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Carro Armato L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme)

Mobile Flamethrower Tankette

Kingdom of Italy | 1940

"The Carro Armato L3-35Lf was nothing more than the L3 series Italian tankette reworked into a flame-throwing tank."

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After a good showing of its man-portable backpack flamethrowers in Ethiopia, the Italian Army moved to expand the effectiveness of this lethal weapon. The system was revised some and enlarged to be installed in the existing Carro Armato L3/38 tankette series to produce the L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme) mobile flamethrowing vehicle. The tankette retained its crew of two but one of the hull-mounted machine guns was replaced by the flame projector which was positioned offset to left in the upper hull superstructure (the driver sat right of the weapon). Behind the vehicle was a two-wheeled carriage (weighing 1,100lb) containing the necessary propellant stores for the weapon. A rigid arm joined the two components while a flexible hose was used to drive the propellant from trailer to tankette. The trailer was required as there proved little room within the vehicle itself to store the flammable contents.

In practice, the vehicles proved of limited value on the battlefields of World War 2 (1939-1945) as time wore on. Crew conditions were cramped and armor protection was light while no defensive armament was fitted. The projector held a range of about 25 yards and could fire a stream for 20 seconds total - further limiting any advantage the vehicle had. Regardless, the L3-35lf became the most widely used of all the Italian flame-projecting tanks available.

A revised form of the vehicle finally did away with the trailer and mounted a smaller fuel/propellant store atop the rear hull of the tankette.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Carro Armato L3-35Lf Mobile Flamethrower Tankette.
1 x FIAT-SPA CV3 4-cylinder water-cooled engine developing 43 horsepower.
Installed Power
25 mph
40 kph
Road Speed
62 miles
100 km
The physical qualities of the Carro Armato L3-35Lf Mobile Flamethrower Tankette.
10.4 ft
3.17 meters
O/A Length
4.6 ft
1.4 meters
O/A Width
4.3 ft
1.3 meters
O/A Height
9,811 lb
4,450 kg | 4.9 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Carro Armato L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme) Mobile Flamethrower Tankette.
1 x Flame projector.
20 seconds of fuel/propellant.
Nightvision - NONE.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE.
Notable series variants as part of the Carro Armato L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme) family line.
L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme) - Base Series Designation
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Carro Armato L3-35Lf (Lanciafiamme). Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 50 Units

Contractor(s): State Factories - Italy
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Design Qualities
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