T-26-4

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T-26-4
ussr_t_26_4.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
1.0/1.0/1.0BR
3 peopleCrew
front / side / backArmour
15 / 15 / 15Hull
15 / 15 / 15Turret
Mobility
11.0 tWeight
33 km/h forward
3 km/h back
30 km/h forward
3 km/h back
Speed
Armament
76 mm KT-28 cannonMain weapon
50 roundsAmmunition
-5° / 21°Vertical guidance
1 890 roundsAmmunition
63 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
1 890 roundsAmmunition
63 roundsBelt capacity
600 shots/minFire rate
Economy
2 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
700 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png70 / 90/60 / 77/110 / 142Repair
200 Sl icon.pngCrew training
1 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
20 Ge icon.pngAces
× (100) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage T-26-4.jpg


The T-26-4 is a rank I Soviet light tank with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel". It is a variant of the T-26 with a 76 mm howitzer.

The T-26-4 is a rather unusual tank, combining average speed, thin armour and a large gun. It uses the same hull as T-26 and an enlarged turret not dissimilar to the T-28's main turret, able to mount the 76 mm KT-28 howitzer.

This tank and its gun can be roughly compared to its German peer, the Pz.IV C, and its 7.5 cm KwK 37 L/24. However, it is vastly inferior to it in ALL terms.

The penetration is almost two times lower, and shell travel speed is by about 1/4 lower as well. Reloading also takes a bit more time. Armour wise, they are the same, but Pz. IV C has 30 mm of armour at the front. The German tank is also a lot faster, with the HP/ton ratio almost two times better. To complete the list, it also has a mere -5° of gun depression, compared to -10° of the Panzer. Lastly, Pz.IV C can also equip HEAT shells, to deal with better-armoured targets.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull 15 mm (18°) Driver's plate
15 mm (1°) Front plate
7 mm (64-80°)
Front glacis
15 mm (6-52°)
Lower glacis
15 mm (0-1°) 15 mm (1-31°) Top
15 mm (11°) Bottom
10 mm Hull
6 mm Rear
Turret 15 mm (0-3°) Turret front
15 mm (6-7°) Gun mantlet
15 mm (0-1°) 15 mm (1°) 10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheel is 10 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 6 mm thick

Mobility

Mobility characteristic
Weight (tons) Add-on Armour
weight (tons)
Max speed (km/h)
11.0 N/A 33 (AB)
30 (RB/SB)
Engine power (horsepower)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 141 174
Realistic/Simulator 80 91
Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Mode Stock Upgraded
Arcade 12.82 15.82
Realistic/Simulator 7.27 8.27

Armaments

Main armament

Main article: KT-28 (76 mm)
76 mm KT-28
Capacity Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
Stabilizer
50 -5°/+21° ±180° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 9.5 13.2 _._ _._ _._
Realistic 9.5 11.2 _._ _._ _._
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
5.2 _._ _._ _._
Ammunition
Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration in mm @ 90°
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
SH-353 Shrapnel 27 25 21 19 16 12
BR-350A APHEBC 37 37 33 30 27 24
OF-350M HE 11 11 11 11 11 11
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
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%
SH-353 Shrapnel 381 6.2 0.5 8.0 85 +0° 62° 69° 73°
BR-350A APHEBC 370 6.3 0.15 10.0 155 +4° 48° 63° 71°
OF-350M HE 387 6.2 0.05 0.1 710 +0° 79° 80° 81°
Ammo racks
Ammo racks for the T-26-4.
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
50 38 (+12) 25 (+25) 13 (+37) (+49) Yes

Turret empty: 25 (+25)

Machine guns

Main article: DT (7.62 mm)
7.62 mm DT
Coaxial mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
1,890 (63) 600 N/A N/A
Rear mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
(shots/minute)
Vertical
guidance
Horizontal
guidance
1,890 (63) 600 N/A N/A

Usage in the battles

This tank should be used as either a close range ambusher/flanker or as a direct supporter of friendly vehicles. Use its speed to exploit other tank's weak side or rear armour to deal a crippling blow. Try to concentrate your fire on lightly armoured vehicles, to which your gun is deadly. It's dangerous to go alone, take friends, otherwise you risk an encounter with a tank that you won't be able to penetrate. Don't use HE shells on anything other than unarmoured vehicles, they are not as good as its calibre might suggest.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Gun can easily kill any tank it meets with a single shot IF it penetrates
  • Manoeuvrability is quite good, although somewhat limited by its low top speed (30 kph)
  • Decent reload speed and fast turret traverse speed

Cons:

  • Horrible penetration with all types of ammo, even at very close range
  • Mediocre accuracy, combined with one of the slowest shell travel speeds in the game
  • Very thin armour, can't stop even the autocannon shells from AA vehicles
  • Very bad gun depression
  • Very low reverse speed
  • Has very little chance of causing any harm at all to tougher tanks
  • Most aeroplanes can pierce your armour rather easily

History

The T-26-4 light tank is a variant of the T-26 light tank in Soviet services. Instead of mounting a 45 mm cannon as its main armament, the T-26-4 mounts the 76.2 mm KT tank gun and is intended to fill the role of an artillery tank. The turret looks similar to the T-28 medium tank, if not the same.

The T-26-4 design was tested in October 1933 after five were built. It was in this test that the 76.2 mm KT cannon was chosen to arm it instead of the more powerful and innovative 76.2 mm PS-3 cannon. A production of 50 of these tanks was scheduled in 1935, but an incident on September 19, 1934, with a shell case destruction caused the military to cancel the T-26-4. The T-26-4 turret was then used on the BT-7A light tank intended for the same role.

In-game description

"In 1940, the T-26 light tank was modernised for the last time. The vehicle's underturret box was equipped with homogenous armour with sloping plates and its thickness was increased to 15 mm. The frontal section of the turret was welded. A distinctive feature of the tank was the special defensive cover over its radiator grille. An extra DT machine gun was mounted on the turret's roof and was used as an anti-aircraft gun.

All these changes led to the T-26's mass exceeding 10 tonnes. In spite of its strengthened construction, its undercarriage was pushed to the limit. Often, particularly when turning, the tank started losing its tracks. Test results showed that the tank's armour did not meet modern requirements, and there was no weight allowance for increasing its armament. Other flaws in the tank's design included its low speed, poor weight distribution and low reliability.

However, the tank was easy to control, simple to service and did not require much effort in the field. Although the tank had an engine with horizontally placed cylinders, the tank's profile remained low, which made it harder to hit. Many technical solutions applied to the T-26 were used later on other tanks. When used correctly and in the hands of an experienced crew, the light tank could cause serious damage to the enemy forces. The T-26 made a significant contribution to routing the enemy at Moscow, and took part in practically all combat operations right up to 1944.

A significant number of these tanks, after being captured and modified in various ways, served in the German and Finnish armies. Some of them were used by Finland until the beginning of the 50s."

Media

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Sources

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USSR light tanks
  T-60 · T-70 · T-80 · T-50 · T-126(SP)
T-26  T-26 mod. 1939 · T-26 (1st Gv.T.Br.) · T-26E · T-26-4
BT  BT-5 mod. 1933 · RBT-5 · BT-7 mod. 1937 · BT-7 (F-32)
BMP  BMP-1 · BMP-2 · BMP-3
Floating  PT-76B · Object 906 · Object 685
China  ▂Type 62