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AMX-10RCR

105 mm fire support vehicle

AMX-10RCR

The AMX-10RCR is an upgraded version of the AMX-10RC

 
 
Country of origin France
Entered service 2005
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight ~ 19 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 9.2 m
Hull length ~ 6.5 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 2.2 m
Armament
Main gun 105 mm
Barrel length ?
Maximum range of fire ?
Rate of fire ?
Machine guns 2 x 7.62 mm
Elevation range - 8 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 38 rounds
Machine guns ?
Mobility
Engine diesel
Engine power ?
Maximum road speed ~ 85 km/h
Range ~ 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 50%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 0.8 m
Trench 1.65 m
Fording ~ 1.3 m

 

   The AMX-10RC Renove, or AMX-10RCR, is a French reconnaissance and fire support vehicle. It is an upgraded version of the AMX-10RC, that was adopted by the French Army in 1979. A total of 284 original AMX-10RC vehicles were delivered to the French Army. Between 2005 and 2010 a total of 256 vehicles were upgraded to the AMX-10RCR standard in order to keep them operational until 2015-2020. In the near future the AMX-10RCR vehicles 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.

   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 AMX-10RCR has seen service during various military conflicts. The main role of this vehicle is reconnaissance and fire support of friendly units. It can also escort convoys, patrol, and perform territorial defense tasks. The AMX-10RCR can engage armored vehicles, buildings, field fortifications and other targets. The original AMX-10RC was even called a tank destroyer. However this vehicle is not normally used to engage tanks. Even though it can penetrate front armor of the older tanks, such as T-55 and T-62, modern main battle tanks would be a tough nut for this vehicle.

   Vehicle is armed with a GIAT F2 105 mm rifled gun. It fires APFSDS, HE, HEAT and smoke rounds. The range of effective fire is over 2 000 meters. A total of 38 rounds are carried for the gun.

   The AMX-10RC has a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun. After the upgrade another 7.62 mm roof-mounted machine gun was added.

   The AMX-10RCR can open fire just after 10 seconds when the target is spotted. Vehicle has a high first-round-hit rate. However it can fire the main gun accurately only when stationary, as the gun is not stabilized. Vehicle has got a panoramic commanders sight. It seems that it provides this vehicle a hunter-killer engagement capability, which is present on most modern main battle tanks and fire support vehicles. Upgraded AMX-10RCR fire support vehicles are also fitted with a battlefield management information system, and identification friend or foe system.

   Hull and turret are of welded aluminum armor construction. Upgraded vehicles were fitted with add-on armor kit for a higher level of protection. Vehicle withstands hits from medium-caliber weapons and artillery shell splinters. Cage armor can be fitted for protection against anti-tank rockets, such as RPGs. Upgraded AMX-10RCR vehicles were also fitted with Galix self-protection system and LIRE infrared jamming system. Vehicle also has an NBC protection system.

   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. Automotive system upgrades include new automatic transmission instead of the manual one. It is possible that the old 280 horsepower engine was also replaced by a modern unit. 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. Upgraded AMX-10RCRs have a new suspension control system. Vehicle 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. However upgraded vehicles lost their amphibious capability. The rear sprinkler and front breakwater were removed.

  

 
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