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1950 - Soviet T-54 Medium Tank

Armament:          1 - 100mm D-1OTG L/56 gun
                               2 - 7.62mm MG
                               1-12.7mm AA MG
Engine:                V-2-54, V-12, diesel, 520 hp
Speed:                 32 mph
Range:                 250 miles
Crew:                   4
Weight:                36 tons

This tank represented the "state of the art" when introduced. It had the
"skillet" turret, an oblate inverted bowl inherited from the IS-3, providing
good protection against AT projectiles. The 100mm gun could fire a variety of ammunition including AP, HEAT, HVAPPS. Fire control depended on optical sights, a weakness. The turret was cramped and the main gun could only be depressed to -4 , a weakness in a hull-down position. Many modifications led to the T-55. Over 50,000 were built and served with 55countries. Saw combat over all the world.

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