76mm Gun Tank T92

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General info

T92 in the garage.

The 76 mm Gun Tank T92 is Rank IV American light tank with a battle rating of 6.7. It was introduced in Update 1.53 "Firestorm". It's most unique feature is its cannon which is not fully housed inside the turret allowing for a very low profile and good gun depression. The 76 mm gun has been improved with a better ammo selection than the M41A1 Walker Bulldog.

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

General play style

The T92, as a light tank, can perform as an adequate reconnaissance tank in the battlefield, using the low profile the weave through small cover that most larger tanks cannot exploit. The 76 mm cannon also allowed for a great ambush weapon with its great gun depression, with the 76 mm having access to a HEATFS and APDS rounds. Like most light tanks however, with only around 40 mm of effective frontal armour, the T92 cannot take any abuse larger than a 12.7 mm machine gun round so any possible return fire should be avoided, even though the Hull Break mechanism does not affect the vehicle.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very low profile
  • HEATFS shell that can penetrate 254 mm, effective even against later Rank V vehicles.
  • Great mobility even when stock
  • -10° gun depression + low profile makes it a great hull-down vehicle
  • Machine guns mounted on separate turrets can allow independent aiming at separate targets w/o traversing main gun
  • Front-mounted engine can tank shots that would have otherwise been fatal

Cons:

  • Virtually no armour
  • Rear contains ammo and fuel, making it a good place to be ammo-racked or set on fire
  • Stock APCR struggles against sloped armor commonly found on tanks of its BR
  • Large turret ring forces you to expose a significant portion of your tank when sidescraping
  • Can be destroyed with 0.50 cal machine gun at close range if not angled
  • Can be hull broken by AP rounds if they hit critical areas such as the gun or engine block

Specifications

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Armaments

1 x 76 mm T185E1 cannon (60 rounds)
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun (700 rounds)
1 x 7.62 mm M37 machine gun (5,000 rounds)

Main armament

1 x 76 mm T185E1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 60 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 19.8°/s (Upgraded), 24°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 26.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 28.2°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), 5.75s (Full Crew), 5.3s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm T185E1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 60 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), 20.4°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 22.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 24°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), 5.75s (Full Crew), 5.3s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
1 x 76 mm T185E1 cannon
  • Ammunition Capacity: 60 Shells
  • Gun Depression: -10°
  • Gun Elevation: 20°
  • Turret Rotation Speed: 14.3°/s (Stock), 16.8°/s (Upgraded), 20.4°/s (Prior + Full Crew), 22.6°/s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 24°/s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
  • Reloading Rate: 6.5s (Stock), 5.75s (Full Crew), 5.3s (Prior + Expert Qualif.), 5s (Prior + Ace Qualif.)
Ammunition
Ammunition Penetration in mm @ 90° Type of
warhead
Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay in m: Fuse sensitivity in mm: Explosive Mass in
TNT equivalent
in g:
Normalization At 30° from horizontal: Ricochet:
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m 0% 50% 100%
M319 Shot 208 207 187 170 144 123 APCR 1262 3.2 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
M352 Shell 12 12 12 12 12 21 HE 732 6.8 0.1 0.5 867.22 +0° 79° 80° 81°
M331A2 Shot 232 231 212 193 163 137 APDS 1231 1.5 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 75° 78° 80°
M496 Shell 254 254 254 254 254 254 HEATFS 1082 3.2 0.0 0.1 653.69 +0° 65° 72° 75°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks of the T92
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Recommendations Visual
discrepancy
60 49 (+11) 37 (+23) 25 (+35) 13 (+47) (+59) None Yes

Secondary armaments

1 x 12.7 mm M2HB heavy machine gun (Commander's cupola)
1 x 7.62 mm M37 machine gun (Loader's cupola)

Crew

  • Commander
  • Gunner
  • Loader
  • Driver

Total: 4 Crew members

Armour

Armour Type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
  • Cast homogeneous armour (Gun breach, Commander's cupola, Loader's cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 12.7 mm (17-76°) Front glacis
12.7 mm (3-48°) Lower glacis
19 mm (0-45°) Top
19 mm Bottom front & rear
25.4 mm Bottom center
25.4 mm (1°) 12.7 mm
Turret 31.75 mm (26-77°) Turret front
31.75 mm (1-31°) Gun breech
19 mm (0-60°) 19 mm (27-50°) 12.7 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupolas 28.575 mm 28.575 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • The rear of the gun breech has a layer of 15 mm tracks on it.

Engine & mobility

Weight: 16.9 ton

Max Speed: 63 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 527 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 31.18 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 33°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 16.9 ton

Max Speed: 57 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 301 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.81 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 37°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°
Weight: 16.9 ton

Max Speed: 57 km/h
Stock

  • Engine Power: 301 hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: 17.81 hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: 37°

Upgraded

  • Engine Power: ___ hp @ 2800 rpm
  • Power-to-Weight Ratio: __.__ hp/ton
  • Maximum Inclination: __°

Modules and improvements

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal drive
II Suspension, Brake system FPE Adjustment of fire, Airstrike
III Filters Crew replenishment M331A2 shot, Elevation mechanism
IV Transmission, Engine M496 shell, Artillery support, Improved optics

History of creation and combat usage

Development

The M41 Walker Bulldog light tank, though a great performer in its task, suffers from a considerable weight that causes issues with air-transport and air-dropping of the tank to the battlefield. A development program was made to replace the Bulldog with a tank that is much lighter to allow it to be air-dropped into the battlefield. The prototype vehicle, designated the T92, was to be the replacement for the Bulldog. The first pilot model left the assembly line in 08 October 1954.[1]

Design

The T92 was a very unique design in comparison to the M41A1 Walker Bulldog. The design had a very low profile turret, and the turret had two rotatable cupolas with machine guns for the crew to fire from. At about 18 tons, it was considerably lighter than the 23 ton M41A1 Walker Bulldog. The design used the same gun as the Bulldog as well, and the gun functioned on a semi-automatic loading system that allows for fast firing with the tank. The interior could hold 60 main gun rounds, with each firing ejecting the spent shell casing out of the tank to prevent cluttering of casings in the tank interior.

Armour on the tank is rather comparable to the M41A1 Walker Bulldog at about 0.5 inches on the front armour plate, though made out of lighter materials like aluminum for weight-saving. The vehicle is powered by a Continental V8 AOI-628-I engine that gives 340 horsepower. The engine was also moved towards the front of the vehicle rather than the rear for additional protection, making room for an escape hatch for the crew on the rear of the tank. Maximum speed recorded for the T92 was about 56 km/h (35 mph).

Cancellation

The T92 tank was good enough to be considered for mass production, which was planned for 1962, but this did not come to be. In 1957, during the test trials of the T92 with the second pilot model, the discovery of the Soviet PT-76 and its amphibious operation had Congress ask for the same thing in the light tank design. The T92 was unable to be adapted with the ability to perform amphibious operations, and thus the T92 was cancelled in 1958, being replaced by the M551 Sheridan that is capable of air-dropping and amphibious operation with a flotation screen.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the T92 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] T92 - with developer's answers

References

  1. Profiles in American armored engineering, American Aircraft Inc, 1982
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Icon-country-usa.png T92
Nation USA
Type Light tank
Rank 4
Battle Rating
6.7
6.7
6.7

   Metric✓       Imperial   

   Metric       Imperial✓   

Characteristics
Weight
16,900 kg
37,258 lb
Number of Crew 4
Hull armour thickness
12.7/19.0/25.4/12.7 mm
0.5/0.75/1.0/0.5 inches
Statistics
Engine power (stock)
527 hp
301 hp
301 hp
Engine power (upgraded)
649 hp
340 hp
340 hp
HP/ton ratio (stock)
31.18
31.68
17.81
18.10
17.81
18.10
HP/ton ratio (Upgraded)
38.40
39.02
20.12
20.44
20.12
20.44
Max speed
63 km/h
39 mph
57 km/h
35 mph
57 km/h
35 mph
Main Weapon
1 x 76 mm T185E1 Cannon
Ammo stowage 60 rounds
Vertical guidance -10°/20°
Secondary Weapon
1 x 12.7 mm M2HB Heavy machine gun
Ammo stowage 700 rounds
Mount Commander's cupola
Vertical guidance -5°/60°
Horizontal guidance -10°/160°
1 x 7.62 mm M37 Machine gun
Ammo stowage 5,000 rounds
Mount Loader's cupola
Vertical guidance -5°/60°
Horizontal guidance -160°/10°
Economy
Required RP 95,000 RP
Vehicle cost 260,000 SL
Crew training cost 75,000 SL
Max repair cost*
1,870 SL
3,100 SL
2,620 SL
Free repair time (Stock)
3d 20h
7d
7d
Free repair time (Upgraded)
1d 06h
2d 13h
2d 08h
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