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Light Amphibious Tank

CountryUnited Kingdom
ManufacturerVickers-Armstrongs, Limited
Primary RoleTankette

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ww2dbaseThe Vickers-Carden-Loyd Light Amphibious Tanks, with two variants designated A4E11 and A4E12 by the British War Office, were tractor-based tankettes designed to be able to travel across calm waters at the speed of about 6 kilometers per hour. The design was completed by the British company Carden-Loyd Tractors, Limited in early 1931. In Apr 1931, Vickers-Armstrongs, Limited, the parent company of Carden-Loyd, demonstrated a number of prototypes, but failing to secure a contract from the British Army. A limited number of examples were produced between 1931 and 1932, however, for sale to China, the Netherlands (for use in the Dutch East Indies colony), the Soviet Union, and Thailand. In China, they saw action against the Japanese in the 1937 battle in Shanghai. Meanwhile, those sold to the Soviet Union were studied and became the basis for the T-37A light amphibious tanks. Poland showed interest in purchasing a number of Vickers-Carden-Loyd Light Amphibious Tanks, but the two sides were unable to reach a business agreement, and Poland ultimately designed its own amphibious project under the name of PZInz 130.

ww2dbaseSource: Wikipedia

Last Major Revision: Jun 2015

SPECIFICATIONS

A4E11
MachineryMeadows EST 6-cyl gasoline engine rated at 60 bhp
SuspensionHorstmann
Armament1x0.303in Vickers machine gun (1,000 rounds)
Armor9mm front, 7mm sides, 9mm turret, 5mm rear, 3mm top, 3mm bottom
Crew2
Length4.06 m
Width2.06 m
Height1.88 m
Weight2.2 t
Speed43 km/h
Range160 km

A4E12
MachineryMeadows EST 6-cyl gasoline engine rated at 90 bhp
SuspensionHorstmann
Armament1x0.303in Vickers machine gun (1,000 rounds)
Armor10mm front, 7mm sides, 9mm turret, 5mm rear, 3mm top, 3mm bottom
Crew2
Length3.96 m
Width2.08 m
Height1.83 m
Weight3.8 t
Speed56 km/h
Range260 km

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Rear view of a Vickers-Carden-Loyd A4E12 Light Amphibious Tank, 1930sSide view of a Vickers-Carden-Loyd A4E12 Light Amphibious Tank, 1930s
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Rear view of a Vickers-Carden-Loyd A4E12 Light Amphibious Tank, 1930sSide view of a Vickers-Carden-Loyd A4E12 Light Amphibious Tank, 1930s
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