Changes: The Compiled and Proposed thread linked below...... (Please read before complaining about "But Muh ____ doesn't get what ____ gets.....)
Above all this thread concentrates on creating meaningful change through PATCHABLE stat changes and unit designation alterations. Above all we are mostly taking 1960s stuff and making it late 70s or 80s stuff. With the Ultimate goal of making a USSR deck that looks like a USSR deck rather than the current styles on exhibition in the 1991-1995 ROSOBORONEXPORT catelogue"
For "Flavour" Soviet artillery units will retain their inexplicable and ideologically motivated higher on average dispersion but will be distinguished from their opponents by well deserved much higher rates of fire considering their use of semi-fixed ammunition and highly mechanized loading cycles.
Make a recon BMP-1P/2 or BRM-1 becomes cheaper very good optics recon fighting vehicle
Add PRP-3/4/4M as exceptional optics recon vehicle. PRP-4M is super easy as it is dummied to look like BMP-2.
T-64B gets 2275m range (this is the only unit specific stat change I swear).
Gorno now shock, BMD, BTR-D and BTR-60/70/80. Possibly changed to RR light infantry w/ SPG-9D/SPG-9MD because Metys-M cannot be modeled faithfully without people throwing a fit even in the era of SPIKE.
BRDM-2 Strela-1M -> MT-LB Strela-10M2/M3/M4 with 9M37M/9M333 both are pre-1989
2S1 RoF from 5 to 6-7 r/m. Becomes USSR CatC SPH (finally the regimental SPH will get used) Same price, its still 6 HE
2S3M RoF from 5 to 6 r/m. Price buffed to 60-65 points. Becomes reasonably useful if still imprecise CatC/B class SPH
2S3 -> 2S3M1 (IOD 1987 fleetwide standard 1993) 6 r/m, 4550m dispersion, 15s aimtime as precedented with Sholef
2S7 Pion -> 2S5 152mm SPG clone of Finnish 2S5 (2S7 is a Army/Front level asset, it makes little sense to have two)
MT-LB Shturm-S becomes MT-LB Shturm still with Kokon
BRDM-2 Malyutka-P becomes MT-LB Shturm-S with Kokon-M or Ataka (both ITF and useable by the system).
9M112M, 9M112M2 added, Kobra system accuracy buffed to a minimum of 50% with later variants at 55%+.
Konkurs accuracy buffed to within -5% of corresponding TOW variant.
T-80B receives 9M112M
T-64BM receives 9M112M/M2
T-80BV receives 9M124/128
T-55/T-62 changes as proposed in:
Slightly more intensive changes:
Tank prop 1: Change tank tab to focus on T-62/T-64/T-80 to the detriment of full expression of T-55/T-72, leaving that to NSWP
Tank prop 2: Change tank tab to cut out CatC redundancies and impossible to balance CatC relics that Eugen refuses to deal with with the same reverence as say Leo 1. (expect the same to go on with the atrocious duplication in the M60 line in US)
Please be mindful this is a working topic, I'm polishing grad apps this week so I'll try to fully flesh it out if I have moments over the next few days
Logistics are sufficient
Infantry are by and large sufficient.
Konkurs 50%-55% accuracy as compared to 60% ITOW
Konkurs-M 60%-65% as compared to 70% TOW-2
Gornos: Shock, Ground transport in the form of BTR-D line and some BMD taking Gorno's for cheap negatively impacts ability to take Veh Deh Veh and Spetz for cheap. BTR-60/70/80 as well, No BTR-82A/90, take your doom propheting elsewhere. Why shock? because the only mountain troops in the post WW2 Soviet Orbat are the 7th Guards Airborne Division, in other words they are Veh Deh Veh!
Helo lock them if you want because that makes them KGB border guard rapid response teams and we now have a precedent for 10 man elite teams with ATGMs and ATGM Helo transports... Bring it!
Yes this is what IRL Gorno's look like.
As an aside, possibly just give Gorno 75 and 90 the SPG-9D with two different tiers of ammo (IE PG-9VS & PG-9VNT) and 1400m range seeing as it is impossible to model Metys-M as anything approaching its IRL capabilities without someone throwing a fit (despite the existence of SPIKE). Gorno's will become a shock light infantry squad with a 1400m RR, decently priced, decently capable, coming in reasonable transports, in other words, sufficient.
Before doom propheting please acquaint yourself with the literature and the very real and justifiable concept of Elite Gorno's in Mi-24.
BTRs and Gorno are a thing:
In fact make the PRP-4M the 50 point tracked "Exceptional" optics recon vehicle, it has (PRP-3/PRP-4/4M):
1G25-1/1G13/KP-4 navigation system
1RL-126 "Small Fred"/1RL-133-1 "Tall Mike" Surveilance radar
Night vision and launchers for illumination flares.
1D13 portable laser reconnaissance device
Knock down the BRM-K1 to serve as a "Very Good" optics combat recon vehicle at 35-40 points, since it has been replaced by the unarmed PRP-3/4/4M, Give Malyutka-P.
BRDM-2 Strela-1M -> MT-LB Strela-10M2/3/4 (choose your designation.. they're all pre 1989) with 9M333. The BRDM-2 Strela-1M is an upgrade of a 1960s relic that belongs in NSWP, not the 1980-1995 USSR, the USSR already has a CatC IR system in the form of the 1980 MT-LB Strela-10M.
2S1 RoF to 6 or even 7 r/m. (6 r/m is an avg sustained rate for the crewed D-30) System with highly automated loading sequence becomes flavorful SPG that compensates for lower HE with volume of fire. Takes over the role of the 2S3 and is something you'd actually use. Dispersion and range remain the same. Again considering the obscenely high rates given to some known sloths like M109, 7 r/m on a 6 HE howitzer is not unreasonable. I assume FV 433 and the M108/AMX 105 will adjust accordingly.
2S3M is currently overpriced junk, drop to 60 points and increase RoF to 6 r/m to differentiate itself from the 4-5 r/m of its hand loaded and hand primed peers (considering the M109 gets 4!?). Loading speed and sustained fire rate is undeniably superior to that of M109 by a huge margin. Loading sequence is almost entirely automated and it even has a cool carousel magazine which seems to get you extra RoF if you're a Merkava...
Replace 2S3 with 2S3M1 (1987 and fleet standard by 1993) Equipped with a command data acquisition and display equipment, and with a new SP-538 sight. OF-38 Krasnopol laser-guided rocket-assisted projectiles were added to standard ammunition. To restate.. By 1993 ALL 2S3 in the inventory were up to this standard. 15s aimtime, 4550m dispersion, same range as 2S3M. But it's CatA you might say... Well currently the USSR has THREE pre-1980 SPH systems so we can stand to make one a CatB/A system as there are still two left to hold down the fort.
Replace 2S7 with 2S5 stat clone of Finnish 2S5. 2S7 is a high level Army/Front asset, it makes little sense to have two to the exclusion of the much more numerous 2S5. 2S5 takes over as CatC/early CatB long range gun supporting the later 2S7M
I even have some thoughts of supplanting the T-72BU with an ITF Ukrainian developments of T-64/80UD? considering that the USSR still has the Kharkovites in this timeframe and leaving the T-72BU for the DDR in keeping with this T-64/80 for USSR T-72 for the NSWP theme.
See thread for detailed model and statistical breakdown
Also we are making changes to Kobra, ie acknowledging the fact that like systems such as TOW, there was actually development and sequential improvement of the missile beyond its IOD in the early 1970s..... This in itself fixes MANY of the issues in the T-80/T-64 lines. We've been over this a few times and it's in the current T-80 thread, but for reference.
MT-LB Shturm-S becomes MT-LB Shturm
BRDM-2 Malyutka-P becomes MT-LB Shturm-S with Kokon-M or Ataka.
See Xeno's changes.