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France

AMX-13-90 Light Tank

The French AMX-13-90 Light Tank Image 3
Unveiled / Entered Service
1966
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Status
In Service
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Introduction

The French AMX-13-90 Light Tank (aka AMX-13/90 Light Tank) is an upgraded version of the earlier AMX-13-75 Light Tank.

It retained the same hull and FL-10 oscillating turret (complete with autoloader) as the AMX-13-75, but had a new CN-90-F3 90mm main gun.

Background

The new 90mm Main Gun featured a thermal sleeve along the barrel. This regulated the barrels temperature to avoid barrel distortion commonly incurred if the tank has been sitting stationary in the sun for to long.

The new 90mm main gun gave the AMX-13 a higher level of lethality over the 75mm, increasing the vehicles service life with the French Army.

The AMX-13-90 entered service (or was delivered in) 1966. It would later be upgraded with a laser range finder for improved aiming time and increased hit probability.

Operators

Venezuela (1988): AMX-13V

The AMX-13-90 of the Venezuelan Army been upgraded with a US Detroit Diesel Model 6V-53T engine developing 280 hp coupled to a Borg Warner three-speed fully automatic transmission with torque converter, a new Chausson air-water/oil cooler, hydro pneumatic units for increased cross-country mobility.

A SOPELEM 18-02 SOPTAC fire-control system incorporating an M213 day sight and a TCV-107 laser range-finder has been fitted. An Israeli Tadiran communications system is fitted.

AMX-13-90 (Current)

Venezuela: 67; 36 AMX-13/75 and 31 AMX-13/90

AMX-13-90 (Former)

Djibouti: 60 AMX-13/90
France AMX-13-75 / AMX-13/90
Lebanon: 75; 42 AMX-13/75, 13 AMX-13/90, and 22 AMX-13/105

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
90mm CN-90-F3 Elevation -5 to +12.5
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, Commanders 7.62.mm Machine Gun
Ammunition Storage
x32 90mm, x3,600 7.62mm
Engine
250hp SOFAM Model 8Gxb Petrol
Transmission
Manual (4 forward/ 1 reverse gears)?
Top Road Speed
350+ km
Road Range
350+ km
Fuel Capacity
480 Litres
Vertical Obstacle
0.65m?
Water Capability
0.6m Wading
Trench Crossing
1.6m
Gradient
60%
Side Slope
60%
Length Gun Forward
6.36m
Length Hull
4.88m
Width
2.51m
Height
2.3m (overall)
Ground Clearance
0.37m
Weight
15 tonne combat
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Driver