T92

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76 mm Gun Tank T92
us_t92.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
6.7/6.7/6.7BR
4 peopleCrew
Mobility
16.9 tWeight
6 forward
1 back
Gear box
Armament
76 mm T185E1 cannonWeapon 1
60 roundsAmmunition
-10° / 20°Vertical guidance
700 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 60°Vertical guidance
-10° / 160°Horizontal guidance
7.62 mm M37 machine gunWeapon 3
5 000 roundsAmmunition
250 roundsBelt capacity
500 shots/minFire rate
Economy
95 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
260 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png3 900 / 5 370/3 540 / 4 874/2 060 / 2 836Repair
75 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
260 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 100 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.90 Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage T92.jpg


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.

General info

Survivability and 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.

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armor
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
16.9 N/A 63 (AB)
57 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 527 649
Realistic/Simulator 301 340
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 31.18 38.40
Realistic/Simulator 17.81 20.12

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: T185E1 (76_mm)
76 mm T185E1
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
97 -10°/+25° ±180°
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 14.28 19.80 24.0 26.60 28.20
Realistic 14.28 16.80 20.4 22.60 24.00
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
6.50 5.75 5.30 5.00
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
M319 Shot APCR 208 207 187 170 144 123
M352 Shell HE 12 12 12 12 12 21
M331A2 Shot APDS 232 231 212 193 163 137
M496 Shell HEATFS 254 254 254 254 254 254
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
in m/s
Projectile
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
Ricochet:
0% 50% 100%
M319 Shot 1262 3.2 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 66° 70° 72°
M352 Shell 732 6.8 0.1 0.5 867.22 +0° 79° 80° 81°
M331A2 Shot 1231 1.5 N/A N/A N/A +1.5° 75° 78° 80°
M496 Shell 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
Visual
discrepancy
60 49 (+11) 37 (+23) 25 (+35) 13 (+47) (+59) Yes

Machine guns

12.7 mm M2HB
Commander cupola mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
700 (200) 576 -5°/+60° -10°/+160°
7.62 mm M37
Loader cupola mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
5,000 (250) 500 -5°/+60° -160°/+10°

Usage in the battles

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.

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 the T92 to expose a significant portion of the tank when sidescraping
  • Can be destroyed with 0.50 cal machine gun at close range if not angled

History

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.

Media

An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.

References

  1. Profiles in American armored engineering, American Aircraft Inc, 1982

Read also

[Devblog] T92 - with developer's answers

Sources

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • other literature.


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