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T54 Iraqi Tank

T54\55 IRAQI TANK

  As the caption reads this tank was captured by American troops during Desert Storm

The Russian built T54 is an improved T34 (Russian World War II production tank). The first prototype of the T54 appeared in 1947.  It was taken into service in approximately 35 countries, not all of them in the Communist Bloc, and was built under license in China and several Warsaw pact countries. The T54 had a longer hull, a larger turret, thicker amour, and a more powerful gun then the T34. The hull is all welded steel and the turret is a large single casting with cupolas and hatches welded on. The suspension is the same as the Christie-type on the T34, with a gap between the first two road wheels to take up the extra hull length. The T54 has been used in the Arab-Israeli wars, in Vietnam, Algeria, Angola, Somalia and Desert Storm.  Even today, where ever there is fighting going on, it is a very good possibility that you will see the T54 there.

T54 being inspected

CREW:  4      WEIGHT:  79,370 lbs

ENGINE:  V-12, water - cooled diesel

SPEED:  30 mph     RANGE:    249 miles

ARMAMENT:

One 100mm D-10T Gun; Two 7.62mm Machine Guns; and One 12.7mm Machine Gun

 

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