Image: T.K.S. (Derela.Republic)
Vehicle TypeLight Tankette
Origin & DesignerPoland-Britain/PZInż-Carden Loyd
Numbers Produced250
Crew2 (Commander/Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 7.92mm Wz.25 Machine Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-15° to +20°
Turret Traverse[@turret_traverse]
Gun Traverse48° (Manual)
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightTelescopic
Secondary Armament[@secondary_armament]
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried1.920 x 7.92mm
Combat Weight2.650 kg
Ground Clearance0.33m
Fording Depth0.50m
Trench Crossing1.0m
Obstacle Clearance0.45m
Climbing Ability35°
ArmourHull Front: 6mm (early) 8mm (late)
Hull Sides: 8mm (early) 10mm (late)
Hull Rear: 6mm (early) 10mm (late)
Hull Top: 5mm (early) 3mm (late)
Hull Bottom: 4mm (early) 5mm (late)
Gun Mantle: 10mm
Gun Compartment Front: 10mm
Gun Compartment Sides: 10mm
Gun Compartment Rear: 10mm
Gun Compartment Top: 5mm (early) 3mm (late)
Enginelski/Fiat 122AC or 122BC (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 1 Reverse
Maximum Road Range180 km
Maximum Cross Country Range110 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed40 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed18 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsT.K.S. Tankette FK-A
Year: 1939
Poland-Britain/PZInż-Carden Loyd
Type: Cannon Armed Light Tankette
Total: 24
Crew: Commander/Gunner & Driver)
Main Armament: 1 x 20mm L/73 Wz.38 FK-A Gun
Elevation: -15° to +20°
Traverse: 48° (Manual)
Gun Sight: Telescopic
Ammunition: 250 x 20mm
Weight: 2.800 kg
NotesThe TKS was similar to the TK 3 tankette but had various modifications made to the running gear and visual equipment. Other improvements were a ball mount for the machine gun and thicker frontal armour. In order to give their tankettes more punch, the Polish army decided on mounting a 20mm canon to give them the ability to engage enemy armoured vehicles, but only small numbers were ready for the German invasion in 1939. The TKS served in the same role as the TK 3 and was attached to reconnaissance units in mechanised brigades.