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T-46 (Stock)

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Totals
38500 Price
220 Hit Points
13.99 / 17 kgWeight
Crew
  1. Commander
Armor
22/15/15Hull Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
30/15/15Turret Armor(front/sides/rear, mm)
Maneuver
300 h.p.Engine Power
58 km/hSpeed Limit
52 deg/secTraverse Speed
Firepower
47 Standard Shell Damage
51 mmStandard Shell Penetration
2.3 Time for Complete Loading
44 deg/secTurret Traverse Speed
Communication
260 mView Range
300 mSignal Range
III
T-46
38500
Designed as a replacement for the T-26. The vehicle entered mass production in 1936. However, manufacture proved to be too expensive, so the model was phased out after only four vehicles had been completed.

Unlike the T-26, this tank has a decent acceleration rate and speed, as it's actually a T-26 on a BT-2 suspension. While it still possesses a weak armor, it gains access to some considerably superior weapons; an accurate 45mm, a quick-firing 37mm, and a hard-hitting 76mm howitzer that can deal massive damage to the enemy. This tank is a good flanker.

T-46

Stock

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret II T-26 1000 30/15/15 44 260
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun II 45 mm 20K 250 51/88/23 47/47/62 26.09 0.46 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV V-4 540 300 15
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis II T-46 4200 17.3 52
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III 71-TK-3 0 300

T-46-1

Recon

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-46-1 1450 30/15/15 44 310
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun III 37 mm ZiS-19 200 58/92/19 40/40/50 26.09 0.39 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV V-4 540 300 15
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III T-46-1 4200 17.3 55
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio III 71-TK-3 0 300

T-46A

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-46-1 1450 30/15/15 44 310
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun III 76 mm L-10 641 66/75/38 110/110/164 13.04 0.57 2.9
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV MT-5-1 920 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III T-46-1 4200 17.3 55
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

T-46-1U

Speed

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-46-1 1450 30/15/15 44 310
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun IV 45 mm VT-42 312 75/110/23 55/55/65 26.09 0.37 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV MT-5-1 920 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III T-46-1 4200 17.3 55
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

T-11

Attack

Level Turret Weight (t) Turret Armor (front/sides/rear, mm) Turret Traverse Speed (deg/s) View Range (m)
turret III T-46-1 1450 30/15/15 44 310
Level Gun Weight (t) Average Penetration (mm) Rate of Fire Dispersion at 100 m Aiming Time
gun V 37 mm Automatic SH-37 200 46/62/19 40/40/50 62.45 0.45 2.3
Level Engine Weight (t) Engine Power (h.p.) Chance of Fire on Impact
engine IV MT-5-1 920 350 20
Level Suspension Weight (t) Load Limit Traverse Speed (deg/s)
chassis III T-46-1 4200 17.3 55
Level Radio Weight (t) Signal Range (m)
radio V 10R 0 360

Compatible Equipment

Small Spall Liner
Camouflage Net
Coated Optics
Enhanced Gun Laying Drive
Cyclone Filter
Improved Ventilation Class 1
Medium-Caliber Tank Gun Rammer
Binocular Telescope
Toolbox
"Wet" Ammo Rack Class 1

Compatible Consumables

Automatic Fire Extinguisher
Manual Fire Extinguisher
Large First Aid Kit
Large Repair Kit
Lend-Lease Oil
Extra Combat Rations
Removed Speed Governor
Small First Aid Kit
Small Repair Kit

Player Opinion

Pros and Cons

Pros:


  • Good turret traverse speed
  • Pretty good mobility and agility
  • Excellent gun selection
  • 76mm howitzer can damage a Churchill I from the front


Cons:


  • Paper thin armor
  • Long aimtime
  • Short signal range
  • Low accuracy for 76 mm L-10
  • Semi-poor view range


Performance

The T-46 offers a good combination of speed and firepower, but has no noticeable armor at all. Its speed and acceleration is on par with the faster tier 3 tanks like the Pz.Kpfw. III Ausf. A, the M3 Stuart, the or the Cruiser Mk. IV, but it has problems keeping up with the BT-7 or Pz.Kpfw. I Ausf. C. Its gun selection includes the accurate and high pen 45mm VT-42, the 76mm L-10 close range howitzer, and the 37mm Automatic SH-37. The best gun for this tank depends on personal play style and preferences, as it can be played successfully with any of them.


Early Research

  • The 37mm ZiS-19 gun carries over from the T-26. Install it immediately.
  • All upgraded modules can be used without upgrading the suspension.
  • If you prefer a more supportive play style, research the second turret and then the 45mm gun.
  • If you prefer a more aggressive play style, research the second engine, then the turret, and then either the 76mm or the autocannon.
  • If you want to reach the T-28 as fast as possible, you can skip the 10R radio, because it is the KV-1's stock radio and will be researched automatically with the tank, and since it only adds 60m range compare to the stock radio so is generally not advised to spent that experience for.
  • Go from there.


Historical Info

T46-1 prototype

The T-46 Light Tank was developed in an attempt to improve the mobility of the T-26, the most numerous Soviet tank from the mid-1930s until the German invasion of 1941. The T-26 suspension consisted of eight small road wheels carried in pairs on small bogies. The bogies were supported in pairs by leaf springs. This was less effective than the Christie suspension used on the BT series of fast tanks, and so in 1935, S. Ginzburg of the OKMO team at Zavod No.185 was ordered to produce a new version of the T-26 using the Christie suspension. A small production run of seventy tanks was planned.

The project was abandoned after the production of a number of prototypes (or possibly of all seventy tanks from the first production run). The T-46 proved to be too complex to mass produce (a flaw that would also cause the failure of the T-25). It also offered little or no benefit over the BT series tanks. Ginzburg and his team were ordered to concentrate on improving the design of the T-26, and produced the T-26S Model 1937.

One brigade is known to have used some of the existing T-46s during the fighting in Finland in 1940, where the Red Army suffered a humiliating setback. A few T-46 prototypes were deployed in October 1941 as one of the desperate measures to stop the German advance to Moscow. Although it is not clear weather these T-46s ever engaged in actual combat, they were used in a static defense line. With wheels and tracks removed and buried into the ground, emerging turrets had the role of a static pillbox.


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