For the Record: British light tank summary
Hello everyone, a quick summary of possible British light tanks by Listy. Just so you know what is there. In the post war period the one area of British tank design that saw a lot of development was light tanks. Being relativity cheap and easy to produce even individual companies would develop projects in the hope of finding a buyer. Some of the Designs were eccentric at best. Some were just test beds, but some made it to service. In World of Tanks the flaws of some of the odder designs (such as maintenance or crew overwork) are notreflected for ease of play, and would thus give the UK light tank tree a very interesting feel. Two of the designs are known about as, the designers have mentioned them and I was involved with looking for the plans to them last year. These of course are the A46/FV301 (technically two separately tanks with differing Armour thickness) and the Vickers No. 45569 T. For this write up I will not focus on them as you already know of them. Nearly all of the information can be found on the World of Tanks forums, and has been researched and dug up from archives and books by several dedicated posters. Here is a brief overview of the suggested designs, in no particular order… 1: TV-10000 Rhino Built as a test vehicle in the early 60′s. Mostly seen as a wheel vehicle. However as this picture shows a set of tracks were fitted. Now some elements of it would need to be invented by Wargaming, such as the amour profile around the drivers position. However the tank is preserved at Bovington tank museum. Weapon fit for it was to have been a Saladin turret and guided missiles. The missiles would have been mounted behind the turret, limiting the traverse. Obviously as guided missiles are not in World of Tanks they can be omitted giving the turret a full 360 degree traverse. 2: FV-4401 “Prodigal” As part of the FV-4401 project, which led to the Contentious tank destroyer, a Light tank was created. Its first issue in real life was the tiny number of crew. However drawings for it are available on line. Of course the biggest sticking point is the weaponry. Originally it was designed to have twin 120mm WOMBAT’s with drum auto loaders. WOMBAT’s are of course recoiless rifles, which are not to be in the game. So an alternate armament fit would need to be found. But it is a design that would give the UK auto-loading high tier tanks. 3: Vickers 13 Tonner Not much is known about this tank, apart from its configuration. From that we can very easily build the tanks stats. It was proposed by Vickers as a airmobile light tank. It was essentially a FV432 chassis with a Saladin turret on it. Both of these are commonly produced items available for research across the world. 4: AVR A Light tank project that was the forerunner to the TV-150000. A good description would be a larger AMX-ELC with a 105mm L7 instead. 5: TV-150000/CVR(T) This tank became the Scorpion, and then the Scimitar, Sabre and Scorpion 90. It is by far the easiest to work out modules and upgrades for, as a whole slew of of real changes were made. Plus it’s easily available to research as there are so many in existence. I was measuring one only last week, and talking to crew members who served on it to assist a group of players on the North American server who are gathering data for it. Some might complain about the introduction date being to late. However the following picture was taken in 1966, and is the TV-150000. Or what is basically a prototype Scorpion.