T-50 Light Tank

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T-50 light infantry tank
T-50.jpg
Type Light infantry tank
Place of origin Soviet Union
Service history
Used by Soviet Union
Wars World War II
Production history
Designer S. Ginzburg, L. Troyanov, OKMO
Designed 1939–41
Manufacturer Factory 174, Omsk
Produced 1941–42
Number built 69
Specifications
Weight 14 tonnes
Length 5.20 m (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Width 2.47 m (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Height 2.16 m (Bad rounding hereScript error in)
Crew 4

Armor 12–37 mm
Main
armament
45 mm Model 1938 gun (150 rds.)
Secondary
armament
7.62 mm DT machine gun
Engine diesel model V-4
300 hp (220 kW)
Power/weight 21 hp/tonne
Suspension torsion bar
Fuel capacity 350 l
Operational
range
220 km
Speed 60 km/h (Bad rounding hereScript error mph)

The T-50 was a Soviet light tank from teh second world war. Only 69 would be built due to several factors including, complexity, expense, and the deprecation of light tanks in warfare. The T-50 was intended to act as a replacement for the T-26. The development for the T-50 began in 1939 at the OKMO design bureau; specifically at the S.M. Kirov Factory number 185 in Leningrad; the project would see the involvement of L. Troyanov and I. Bushnevov. Prior attempts at a replacement for the T-26 included the T-126 and the T-127 as well as the T-46-5. There was competing design, Object 211 or T-50-2 as it was sometimes know. It was from the T-126 that the basis of the T-50 program began. With the project still in it's infancy, it would be moved to the K. E. Voroshilov Factory, number 174, also in Leningrad in May of 1940; this was due in part to the Great Purge. Prototypes were created in late 1940 with a completed design ready by January of 1941 and it was readied by April of 1941. Production of the T-50 was authorized however technical problems delayed it from entering production; further, with the German invasion, production was moved to Omsk where in September it began. With the T-50 in production, it was by this time a competitor to a number of other vehicles including the more versatile T-34; the complexity, expense, and the waning need for a light tank would further leed to the end for the T-50 which only saw 69 units built.

Works Cited:

1. "T-50 tank." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 28 Jul 2013. Web. 2 Aug 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-50_tank>.