"The export-minded AMX-40 Main Battle Tank failed to net any global orders and was formally cancelled by 1990."
Power & Performance Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the AMX-40 Main Battle Tank (MBT).
1 x Poyaud 12-cylinder diesel engine developing 1,100 horsepower. Installed Power
43 mph 70 kph Road Speed
373 miles 600 km Range
Structure The physical qualities of the AMX-40 Main Battle Tank (MBT).
4 (MANNED) Crew
32.9 ft 10.04 meters O/A Length
11.0 ft 3.36 meters O/A Width
10.1 ft 3.08 meters O/A Height
94,799 lb 43,000 kg | 47.4 tons Weight
Armament & Ammunition Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the AMX-40 Main Battle Tank (MBT).
1 x 120mm smoothbore main gun
1 x 20mm F2 coaxial autocannon
1 x 7.62mm general purpose machine gun at commander's cupola.
AMMUNITION: 35 x 120mm projectiles
Variants Notable series variants as part of the AMX-40 family line.
AMX-40 - Base Series Designation; only four prototypes completed; project cancelled by 1990.
The AMX-40 was an abandoned French main battle tank design intended for export to succeed the equally export-minded AMX-32 series f French-produced tanks. At least four prototypes were constructed during a span from 1983 to 1985. Design of the type began in the early 1980s, eventually yielding the first pilot vehicle in 1983. This was followed a year later by a pair of further prototypes and the final evaluation vehicle was completed in 1985. In theory, the AMX-40 would have provided a cost-effective main battle tank solution that offered firepower, limited protection and above average cross-country performance to those budget-conscious military shoppers. However, limited global market interest eventually doomed the program to zero contract sales with serious interest being generated only by neighboring Spain.
At its core, the AMX-40 was a tank of highly conventional design and configuration. The vehicle was operated by standard a crew of four personnel - the driver, gunner, loader and commander. The driver maintained a front-left hull position while the remaining crew were kept within the traversing turret. The turret was situated at the center of the hull roof and brandished a long, multi-sectioned 120mm main gun barrel. The AMX-40 borrowed the same COTAC fire control system as found on the preceding AMX-30 B2 production models. The design of the turret incorporated sloped armor to help deflect incoming enemy rounds and further protection was offered through the six smoke grenade dischargers (three to a turret side). The AMX-40 sported six road wheels to a track side (one more than the original AMX-32) with the drive sprocket at the rear and the track idler at the front of the hull. The engine was held in a compartment at the rear of the hull for maximum protection. Interestingly, the AMX-40 design featured a co-axially mounted 20mm F2 autocannon as opposed to the more traditional 7.62mm general purpose machine gun fitting found in other Western tanks. A turret roof-mounted 7.62mm machine gun was installed at the commander's cupola to combat low-flying enemy aircraft or enemy infantry. The vehicle's listed weight was 47.38 tons.
Power was supplied by way of a single Poyaud V12X diesel engine developing 1,100 horsepower. This potentially gave the vehicle a top speed of 43 miles per hour with acceptable operational ranges. Armament protection, when initially designed, was actually quite good but advancements in projectile types and anti-tank missiles soon degraded its base value.
The AMX-40 program was officially dropped from the market by 1990.
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