MT-25 Light Tank

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MT-25
MT-25 Light Tank Design Profile.png
A profile view of the design for the proposed Moto-tank (Мототанк) МТ-25 light tank.
Type Light infantry tank
Place of origin Soviet Union
Specifications
Weight 25 tonnes (Bad rounding hereScript error long tons;Bad rounding hereScript error short tons)
Length 5,300 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Width 2,900 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Height 2,300 mm (Bad rounding hereScript error in)

Main
armament
1x 47 mm gun
Secondary
armament
3x machine guns
Speed 45 km/h (Bad rounding hereScript error mph)

The MT-25, or Moto-tank (Мототанк) MT-25, was a light tank design proposed in a letter sent on February 9th, 1943 by two engineers; F.F Gorodkov & A.I. Starodubtsev, both of whome worked at Factory No.200 in Chelyabinsk. Although the MT-25 never left the drawing board stage, it was proposed in great detail; quoting from the letter sent on the subject of the proposal ("Moto-tank MT-25"):

To the Chair of the State Committee of Defense of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, I.V. Stalin.

Fulfilling our duty to the Motherland in this period of relentless and heroic struggle of the Soviet people against the German fascist occupants, and protection of our honour, freedom, and independence, we developed blueprints of a new combat vehicle.

During development, we have considered the following factors:

  1. High movement speed.
  2. Low damage as a result of being hit.
  3. Large operational range.
  4. Ability to suddenly attack the enemy.

The vehicle we have developed is called MT-25, and is a wheeled vehicle, with every wheel being a drive wheel. If tracks are added, the MT-25 becomes a tracked vehicle. The vehicle's mass is 25 tons. The average speed is 40-45 kph, maximum 100 kph.

Since every wheel is a drive wheel, the vehicle is very survivable. Even if half of the wheels are disabled, the vehicle does not stop. When the engine uses a muffler, the vehicle moves silently.

Armament: 47 mm gun and 3 machine guns.

We ask you to consider our proposal and accept it as a gift in honour of the Red Army's 25th anniversary.

Engineers F.F Gorodkov A.I. Starodubtsev

February 9th, 1943.

F.F Gorodkov, A.I. Starodubtsev ("Moto-tank MT-25.")

Chelyabinsk, the city in which the two engineers worked, produced the hulls for the KV & IS series as well as other vehicles; the city bore the rather appropriate nickname "Tankograd" ("tank city"); and the design of the MT-25 bears a strong resemblance to tanks being manufactured in that city, specifically the KV series of tanks.

Works Cited:

1. "Moto-tank MT-25." Achive Awareness. Blogspot, 12 Jul 2013. Web. 18 Jul 2013. <http://tankarchives.blogspot.com/2013/07/moto-tank-mt-25.html>.

2. "Mototank MT-25 will replace T-50-2." World of Tanks: Official North American Forum. Wargaming.net, 25 May 2012. Web. 19 Jul 2013. <http://forum.worldoftanks.com/index.php?/topic/126692-mototank-mt-25-will-replace-t-50-2/>.