Tankette


Also found in: Wikipedia.

Tankette

 

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.

Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
Carden Loyd Tankette British pre-Second World War two-man tank, used mostly as a machine-gun carrier.
As early as 1931 the Russians were training parachute infantry and had established an air-landing detachment comprising about 200 men, two tankettes, and two 76mm guns to be transported in Tupolev TB-1 bombers.