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Great Britain's A30 Avenger Tank Destroyer

Design

The pilot model was finished in 1944. By this time M10s were adopted for use in British tank destroyer regiments.

Was an alternate version of the A30. Was to have an open turret to save on weight.

Production

230 were ordered and not finished until 1946.

  • Avenger: 80

Specifications

  Avenger Tank Destroyer
Crew Commander, driver, gunner, loader, optional 2nd loader.
4-5, 5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 30.75 tons, 31 tons
31,248 kg, 31,498 kg
69,440 lb
Length 26' 4", 28' 7"
8.02 m, 8.71 m
Height 7' 3"
2.21 m
Width 9' 7", 10'
2.9 m, 3.05 m
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 17 pdr (76 mm)
17 pdr OQF
Secondary  
MG 7.7 mm (.303") MG
.303 cal Bren MG, AA.
7.7 mm/0.303" Bren MG, AA
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 55
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 80, 101
10
Hull Front, Upper  
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper  
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front  
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Rolls-Royce Meteor
Bore / stroke  
Cooling  
Cylinders V-12
Capacity  
Net HP 600
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type)  
Steering  
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type)  
Octane  
Quantity  
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 32 mph, 32.3 mph
51 kph, 52 kph
Speed - Cross Country 20 mph
Range - Road 105 miles
169 km, 170 km
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits -10° to +20°
Fording depth 3'
4' prepared.
Trench crossing 8' 6"
Vertical obstacle 3'
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Improvised Christie.
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Tracks (Type)  
Length  
Width 15.5"
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch  
Tire tread  
Track centers/tread 8' 1.75"

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. British and American Tanks of World War Two, The Complete Illustrated History of British, American, and Commonwealth Tanks 1933-1945, Peter Chamberlain and Chris Ellis, 1969
  3. Tanks of World War II, Duncan Crow, 1979
  4. The Illustrated Guide to Tanks of the World, George Forty, 2006
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site