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Renault Modèle R-40 Light Tank

Design

Improved R-35 with new suspension system.

Sometimes known as the AMX-40.

Variants

  • R-40:
  • AMX R-40: Experimental model with AMX running gear that consisted of 12 small road wheels, suspended on 6 vertical coil springs on each side.1 Some were armed with 37 mm Sa38, and/or trench crossing tail. Suspension system was designed by AMX with armored side skirts.

Usage

Two battalions saw action in 1940.

Specifications

  Renault Modèle R-40
Crew Commander, driver
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 23,000 lb
Length 15'
Height 7' 8.5"
Width 6' 7.5"
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure (psi)  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 37 mm Sa38 L/33
Secondary  
MG 7.5 mm MG31
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 65
Secondary  
MG 3,000
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 58
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom 20
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Renault  water cooled
Cylinders 4
Net HP 82
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 12.4 mph
Speed - Cross Country 7.5 mph
Range - Road 62 miles
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type) vertical coil springs, protected by skirting plates.
Wheels each side 12 mounted in pairs
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  
Production 1940-

Sources:

  1. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site