Armored Car T17E2 Staghound AA1-5

T17E2: General
Date of first acceptance October 1943 Total acceptances 1000
Manufacturer Chevrolet Division of General Motors Crew
3 men:
  • Gunner in turret center
  • Driver in hull left front
  • Assistant driver in hull right front
T17E2: Dimensions
Combat weight 26,558lbs
12,047kg
Height 95.375"
242.25cm
Length 214"
544cm
Width 106"
269cm
Tread 89"
230cm
Wheelbase 120"
305cm
Ground clearance 15"
38cm
Fire Height 80.25"
203.8cm
Turret ring diameter 44"
110cm
T17E2: Armament
Type Mount Ammunition Traverse Max traverse rate Elevation Max elevation rate
Two .50cal M2TTHB MG Frazer-Nash D 8394 turret mount 2610 rounds 360°
(electro-hydraulic)
43°/sec +75° to -10°
(hydraulic)
30°/sec
T17E2: Armor
Assembly
Welding
Hull
Rolled homogeneous steel
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Upper front .875"
2.22cm
30°
Lower front .625"
1.59cm
45°
Sides .75"
1.9cm
13°
Rear .375"
.953cm
30°
Top .50"
1.3cm
90°
Front floor .50"
1.3cm
90°
Rear floor .25"
.64cm
90°
Turret
Rolled homogeneous steel
Location Thickness Angle from vertical
Gun shield 1.25"
3.18cm
45°
Front 1.25"
3.18cm
Sides 1.25"
3.18cm
Rear 1.25"
3.18cm
T17E2: Automotive
Engine Twin GMC 270; 12 cylinder (6/engine), 4 cycle, in-line gasoline
Horsepower Net: 194@3000rpm
(97/engine)
Torque Net: 432.6 ft-lb@1000rpm
(216.3/engine)
Fuel capacity 62gal
230L
Transmission Twin Hydramatic, 4 speeds forward, 1 reverse
Steering Steering wheel
Brakes Hydraulic, internal expanding
T17E2: Suspension
Type Road wheels Shock absorbers
Semi-elliptic leaf spring 2/side On each wheel
T17E2: Performance
Max level road speed 55mph
89kph
Max trench 18"
46cm
Max grade 57% Max vertical obstacle 21"
53cm
Min turning diameter 55'
17m
Max fording depth 32"
81cm
Cruising range with two 38gal (140L) jettison fuel tanks ~450mi, roads
~720km, roads

The T17E2 was based on the T17E1 and was acquired by the British for antiaircraft use. The T17E2 replaced the 37mm gun turret with an open-topped turret mounting two .50cal MGs. The bow machine gun was eliminated by the relocated radio set. Early T17E2s had a turret with flat sides, but later cars featured rounded sides on their turrets. The British dubbed this model Staghound AA.

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References

  1. Hunnicutt, R.P. Armored Car: A History of American Wheeled Combat Vehicles. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 2002. Reprinted from Armored Car, R.P. Hunnicutt ©2002, available from Presidio Press, 505B San Martin Drive, Suite 160, Novato, CA 94945.
  2. Catalogue of Standard Ordnance Items, 2nd edition 1944, volume 1. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Ordnance Technical Division, 1 June 1945.
  3. AGF Board No. 2. Development of Armored Vehicles, volume II: Armored Cars, Scout Cars, and Personnel Carriers.
  4. Crismon, Fred W. U.S. Military Wheeled Vehicles. Minneapolis: Victory Publishing, Ltd., 2001.
  5. Hogg, Ian V. The Greenhill Armoured Fighting Vehicles Data Book. London: Greenhill Books, 2000.

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