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The Renault FT, frequently referred to as the FT-17 or FT17, was a 2 passenger French light tank that was among the most revolutionary and influential tank designs in history. The FT was the first production tank to have its armament within a fully rotating turret. The Renault FT's configuration – crew compartment at the front (Driver, gunner), engine compartment at the back, and main armament in a revolving turret – became and remains the standard tank layout.
Over 3,000 Renault FT tanks were manufactured by French industry, most of them during World War I in 1918. Another 950 of an almost identical licensed copy of the FT, the M1917 were made in the United States, but not in time to enter combat.
A variant of the FT-17, the FT-75 BS, converted the light tank to a self-propelled gun. It traded its Puteaux 37mm gun and rotating Girod turret for a Blockhaus Schneider 75mm gun—similar to that used on the Schneider CA AFV—in a casemate turret.
|FT-17 Light Tank|
|Vehicle passengers||1 driver|
|Special features||Can deploy a medkit for use by nearby infantry|
|Main weapon||• 37mm Puteaux SA 1918 cannon|
(HE or Canister shells)
• 8mm Hotchkiss M1914
|Secondary weapon||Shortened 75mm Gun|
The FT-17 is a light tank featured in Battlefield 1. Gameplay of the vehicle first appeared at the official reveal event of the game. It also appears in the gameplay trailer, along with an A7V. The loadout resembling the FT-75 BS appeared later in the "Battlefield 1 Gameplay Series: Vehicles" trailer.
Several Beutepanzer Renault FTs are seen in the mission Through Mud and Blood, in which they engage the player, at least one of the captured FTs can be commandeered for a short time by stealthily taking out the driver before he can get in the tank.
A single tanker operates the vehicle, and can choose between three variants. The tank offers good maneuverability, and a rounded tail piece to aid in crossing trenches.
- Light Close Support Tank
- Light Flanker Tank
- 20mm auto-cannon (15 round magazine)
- Light Howitzer Tank