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AMX-32


Main Battle Tank (MBT)


France | 1979



"The AMX-32 was offered as a heavy-duty alternative to lighter-weight AMX-30 MBT series but found no takers for its time on the market."



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The AMX-32 was a further development of the commercially successful French-made AMX-30 main battle tank. Along with improvements made to the main armament, crew protection and internal components, the system was intended to be an export product to customers who needed more punch than the AMX-30 offered. In the end, however, the AMX-32 was only developed into two prototypes as no production orders were received.

The AMX-32 sported two differing main guns. The first prototype was featured with the AMX-30's 105mm main gun while the second prototype appeared with the more powerful 120mm type. In addition to this change, the AMX-32 also featured improved armor design along with side skirts for better protection of vital systems and crew. The turret was completely redesigned with more defined slopes and featured a 20mm coaxial cannon mount along with a commander's 7.62mm machine gun. Improvements to the fire control system were substantial when compared to its predecessor and gave the AMX-32 the capability of day/night stationary/moving target engagement including a laser rangefinder.

In the end, AMX-32 was not to be as the changes necessitated an increase in overall weight, rendering any improvements to the base AMX-30 mobility moot. The AMX-32 was never produced beyond the two prototypes and there were already other purchase options on the market available to existing AMX-30 customers.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the AMX-32 (120mm gun) Main Battle Tank (MBT).
1 x Hispano-Suiza 110 12-cylinder multi-fuel engine developing 720 horsepower.
Installed Power
40 mph
65 kph
Road Speed
329 miles
530 km
Range
Structure
The physical qualities of the AMX-32 (120mm gun) Main Battle Tank (MBT).
4
(MANNED)
Crew
32.3 ft
9.85 meters
O/A Length
10.6 ft
3.24 meters
O/A Width
9.7 ft
2.96 meters
O/A Height
88,185 lb
40,000 kg | 44.1 tons
Weight
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the AMX-32 Main Battle Tank (MBT).
1 x 120mm main gun
1 x 20mm M693 coaxial cannon
1 x 7.62mm machine gun in commander's cupola
3 x smoke dischargers
AMMUNITION:
38 x 120mm projectiles
480 x 20mm ammunition
3 x smoke grenades
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Nightvision - YES (PASSIVE).
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the AMX-32 family line.
AMX-30 - Base Main Battle Tank Designation on which the AMX-32 is based on.
AMX-32 Prototype 1 - Fitted with 105mm main gun.
AMX-32 Prototype 2 - Fitted with 120mm main gun.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the AMX-32. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 2 Units

Contractor(s): Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX) - France


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Image of the AMX-32
Front left side view of the AMX-32 Main Battle Tank; color

Design Qualities
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