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USSR Light Tank Tier IV
Battle Tiers
Cost 140,000  Credits
Hit Points 350350 HP
Weight Limit 11.3/11.511.82/14 t
Commander (Radio Operator, Loader)
Engine Power 170210 hp
Speed Limit 45/18 km/h
Traverse 4852 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 15.0417.77 hp/t
Pivot NoNo
Hull Armor 35/25/25 mm
Turret Armor35/35/3535/35/35 mm
Damage 35-5941-69 HP
Penetration 56-9483-138 mm
Rate of Fire 28.5728.57 r/m
Accuracy 0.460.34 m
Aim time 2.31.7 s
Turret Traverse 4545 deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -6°/+25°-6°/+57°
Ammo Capacity 100100 rounds
Chance of Fire 2020 %
View Range 330330 m
Signal Range 325525 m
Parent Contour-USSR-T-70.png
Contour-USSR-T-34.png16,200 XP
Values are Stock - click for Top

The T-80 is a Soviet tier 4 light tank.

Developed in the summer and fall of 1942 at the Construction Bureau of the Gorky Automobile Plant under the supervision of N. A. Astrov. The vehicle came into service in December 1942. A total of 85 vehicles were mass-produced.

Built at the Kirov factory starting from March 1942, the T-80 is a modified version of the T-70 light reconnaissance tank, with the old 1-man turret replaced with a larger 2-man turret to improve combat effectiveness. The T-70 and T-80 replaced the T-60, which was originally intended as a replacement for the aging PT-38 amphibious scout tank and the sophisticated but expensive and complex T-50. The T-70 and T-80 addressed the main issue of the T-60 which had poor cross-country mobility and a weak 20mm main gun. All light tank production was stopped in October 1943 after only 180 T-80s being built, since the Red Army tactics no longer included the use of light tanks. The T-70 and T-80 chassis was used as a basis for the SU-76 and SU-85B tank destroyers which were used throughout the war.

The T-80 leads to the T-34.


TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
03III T-80 0035 35/35/35 mm 0045 45 d/s 360° 0330 330 m 0------ 1,8801,880 Credits 8,000 8,000 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
02II 45 mm 20K 100 47/47/62 HP 51/88/23 mm 14 Credits/2 Gold/14 Credits 28.57 r/m 0.46 m 2.3 s -6°/+25° --- 2,5302,530 Credits 0250 250 kg
04IV 45 mm VT-42 100 55/55/65 HP 75/110/23 mm 35 Credits/2 Gold/19 Credits 28.57 r/m 0.37 m 1.9 s -4°/+19° 850 20,54020,540 Credits 0312 312 kg
04IV 45 mm VT-43 100 55/55/65 HP 75/110/23 mm 35 Credits/2 Gold/19 Credits 28.57 r/m 0.34 m 1.7 s -6°/+57° 1,100 22,75022,750 Credits 0312 312 kg
05V 37 mm automatic SH-37 120 40/40/50 HP 46/62/19 mm 35 Credits/2 Gold/35 Credits 34.62 r/m 0.45 m 2.3 s -6°/+60° 2,600 26,98026,980 Credits 0200 200 kg

TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
03III M-80 0170 170 hp 020 20 % Gasoline --- 4,1304,130 Credits 0550 550 kg
03III GMC 6004 0210 210 hp 015 15 % Diesel 400 4,5004,500 Credits 0991 991 kg

TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
03III T-80 11.511.5 t 04848 d/s ------ 1,7201,720 Credits 2,500 2,500 kg
04IV T-80 enhanced 001414 t 05252 d/s 940940 3,9803,980 Credits 2,000 2,000 kg

TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
03III 9R 0325 325 m 0--- --- 1,9801,980 Credits 0080 80 kg
08VIII 9RM 0525 525 m 4,040 4,040 24,24024,240 Credits 0100 100 kg

Historical Info

The T-70 was a light tank used by the Red Army during World War II, replacing both the T-60 scout tank for reconnaissance and the T-50 light infantry tank for infantry support. The T-80 light tank was a more advanced version of the T-70 with a two-man turret—it was only produced in very small numbers when light tank production was abandoned.

Development history

T-80 Light tank in Kubinka museum

The T-70 was armed with a 45-mm L/46 gun Model 38 with forty-five rounds carried, and a coaxial 7.62-mm DT machine gun. The tank was operated by a driver and a commander who loaded and fired the gun. Armour thickness on the turret front was 60 mm, hull front and sides: 45 mm, rear and turret sides: 35 mm, roof and bottom: 10 mm. By 1942, light tanks were considered inadequate by the Red Army, unable to keep up with the T-34 medium tank and unable to penetrate the armour of most German tanks, but they could be produced by small factories which were unable to handle the large components of medium and heavy tanks. The T-70 was an attempt to remedy some of the shortcomings of the T-60 scout tank, which had very poor cross-country mobility, thin armour, and an inadequate 20-mm gun. It also replaced the very short production run of the T-50 light infantry tank, which was more sophisticated, but also much too complicated and expensive to produce. The T-70 was designed by Nicholas Astrov's design team at Factory No. 38 in Kirov. The first batch of T-70s were built with a GAZ-202 automotive engine on each side of the hull, one driving each track. This arrangement was seen to be a serious problem, even before the first tanks were issued. It was quickly redesigned as the T-70M (although it continued to be referred to as just T-70), with the engines in-line on the right side of the tank and a normal transmission and differential. The conical turret was replaced by one more easily welded out of plate armour, and moved to the left side of the hull. Curiously, even after the T-70's production line was redesigned, SU-76 self-propelled guns started to be built with the same unsatisfactory unsynchronized two-engine layout, and all of them were later recalled for factory rebuilding as SU-76Ms. T-70s were put into production in March 1942 at Zavod No. 37, and along with T-60 production at GAZ and Zavod No. 38. They completely replaced T-60 production in September 1942, although that tank remained in use until the end of the war. Production ended in October 1943, with 8,226 vehicles completed. In April 1942, the conical turrets on early-production machines were replaced with new welded turrets. The end of the T-70's production run was built with two 85-hp GAZ-203 engines, a Mark 4 commander's periscope replacing a vision slit, and other improvements.The T-70 remained in service until 1948.


The one-man turret of the Soviet light tanks made co-ordinating a tank platoon nearly impossible, because the commanders were kept busy acquiring targets, loading and firing the main gun and machine gun, and commanding their drivers. The infantry tank role was already considered obsolete. The SU-76 self-propelled gun was better suited for infantry support, its 76.2-mm gun capable of firing a larger high explosive shell. Industrial resources could be redirected from light tanks to building SU-76s. In an attempt to compensate, the T-80 light tank was designed, a more robust version of the T-70 with a two-man turret. But there was enough lend-lease equipment available to fulfill the reconnaissance role of the light tanks, and armoured cars were better suited for light scouting and liaison. All light tank production was cancelled in October 1943, after only about 120 T-80s were built. No further light tanks would be built during the war.

In November 1943 Red Army tank units were reorganized: light tanks were replaced by the T-34 and new T-34-85, which started production the following month. Light tanks continued to be used in self-propelled artillery and some other units. The Soviets did start development work on an amphibious light tank in 1945, resulting in the post-war PT-76, introduced in 1954.
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