AMX-56 Leclerc – Main Battle Tank

AMX-56 Leclerc – Main Battle Tank

The AMX-56 Leclerc is a French-made Main Battle Tank (MBT) built by Nexter. It entered service in 1992 and an improved Mk2 version entered service/production in 1998. The improvements were better equipped engine control systems and improved computer software. The French born tank has also been exported to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and they have 388 of these Leclercs while France’s army is equipped with 406 Leclercs. These are the only two countries in the world which operate this armored vehicle.

Armaments

The AMX-57 Leclerc is armed with a CN120-26 120mm smooth-bore cannon which is able to fire standard NATO rounds and uses an auto-loader system. The tank is normally loaded with French made ammunition.

Armament overview

  • CN120-26 120mm smoothbore cannon (Able to fire 120mm NATO rounds)
  • 12.7 mm coaxial machine gun
  • Remote-controlled 7.62mm machine gun
  • There are 18 types of French made ammunition that can be fired out of the main gun.
  • As standard, there is a gun stabalization system which allows the tank to fire accurately at speeds of 50 km/h.

Specification

Auto-loader enables the tank to fire 12 rounds per minute and the loader itself holds 22 rounds of ammunition which it can readily load and fire to which end it can fire 5 different types of ammunition in the same batch of 22 rounds. The coaxial gun is also fitted with a heavy 12.7 mm machine gun, where most other tanks are fitted with the 7.62 mm machine gun. The turret like in the picture to the right hand side can be fitted with a remotely operated machine gun of 12.7mm; similar to that of the M1A2’s TUSK upgrade.

However the Leclerc (MBT) is seen usually with 12.7 mm weapon without remote positioning. The vehicle is also armed with smoke grenades 4 x 4, anti-personnel grenades and infra-red screening rounds. (Powered by the Galix Combat vehicle protection system)

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6 Responses to “AMX-56 Leclerc – Main Battle Tank”

  1. Tyler says:

    Looks cool, but is that rivets I see? or bolt-on armor?

  2. armour says:

    Hey Pounce,

    Thank you for letting me know.

    The image will be updated as soon as possible. :)

  3. Pounce_UK says:

    That picture you have of the le Lecrec is actually a picture of the South Koran K1 88-A1 Tank. Just thought you would like to know.

  4. Ollie Wiggins says:

    The article is good, apart from the picture which is one of a k2 of th south korean army, if you could change this that would be great it just niggles at me. Cheers bye
    p.s. the rest is good ;)

  5. armour says:

    Doing research, then article will be worked upon.

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