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Soviet Union's T-29 medium tank

Design

In 1934 at the Kirov factory in Leningrad, their design bureau made a variant of the T-28 with a Christie type suspension.2 M. I. Koshkin (designer of the T-34) was a member of the design team.2,3

The T-29 could go as fast on wheels as on tracks.2

Was cancelled when T-34 was accepted for production.3

Transmission

All of the axles on the T-29-5 were driven by multiple transmissions.2

Prototype

The prototype was designated the T-29-5.2

Production

  • T-29-5:
    • Production: 19342
  • T-29:
    • Production: 19352

Variants

  • T-29-5: First prototype.2
  • T-29: Second prototype.2 Had a synchromesh transmission.2

Specifications

  T-29
Crew 5 - 61, 53
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 24 - 28.8 tons3, 28.5 tons1,3
Length 7.374 m3
Height 2.825 - 2.85 m3
Width 3.18 m3
Ground clearance 0.45 - 0.475 m3
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 0.76 kp/cm2 3
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 76.2 mm1
76.2 mm 1927/323
Secondary  
MG 4 - 5: MG1
3 or 4: 7.62 mm DT MG3
MG - anti aircraft 1: MG3
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 401
Hull Front, Upper 303
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 203
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 203
Hull Top 10 - 153
Hull Bottom 10 - 153
Main Turret Front 303
Main Turret Sides 203
Main Turret Rear 20 - 303
Main Turret Top 153
MG turret front 203
MG turret sides 203
MG turret rear 203
MG turret top 103
Engine (Make / Model) M-17 L3
Bore /stroke 4 stroke3
Cylinders 123
Net HP 450 - 500@1,400 - 1,450 rpm3, 5001
Power to weight ratio 17.4 - 20.8 hp/ton3
Transmission  
Fuel type Gasoline1
Octane  
Capacity  
Performance  
Traverse  
Speed - Road 35 mph1
Max speed - tracks 54 kph3
Max speed - wheels 80 kph3
Range - tracks 230 km3
Range - wheels 328 km3
Range - Cross Country  
Range - Road  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 1.1 m3
Trench crossing 3.3 m3
Vertical Obstacle 1 - 1.2 m3
Climbing ability 35°3
Suspension (Type)  
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width  
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  2. Airfix Magazine Guide 22 Russian Tanks of World War 2, John Milsom and Steve Zaloga, 1977
  3. Russian Tanks and Armored Vehicles 1917-1945, by Wolfgang Fleischer, 1999
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