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For the mean time:     Updated Special Armor Locations:                            

French 140 mm smoothbore gun firing :      

AMX Leclerc Series 1 Special Armor distribution in the hull and turret (not including the spaced heavy side skirts). Once the model is complete i will use it to do some vulnerability modelling along t

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Program for the 2018 14th of July parade.


Singapour and Japan will be the guest of honor this year so they will open the parade.


Other participation of note will include:


-A German A400M

-Spanish civilian guard with the Gendarmerie school of Thulle

-4 Belgian Phirana of the twin Brigade mediane/7ème brigade blindée


It will also be the last occasion to see the Mirage 2000N fly under French colors.

The air parade will also showcase the C-130J delivered this year as well as the refuelling A330-MRTT which mean that delivery are imminent.


Finally the COMCYBER  created last year will participate to the parade sending 56 militarized geeks.

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   As the user of the social network Twitter @SimNasr reported, in the capital of Mali Gao, as a result of the suicide attack on a VBIED, two French Nexter VBCI were destroyed. According to known information, two French soldiers were killed and eight wounded. This is the first known to date loss of infantry fighting vehicles of this type and the largest single casualties of the French contingent in Mali since the entry of troops there in early 2013.




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Apparently the VBCI hit was blocking the road (for a check point?) when the VBIED drove into it.

At the time of the attack some of the soldier where patrolling outside while some where staying inside the VBCIs.

Several civilian casualties as well (unconfirmed 4 dead and 31 wounded)








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One very specific point (and little known) of the French AFV industry is the trend to develop simultaneously both a hight volume chassis and a low profile chassis each using the same running gear. Let’s see a few cases.


With the EBMR program in progress, there are the Griffon VBMR and the Jaguar EBRC (right) :



During the 60’s, the Panhard M3 (first) and Panhard AML :





Later, came both the VCR (first) and the ERC :





The famous VAB was available as a fire support vehicle, the VBC-90 :





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During the late 70’s, an attempt was made to use the AMX-10P as a light recce tank, the AMX-10C :





A wheeled chassis was preferred as the successor of the EBRC. This is the AMX-10RC.


An APC/IFV version was available : the AMX-10RTT wich never found any customers. 



An interesting concept was the Mars-15 family :




It was introduced in 1987 as a successor of the AMX-13 for export market by Creusot-Loire Industrie (It was specifically designed to be produced by the customer’s industry.).

In 1990, when CLI was purchased by GIAT Industries, it was killed. The latter considered it wasn’t possible to promote simultaneously a light tracked AFV family for export market, and the idea that wheeled AFV can performed as tracked one for the French Army.

We have to remind it was forbidden by the 90’s, to talk about any tracked solution to succeed to the old AMX-10PH (even if the purchase of CV90 was considered in case of Leclerc MBT victory in the Swedish market.).

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On 7/24/2018 at 5:08 AM, Serge said:

During the late 70’s, an attempt was made to use the AMX-10P as a light recce tank, the AMX-10C :


A wheeled chassis was preferred as the successor of the EBRC. This is the AMX-10RC.


An APC/IFV version was available : the AMX-10RTT wich never found any customers. 

Could you please tell some detail about the development of AMX 10 series AFV?

Thank you.

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12 hours ago, Monochromelody said:

Could you please tell some detail about the development of AMX 10 series AFV?

Thank you.


I’m not skilled enough to answer you. I was tank commander on AMX-10RC, but it was a long time ago. And user are not always the best historians. Today, I’m much more sharper on the tactical side of the Force. I now if things are useless or useful. 


If you have questions about the deployment and the use, don’t hesitate...


Visite this French site :


It’s no more active but this is the best place ever to find photos of all the French AFV produced (even as prototypes only).

Use Google to search into because pages with the list of AFV per decades. 

Search for :

- AMX10 RTT, C, ACRA, P, PH (improved P).


Send MP to @DarkLabor. He’s up to date in French doc. Maybe @Sovngard can help.

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Well the history of the AMX 10 program is quite complicated (at least for the AMX 10 RC).
At first (1960) it was planned to have an all tracked family with the ERAC (Engin de Reconnaissance Amphibie Chenillé == Tracked Amphibious Reconnaissance Vehicle) as a recce vehicle with a 90mm gun fitted in an oscillating turret. Studies were pushed towards a 105mm gun system with an ongoing competition between the APX and the EFAB engineers teams for the ammunition. The ERAC was dropped when the specifications were more demanding and other weapon systems were considered. The ECA (Engin de Combat Amphibie == Amphibious Fighting Vehicle) did not last long (mid 60s) but was considered with a wide range of weapon systems ranging from conventional 105mm gun to conventional anti-tank missile with the tube launched ACRA missile system inbetween.
In the end, the development of the AMX 10 P seems to be uneventful compared to the AMX 10 RC which ended up being based on the AMX 10 P in order to reduce possession cost and ease of maintenance.

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