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a tracked, armored combat vehicle designed for reconnaissance and communications. The first tankette model—a one-seated machine that traveled up to 8 km/hr and carried a machine gun—was developed in the British Army concurrently with the appearance of tanks, but was built only in 1924.
In the early 1930’s the T-27 tankette was adopted in the USSR. It was a two-seated vehicle armed with a machine gun; it weighed 2.7 tons and traveled up to 40 km/hr. Tankettes were used in operations to eliminate the Basmachi rebels.