In 1939, in response to the poor cross-country performance of the T-26 light tank and BT-2, BT-5, and BT-7 fast tanks, design work began on the T-50 light tank. The resulting design had significantly thicker armor than the T-26 and BT series, with a tracked speed almost equal to that of the BT series.
The T-50 was a modern tank design, featuring sloped, welded armor, torsion bar suspension, and a powerful diesel engine. Due to the outbreak of the war, however, only 69 T-50's were made between April 1941 and January 1942. By then, the T-60 light tank had already entered mass production. Further, T-34's were much more capable at providing infantry support, and Lend-Lease Valentine and Light Tank, M3 proved more capable as reconnaissance tanks.
The T-50 only saw limited combat, in Leningrad and in Finland.
|Armour (range)||12-37 mm|
|Speed (max)||60 km/h|
|Primary weapon||45 mm Tank Gun Model 1932/38 (1)|
|Secondary weapon||7.62 mm DT (1)|