Possible US Top Tier Light Tanks

From Redditor Farmerman1379


  • The main armament consists of a 75 mm ARES cannon mounted in the centre of the hull behind the crew. The 75 mm APFSDS-T round is designated the XM885 and has armour penetration characteristics equivalent to the 105 mm APFSDS M774 (gun used on the M60 Patton). This means that the 75mm cannon would have ~268mm of penetration if we go by the M60 in-game and should apply to all 3 of these LT’s that I have listed.
  • Weight (kg) = 14.8 tonne
  • Crew = 3
  • Cannon size = 75mm – 5 round burst
  • Engine power output = 350 horsepower
  • Power/weight ratio = 23.64
  • Max speed = 64


  • It used the same 75mm main gun and autoloader as the HIMAG (this is the next tank I’ll provide info on) in a very low profile turret. The vehicle used an improved version of the older M551 Sheridan Light Tank running gear (tracks and road wheels) and was powered by a gas-turbine engine. The vehicle did not enter service but was further developed in to the RDF/LT (See above). It used a conventional tank hull, which was fitted with a new hydro pneumatic suspension. (What I interpret this as is pretty much the same suspension system that the S-Tank uses, correct me if I’m wrong)
  • Weight = 20.45 tonne
  • Crew = 3
  • Cannon size = 75mm high velocity autoloader from the HIMAG (See below)
  • Engine power output = 650 horsepower
  • Power/weight ratio = 31.78
  • Max speed = 83 km/h


  • The first design was the “High Mobility Agility Test Vehicle” aka the HIMAG and the first prototype was completed around 1978. To reduce weight it did away with a conventional 3 man turret and the heavier 105mm Main Gun (as fitted on the M60 Series, which was in service at the time) in favour of a smaller less armoured barbette mounting a 75mm main gun with an autoloader.
  • Weight = 40.8 tonne (yes I know that’s a shit ton for a LT (41 tonne Aufkl Panther ring a bell?), but wait ’til you see how much pony power it has)
  • Crew = 3
  • Cannon size = 75mm high velocity autoloader
  • Engine: = Continental AVCR-1360 12-cylinder super-charged 1500hp diesel
  • Power/weight ratio = 36.76
  • Max speed = 99

32 thoughts on “Possible US Top Tier Light Tanks

  1. Good ideas, especially the RDF LT. But it won’t happen because 1. WG said no lolpen guns on T10 lights 2. T49 probably gets uptiered so we’re left with the only logical successor, the butt-ugly Sheridan.

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    1. T-62 lightweigh… :D
      A super rare just found recently ehmm…. fake!… blueprint

      I belive they just push T-54 ltwt to tier 10 and add 2 filler tanks to the tree somewhere. RU light tree is the most unhistorical never existed line yet T-54 ltwt is the best meta because it is a well armored fast medium tank disguised as a light, well balanced, rasha da!

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      1. The funny thing is, that of all the Russian high-tier lights (Not counting the T1-4 vehicles, which are plentiful and mostly historical), the T-54 lightweight is the most historically accurate. The damn thing was almost produced, and IRL went by the name T-54 model 1949.

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  2. In US, there are other possibilities :
    – M551 with 105mm L7
    – ASTRON X-Weapon (light tank looking like a M41 with with 90mm smoothbore)
    – lot of cryptic projects from different periods


  3. 75mm guns on tier 10? Never gonna happen IMO.
    You’d need huge clips. I mean, what’s the point of the RDF/LT – 5*150 (let’s say) is 750 clip potential. At tier 10… yeah.

    90mm is smallest gun playable on tier 10 IMO. Even that’s debatable, shaving off 10% HP from heavies.


      1. Yeah, like I said you would need huge clips.
        Still there are problems – big clip takes ages to unload which means long exposure time, not something you want in LT, problematic permatracking (it’s gonna take 2 and in some cases even ?3? shells to detrack someone), uselessness in city maps, problematic late game play (4 shots needed to kill any T10 arty or any “low HP tank”) etc.

        There is not gonna be a T10 light with 75mm gun.

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    1. I’m extremely perplex.
      1) the image was already published last January, but nothing new since that.
      2) for sure, it is not a US development of the M41, as its development stopped with the T49. It is not listed in Hunnicutt. There are some 105mm on foreign M41, even the 105mm L7 in a new turret, but nothing looking like that with a 105mm.


  4. Ok the gun is quite manageable.
    Just play it like the Original Chaffee Super(for a reason)Scout.
    A laser accurate at 700 m pewpew gun that had an autocannon like RoF (for tier 10 anywway)
    that maintains that gunhandling even going full speed
    in a left turn
    while traversing the turret right.
    (and when you say that’s redonkulous … your right. Chaffee was Love&Life)

    No monster damage on your own. Ever.

    … but with +best scout camo
    great for assisted damage from spotting or perma-tracking vehicles out in the open where arty can do its work.
    Also stealing kills (before they can fire back) on anything the TD your spotting for didn’t quite finish off.

    as for the low magazine size … maybe it reloads really fast? Not only useful when you go from targeting a Maus to a Grille and you would rather shoot HE than 5000creditpershot lol pen AP

    … However if we presume one aimed shot a second:
    If can reload a clip in 15 seconds that is 2350 DPM.
    10 second reload? it becomes 3100 DPM

    at that point the primary limitation is ammo supply

    The second one looks like it belongs in the swedish tree.

    And the third one …
    If that joint between the upper/lower glacis gets magical 250+ armor rating then U haz new meme tank. *because the 152 derp on a teir 8 scout wasnt enough fun*
    so +1 right there.

    Perfect for ram killing well any paper armored tier 8-10 vehicles, And getting derped by any HE round you see.


  5. Why would an LT need 268mm apcr? That is enough to pen all tier 10 HTs frontaly and that is silly. tier 10 MT need around 215-225mm AP equivalen, and that is around 220-232mm apcr.


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