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Soviet Union's T-43 medium tank

Design

The T-43 first appeared in 1943. Many of the components were taken from the T-34.

Improvements were a new torsion-bar suspension that replaced the coil springs. The torsion-bars took up less space than the springs.

Production

  • T-43:
    • Production: 1943 - ?

Variants

  • T-43: Similar to T-34/76D with increased armor and new 5-speed gearbox. Were soon replaced by T-34/85.

Specifications

  T-43
Crew 4, 5
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 68,350 lb,
31 tons, 31.5 tons, 34 tons
32,000 kg
Length 24' 2.5", 22.5', 22' 6",
6.86 m
Height

7' 10", 8' 6", 9' 2"
2.39 m

Width 9' 7", 9.8' , 10' 6.25"
2.92 m
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length 12' 4"
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 76.2 mm F-34
76.2 mm L/41.2
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.62 mm MG
2: 7.62mm DT MG
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 77
Secondary  
MG 2,394
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 90, 18 - 110
Hull Front, Upper 70 - 110, 75
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 45 - 47, 75
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top 18 - 22
Hull Bottom 18 - 22
Turret Front 20 - 70, 90
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) V-2-34
Transmission  
Cylinders 12
HP 500
Fuel (type) Diesel
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 31 mph,
50 kph
Speed - Cross Country 25 mph
Range - Road 186 miles, 186 - 220 miles, 248.6 miles
300 km
Range - Cross Country 130 - 210 miles
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Torsion-bar
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width 1' 7.1"
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 and Armored Vehicles 1917-1945, by Wolfgang Fleischer, 1999
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