Last updated on February 17th, 2019 at 09:48 pm
The Carden-Loyd Mark VI tankette was a small two-man machine gun carrier. It weighed less than two tons, and was designed primarily to be used for reconnaissance.
Variants included a mortar carrier and a smoke projector.
The machine gun, either a 0.303 inch or a 0.500 inch Vickers, was placed on a tripod at the front of the hull. The gun had limited traverse, since it was not supposed to be fired directly from the tankette.
The Carden-Loyd Mark VI tankette was the used as the basis for several tanks that were built in other countries, including the Soviet Union’s T-27 tankette, which was used to defend the USSR from invading German troops during World War II.
France, Poland, Japan, Italy and Czechoslovakia also used the Carden-Loyd Mark VI tankette design.
Carden-Loyd Mark VI Tankette
|Weight:||1.48 tons (1,500kg)|
|Length:||8ft 1in (2.46m)|
|Height:||4ft 0in (1.22m)|
|Width:||5ft 7in (1.75m)|
|Weapons:||Main – 0.303in (7.7mm) or ) .5 inch (12.7mm) Vickes machinegun|
|Armor||Maximum – 0.35in (9mm)|
|Engine:||Ford Modle T 4-cylinder gasoline, 40hp|
|Range:||90 miles (144 km)|