T-126

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T-126
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T-126
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Description

The T-126(SP) is a premium rank II Soviet light tank with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.47 "Big Guns".

A premium version of the T-50, it shares it similarities due to being its prototype design, but actually is better due to much thicker all-around armour. An unfortunate side effect results in a decrease in top overall speed due to weight of added armour.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull55 / 45 / 30
Turret45 / 45 / 45
Crew4 people
Visibility80 %

Compared to the T-50, the T-126 can boast a better all-around armour for both the hull and turret. The only areas that the T-126 had same or weaker armour compared to the T-50 is the roof and the rear armour.

The front hull has the most impressive improvement, from a 40 mm plate on the T-50 to a 55 mm plate at the same sloping angle. This gives the T-126 a front armour protection similar to that of a medium tank, which is enough to shrug off most tank armament kinetic shells at a distance. The T-126 can even compound angle itself towards the enemy to present significant armour thickness on the front and side armour.

With the rather thick armour all-around the tank, a T-126 does not need to worry much about how they are presenting the tank towards the enemy when taking enemy fire. The only concerns would be shots directly perpendicular to the side armour, which can hit the ammo rack or crew.

The crew is tightly packed in the light tank, and so a penetrating shot through the front armour is most likely to knock out most, if not all, of the crew in a single shot. Shots to the side hull armour are also concerning as a large line of ammo racks line the port side of the hull, which means a clean penetration on either side of the hull can hit one of these racks and detonate the ammunition. The fuel and engine in the rear are also a concern, but are packed there isolated from the crew. They may also absorb any shells coming directly from the T-126's rear armour, protecting the crew. However, this will immobilise the T-126 and allow the enemy to flank for a side shot that will hit thez ammo rack of crew.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 55 mm (53-54°) Front glacis
45 mm (53°) Cheeks
45 mm (44°) Lower glacis
45 mm (38-41°) Top
45 mm Bottom
30 mm (56°) Top
30 mm (5-42°) Bottom
15 mm
Turret 45 mm (6-72°) Turret front
40 mm (9-48°) Gun mantlet
45 mm (24-27°) 45 mm (24°) 15 mm

Notes

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick in armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB40 / 6 km/h
RB and SB36 / 5 km/h
Number of gears4 forward
1 back
Weight18.3 t
Engine power
AB572 hp
RB and SB300 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB31.3 hp/t
RB and SB16.4 hp/t

With the same 300 hp engine (572 hp in arcade) as the T-50, the T-126 has a significant difference in movement characteristics due to being about 5 tons heavier. Despite this, the T-126 is a rather quick vehicle. The forward acceleration is great and the T-126 can reach a sufficiently high forward speed quickly. Turning when moving can also be done in bursts for fast correction courses, but prolonged turning will drain the speed quickly.

The speed the T-126 is able to pick up makes it able to perform in a scout or flanking role on the battlefield.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 40 6 18.3 465 572 25.41 31.26
Realistic 36 5 265 300 14.48 16.39

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 150 Sl icon.png
RB1 900 Sl icon.png
SB1 100 Sl icon.png
Crew training4 700 Sl icon.png
Experts32 000 Sl icon.png
Aces160 Ge icon.png
Research Aces380 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 30 / 40 / 60 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 118 / 118 / 118 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
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Suspension
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Brake System
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
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Transmission
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
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Crew Replenishment
Mods tank ammo.png
45mm_AP_1942_ammo_pack
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Mods tank ammo.png
45mm_APCR_ammo_pack
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Elevation Mechanism
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Artillery Support
Mods scouting.png
Improved optics

Armaments

Main armament

Ammunition150 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.8 → 2.9 s
Vertical guidance-8° / 25°
Main article: 20-K (45 mm)

The 45 mm 20-K cannon is familiar to those researching the Soviet tech tree, making up the main armament of the reserve tanks BT-5 and T-26. However, at rank II, the 45 mm starts to feel lacking at a distance against the even medium tanks. This is made up with the availability of APCR rounds for the cannon, but this is only useful at targets less than 1 kilometres due to the faster penetration drop-off and also on flat armour due to the poor slope attack characteristics of APCR.

45 mm 20-K Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 150 -8°/+25° ±180° N/A 7.62 10.54 12.80 14.16 15.06 3.77 3.34 3.07 2.90
Realistic 4.76 5.60 6.80 7.52 8.00

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
BR-240 APHEBC 70 68 59 50 42 35
BR-240SP AP 73 71 62 52 44 37
BR-240P APCR 106 99 72 49 33 23
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
BR-240 APHEBC 760 1.43 1.2 9 29.26 48° 63° 71°
BR-240SP AP 757 1.43 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°
BR-240P APCR 1,070 0.85 N/A N/A N/A 66° 70° 72°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the T-126
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
150 121 (+29) 91 (+59) 61 (+89) 31 (+119) (+149) Yes

Machine guns

Ammunition1 890 rounds
Belt capacity63 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
Main article: DT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm DT
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 1,890 (63) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Up-armoured angled front plate giving good protection
  • Serviceable cannon at its rank
  • Angled armour all around upper hull
  • Decent mobility

Cons:

  • Slow turret rotation
  • Gun mantlet is a significant weakspot
  • Struggles in an up-tiered battle
  • Cheeks on the corner of the frontal armour, which results in massive weakspots if you are not facing enemies
  • Limited gun depression
  • 4-man crew extremely tightly packed - a penetrating APHE can easily knock out all 4

History

Development

The Spanish Civil War gave the Soviets insight on the future of tank warfare, and the knowledge led to an attempt to upgrade or replace their tank forces that consisted mainly of the T-26 light tanks. The development started in 1939 to create a replacement with for the T-26 and BT light tanks.

The project for the new tank began as the SP project, which is short for Soprovzhdeniya Pekhoty, which means "Infantry Support". The project was headed by the OKMO tank design bureau at the S.M. Kirov Factory No. 185 in Leningrad under the individuals L. Troyanov and I. Bushnevov. Two prototypes, the T-126 and the T-127 was built, and the T-126 was to be further developed into the finished design. The finished design would become the T-50 light tank, which was an intricate light tank for the Soviets at the time. The tank featured sloping armour, torsion bar suspension, diesel engine, three-man turret, and a commander's cupola, all of which were advanced features at the time.

Production

The tank would eventually be produced in 1941 during the German invasion in Operation Barbarossa. Only 69 T-50s were made before production ended in January 1942, the design suffered from being expensive, unreliable, and over-engineered. Today, two T-50 survive in intact condition, one normal variant in the Kubinka Tank Museum, and an up-armoured variant in Finland at a museum in Parola.

In-game description

The T-126 experimental light tank was built in the summer of 1940 at Leningrad Experimental Automobile Factory #185. The project was developed on the basis of combat experience in Spain with the goal of creating a tank suitable for the conditions of future wars. Only one model of the tank was ever built, and it was never used in combat.

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See also

  • T-50 - Production version of the T-126.

External links

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