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The tank was a version of the BT-7 tank fitted with a V-2 diesel engine. The vehicle design was re-developed to enable the V-2 diesel to be incorporated and operated. The purpose of installation of a diesel engine in the tank consisted in improving the fuel efficiency of the power pack, in increasing the vehicle's fuel distance as well as in reducing fire risk when operating the tank or when the tank is hit on the battlefield. The tank was put into series production and accepted for service with the Red Army, taking part in the Second World War. Total production of the BT-7M was 790 vehicles.

COMBAT CHARACTERISTICS

Year of manufacture of the first vehicle 1939
Weight 14.6 t
Crew 3
Overall dimensions:  
- length 5,660 mm
- width 2,290 mm
- height 2,250 mm
Armament:  
- main gun 45 mm
- 2 machine guns 7.62 mm
Armour 6-22 mm
Engine power output 400 hp
Maximum road speed:  
- on tracks 62 km/h
- on wheels 86 km/h
Cruising range:  
- on tracks 400 km
- on wheels 700 km
 

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