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The 7TP (siedmiotonowy polski - 7-tonne Polish) was the Polish light tank of the Second World War. A development of the British Vickers 6-ton, it was significantly better armed than its most common opponents, the German Panzer I and Panzer II. A standard tank of the Polish Army during the Polish Defensive War of 1939, its production never exceeded 150 vehicles. Its chassis was used as the base for C7P artillery tractor.

The 7TP was the Polish development of the British Vickers 6-ton Mark E tank licence. Comparing to Vickers, the main new features of 7TP were: a better, more reliable and powerful diesel engine, a 37 mm anti-tank gun, thicker armour (17 mm instead of 13 mm on the front), modified ventilation, the Gundlach tank periscope, and a radio. About 132 tanks were produced between 1935 and the outbreak of the war, plus four iron prototypes. The designation 7TP meant "7 Tonne, Polish" (in fact its weight increased to 9 tonnes after the initial prototype).

Type Light tank
Place of origin Poland
Service history
Used by Poland
Germany
Wars World War II
Production history
Produced 1935–1939
Number built 149
Variants twin-turret 7TP
Specifications
Weight 9.9 tonnes
Length 4.6 m
Width 2.4 m
Height 2.27 m
Crew 3 (commander, gunner, driver)
Armor 17 mm
Main
armament 1×37 mm Bofors wz. 37
Secondary
armament 1×7.92 mm Ckm wz.30
Engine Diesel Saurer VBLDd
110 hp (80 kW)
Power/weight 11 hp/tonne
Suspension leaf-spring bogie
Ground clearance 381 mm
Operational
range 150 km
Speed 37 km/h

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