1/200 Scale Modern French AMX Leclerc Main Battle Tank.
Highly detailed tank with detailed Tracks and moveable Turret.
AMX Leclerc Main Battle Tank
- 1x French AMX Leclerc Main Battle Tank
The Char Leclerc
is a main battle tank
(MBT) built by GIAT, now Nexter
. It was named in honour of General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque
, who led the French element of the drive towards Paris
while in command of the Free French 2nd Armoured Division
) in World War II
The Leclerc is in service with the French Army
and the army of the United Arab Emirates
. In production since 1991, the Leclerc entered French service in 1992, replacing the AMX 30
as the country's main armoured platform. With production now complete, the French Army has 406 Leclerc and the United Arab Emirates Army
has 388. The price in 2011 was €9.3 million, which made it the most expensive tank in history at the time. Following the devaluation of the Euro
its price fell dramatically, and in 2014 the K2 Black Panther
surpassed the Leclerc's price record.The Leclerc
is equipped with a GIAT (Nexter) CN120-26 120mm smoothbore
cannon. This cannon is capable of firing the same NATO
standard 120mm rounds as the German Leopard 2
and US M1 Abrams
, but in practice only French-produced ammunition is issued. The gun is insulated with a thermal sleeve
and has an automatic compressed-air fume extraction system instead of the usual bore evacuator
. The Leclerc has a unique autoloading system which was specifically designed for it, and reduces the crew to three by eliminating the human loader. The turret of the Leclerc was designed around the auto-loading system
in order to avoid the problems common to other tanks with an autoloader. The Leclerc
autoloader allows a rate of fire of 12 shots per minute and holds 22 rounds of ready ammunition; it can accommodate up to six different types of ammunition at once, although like most autoloader systems it cannot change ammunition types once a round has been loaded. The most common types are the armour piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS
) with a tungsten core and the high explosive anti-tank
(HEAT) round. There are 18 other rounds available for reload. A Leclerc tank can fire while traveling at a speed of 50 km/h on a target 4,000 metres away.
The gun is 52 calibres
long instead of the 44 calibres common on most tanks of the Leclerc's generation, giving the rounds a higher muzzle velocity.
is also equipped with a 12.7 mm coaxial machine gun and a remote-controlled 7.62 mm machine gun, whereas most other NATO tanks use 7.62 mm weapons for both their coaxial and top machine gun mounts; the major exception is the American M1 Abrams, which has a 7.62 mm coaxial machine gun and two top-mounted machine guns, one 7.62 mm and one 12.7 mm.
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