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United States' T2 light tank

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T2 Light Tank:
United States' T2 Light Tank
Aberdeen Tank Museum
T2 Light Tank:
United States' T2 Light Tank
Aberdeen Tank Museum
T2 Light Tank (Modified):
United States' T2 Light Tank (Modified)
Aberdeen Tank Museum
T2E1 Light Tank:
United States' T2E1 Light Tank
Aberdeen Tank Museum

Production

  • T2:
    • Manufacturer: Rock Island Arsenal
    • Production: 1934
  • T2 (Modified):
    • Manufacturer: Rock Island Arsenal
    • Production: 1934
  • T2E1:
    • Manufacturer: Rock Island Arsenal
    • Production: 1934

Variants

  • T2: This vehicle started the use of aircraft engines in tanks. This eventually became the M2A2 light tank. The .50 cal MG fired a shell that weighed 709 grains and had a muzzle velocity of 2,930'/sec. and the .30 cal fired a 150 grain shell at a velocity of 2,800'/sec.
  • T2 Light Tank (Modified): The .50 cal MG fired it's shells at a muzzle velocity of 2,900'/sec. and the .30 cal MG at 2,800'/sec.
  • T2E1 Light Tank:

Specifications

  T2 Light Tank
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 6.3 tons empty
Length 14' 4"
Height 6' 6"
Width 7' 2"
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main .50 cal M2 MG
Secondary  
MG 2: .30 cal M2 MG, coaxial, bow
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 0.625"
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 0.375"
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 0.375"
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front 0.625"
Turret Sides 0.625"
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Continental aircraft type
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Air
Cylinders R-7
Capacity  
Net HP 250
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Controlled differential
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity 50 gallons
Road consumption  
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 27.1 mph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 160 miles
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability  
Suspension (Type) Double leaf semi elliptic spring articulated bogies
Wheels each side 4 dual wheel
Return rollers each side 2
Tracks (Type) Forged steel plates with rubber bushed track pins
Length  
Width 13.25"
Diameter  
Number of links  
Pitch 4"
Tire tread Rubber
Track centers/tread  
  T2 Light Tank (Modified)
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 6.3 tons
Length 14' 4"
Height 6' 6"
Width 7' 2"
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance 14.5"
Ground contact length 96"
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main .50 cal M2 MG
Secondary  
MG 2: .30 cal M2 MG, coaxial, bow
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 0.625"
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 0.375"
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 0.375"
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front 0.625"
Turret Sides 0.625"
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Continental aircraft type
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Air
Cylinders R-7
Capacity  
Net HP 250
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Controlled differential
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity 54 gallons
Road consumption 2.4 mpg
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 28 mph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 135 miles
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability 25° slope
Suspension (Type) Vertical volute springing
Wheels each side 2 double wheeled bogies
Return rollers each side 2
Tracks (Type) Forged steel plates with rubber bushed track pins
Length  
Width 11.6"
Diameter  
Number of links 66
Pitch 5.5"
Tire tread Rubber
Track centers/tread 73"
  T2E1 Light Tank
Crew 4
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 15,580 lb
Length 14' 4"
Height 6' 6"
Width 7' 2"
Width over tracks  
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length  
Ground pressure 9 psi
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main .50 cal HBM2 MG
Secondary  
MG 2: .30 cal M2 MG, coaxial, bow
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main  
Secondary  
MG  
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm)  
Hull Front, Upper 0.625"@0°
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 0.375"@0°
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear 0.375"@0°
Hull Top  
Hull Bottom  
Turret Front 0.625"@0°
Turret Sides 0.625"@0°
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) Continental aircraft type
Bore / stroke  
Cooling Air
Cylinders R-7
Capacity  
Net HP 250
Power to weight ratio  
Compression ratio  
Transmission (Type) 5 forward, 1 reverse
Steering Controlled differential
Steering ratio  
Starter  
Electrical system  
Ignition  
Fuel (Type) Gasoline
Octane  
Quantity 54 gallons
Road consumption 2.4 mpg
Cross country consumption  
Performance  
Traverse 360°, hand
Speed - Road 46.5 mph
Speed - Cross Country  
Range - Road 230 miles
Range - Cross Country  
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth 3'
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Climbing ability 25° slope
Suspension (Type) Vertical volute springing
Wheels each side 2 double wheeled bogies
Return rollers each side 2
Tracks (Type) Steel, dry pin with rubber pads, T-16
Length  
Width 11.6"
Diameter  
Number of links 66
Pitch 5.5"
Tire tread Rubber
Track centers/tread 73"

Sources:

  1. Tank Data 2, Aberdeen Proving Grounds Series, E. J. Hoffschmidt and W. H. Tantum IV, 1969
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site