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A34 Comet British Cruiser Tank South African Defense Force,1960s
General Background
The British Cruiser Tank A34 "Comet" was designed to correct some of the problems with the Cromwell Tank as well as providing better anti-tank capability for their squadrons. The Comet was late entering WWII so it wasn't involved in any major battles but with its new main gun it could take on Germany's large tanks. After WWII the Comet saw combat in Korea and remained in the British inventory until 1958. The Comet was sold to 5 other countries and some even operated until the 1970s.
Specifications :
Type: Cruiser
Manufacturer: Leyland Motors Ltd.
In British Service: 1944- 1958
Other Operators: Cuba, Finland, Ireland, South Africa and Myanmar (Burma)
Crew: 5 (Commander, gunner, loader, driver, co-driver)
Engine: 1 X Rolls-Royce Meteor Mk. III V-12 600 hp.
Fuel Capacity: Approximately 120 Imperial gallons
Maximum Speed: 32 mph (51.5 km/h)
Maximum Range: 123 miles (198 km)
Length Including Gun Barre: 25.13 ft. (7.66 m)
Height: 8.79 ft. (2.68 m)
Width: 10.1 ft (3.04 m)
Weight: 68,343 lb. ( 31,000 kg)
Main Gun: 1 X 77 mm HV Mk. II L/49 with 61 rounds
Secondary: 1 X 7.92 mm BESA general purpose machine gun in coaxial mount
1 X 7.92 mm BESA general purpose machine gun in bow mount
7.92 mm 5,175 rounds