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AMX-10RC

Tank destroyer

AMX-10RC

The AMX-10RC tank destroyer is highly mobile and fully amphibious

 
 
Country of origin France
Entered service 1979
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 15.88 t
Length (gun forward) 9.15 m
Hull length 6.36 m
Width 2.95 m
Height 2.21 m
Armament
Main gun 105 mm rifled gun
Machine guns 1 x 7.62- m
Elevation range - 8 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 38 rounds
Machine guns 4 000 rounds
Mobility
Engine Baudouin GF-11SX diesel
Engine power 280 hp
Maximum road speed 85 km/h
Amphibious speed on water 7 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 1.65 m
Fording Amphibious

 

   The AMX-10RC was developed during the late 1970s. It entered service with the French Army in 1979. The French Army obtained a total of 284 of these vehicles. It was one of the first, if not the first production fire support vehicle, armed with a powerful 105 mm gun. The AMX-10RC is no longer produced. Between 2005 and 2010 a total of 256 were upgraded to keep them operational. In the near future these are due to be replaced by a new armored reconnaissance and combat vehicle. French Army has a requirement for up to 300 new machines. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2018. The AMX-10RC has been exported to Morocco and Qatar.

   The AMX-10RC was originally developed for reconnaissance and fire support. At the time of its introduction it was considered a tank destroyer. However this ageing vehicle is no longer effective against modern main battle tanks. Still though it can engage armored vehicles, buildings, field fortifications and other targets. The AMX-10RC has seen action during numerous military conflicts.

   Hull and turret are of welded aluminum armor construction. Vehicle withstands hits from medium-caliber weapons and artillery shell splinters. The French Army AMX-10RC vehicles are fitted with NBC protection systems.

   The AMX-10RC is armed with a GIAT F2 105 mm rifled gun. At the time of its introduction vehicle had a modern fire control system. It has a high first-round-hit rate. Also this vehicle can open fire just after 10 seconds when the target is spotted. However it has a significant drawback, as the main gun is not stabilized and vehicle can't fire accurately on the move. The AMX-10RC fires APFSDS, HE, HEAT and smoke rounds. Its range of effective fire is over 2 000 meters. Even today the AMX-10RC remains a formidable fire support vehicle.

   Secondary armament consists of a single coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun.

   Vehicle is operated by a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   This fire support vehicle is based on a purpose-designed 6x6 wheeled chassis. It uses a number of automotive components of the AMX-10P infantry fighting vehicle. The AMX-10RC is powered by a Baudouin GF-11SX diesel engine, developing 280 horsepower. Vehicle has a hydropneumatic suspension with adjustable ground clearance. The ground clearance can be adjusted from 0.6 to 0.2 m. Furthermore the vehicle can "sit", "stand", "kneel" or "lean" in any direction. The AMX-10RC is also fitted with a central tyre pressure system, which improves mobility over difficult terrain. Vehicle can continue to move when one or two tyres are totally destroyed. The AMX-10RC is fully amphibious without preparation. On water it is propelled by two waterjets.

 

Variants

 

   AMX-10RCR is an upgraded version of the AMX-10RC. Deliveries of these upgraded vehicles to the French Army began in 2005 and were completed in 2010. A total of 256 vehicles were upgraded to this standard. This upgrade program was intended to maintain operational capabilities until 2015-2020. Upgrades includes add-on armor kit for a higher level of protection, Galix self-protection system and LIRE infrared jamming system. Upgraded AMX-10RCR tank destroyers are also fitted with a battlefield management information system, and identification friend or foe system. Automotive system upgrades include new automatic transmission and new suspension control system. However upgraded vehicles lost their amphibious capability. The rear sprinkler and front breakwater were removed.

 

Video of the AMX-10RC tank destroyer

 
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Upgraded AMX-10RCR

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