The AMX-30 is a main battle tank designed by GIAT, first delivered to the French Army in 1966. The first five tanks were issued to the 501st Tank Regiment in August of that year
About this creation
This didn't turn out as well as I would like. The turret of the AMX-30 is really tricky to emulate and even after getting kind of close, it was a real pain to do the turret roof. No interior detailing on this one I'm afraid.
AMX-30 was developed from the mid-1950s by Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux to meet the requirements of the French Army. First prototypes were completed in 1960 with production commencing at a really French sounding place in 1966; since then over 3500 AMX-30 MBT and variants have been built for home and export market. Production of the AMX-30 MBt has been completed and in the French Army it is now being supplemented by the Leclerc MBT
Driver sits front left with cast turret center, engine and transmission toward rear. Commander and gunner sit right of turret, loader left. The 105mm gun power-elevates -8 degrees to +20 degrees, turret traverses through 360.
Main armament fires APFSDS, HEAT, HE, smoke and illumination rounds with 20mm cannon or 12.7mm HMG mounted coaxial to the left. The cannon has independent elevation for engaging low-flying targets and helicopters. Some AMX-30B2's of the French Army have been fitted with Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) over their frontal arc.
Key Recognition Features
* Well sloped glacis plate with driver's hatch in upper left, turret center, engine rear, hull rear vertical, silencer on track guards above rear drive sprocket.
* Cast turret has sides that slope inwards with turret bustle extending over engine deck, stowage basket each side of the turret, two smoke grenade launchers either side at rear, commander's cupola on right side of turret roof. 105mm gun has thermal sleeve, 20mm cannon mounted to the left of gun.
* Suspension each side has five road wheels (oops), drive sprocket rear, idler front, three return rollers, no skirts.
Production complete. In service with Bosnia, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, UAE and Venezuela
Crew - 4
Armament - 1x 105mm, 1x 20mm cannon, 1x 7.62mm MG (AA),
Ammunition - 47x 105mm, 1050x 20mm, 2050x 7.62mm
Length - 6.59 m
Width - 3.1 m
Height - 2.86 m
Ground clearance - 0.44 m
Weight - 36000 kg
Max road speed - 65 km/h
Max road range - 500 to 600 km
Fuel capacity - 970 lit
Fording - 1.3 m, 2.2 m w/preparation
Armor - 80 mm (max)
Armor type - Steel
NBC system - Yes
Night vision equipment - Yes (passive on AMX-30B2)