In the late 1920s the Soviet Union decided it needed new tanks to support its infantry and after making designs for several models themselves decided instead to import a design from the British. The model chosen was the Vickers Type E light tank, a 6 ton tank the Red Army christened the T-26 A1. The first of the imports started in 1930 and production in the Soviet Union began in 1931.
Initial models had a twin-turret arrangement of two 0.3 inch machine guns for the T-26 A-2 and for the A-3 one 0.3 inch and one 0.5 inch machine gun. The A-4 replaced one machine gun with a 1 inch gun, increasing this to a 1.45 inch in the T-26 5-A.
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