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Soviet Union's T-46 light tanks

Design

In 1935 the T-46 was designed by an OKMO team.4 Was similar to the T-26, but it had a Christie suspension.3,4

Production

Very few produced.1,3 The T-46 was found to be complex to build and not much better than the T-26.4

Specifications

  T-46
Crew

31,2,3,4

Physical Characteristics  
Weight 10.2 tons1,2,3,4
9,072 kg4, 10,363 kg1
Length 18'1,2,3,4
5.48 m1, 5.5 m4
Height 7' 6"1,3,4
2.29 m1,4
Width 7.66'3, 7' 8"1,4
2.33 m1,4
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length 12'3
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 45 mm L/461,4
45 mm L/46 A/TK3
Secondary  
MG DT MG1
2: MG3
2: 7.62 mm MG4
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 1653
Secondary  
MG 3,6543
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 0.59"4
6-151, 154
Hull Front, Upper 153
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 153
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top 6 - 103
Hull Bottom 6 - 103
Turret Front 6 - 153
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) GAZ T-261,3
Cylinders 83
Fuel type Gasoline3
HP 88 - 913
Transmission  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 35 mph2, 35 - 36 mph3, 36 mph4
60 kph4
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 224 - 310 miles3, 310 miles4
499 km4
Range - Cross Country 180 - 250 miles3
Turning Radius  
Elevation Limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical Obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Christie3
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width 10.25"3
Track centers/tread  

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. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  3. Airfix Magazine Guide 22 Russian Tanks of World War 2, John Milsom and Steve Zaloga, 1977
  4. Russian Tanks of World War II Stalin's Armored Might, by Tim Bean & Will Fowler, 2002
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