Flame-Throwing Tank

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Flame-Throwing Tank

 

a tank equipped with a flamethrower and designed to destroy enemy manpower and combat equipment.

There are various types of flame-throwing tanks. In some the flamethrowers are an auxiliary weapon to supplement cannon and machine guns, whereas in others the heavy flame-throwing device is the primary weapon. The fuel tube of the flamethrower is mounted in the turret instead of a gun, and a container holding the incendiary mixture is placed inside the tank; the tank also has a high-caliber machine gun. The M67 flame-throwing tank, with which American troops are equipped, has a supply of about 1,400 liters of incendiary mixture and a flame-throwing range of up to 230 m; it can operate continuously for one minute. Flame throwing is usually done in separate bursts lasting ten to 20 seconds.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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