The T-50 was created by a design bureau, headed by L. Troyanov and I. Bushnevov, to create a light tank replacement for the T-26 and BT tanks.
It was similar in appearance to the KVs so it was nicknamed Mali Klim or Little Kliment Voroshilov.
The tank was complex and required great resources and was discontinued after 65 were built. It took about as much effort to produce a medium tank as it was to produce the T-50.
The T-50 also had space for a radio set.
The driver sat in the center of the forward hull and used a slit in the armor and a turning periscope for driving.
Had cast conical shaped turret with commander's cupola. In the cupola was six angle seals with armored blinds over them.
The armor was 37 mm thick and could withstand fire from 37 mm guns at over 500 meters. The armor was welded.
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