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France

AMX-32 Medium Tank

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Unveiled / Entered Service
1979
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Status
Former Prototype
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Introduction

The AMX-32 Tank is a former French Medium Tank offered to the export market and featured many of the upgrades to the AMX-30B to bring it up to the B2 standard. Its hull is pretty much identical in appearance and dimensions to the AMX-30B but had a new turret using the same mantlet and 105mm main gun. This was later up-gunned with a 120mm smoothbore. The project was eventually dropped after not attracting any orders.

Background

Developed and manufactured for the French Army, the AMX-30B had also been very successful on the export market in the 1970’s.

In 1979, an improved model called the AMX-30B2 entered production. The upgrades included a new, more powerful engine and improvements to the sighting and fire control systems.

Its manufacturer “The Ateliers de construction d’Issy-les-Moulineaux” better known by its acronym AMX developed a new, but relativity similar tank called the AMX-32 that featured the upgrades of the AMX-30B2.

The AMX-32 was unveiled at the 1979 Satory Military Equipment Exhibition. A further improved model was exhibited in 1981 featuring a 120mm smoothbore main gun. Failing to attract any orders in either configurations, AMX ended the project and shifted its resources into development of the AMX-40 Main Battle Tank.

Firepower

The initial 1979 prototype featured the French 105mm CN 105 F1 rifled main gun, which was able to fire French developed HEAT ammunition. The second prototype featured the French 120mm CN 120-25 smoothbore tank gun.

Both main guns were fully stabilised for firing on the move. The gunner had the same DIVT-13 camera used on the AMX-30B2 for night vision as well as a laser range finder in his day sight. The AMX-32 retained the AMX-30B 20mm coaxial chain gun. This was very effective at engaging low level attack aircraft and lightly armoured vehicles.

The commander had his own independent sight with both a day and night channel as well as spot light for the machine gun mounted on the cupola, which had x8 periscopes.

Protection

Like the AMX-30B, the AMX-32 was relativity lightly armoured, relying on superior firepower and mobility for survivability. It had a number of smoke grenade launchers to lay down smoke screens to mask its withdrawal. The second prototype armed with the 120mm smoothbore main gun, featured additional steel plated on the front of the hull.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
CN 105 F1 rifled 105mm
Secondary Weapons
Commanders 7.62.mm Machine Gun
Ammunition Storage
Engine
Hispano-Suiza HS-110 720 hp
Transmission
SESM Minerva ENC 200 Automatic
Top Road Speed
65km/h
Road Range
530km
Fuel Capacity
?
Vertical Obstacle
0.9m
Water Capability
?
Trench Crossing
2.9m
Gradient
60%
Side Slope
?
Length Gun Forward
9.85m (120mm smoothbore)
Length Hull
6.59m
Width
3.24m
Height
2.96m (overall)
Ground Clearance
?
Weight
38 tonnes
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Spaced
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver