A24 Cruiser Tank Mark VII
|Weight:||26.5 tons (26,925kg)|
|Length:||20ft 10in (6.35m)|
|Width:||9ft 6in (2.9m)|
|Weapons:||Main - 6 pounder OQF (ordnance quick-firing) gun Secondary - 1 or 2 x 0.312in (7.92mm) Besa machineguns|
|Armor||Maximum - 2.99in (76mm)|
|Engine:||Nuffield Liberty V12 Gasoline, 340hp|
|Speed:||24 mph (39 kph)|
|Range:||165 miles (266 km)|
The A24 Cruiser Tank Mark VII Cavalier was designed to be an improvement over the Crusader and its predecessors. The Cavalier weighed 5 tons more than the crusader and had a larger (6 pounder) gun, thicker armor, wider tracks and a better suspension than the Crusader.
However, the Cavalier used the same engine and power train as the Crusader; therefore, its larger mass led to a reduction in its top speed.
Only a small number of A24s were built, and they were never used as gun tanks.
Some had their turrets removed and were fitted with a winch and demountable A-frame jib. These were used as Armoured Recovery Vehicles (ARVs).
Others were used for artillery Observation Post (OP). In these, a dummy barrel replaced the 6 pounder gun.