Hello everyone, in my last post about Czechoslovak light tanks (specifically the TNH-57/900), I wrote that for tier 6 I also have a candidate. This is it, Škoda T-17. On 8.9.1948, Škoda came (likely from its own initiative) with a light tank project designated T-17. The suspension of this vehicle started the development of new “light platform”. In November 1948, it was decided on the meeting between the Škoda company leadership and the representatives of the Czechoslovak army to create a light platform on which a light tank destroyer, a light self propelled gun and a light tank could be built. This platform was named “Lehký podvozek” or “LP”. It was based on the drawing from Škoda design bureau of the T-17 light tank. This tank was supposed to be a classical setup tank with 4 members of the crew. The armor was 10 to 60mm thick and the gun was supposed to be a 75mm A26 cannon with a drum autoloader. The cannon itself was introduced to the army in 1947 already, along with the smaller 37mm, 47mm and 57mm guns by Škoda. The shapes of the tank were very modern. The front hull was inspired by the IS-3 design (“pike nose”) and very well angled, the turret was to be cast and rounded, similiar in shape to the T-55 turret. The mantlet however was clearly inspired by the German designs (“Topfblende”). The tank was considered very modern, but in the upcoming age of the main battle tank and with the Soviet restrictions placed on the developement, it never had a chance. The project was cancelled in the early 50′s and it never passed to the prototype stage. Guns Škoda A25 Caliber: 57mm AP shell weight: 3 kg HE shell weight: 3 kg Muzzle velocity AP: 900 m/s Muzzle velocity HE: 900 m/s Barrel length: 3215 mm (L/57) Recoil: 120 mm Penetration at 1000m (60 deg): 81 mm Weight with empty autoloader: 1100 kg Weight of three rounds in a batch: 19 kg Škoda A26 Caliber: 75mm Barrel length: L/55 (4310 mm) Shell type: AP (unknown type) Shell velocity: 900 m/s Shell weight: 6kg Penetration: 90mm (60 degrees) at 1000m Rate of fire: 40 RPM Gun weight, including autoloader: 1600kg Properties Crew: 4 (commander/radioman, driver, gunner, loader) Weight: 19 tons Length: 5451mm Width: 2451mm Height: 1939mm Clearance: 439mm Turret – width at widest point 2341 mm Track width: 440 mm Roadwheel diameter: 732mm Engine: 200hp (unknown type?), 350hp V8 diesel, 500hp V8 turbodiesel (350hp V8 diesel, 500hp V8 turbodiesel – both these engines were mentioned in a list of demands from 13.2.1949 for the “LP” platform) Transmission: Praga 5F 1R Suspension: LP (for rubber-banded roadwheels, torsion bar suspension, three return rollers, rear drive sprocket) Armor: Front: 60mm Sides: 30mm (?) Rear: 20mm (?) Turret: 60mm (front) , 30mm (sides), 20mm (rear) Roof (hull and turret): 10 mm Main gun: Škoda A25, Škoda A26 Ammo carried: unknown Speed: 55 km/h Radio: unknown World of Tanks proposal Suspension: T-17, LP Engine: Škoda V8 (200hp), Škoda V8 diesel (350hp), Škoda V8 turbodiesel (500hp) Turret: T-17 Guns: Škoda A25, Škoda A26

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