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Main Battle Tank (MBT)

France | 1966

"The AMX-30 is a solid - if unspectacular - main battle tank system with no on-the-move firing capabilities."

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The AMX-30 stemmed from a post-World War 2 design that saw many nations in Europe attempting to refit and update their armor inventories. With a three-way organized effort between West Germany, France and Italy to design and produce a tank similar to the US-made M47 Patton series (already in large stock in French inventory) but up-gunned while carrying less weight, West German and French engineers each came up with separate attempts. West Germany produced a working prototype that was named the Leopard while France designed and produced the prototype AMX-30. By this time it was accepted that each nation would adopt its own designs as to fulfill their battle tank needs with the West German Leopard becoming the Leopard 1 main battle tank and the AMX-30 entering production for France.

The core of the AMX-30 revolves around the CH-105-F1 105mm main gun fitted to the three man turret. With a muzzle velocity of some 3,280 feet per second, the main gun can defeat some 15 inches of enemy armor (it should be noted that the AMX-30 features nothing in the way of a gun stabilization feature and, as such, cannot effectively fire when on the move). A distinct design feature also sees a 20mm cannon fitted coaxially in the turret and can be elevated separately of the main gun. An additional 7.62mm machine gun in fitted to the top of the turret for anti-infantry or anti-aircraft defense. Five road wheels are afforded per track side. Power is derived from a single Hispano-Suiza 12-cylinder diesel engine developing 720 horsepower. Ammunition storage consists of 47 x 105mm projectiles, over 1,000 rounds of 20mm ammunition and over 2,000 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

The AMX-30 appeared in production form from 1966 onwards and was produced for the next 27 years. The AMX-30 became a favorite on the export market - especially with Middle Eastern customers - and would go on to see some 3,500 examples produced. The 155mm GCT self-propelled gun system is based on the AMX-30 chassis.

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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-30 B2 Main Battle Tank (MBT).
1 x Hispano-Suiza HS 110 12-cylinder water-cooled supercharged muli-fuel engine developing 720 horsepower at 2,000rpm.
Installed Power
40 mph
65 kph
Road Speed
373 miles
600 km
The physical qualities of the AMX-30 B2 Main Battle Tank (MBT).
31.1 ft
9.48 meters
O/A Length
10.2 ft
3.1 meters
O/A Width
9.4 ft
2.86 meters
O/A Height
92,594 lb
42,000 kg | 46.3 tons
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the AMX-30 Main Battle Tank (MBT).
1 x 105mm CH-105-F1 main gun
1 x 20mm coaxial cannon
1 x 7.62mm machine gun in commander's cupola
2 x 2 smoke dischargers
47 x 105mm projectiles
1,050 x 20mm ammunition
2,050 x 7.62mm ammunition
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - YES.
Notable series variants as part of the AMX-30 family line.
AMX-30S - Desert Operations Variant
AMX-30D - Armored Recovery Vehicle
AMX-30 B2 - Explosive Reactive Armor; main French Army production model.
AMX-30D ARV - Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle
AMX-30 AVLB - Bridgelayer
AMX-30 Trainer - Turret replaced with training cupola.
AMX-30 EBG - Combat Engineering Vehicle
AMX-30 B DT - Combat Engineering Vehicle
AMX-30 B DT2 - Mine Clearing Vehicle
AMX-30-S 401 A - Self-propelled anti-aircraft gun system; fitted with 2 x 30mm cannons.
GCT - 155mm Self-Propelled Gun (AMX-30 Chassis)
Roland - Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Defense System (AMX-30 Chassis).
Shahine - Self-Propelled Anti-Aircraft Defence System (AMX-30 Chassis) exported to Saudi Arabia.
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the AMX-30. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 3,500 Units

Contractor(s): Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX) - France
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Design Qualities
Some designs are single-minded in their approach while others offer a more versatile solution to battlefield requirements.
Some designs stand the test of time while others are doomed to never advance beyond the drawing board; let history be their judge.
Going Further...
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