T Medium Tank

Classification. Main characteristics of the T-62 medium tank include—

• An oval-shaped track and road wheel pattern.

• A combined hull, turret, and gun pattern that may be visible at maximum range setting.

• A gun tube that can be seen when the gun has recently fired.

Side-View Identification. On the left side of the T-62 medium tank, a large heated area and exhaust flume indicate a rear engine. T-62 medium tank characteristics visible from both sides include—

• Low-profile, slack tracks and, at short ranges, five road wheels with unique (unequal) spacing.

• A low overall profile with a cool hull.

• A long gun tube that can be seen when the gun has recently fired.

• A small, centrally mounted turret.

Front-View Identification. T-62 medium tank characteristics visible from the front include—

• A cool, low overall profile, with a left side that is warmer than the right.

• Warm tracks separated by a cool hull and cool fenders that may appear black above the tracks.

• A long gun tube that can be seen when the gun has recently fired. When aimed straight at the viewer, it appears as a red spot. Its firing signature can be seen only at short ranges.

Effects of Motion. The direction of movement may reveal the location of the engine. Other characteristics that observers could see when the T-62 medium tank moves include—

• A transport system that becomes warmer and more visible during movement.

• A slower bounce than a lighter vehicle.

• A sometimes visible exhaust plume whose direction indicates the direction of movement.

Figure I-6. T-62 medium tank.

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