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AMX 10 RC
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AMX 10 RC
Type Armoured car
Place of origin  France
Specifications
Weight 15 tonnes
Length 6.24 m
Width 2.78 m
Height 2.56 m
Crew 4

Primary
armament
105 mm BK MECA (F2) L/48 (38 rounds) (Vo 800 m/s)
Secondary
armament
AA 7,62 NF1 co-axial machine gun (4000 cartridges), 4 smoke generators. Optional 12.7-mm M2HB AA MG
Engine Baudouin Diesel Model 6F11 SRX
280 hp (208.8 kW)
Suspension hydropneumatic wheel
Operational
range
800 to 1000 km
Speed 85 km/h (off-road: 25 to 30 km/h)

The AMX-10RC is a wheeled tank destroyer built by GIAT. Over 300 are in service in the French Army. 120 additional vehicles were sold to Morocco (108) and Qatar (12).

The AMX-10RC is a wheeled and heavily armed version of the AMX-10P combat vehicle. The AMX-10RC should not be confused with the AMX-10P; both share automotive components but otherwise have completely different battlefield roles. The AMX-10RC is amphibious and has very good mobility. It is usually used for reconnaissance missions in dangerous environments, or for fire support.

Design and characteristics

Initial work on the AMX-10RC began in 1970; production began in 1976, and the first production vehicle was delivered in 1981 to the 2nd Regiment de Hussards in Sourdun. The vehicle features a powerful GIAT 105 mm gun mounted in a welded aluminium turret. The turret also serves to house three crew members, while the driver sits in the front of the hull; the COTAC fire control system is provided for gun aiming.

The 105 mm gun fires four types of ammunition: APFSDS, HE, HEAT and smoke. The APFSDS uses the penetrator from the GIAT 90 mm APFSDS round, and is capable of penetrating a NATO triple heavy tank target at a range of 2000 meters.

The AMX-10RC has been the recipient of numerous upgrades over its lifetime. Newer systems include battlefield-management system terminals, most notably. For its part in the 1991 Gulf War, the AMX-10RC was provided with extra add-on armour and anti-tank missile decoy systems. One improvement considered was the installation of a NATO 105 mm gun, as the GIAT model was not compatible with NATO munitions, but this was ultimately not done. Thermal imaging systems have also been installed, using units taken from decommissioned AMX-30B2 MBTs. A central tire-inflation system is available for added traction over soft terrain. The AMX-10RC is equipped with an NBC (Nuclear/Biological/Chemical) protection system and may conduct reconnaissance in a radioactive environment.

The AMX-10RC is no longer in production by GIAT.

In the game Act of War: Direct Action, the AMX-10RC is the Consortium's standard tank until the Akula stealth tank.

Missions

  • Armoured reconnaissance
  • Armoured support
  • Flanking the main battle corps

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