BT-5 Model 1934

BT-5 Model 1934 was an armoured vehicle (tank, AFV or armoured fighting vehicle) in combat use during the Second World War (World War II or WWII) primarily on the Eastern Front. The BT-5 was a fully tracked all-terrain vehicle designed for military operations. BT-5 was produced and deployed by the Red Army of the Soviet Union (USSR). The technical drawing (plan, layout or profile) shows the general appearance characteristics of the specified model (version) of the BT-5 tank for purposes of identification and reference. For more detailed information about this armoured fighting vehicle, refer to BT-5 Model 1934.

BT-5 Model 1934
Class Vehicle
Type Armoured Fighting Vehicle
Manufacturer Factory No. 183 Kharkov Locomotive Works (KhPZ)
Production Period 1933 - 1935
Origin Russia (USSR)
Country Name Origin Year
Russia (USSR) 1933
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Russia (USSR) View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Factory No. 183 Kharkov Locomotive Works (KhPZ) 1933 1935 1800 View
Formal DesignationBT-5 Model 19341
Manufacturer(s)Factory No. 183 Kharkov Locomotive Works (KhPZ)
Production Quantityabout 18002Production Period1933-1935
TypeMedium/Cruiser TankCrew3
Length overall/hull5.5 m (18' 0')Barrel Overhang0
Width2.23 m (7' 4")Height2.2 m (7' 3")
Combat Weight (kg)11500 kg (25400 lbs)Radio EquipmentNone/71-TK-1
Primary Armament45mm Gun M1932Ammunition Carried72/1153
Traverse (degrees)360°Elevation (degrees)-4° to +40°
Traverse speed (360°)n.a.SightTSMF, PT-1
Secondary Armament1 or 2 x 7.62mm DT MG
(coaxial, possibly turret)
Ammunition Carried2709

Engine Make & ModelM-5Track Links73/track
Type & DisplacementV12Track Width26 cm (10")
Horsepower (max.)400hp@2000rpmTrack Ground Contact360 cm (142")
Power/Weight Ratio34.8 hp/tonneGround Pressure0.61 kg/cm2 (8.7 psi)
Gearbox4 forward, 1 reverseGround Clearance0.35 m (1' 2")
FuelGasoline (Petrol)Turning Radius12.2 m (40' 0")
Range on road150(250)4 kmGradient40°
Mileage on road270(160)* l/100kmVertical Obstacle0.75 m (2' 6")
Fuel Capacity400 lFording1.2 m (3' 11")
Speed on road52(72)* km/hTrench Crossing2.0 m (6' 7")
Armor DetailFrontSideRearTop/Bottom

1The model year provided here was not used by the Soviets but it serves to distinguish this tank from the original version of the BT-5 which used a modified BT-2 turret.
2This estimate is based on an analysis of BT series production and Soviet tank production statistics.
3With/without radio equipment installed.
4The data refers to operation of the vehicle on tracks (wheels).

RT, ST, MM0182, MM0494, RTAV, TBTr, OOBTr, Russian Military Zone, George R. Bradford

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