M22 LIGHT TANK (Locust)

M22 LIGHT TANK (Locust)
Image: M22 Light Tank (Tank Museum)
YearApril 1943
Vehicle Type[@type]
Origin & Designer[@designer]
Numbers Produced830
Crew3 (Commander/Loader, Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 37mm L/53 M6 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-10° to +30°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun Sight[@gun_sight]
Secondary Armament1 x .30 cal M1919A4 Machine Gun (Coaxial)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried50 x 37mm + 2.500 x .30 cal
Combat Weight7.440 kg
Ground Clearance0.25m
Fording Depth0.91m
Trench Crossing1.68m
Obstacle Clearance0.46m
Climbing Ability27°
RadioSCR 510
ArmourUpper Hull Front: 25mm.
Lower Hull Front: 13mm.
Upper Hull Sides: 13mm.
Lower Hull Sides: 10mm.
Hull Rear: 19mm.
Hull Top: 13mm.
Hull Bottom: 10mm.
Gun Mantlet: 25mm.
Turret Front: 25mm.
Turret Sides: 25mm.
Turret Rear: 25mm.
Turret Top: 19mm.
EngineLycoming O-435T (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range134 miles (217 km)
Maximum Cross Country Range[@maximum_cross_country_range]
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 mph (64 kph)
Maximum Cross Country Speed30 mph (48 kph)
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
NotesAt the request of the British the M22 was designed as a Light Tank for airborne use. Designed by Marmon-Herrington it was armed with a 37mm gun and had thin armour, to reduce the weight even further the gun had no gyro-stabiliser and the turret was manual traversed. It saw action in 1945 along with British units in Operation Varsity, were they were carried in a Hamilcar Gliders. Because the U.S. Airborne never had the capabilities transport it by air it, the M22 was never used by US Forces.