|USA||Light Tank||Tier VII|
Experimental airborne light tank with an oscillating turret. Developed from 1950 through 1953 as a replacement for M41. The armament was deemed ineffective, and the development was discontinued. Only one wooden prototype was built.
Unlike its predecessor, the T21, this tank has an autoloader. Its play style is very similar to the french tanks of its tier, such as the AMX 13 75. It has weak armor, so don't get caught out in the open.
The T71 leads to the T69.
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Pros and Cons
- High auto-loader burst damage
- High top speed
- Fast traverse
- Excellent view range
- Great acceleration
- Modules are relatively XP cheap
- Good gun depression and elevation for an auto-loader
- Makes a relatively decent amount of credits if played wisely(Without Premium account).
- Fires APCR as standard ammunition which doesn't loses penetration over distance like normal APCR which means shells fly faster and makes targeting fast moving targets easier.
- High ammo count, especially when compared to the AMX 13 75. (60 vs 36.)
- Engine block is a large target; often gets its engine damaged, knocked out, or even catch on fire
- Unusually large tracks which often get destroyed
- Magazine reload is relatively long
- Subpar accuracy
- Fairly large profile, especially compared to its main competitor, AMX 13 75
- Both the commander and the gunner are loaders
- Typically is the lowest tier in the game, and regularly gets matchmaked against IX and X tiers, limiting its role to scouting
- APCR and HEAT rounds have poor normalization which can be a liability against sloped armor.
In-game, it possess similar properties to the French AMX series of light tanks. The pacing between shots is 2 seconds on both guns in a 6-round revolver magazine. It has good dynamics, but care should be taken to avoid being hit in the hull, as the engine is especially weak when stock and is destroyed easily. Apart from that, the gun is decent for its tier, especially on a light tank that can out flank an enemy heavy, or destroy an SPG in just 6-10 seconds, as it has a potential burst damage of 900 within 12 seconds. As with the French tanks, a valid strategy is to find a distracted enemy, flank them, and unload as many of your rounds into their weak areas as you can and escaping before the enemy can turn around to shoot at you. Another great thing with its autoloader is that it can finish off multiple critically injured enemies and zip out before the enemy can properly retaliate or defend themselves. Because of its great turning and top speed it can also circle tanks with slow-turning turrets, leaving them entirely defenseless. This should only be attempted on isolated tanks, however.
Its great view range and good agility lets perform a scouting role. However getting tracked in the open is guaranteed death, so a repair kit or a high repair skill might be required to prevent death in those cases.
- The top cannon is 500kg lighter than the stock one; by researching this, you save on tracks for a while and can mount some equipment.
- The upgraded engine gives you an additional 60 horse power and more than double amount of hitpoints.
- The Tier X radio almost doubles the signal range, boosting it from 410 to 745 metres.
- The tracks are not required to mount anything, but give better terrain passability and better track traverse.
- The only noticeable weakness is the slow traverse of its turret, and it gets knocked out quite easily, as you will find in the following tanks.
Little is known on this unusual US tank because the T71 never actually made it out of the factory and onto the battlefields. It suffered the fate of many interesting vehicles that were thought up in the post-war era, when the US tank manufacturing industry was very rich in ideas but became increasingly poor in funding. Armed with the experience gained from the industry’s previous rapid expansion, the US engineers were looking to improve their entire line-up of light, medium and heavy tanks, and try out new and sometimes experimental designs on them. When some of those experiments didn’t turn out quite as everybody had hoped for, projects were quickly dropped, as in the case of the T71 that only existed in mock-up form and never actually saw the light of day.
The few available records say that its development began in the early 50s when the US Ordnance Committee ordered a new light tank with very specific characteristics, aimed at replacing the T41E1 –which itself had already been the improved successor of an upgrade of the experimental light tank T37. Being the third generation of an experimental vehicle, the T71 was meant to continue the same bold nature by sporting a heavy 90mm calibre gun on a 20 ton light weight structure. Manufacturers such as the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant put forward their plans featuring an oscillating turret that would be able to handle the recoil of the cannon. This was a rather unusual technology that was only used in a couple of tanks worldwide. As the tank was meant to be carried airborne, its ultimate weight had to be reduced even further, which limited possible armament to a 76mm gun, but in turn enabled the use of an auto-loader.The designers had bet on quantity over quality, giving the tank an impressive firing rate (before the unavoidable drum reload of course) and an ammo rack capable of carrying up to 60 shells of different types. Light-weight and equipped with a decent AOI-628 engine in the rear hull for agile quickness, the engineers thought they had created a nimble scout and artillery support tank. However, they had forgotten an important aspect: the armour. Due to the imposed weight restrictions, the tank was covered in “paper-thin” 25 mm armour which failed to impress the Ordnance Committee. Ultimately its performance just did not live up to the necessities of changing warfare of its time. The project was scrapped in 1953 with nothing but a wooden model to show for it.
These two volumes are widely regarded as the definitive reference works on the American Light Tanks. Volume-1 covers the real life counterparts of the in-game light tanks: T1, T2/M2, M3, and M5 series and the T21 and the M24. Volume-2 covers the T-71.
- Hunnicutt, R.P, 1992, Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank - Volume-1, Presidio Press, 508p, ISBN:0891414622.
- Hunnicutt, R.P., 1995, Sheridan: A History of the American Light Tank - Volume 2, Presidio Press, 340p, ISBN:9780891415701.
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