The Comet Tank was a British cruiser tank which first saw action near the end of World War II. It was designed to provide greater anti-tank capability to Cromwell tank squadrons.
It was armed with the 77mm HV gun which was effective against late war German tanks and a superior weapon to the 75mm gun of the Panther when firing APDS rounds which was capable of penetrating 231mm of armour at 800metres, it also carried 2 light machine guns. As a development of the Cromwell, it was an interim design before the Centurion tank.
The Comet saw post World War II combat during the Korean war, and remained in British service until 1958. Comets sold to other countries continued in some cases to operate into the 1980s.
The Cruiser Tank (Comet A34) also known as Comet was a cruiser tank used by the British in 1945.
The vehicle was manned by a crew of 5 and was 3.08 metres wide, 7.72 metres long, 2.69 metres high and weighed 32.5 tonnes.
Powered by a 600hp petrol engine the Cruiser Tank (Comet A34) was capable of a road speed of 29mph and a cross country speed of 16mph. The 139 gallon fuel capacity gave the Cruiser Tank (Comet A34) a road range of 123 miles.