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Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) [ 1973 ]

The adaptable French-built AMX-10 Armored Personnel Carrier was developed to replace the AMX-VCI series.

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The AMX-10 was adopted in 1973 to replace the aging AMX-VCI Infantry COmbat Vehicle series. Design work on the new vehicle began in the mid-1960s with pilot vehicles available as soon as 1968 for evaluation and testing. The vehicle was taken on to serve a variety of battlefield roles for the French Army and has seen strong export numbers to foreign parties - in particular Saudi Arabia which held a stock of 600 vehicles. Like other Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs), the AMX-10P was designed to be adaptable to different roles as required by the purchaser A marine version of the AMX-10P was also released which incorporated full amphibious support with propulsion through installed water jets. These marine variants could also be fielded with a power-assisted 12.7mm machine gun turrets, a 25mm "DRAGAR" cannon turret, or a 90mm TS-90 series tank-killing turret.

The AMX-10P - the base 20mm cannon-armed model - carried a conventional IFV/APC form with a very shallow profile, well-sloped glacis plate, forward-mounted engine (front-right), and rear-mounted fighting compartment. The turret was set over the hull roof with full 360-degree traversal and smoke grenade dischargers at-the-ready. Running gear included five rubber-tired road wheels to a hull side with the drive sprocket at front and track idler at rear with three track return rollers partially covered by side armor skirts. Internally, the vehicle was crewed by a standard arrangement of three personnel to include the driver, commander, and gunner. Eight passengers could be carried under the protection of armor against small arms fire and artillery spray.

Power was served through a Hispano-Suiza HS 115 series V8 water-cooled supercharged diesel engine developing 260 horsepower. Operational ranges reached 600 kilometers with a road speed maximum of 65 kmh. Offroad journeying was aided by the torsion bar suspension system.

In its standard configuration (20mm cannon), the vehicle carried 800 x 20mm projectiles and 2,000 x 7.62mm ammunition.

Other variants went on to include a turret-less driver trainer vehicle, a Milan Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) carrier, a 120mm mortar-armed fire support vehicle, a command vehicle, and a 105mm-armed tank killer.

Beyond the French and Saudi armies, the vehicle is also represented in the inventories of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece (since retired), Indonesia, Iraq (many since lost in combat or scrapped), Morocco, Qatar, Singapore (since retired), and the United Arab Emirates.©MilitaryFactory.com
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Service Year

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National flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina National flag of France National flag of Greece National flag of Indonesia National flag of Mexico National flag of Morocco National flag of Qatar National flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National flag of Singapore National flag of the United Arab Emirates Bosnia and Herzegovina; France; Greece; Indonesia; Mexico; Morocco; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; United Arab Emirates
(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Amphibious Assault
Traverse bodies of open water under own power with / without preparation.
Infantry Support
Support allied ground forces through weapons, inherent capabilities, and / or onboard systems.
Engage armored vehicles of similar form and function.

Track-and-Wheel Arrangement
Vehicle utilizes a track-and-wheel arrangement to provide enhanced cross-country travel capability.
System can enter and traverse open water sources - either rivers, lakes, and streams; Amphibious Assault operation support.
NBC Protection
Crew is provided (either as standard or optional) protection against Nuclear-Biological-Chemical agents for enhanced survivability in contaminated zones.
Smoke Screening
Vehicle has capability to self-generate a smoke screen, either through launched grenades or built-in engine funtion (raw fuel injection).
Crew has access to night-vision equipment, allowing for low-light or night time operations.
Anti-Tank Capable
Onboard solution provides ability to neutralize armored or fortified targets at range through missile or penetrating ballistic weapons.
Troop Carrier
Vehicle (or its variants) has an inherent troop-carrying capability, providing protected cover for embarked allies in contested areas.
Vehicle's proven running gear and overall makeup lends itself well to fulfill other battlefield roles by way of specialized designs.

19.4 ft
5.9 m
9.3 ft
2.83 m
9.3 ft
2.83 m
27,999 lb
12,700 kg
14.0 tons
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base AMX-10P production variant. Length typically includes main gun in forward position if applicable to the design)
Powerplant: 1 x Hispano-Suiza HS-115 V-8 water-cooled supercharged diesel engine developing 260 horsepower.
40.4 mph
(65.0 kph)
310.7 mi
(500.0 km)
(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base AMX-10P production variant. Compare this entry against any other in our database)
1 x 20mm automatic cannon in traversing turret.
1 x 7.62mm General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG).
2 x 4 x Smoke grenade dischargers.

Supported Types

Graphical image of a tank automatic cannon
Graphical image of a tank medium machine gun
Graphical image of tank /armored vehicle smoke grenade dischargers

(Not all weapon types may be represented in the showcase above)
760 x 20mm projectiles.
2,000 x 7.62mm ammunition.
8 x Smoke grenades.

AMX-10 - Base Series Designation.
AMX-10P - Amphibious Vehicle.
AMX-10P HOT - Anti-Tank, Guided-Missile (ATGM) vehicle.
AMX-10 RATAC (Radar for Artillery Field Fire) Vehicle.
AMX-10 SAO Artillery Observation Vehicle.
AMX-10 SAT - Survey Vehicle.
AMX-10 VOA - Observation Vehicle.
AMX-10 TM - Mortar Tractor.
AMX-10 PC - Command Vehicle.
AMX-10 ECH - Repair Vehicle.

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