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Feb 2, 2013

MT-25, the replacement for the T-50-2




Source: Yuri Pasholok - MT-25
Translated (and redacted by): Silentstalker




On 9.2.1943, two engineers - F.F.Gorodkov and A.I.Starodubcev - sent a letter to J.V.Stalin directly, describing a new very fast armored vehicle. Both engineers worked at the Factory No.200 in Chelyabinsk, which produced the hulls for KV series, IS series and other vehicles produced in the city industrial complex, aptly nicknamed "Tankograd" ("tank city"). Therefore, it's not surprising that it was the KV design that made the basis for the new tank proposal. As with many other amateurish Russian war projects, this design was also a product of patriotic zeal rather than rational engineering, the project was however made in great detail. The authors even calculated the combat weight of the vehicle with methods approved for other vehicles produced in Chelyabinsk. The vehicle was not supposed to be THAT light (25 tons, as the name suggests), but it did fit in the army requirements for a light tank, brought by the army in mid 1943. It was projected with a 47mm gun, but given the size of the turret, a 76mm ZIS-5 and other guns would fit in quite fine. Size-wise, it did fit also, the T-50 was only 10cm shorter than the MT-25. Note how the suspension was projected with interwoven wheels (like the late German vehicles had). It's unlikely the two engineers had access to a Tiger at that point, so it's assumed they were influenced by the German halftracks. The projected speed was to be 40-45 km/h on average, but the maximum speed would be 100 km/h.

Well, so much for Yuri Pasholok's article. The reason the T-50-2 is going to be replaced is that the T-50-2 (and the T-50 when it comes to that) doesn't behave as the real life original tank did. From the other threads on the RU forum, it's possible it will have various 76mm guns, including possibly the S-31. The engine mentioned for it is the KV V-2K (600hp), which is not bad for 25 tons. The armor was supposed to be the same as the T-50 (as far as I can tell at least).

Other pictures (from the Russian archive):







14 comments:

  1. the devs also said earlier that the replacement will have the same characteristics as the T-50-2 (agility etc.)

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  2. But what will happen to the T-50-2?
    yea, the devs said something about it, but I can't remember.

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    1. As far as I know it's possible it will be completely replaced. Another option is that it will stay and the MT-25 will move to tier 6.

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  3. imho it will just disappear. (T23)

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    1. One day it will return... (Please)

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  4. "The vehicle was not supposed to be THAT light (25 tons, as the name suggests)"

    AWW YEAH, RAMMING SPEED!!! batchats be warned!

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  5. wow. this screens are old o.O

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  6. If germans got a mini-maus why russians shouldn't have a mini-kv too...lol
    I wonder if it'll be the same as t50-2...if yeah, it will be better with those extra tons.

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    1. Mini-KV is called the Matilda LL. :)

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  7. any ingame pictures yet??

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  8. almost like a mini vk4520a

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  9. Wait, is this in World of tanks?

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