|File:Lorraine 40t NARA-19979907.jpg|
Lorraine 40t during testing
|Place of origin||France|
|Weight||39.7 metric tonnes|
|Length||10.80 m (35 ft 5 in)|
|Width||3.30 m (10 ft 10 in)|
|Height||2.85 m (9 ft 4 in)|
|Crew||4 (commander, gunner, driver, loader/radio)|
|100 mm SA 47|
|1 x 7.5 mm coaxial machine gun and 1 x 7.5 mm machine gun on roof|
|Engine||Maybach HL 295 12VC|
|Speed||60 km/h (37 mph)|
After the end of the Second World War, the French Army was in pressing need of a modern tank with heavy armament. In March 1945, French industry was invited to design a tank, which resulted in the AMX-50.
However, it was already obvious in the early 1950s that the AMX-50 tank might turn out to be too heavy due to attempts to improve the gun and armor in response to Soviet tanks such as the IS-3. Thus, in 1950, a 40 tonne medium tank project was started. The Lorraine company built a medium tank prototype based on their earlier Canon D’Assaut Lorraine project.
The total weight was limited to 39.7 tonnes. The Lorraine 40t featured a pike nose design similar to the IS-3. It had an oscillating turret like the AMX-50. The Lorraine 40t mounted a 100 mm SA47 gun fed from a drum autoloader similar to that of the AMX-50 project.
The vehicle inherited the Veil Picard pneumatic tires from the Canon D’Assaut Lorraine which helped to reduce weight. The engine used was the Maybach HL 295 12VC engine which gave a speed of 60 km/h (37 mph). The Lorraine 40t had a SCR 508 radio for external communications.
The two prototypes were apparently scrapped after the discontinuation of the project.
|This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).|