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A proposed project of a light wheeled caterpillar vehicle. The draft was completed in February 1943. The most innovative feature was the suspension design. The suspension wheels were interleaved, and power was delivered to all wheels. No prototypes were manufactured.
The MT-25 leads to the KV-13.
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Pros and Cons
- Very agile
- Very fast
- Good ramming capabilities
- Cheap to maintain. Due to its ~4k - 5k repair costs, it can make a profit even in a loss
- Less acceleration than the T-50-2
- Larger silhouette from the side than the T-50-2
- Inadequate penetration for all it's guns. It has the third lowest penetration of all scouts with 2mm more penetration than the VK 28.01 (which has 110mm penetration)
- Worst view range out of all the Tier-6 Light Tanks
- Slows down a lot when going over fences or houses due to a "flat" track design
The MT-25 can be a very effect scout killer; unfortunately, its matchmaking (it regularly meets tier 10s) means that this role is very limited. It is too big for passive scouting, and has neither the acceleration, nor agility, for active scouting. Just like the Tetrarch , when the MT-25 moves over obstacles (fences, brick walls, etc.) it rapidly decelerates because of the way the suspension is designed.
The MT-25's guns are largely considered ineffective when compared to those of its opponents. The 57 mm ZiS-4 has decent accuracy but lacks both penetration and damage. Alternatively, The 37 mm automatic lacks accuracy, but does provide decent burst damage at the cost of a 45-second reload! Because of this, ramming should be considered a viable tactic to finish off wounded opponents.
- The 57 mm ZiS-4 Gun carries over from the T-28. However, you can't mount it without upgrading the turret. Instead mount the 37 mm automatic SH-37 from the T-46.
- First, research the T-34M mod. 1941 Turret.
- Next, research the V-2-10 Engine, followed by the V-16 Engine. If you're concerned about using the stock engine while grinding the turret, research the first engine before the turret.
- Now, research the MT-25 reinforced Suspension.
- Finally, research the R-113 Radio.
MT-25 was a proposal of a new light tank for the Soviet army. the projets it self was not ordered by the army, but it was proposed to it by a group of engineers as their vision of the new Soviet light tanks. MT-25 was not the sole example of the third party proposal concept, as there were some really strange ideas presented to the Soviet goverment (spherical tanks, motorized skis, catapults) but was one of the most reasonable ones. Nevertheless, the tank never left the blueprint stage.
"To the Chair of the State Committee of Defense of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, I.V. Stalin.
Fulfilling our duty to the Motherland in this period of relentless and heroic struggle of the Soviet people against the German fascist occupants, and protection of our honour, freedom, and independence, we developed blueprints of a new combat vehicle.
During development, we have considered the following factors:
1. High movement speed.
2. Low damage as a result of being hit.
3. Large operational range.
4. Ability to suddenly attack the enemy.
The vehicle we have developed is called MT-25, and is a wheeled vehicle, with every wheel being a drive wheel. If tracks are added, the MT-25 becomes a tracked vehicle. The vehicle's mass is 25 tons. The average speed is 40-45 kph, maximum 100 kph. Since every wheel is a drive wheel, the vehicle is very survivable. Even if half of the wheels are disabled, the vehicle does not stop. When the engine uses a muffler, the vehicle moves silently. Armament: 47 mm gun and 3 machine guns. We ask you to consider our proposal and accept it as a gift in honour of the Red Army's 25th anniversary.
Engineers F.F Gorodkov A.I. Starodubtsev
February 9th, 1943"
The turret, when viewed from the side, is a scaled down version of the KV-1 ChTZ turret. The hull is also reminiscent of the KV-1: the "zig-zag" layout (unlike the flat faced T-34, T-50, and IS model 1944), the driver observation device, machine gun, and headlight are all in the same place. From the top, the same engine compartment cover is visible. When you look down on the road wheels, the situation changes. The interleaved road wheels are closer to the Tiger, but in February of 1943, it's highly doubtful that some rank and file engineers have already familiarized themselves with one, as the Red Army only got their hands on a working one in January. The "every wheel is a drive wheel" was something used pretty successfully on the Christie series of tanks, BT-7M being the most popular one in the Soviet army.