Originally designated Carro Veloce CV-35, the L3/35 was an improved version of the L3/33, designed in 1935. The 6,5 mm machine gun was upgraded to two 8 mm machine guns, and the armour was bolted rather than riveted.
Despite its weak armour and armament, the L3/35 continued to serve until the end of World War 2 in both North Africa and Europe. Aside from Italy, the L3/35 was also used by:
A number of L3/35's were equipped with a Solothurn 20 mm anti-tank rifle in place of the two 8 mm Breda machine guns, to improve its anti-tank capabilities, after experiences with a similar conversion on the German Pz Kpfw I during the Spanish Civil War.
Eventually, the L3/35 was improved with the L3/38, the final tank in the series.
|Armour (range)||6-14 mm|
|Speed (max)||42 km/h|
|Engine||Fiat SPA CV3|
|Primary weapon||8 mm Breda (2)|