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T-43 Medium Tank:
Soviet Union's T-43
T-43 Medium Tank:
Soviet Union's T-43

Design

The T-43 first appeared in 1943.4 Many of the components were taken from the T-34.4

Improvements were a new torsion-bar suspension that replaced the coil springs.4 The torsion-bars took up less space than the springs.4

Production

  • T-43:
    • Production: 1943 - ?

Variants

  • T-43: Similar to T-34/76D with increased armor and new 5-speed gearbox. Were soon replaced by T-34/85.

Specifications

  T-43
Crew 43, 51
Physical Characteristics  
Weight 68,350 lb,
31 tons3, 31.5 tons1,2, 34 tons4
32,000 kg
Length 24' 2.5", 22.5'2, 22' 6"1,3,
6.86 m1
Height

7' 10"1, 8' 6"3, 9' 2"
2.39 m1

Width 9' 7"1, 9.8'3 , 10' 6.25"
2.92 m1
Ground clearance  
Ground contact length 12' 4"3
Ground pressure  
Turret ring diameter  
Armament  
Main 76.2 mm F-341
76.2 mm L/41.23
Secondary  
MG 2: 7.62 mm MG3
2: 7.62mm DT MG1
Side arms  
Quantity  
Main 773
Secondary  
MG 2,3943
Side arms  
Armor Thickness (mm) 901, 18 - 1102
Hull Front, Upper 70 - 1103, 754
Hull Front, Lower  
Hull Sides, Upper 45 - 473, 754
Hull Sides, Lower  
Hull Rear  
Hull Top 18 - 223
Hull Bottom 18 - 223
Turret Front 20 - 703, 904
Turret Sides  
Turret Rear  
Turret Top  
Engine (Make / Model) V-2-341,3
Transmission  
Cylinders 123
HP 5003
Fuel (type) Diesel3
Capacity (gallons)  
Performance  
Traverse 360°
Speed - Road 31 mph1,3,
50 kph1
Speed - Cross Country 25 mph
Range - Road 186 miles1, 186 - 220 miles3, 248.6 miles
300 km1
Range - Cross Country 130 - 210 miles3
Turning radius  
Elevation limits  
Fording depth  
Trench crossing  
Vertical obstacle  
Suspension (Type) Torsion-bar4
Wheels each side  
Return rollers each side  
Track length  
Tires  
Track width 1' 7.1"3
Track centers/tread  

Sources:

  1. The Encyclopedia of Tanks and Armored Fighting Vehicles - The Comprehensive Guide to Over 900 Armored Fighting Vehicles From 1915 to the Present Day, General Editor: Christopher F. Foss, 2002
  2. Tanks of the World, 1915-1945, Peter Chamberlain, Chris Ellis, 1972
  3. Airfix Magazine Guide 22 Russian Tanks of World War 2, John Milsom and Steve Zaloga, 1977
  4. Russian Tanks and Armored Vehicles 1917-1945, by Wolfgang Fleischer, 1999
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site

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