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Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux

AMX-10RC

Despite sharing the same base designation as the AMX-10P IFV, the AMX-10RC is an entirely different vehicle designed for reconnaissance duties but shares some of the same automotive components as its counterpart. Most noticeable is the fact that the AMX-10RC is wheeled (6 x 6), rather than tracked, although its skid-steer system functions similarly to those of a tracked vehicle allowing it to turn by moving one set of wheels faster than the other. Additionally, the unique hydroneumatic system allows adjusting the suspension of the entire vehicle as well as just one part of it. The AMX-10RC packs a powerful punch thanks to its 105-mm gun capable of firing NATO-standard ammunition, and is equipped with thermal imaging equipment allowing night engagements. As a result, AMX-10RCs formed an important component (two regiments) of the French contribution to the 1991 Gulf War, and it has also been used more recently in Afghanistan. Additional users include Morocco and Qatar.

The first chassis of the AMX-10RC was completed in June 1971 and entered service in 1981 where it gradually replaced the Panhard EBR in French Army units. No major variants have been built although various private modernization schemes have been proposed. Existing units have received incremental upgrades over the years, notably new Baudouin engines in place of the original 260-hp Renault-built HS 115.

AMX-10RC
AMX-10RC

Preceded by:

None

Related:

AMX-10P (1973)

Succeeded by:

None

Datafile

DesignAMX-10RC
Type
Year1981
Crew4
Dimensions
Length (w/Gun)6.36 m (9.15 m)
Width2.29 m
Height1.57 m
Weight
Empty14,900 kg
Loaded15,880 kg
SuspensionHydropneumatic
Performance
Speed (Off-Road)85 km/h
Range (Off-Road)1,000 km
AmphibiousYes (7 km/h)
Vertical Obstacle0.80 m
Trench1.65 m
Gradient50%
Powerplant
Engine1 x 280-hp
Baudouin
6F 11 SRX
FuelDiesel
Power/Weight17.63 hp/t
Armament
Main1 x 105-mm L/48
CN-105 F2
Rifled Gun (38)
↑ 20° / ↓ -8° / ↔ 360°

Secondary1 x 7.62-mm (c)
1 x 7.62-mm
Armor
TypeAluminum
Thickness-
Max Effective-
Production
Built457
Total457

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