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Renault FT-17
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Renault FT-17 Tank Cyber Nations Version
Type: Light Tank
Place of Origin: France
In Service 1917-1945
Used By French Army
Manufacturer Renault
Weight 6 tonnes
Crew  2
Armour 22mm
Primary Armament 37mm or 7.92mm MG
Engine Renault 4-cyl
Power/Weight 6hp/tonne
Transmission Sliding
Suspension Vertical Springs
Speed 7 km/h

The Renault FT-17 was a French light tank; it is among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT 17 was the first tank with an armament in a fully rotating turret, and its configuration with the turret on top, engine in the back and the driver in front became the conventional one, repeated in most tanks until today; at the time it was a revolutionary innovation, causing armour historian Steven Zaloga to describe the type as "the world's first modern tank".


Official Wikipedia Page


Renault FT-17 Wikipedia page

History[]

Studies on the production of a new light tank were started in May 1916 by the famous car producer Louis Renault, for no apparent reason other than his wish to involve steel tycoon Paul Thomé in his business schemes. One of his most talented designers, Rodolphe Ernst-Metzmaier, was the actual creator of the modern concept. Though the project was far more advanced than the two first French tanks about to enter production, the Schneider CA1 and the heavy St. Chamond, Renault had at first great trouble getting it accepted. Even after the first British use of tanks, on 15 September 1916, when the French people called for the deployment of their own chars, the production of the light tank was almost cancelled in favour of that of a superheavy tank (the later Char 2C). Ironically it was again his own man, Ernst-Metzmaier, who had designed this behemoth when Renault was assisting another firm, FCM. However, with the undiminishing support of Brigadier General Jean-Baptiste Eugène Estienne (1860-1936), the "Father of the Tanks", and the successive French CinC's, who saw light tanks as a more feasible and realistic option, Renault was at last able to proceed with the design. However the competition with the Char 2C was to last until the very end of the war, November 11, 1918.

Cyber Nations[]

The Renault FT-17 is the weakest Tank in Cyber Nations. It is also the only Light Tank within the game.


Technolgy Level


To obtain the Renault FT-17 your nation needs a technology level of 1 or over.

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