M22 Locust

The M22 Locust is an American tier 3 premium light tank.

Requirements to a light airmobile tank were created in the winter of 1941. The vehicle was developed by the Marmon-Herrington company. A total of 830 vehicles were produced from April 1943 through February 1944, 260 of which were supplied to the U.K. under Lend-Lease.

The Locust is a fast and small tank, reaching its top speed of 64kph pretty quickly regardless of terrain. Differences with its German counterpart, the T-15, include higher penetration, while being much less maneuverable and having a somewhat lower view range. Thus, it's not capable of driving in tiny circles at full speed. However, Improved Ventilation, a fully trained crew, and some driving experience with this tank can help neutralize these drawbacks. Unlike many premium tanks, the M22 Locust has no preferential matchmaking, but since update 9.18 tier 3 will no longer see tier 5.

Pros and Cons


Good combination of high hitpoints for this tier, hp/ton ratio and a generous top speed.
Good penetration for its tier with cheap APCR ammo.
Good accuracy on the move, aim time, turret traverse speed and elevation arc and view range
Camo values nullify over a fifth of the enemy's view range and even when seen, the Locust's small size makes it hard to hit
Cutest tank in the game


Poor agility combined with a low protection means you must avoid getting shot at whenever possible.
Ammo storage is easily hit and running out of ammo in the middle of a match is a very possible scenario.
Poor signal range, its role as an active scout is limited.
Luchs drivers will try to argue your cuteness.


The M22 Locust is a fast and fun tank to play. When scouting, don't rush out too far; the radio range of the M22 is limited.

The 37 mm M-6 gun penetrates well for its tier and can shred opponents with its high rate of fire. However, keep a close eye on your ammo stock and don't waste shots because the limited supply of 50 shells runs out quickly.

However, with your very high camo rating (Especially with camo net, paint, and crew skills) you can be a very effective passive scout. Mounting binoculars will make you much more effective in this role. Mounting coated optics as well will allow you to switch between the roles as needed.

In a Tier III match, you can use your high speed to get into early scouting positions or even active scout. If you're feeling particularly brave it can be quite an effective harasser and flanker. You should avoid tight turns that bleed your speed off too much. Sometimes it's better to go in a straight line into the next bit of cover.

Historical Info

The Light Tank (Airborne) M22, also known as the Locust, began development in late 1941 in response to a request by the British military earlier in the year for an airmobile light tank which could be transported onto a battlefield by glider. At the time the request was made, the War Office considered using the equipment in Britain's fledgling airborne forces, which had been formed in June 1940 by order of the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. When officials at the War Office examined the equipment that would be required for a British airborne division, they decided that gliders would be an integral component of such a force. These gliders would be used to transport troops and heavy equipment, which by 1941 was to include artillery and some form of tank. Plans to transport an airborne tank went through a number of revisions, but by May 1941 it was considered feasible for a tank weighing 5.4 long tons (5.5 t) to be carried for 300 to 350 mi (480 to 560 km) in a glider, although the latter would have to be specifically designed for the task. In a conference held on January 16, 1941, it was decided that the General Aircraft Hamilcar, under development at the time, would be used to transport a single tank or two Universal Carriers.
A decision had recently been made by the War Office that light tanks were no longer to be generally used in the British Army; on the whole they had performed poorly during the Battle of France and were considered to be a liability. As a result the Vickers-Armstrong Light Tank Mk VII Tetrarch light tank was now considered obsolete. This made it available for use by the airborne forces and it was chosen by the War Office as the tank to be transported by glider. However, it had not been designed specifically as an airborne tank or to be airmobile, and it also possessed several faults. Its size limited the possible crew to three—a driver in the hull and a gunner and commander in the turret—which was found to be too few crew members to operate the Tetrarch effectively. The gunner or commander, in addition to their own duties, had to act as loader for the 2-pounder, which caused delays in combat; a report on the tank written in January 1941 stated that since the commander had both to fight and control the tank, controlling a troop of Tetrarchs during combat would be almost impossible. The War Office was also aware that the tank had a faulty cooling system that made the Tetrarch unsuitable for service in hotter climates, such as the Middle East and North Africa.

A purpose-built airborne light tank was therefore required to replace the Tetrarch, but the decision was taken by the War Office not to produce the tank in Britain due to a lack of production capacity. Instead the American government was approached with a request that it produce a replacement for the Tetrarch. This request was made by the British Air Commission in Washington, D.C., with a proposal calling for a tank of between 9 t (8.9 long tons) and 10 t (9.8 long tons) to be developed, this being the maximum weight the War Office had decided could be carried by current glider technology. The proposed tank was to have a primary armament of a 37-millimetre (1.5 in) main gun and secondary armament of a .30-06 Browning M1919A4, and a crew of three. The specification also called for a maximum speed of 40 mph (64 km/h) and an operational radius of 200 miles (320 km). The turret and front of the hull were to have an armour thickness of between 40 millimetres (1.6 in) and 50 millimetres (2.0 in), and the sides of the tank a thickness of 30 millimetres (1.2 in). The United States Ordnance Department was given the task of developing the proposed tank, and in turn requested designs from three American companies: General Motors, J. Walter Christie and Marmon-Herrington. The design offered by Christie in mid-1941 was rejected as it failed to meet the specified size requirements, as was a modified design the company produced in November. At a conference in May 1941, the Ordnance Department chose the Marmon-Herrington design and requested that the company produce a prototype tank, which was completed in late 1941; it was designated the Light Tank T9 (Airborne) by the company and the Ordnance Department.