"IS-3 (Object 703) is a Soviet heavy tank of WWII. This steel monster was put into mass production in the final period of war but combat actions had been over before it was supplied to the troops. That’s why this vehicle is often classified as one of the first tanks of post war period. This tank was the continuator of the IS-tanks genus and got the numeral designation “3”. Due to interesting frontal armor plating arrangement “pike-nose” it got the nickname “Pike”."
IS-3 is known as a heavy and powerful tank, which was developed for partaking in World War II. Nevertheless, its production took long time and the vehicle did not take part in battle actions. The strong impression, which it made on the USSR allies of Anti-Hitler coalition at the Red Army Parade in Berlin, brought him world-wide fame.