AMR.35 ZT3

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AMR.35 ZT3
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AMR.35 ZT3
AB RB SB
1.0 1.0 1.0
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Description

The Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance AMR 35 ZT3 (Recon Machinegun-car AMR 35 ZT3) is a rank I French tank destroyer with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance". Featuring a quick firing "stabilized" 25 mm gun, good mobility and bulletproof armour, it differs greatly from other rank 1 French tanks while offering similar gameplay to the Russian ASU-57. It is arguably the best first French tank to research.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull13 / 13 / 10
Turret13 / 13 / 10
Crew2 people
Visibility65 %

With only 13 mm all-around, this is not a frontline tank and it should fear artillery barrages, bombs and strafing aircraft. Distance is your main defense since most rank 1 guns are inaccurate, often missing such a small target. Any penetrating shot from another tank can easily disable this tank.

Armour type:

  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull, superstructure)
  • Cast homogeneous armour (cupola)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 6 mm (76°) Upper glacis
13 mm (19°) Lower plate
13 mm (35°) Lower glacis
13 mm 10 mm (23°) Top
10 mm (34°) Radiator shaft
10 mm (34°) Bottom
6 mm (14°) Front glacis
5 mm Vents
Superstructure 13+20 mm Gun mantlet
13 mm (19°) Upper plate
13 mm (0-31°) 10 mm 6 mm (12°) Front
6 mm Centre and rear
5 mm Vents
Cupola 13 mm (11°) 13 mm (14°) 13 mm (4°) 13 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and bogies are 20 mm thick while tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • An add-on suspension wheel (20 mm) covers the radiator shaft

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB65 / 8 km/h
RB and SB60 / 7 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight6.5 t
Engine power
AB156 hp
RB and SB82 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB24.0 hp/t
RB and SB12.6 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 65 8 6.5 116 156 17.85 24
Realistic 60 7 73 82 11.23 12.62

This light chassis can be carried wherever it is needed in no time. It is quite fast and manoeuvrable but looses a good amount of speed when going off-road due to narrow tracks.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB120 → 148 Sl icon.png
RB160 → 197 Sl icon.png
SB190 → 235 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications2 990 Rp icon.png
920 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost190 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 Sl icon.png
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces20 Ge icon.png
Research Aces96 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 20 / 20 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
60 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
170 Rp icon.png
Cost:
50 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
170 Rp icon.png
Cost:
50 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
80 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
480 Rp icon.png
Cost:
150 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
480 Rp icon.png
Cost:
150 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
60 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
170 Rp icon.png
Cost:
50 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
80 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
60 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
170 Rp icon.png
Cost:
50 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
250 Rp icon.png
Cost:
80 Sl icon.png
60 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

Shoulder stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in one plane while moving
Ammunition78 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
3.9 → 3.0 s
Vertical guidance-10° / 13°
Horizontal guidance-5° / 5°
Main article: SA34 L/72 (25 mm)
25 mm SA34 L/72 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 78 -10°/+13° ±5° Shoulder 17.6 24.4 29.6 32.7 34.8 3.90 3.45 3.18 3.00
Realistic 11.9 14.0 17.0 18.8 20.0

The 25 mm SA 34 L/72 cannon is a breath of fresh air among its likes: it has decent penetration values and a 3.9 s reload time. Its good ballistic properties (flat trajectory) makes it easy to aim at usual combat ranges (~500 m). This gun comes with an enjoyable feature: it has a LOCK, which is a primitive form of stabilizer. It enables this tank to reliably shoot on the move in middle to far range (100 to 500 m). Or else, one can stop and shoot faster than other rank 1 tanks. The MAC 31 is a decent coaxial MG. The main downside this gun platform has is its limited gun traverse, which makes close-range engagements very hard.

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
Mle1934 TP (Ch.F) APC 71 68 56 44 34 27
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
Mle1934 TP (Ch.F) APC 950 0.31 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the AMR.35 ZT3
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
78 55 (+23) 31 (+47) (+77) Yes

Notes:

  • As they are modeled by sets of 2, shells disappear from the rack only after you fire both shells in the set.
  • The visual discrepancy concerns the total number of shells as well as the number of shells per rack:
    • 72 shells are modeled but you can pack 78 shells.
    • Rack 3 is modeled as 24 shells but contains 30 shells.

Machine guns

Ammunition3 200 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
6.5 → 5.0 s
Fire rate551 shots/min
Main article: MAC 31 (7.5 mm)
7.5 mm MAC 31
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,200 (150) 551 N/A N/A

The small calibre of the MAC 31 machine gun makes it largely ineffective against all armoured vehicles but the ones with an open compartment. It still can be used to ping targets as a rangefinding help or to mow down minor obstacles blocking your line of sight.

Usage in battles

This is a good introduction to a typical tank destroyer's gameplay: a good gun on a fragile chassis and even more. With its low silhouette, the AMR can completely hide itself behind a wide variety of terrain features: wrecked tanks hulls, shallow hills, rocks, brick walls... Staying away from the fight and sniping for unsuspecting enemies. When spotted, choosing to reverse back into cover is a good decision.

Classical TD:

Hiding behind terrain and obstacles, using its good gun depression while staying at some distance from the target is the best way to use this TD in most situations. Applies well on any non-urban terrain.

Sneaking TD

This is a very situational way to play the AMR, mostly efficient in RB and SB games but still applicable to AB matches. This tactics relies on this tank's low silhouette: it can easily hide behind almost anything. Use this tactic to sneak onto an enemy's back or to lure the enemy team into a trap (needs a complying ally). Being a ninja AMR applies well to urban combat.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast compared to French low-tier vehicles.
  • The 25 mm gun, though small, has a high penetration power and is stable on the move.
  • Small calibre rounds can penetrate narrow spots unreachable for bigger calibres
  • The APC round has good post-penetration damage.
  • -10° of gun depression angle.
  • Competitive reload time.
  • Low silhouette.
  • Crew are not lined-up from the front.
  • Asymmetric gun position allow for original gameplay.
  • Side armour is actually thicker than frontal armour.

Cons:

  • Two-men crew means that any knocked crew member ends up either as immobilization or back to the garage.
  • Gun traverse is fairly limited, even for a TD casemate design.
  • Anything punching harder than a MG will shred this vehicle.
  • Narrow tracks offer poor off-road mobility.
  • Big cupola makes a good target.
  • Limited ammo choice.

History

The Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance (AMR) 35 was an improvement over the previous AMR.33 machine-gun armed light tank, which had suffered from poor tracks and suspension. Despite being larger and heavier, its bigger engine and improved suspension made it faster and more maneuverable than its predecessor. 167 of these light tanks, many armed with 13.2 mm machine guns in a standard turret, were in service during the Battle for France in 1940. A subvariant, the ZT3, was planned to carry the French standard anti-tank gun, the 25mm, to serve alongside the machine-gun armed AMR.35s in the French light motorized units. A total of ten ZT3 are believed to have been produced and issued prior to the fall of France.

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See also

Other vehicles of similar configuration and role

External links


France tank destroyers
  AMR.35 ZT3 · SAu 40 · Lorraine 37L · ARL-44 · CA Lorraine · Lorraine 155 Mle.50 · AMX-50 Foch
USA  ▄M10 GMC