OT-130
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OT-130 (Огнеметный Танк-130, KhT-130) was a Soviet flamethrower tank based on the T-26 Model 1932. Development started in 1938 and the first batch had long flame projectors without armored sleeves. They used the same Model 1933 flame-thrower system of the OT-26 flamethrower tank. Later OT-130 batches had Model 1938 flamethrowers with shorter armored projectors that fitted in new mantlets. These later batches had a fuel capacity of 360 liters for forty 6-second bursts at ranges of 45-50 meters. A special compressor can be used for 10-25 second bursts of upto 100 meters in range.

The OT-130 and OT-133 were involved in the Winter War. They exhibited poor performance due to their flamethrowers' limited range that forced them to get close to Finnish defenses and the lack of machine guns. This experience led to KV and T-34 based flamethrowers, which were better armored and had improved weapons.



References: OW, RTWW2, STCV