MTLS-1G141-6

MTLS-1G14: General
Total acceptances 125
Manufacturer Marmon-Herrington Co. Crew 4 men
MTLS-1G14: Dimensions
Combat weight ~42,000lbs
~19,000kg
Height 110.5"
280.7cm
Length 193"
490cm
Width 104"
264cm
MTLS-1G14: Armament
Type Mount Traverse Elevation
Two automatic 37mm guns Turret 360°
(power and manual)
Manual
.30cal Colt MG AA mount behind turret Manual Manual
.30cal Colt MG Ball mount in turret right front Manual Manual
.30cal Colt MG Ball mount in hull front Manual Manual
Two .30cal Colt MGs Fixed in hull front None None
MTLS-1G14: Armor
Assembly
Bolting
Maximum 1.5"
3.8cm
Minimum .5"
1.3cm
MTLS-1G14: Automotive
Engine Hercules 6 cylinder gasoline
Horsepower 240
Transmission 5 speeds
Steering Controlled differential, steering levers
MTLS-1G14: Suspension
Type Road wheels Track return rollers
Vertical volute spring 2 bogies/track;
2 wheels/bogie
2/track
Drive sprockets Idlers Shock absorbers
22-tooth front drive Adjustable at rear of track None
MTLS-1G14: Track
Outside guide, single pin, steel
Width 18"
46cm
MTLS-1G14: Performance
Max level road speed 25mph
40kph
Min turning diameter 46.25'
14.10m
Max vertical obstacle 24"
61cm
Max fording depth 48"
120cm

Two hundred MTLS-1G14s were requested by the Dutch, and due to the increased crew size compared to the earlier CTMS-1TB1, the vehicle was also known as the Dutch Four Man Tank. The Dutch specified the armament as twin automatic American Armament Corporation 37mm 44-caliber guns. These were fed by five-round clips and were timed to fire .125 seconds apart. The turret ball machine gun mount was installed on the turret's right front, and angled off to the right. Nineteen of the machines made it to the Dutch West Indies, where they were deployed in Surinam. The type also served with Central American armies. In 1943 the tank was evaluated and rejected by its home country due to unreliability, its weak power to weight ratio, and nonstandard and poorly implemented armament. The Netherlands Purchasing Commission contract was therefore terminated at 125 vehicles after it was taken over by the US Army Services of Supply.

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Last updated 22 Feb 2020.
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