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Prototype main battle tank


The AMX-40 main battle tank was developed specially for export market

Entered service -
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 43.7 t
Length (gun forward) 10.05 m
Hull length 6.8 m
Width 3.28 m
Height 2.38 m
Main gun 120-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 7.62-mm, 1 x 20-mm
Elevation range ?
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 40 rounds
Machine guns 2 170 x 7.62; 578 x 20
Engine Poyand V12X diesel
Engine power 1 100 hp
Maximum road speed 70 km/h
Range 850 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1 m
Trench 3.2 m
Fording 1.3 m
Fording (with preparation) 4 m


   The AMX-40 was developed as a private venture specially for the export market. It was first revealed in 1983. The AMX-40 uses a number of components of the AMX-32 prototype MBT, however it is considered as a new design. Four prototypes had been built by 1986, unfortunately no production orders were placed on this MBT.

   The AMX-40 main battle tank has all-welded hull and turret with composite armor on the frontal arc. Frontal armor can withstand hits of 100-mm projectiles. Vehicle is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems.

   This main battle tank is armed with a French GIAT 120-mm smoothbore gun. It is fully-stabilized and fires all standard NATO 120-mm rounds, as well as indigenous French ammunition. A total of 40 rounds are carried. Main gun ammunition is stored in the rear turret bustle, fitted with blow-out panels.

   The AMX-40 is fitted with COTAC fire control system, similar to that of the AMX-32 MBT. It is claimed that the AMX-40 has a hit probability of 90% against a stationary target at 2 000 m range. It can also engage a moving target, while on the move.

   Secondary armament consists of 20-mm quick-firing cannon with independent elevation. It is also fitted with a remotely controlled 7.62-mm machine gun, mounted on top of the roof.

   Vehicle has a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   The AMX 40 tank is powered by the Poyand V12X turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 100 hp. It is well suited for a desert warfare. Vehicle can be fitted with auxiliary fuel tanks as well as dozer blade. After preparation it can ford water obstacles up to 4 meters deep.


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