In January 1943 work began to mount the 85mm gun on the hull of the SU-122. The project was started in response to the appearance of the Tiger 1E on the Russian front.
After several prototypes were developed the version mounting the D-5S 85mm gun was adopted and pressed into production.
Early models had an armoured commanders “cap”, but later models were fitted with the same cupola fitted to the T-34 obr 1942 in late 1943.
It was during the Dnieper crossing, in September 1943, that the SU-85 saw its first action.
In combat the SU-85 proved very effective able to take on the heaviest of German tanks from long ranges.
SU-85 continued in production until July 1944, but continued in service until the virtual end of the war. 2329 SU-85s were built.
In Flames Of War
The SU-85 can be found as Corps Support for any Battalion in Eastern Front and Fortress Europe as an option in an Assault Gun Company.
The SU-85 is an extremely effective weapon, it is armed with the excellent 85mm gun with a Range 32”/80cm, ROF 2, AT 12, FP 3+. The SU-85 has good mobility as Fully-tracked.