|For other light tank, see Light tank.|
Main battle tank
Fast and versatile, the Light Tank is able to outrun all Soviet vehicles. Due to its speed, it is also easier for it to crush infantry. However, due to its weak armour, it is unable to prevail against Soviet tanks in a one to one duel. Nevertheless, its low price, speed and fast production often make this tank a weapon of choice of many Allied commanders.
The tank's main weapon is a 75mm gun, which fires an Armor-Piercing Fin-Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) projectile against hostile armors; this gun is backed by a co-axial 7.62mm FN MAG machine gun next to it and a pintle-mounted .50 caliber M2HB Browning machine gun by the commander's hatch, giving it a limited anti infantry capability (the machine guns are not used ingame, for game balancing purposes).
Light tanks are cheap and easy to produce, so they can be used as scouts, support units and cannon fodder when protecting a larger army behind them. They can avoid enemy tank fire while moving, as they can outrun tank shells with ease, especially when fighting against Heavy tanks. However, they are not meant to be used in base assaults, and are easily destroyed by base defenses.
Red Alert UniverseEdit
Behind the ScenesEdit
The light tank is depicted by two different vehicles. The sidebar image is (probably to show continuity with the Nod light tank) of the M2 Bradley IFV, while in the cinematics it bears some resemblance to the M41 Walker Bulldog scout tank, which is indeed a light tank with a marginally-effective anti-armour ordnance of 76mm caliber and just enough protection against small arms fire. Other possibilities include M24 Chaffee, an even lighter vehicle, and M4 Sherman, which despite being designated as a medium tank at the time of its introduction would become obsolete in less than a decade and have its specifications overtaken by newer light tanks in the meantime. The M41's European counterpart would be the AMX-13 or the Panzer IV (which, like Sherman, was classified as a medium tank in the '40s), which are both armed with a 75mm cannon. Another possibility would be English made Scorpion tank. Either way, many of these design and possibility are clearly classified into light tank.
There is nothing stopping the Allies of this universe from developing a light tank based on the Bradley, either, although it is somewhat unlikely.