AMX-13 (HOT)

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This page is about the French light tank AMX-13 (HOT). For other versions, see AMX-13 (Family).
AMX-13 (HOT)
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AMX-13 (HOT)
AB RB SB
8.0 8.0 8.0
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Description

The AMX-13 (HOT) is a rank VI French light tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

At its current battle rating, the AMX-13 (HOT) can definitely do some serious damage, even to top-rank MBTs and (as of 1.81) helicopters too. The six HOT ATGMs are enough to penetrate almost any conventional armour on direct hit, and may even penetrate the T-64B's upper glacis with ERA in place if hit it directly, though strong NERA screen might be too much for it. All six missiles can be fired in short succession, although only the one fired last can be controlled.

This makes it a viable tank destroyer, but, unlike any of the MBTs, it cannot take a hit and survive. Even certain machine guns and aircraft cannons are capable of destroying it easily. Use its spotting ability to alert your team to enemies, and try to guide ATGM into a critical spot, like crew or ammo, since ATGM can overpenetrate.

Just remember: AMX-13s only have six ATGMs, after that, it is using a conventional gun, firing solid shot AP, which technically can ammo rack tanks like T-64 and T-80 from the side, but it's not a guaranteed kill.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull40 / 20 / 15
Turret40 / 20 / 20
Crew3 people
Visibility79 %

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (Turret base, Turret front)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 20 mm (67°) Front glacis
20-40 mm (5-50°) Lower glacis
20 mm 15 mm Top
15 mm (45°) Bottom
10 mm
5 mm Engine grille
Turret 40 mm (32-47°) Turret front
40 mm (12-41°) Turret base
40 mm (15-75°) Barrel shroud
20 mm (0-30°) Turret
20 mm (12-14°) Turret base
20 mm Turret bustle
20 mm (17-22°) Pivot ball
10 mm (77-90°) Turret underside
10 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 20 mm 10 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels and tracks are 15 mm thick.
  • Belly armour is 10 mm thick.
  • 8 mm Structural steel firewall separates the driver from the engine.
  • The track and wheel on the front glacis offer about 15 mm structural steel thickness.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB67 / 8 km/h
RB and SB61 / 7 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight15.5 t
Engine power
AB515 hp
RB and SB270 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB33.2 hp/t
RB and SB17.4 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 67 8 15.5 418 515 26.97 33.23
Realistic 61 7 239 270 15.42 17.42

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 380 → 3 420 Sl icon.png
RB3 200 → 4 598 Sl icon.png
SB3 100 → 4 454 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications188 500 Rp icon.png
318 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training170 000 Sl icon.png
Experts590 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 160 / 210 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
4 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
22 000 Sl icon.png
440 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
Mods airstrike.png
Airstrike
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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75mm_SA50_APCBC_ammo_pack
Research:
7 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Smoke grenade
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
400 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
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Improved optics
Research:
16 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
25 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition36 rounds
First-order12 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Vertical guidance-6° / 13°
Main article: SA50 L/57 (75 mm)
75 mm SA50 L/57 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 36 -6°/+13° ±180° N/A 28.6 39.5 48.0 53.1 56.5 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Realistic 17.9 21.0 25.5 28.2 30.0

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
POT-51A APC 182 178 162 143 127 113
75 mm HE HE 10 10 10 10 10 10
PCOT-51P APCBC 202 198 180 159 141 125
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%
POT-51A APC 1,000 6.4 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
75 mm HE HE 753 6.2 0 0.1 675 79° 80° 81°
PCOT-51P APCBC 1,000 6.4 N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the AMX-13 (identical).
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
7th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
36 32 (+4) 28 (+8) 23 (+13) 18 (+18) 13 (+23) (+29) (+35) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Rack 6* and 7* (autoloader magazines) are first stage ammo racks. They total 12 shells.
  • These racks get filled first when loading up the tank and are also emptied first.
  • As the AMX-13 (HOT) is equipped with an autoloader, manual reloading of the gun is not possible.
  • Once the autoloader magazines have been depleted, you can't shoot until the loader has restocked the autoloader. The restocking time is longer than the normal reload time of the gun (about 15 seconds). Take this into account when playing.
  • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from racks 1 to 5 into rack 7* then 6*. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready racks.
  • The depletion order at full capacity is: 6* - 7* - 1 - 2 up to 5.

Additional armament

Ammunition6 rounds
Flight speed250 m/s
Range4 600 m
Method of aiming
ABSemi-auto
RB and SBSemi-auto
Fire on the moveup to 5 km/h
Main article: HOT
HOT ATGM
Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer
6 N/A N/A N/A

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
HOT ATGM 700 700 700 700 700 700
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Range
(m)
Projectile
Mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
HOT ATGM 250 4,000 23 0.05 0.1 3,800 80° 82° 90°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the AMX-13 (HOT)
Full
ammo
Visual
discrepancy
6 No

Notes:

  • The missiles are fired from 1 to 6.
  • It is not possible to select how many missiles to bring into battle.

Machine guns

Ammunition4 950 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Reload5.0 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 4,950 (150) 551 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The AMX-13 HOT cannot be played as the standard AMX-13 due to the increased battle rating. This particular modification should be used always as a support vehicle. The commander should always keep this in mind:

- ATGM: frontal engagements at 100 m (the ATGM has to fly up a couple of metres to be able to follow the crosshair due to the launcher placement). Distance engagements past 200-300 m.

- 75 mm gun: Side shots at distances between 0-200 m

It should be noted that the AMX-13 HOT can face Leopard 1s, meaning the main gun is capable of destroying the tank from all sides. Enemy targets like T-54/55 will only be able to be penned frontally with the ATGM and from the sides with the 75 mm gun. The T-55AM-1 can be one of the toughest enemies it will face as the ATGM will not be able to penetrate the turret mantlet when seen directly from the front, aim for centre-mass with the ATGM.

Do not stay alone with this tank unless you are being a scout vehicle (as it has that capacity).

When in urban combat:

The AMX-13 should be played as a flanker or as a "medic" vehicle thanks to being able to repair friendlies due to being a light tank. It should be noted that the ATGM use is reduced considerably when in urban combat due to the way the launchers are placed. Use your mobility, scouting capabilities and autoloader to mark, disable and support allies in killing enemy vehicles. When facing Russian tanks, always try to get side shots. When facing NATO tanks (excluding heavy tanks and WW2 tanks), side shots might not be required depending on the armour the AMX-13 is facing.

When in rural combat:

The AMX-13 should be played as a scout or as an ATGM sniper. Be aware of your zoom sights as the AMX-13 lacks potent zoom. Use ATGMs when engaging far targets as your main gun will lose penetration at ranges longer than 300 m, reducing spalling or not penetrating enemy armour at all. Use your scout ability to mark targets for teammates and let them engage them. Using your speed, you are able to flank the enemy as you are able to cross the map side to side with relative ease and speed.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Mouse-guided HOT missiles, capable of breaching some ERA screens on direct hit
  • Can annihilate a lot of tanks in quick succession since all 6 ATGM are always armed and ready to fire
  • Reasonably fast turret rotation speed

Cons:

  • Since ATGMs are stored outside the tank turret, stray artillery shells can hit and detonate ammo
  • Horrendous gun performance at top tier, you will be unable to penetrate almost all enemies frontally
  • Long replenishment time for the autoloader after the 12 shots have been spent
  • Only 6 ATGMs
  • Oscillating turret causes up and down bobbing of the gunsight when coming to a stop
  • Mediocre mobility for a light tank

History

Development

Development of the AMX-13 began in 1946 in response to a requirement by the French Army for a light tank to support paratroopers. It was designed at Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX). A long line of prototypes lead to the production model. The first prototype was the AMX-13 2A in 1948, with four road wheels. Next came the 2B with five road wheels and a raised idler wheel, and the 2C with the FL-10 turret and two return rollers. The 2D introduced an arrangement with four return rollers.

Design

The turret held the commander and gunner, and was set to the rear of the vehicle. The hull was very compact and low profile, with the engine on the right side and the driver in the front, left side.

The main feature of the AMX-13 was the FL-10 oscillating turret, armed with a 75 mm gun with an automatic loader system fed by two six-round magazines, for a total of 12 rounds in the autoloading mechanism. The gun could depress 8° and elevate 12°, with 5° per second of elevation speed. The turret could rotate 360° with 30° per second of traverse speed. A TCV 107 laser rangefinder was provided to the gunner. 6 smoke grenade launchers were fitted on the turret, with 6 more grenades stored in the vehicle. One coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun was fitted, with 1,800 rounds in belts of 200. Another 7.62 mm machine gun could be fitted on an anti-aircraft mount with 1,800 rounds.

The gasoline engine produced 250 horsepower, and the manual transmission had five forward and one reverse gear. The suspension was of the torsion bar type. The drive sprockets were in the front, return rollers in the back, and there were five road wheels and four return rollers. The AMX-13 could reach a speed of 60 kph, and it had a range of 400 kilometers.

The protection of the AMX-13, it being a light tank, was not great. It could withstand heavy machine gun and low-caliber autocannon rounds from the front, but the sides could not even withstand heavy machine gun fire. An appliqué armor package was developed to increase protection at the choice of the user.

Production

Production began in 1952, at Atelier de Construction Roanne (ARE). Over 7,000 AMX-13s of all variants were produced, seeing export to a number of nations as well as seeing service with the French Army. Production shifted to Creusot-Loire at Chalon-sur-Saône in 1964, since ARE began producing the AMX-30 in that year.

Service

The French Army received most of the original 75 mm-armed version, with about 3,000 entering service. They were assigned to the regular armored units, which were mostly filled with M47 and M48 Patton medium tanks at the time. AMX-13 squadrons had four tanks, and were split into two sections of one infantry section and one light tank section each, along with an ammunition truck and command vehicle. These squadrons were used for screening and reconnaissance, locating enemy forces and engaging them. After the first section had engaged the enemy and was reloading, the second section engaged the enemy. The process of alternating reloading and firing between the sections allowed the tanks to hold off the enemy until medium tanks arrived.

In the 1960's, the AMX-30 entered service. AMX-13s were used during the decolonization war in Algeria (1954-1962), although they saw little combat due to the lack of opposition and the terrain. After the French AMX-13s were up-gunned with the 90 mm gun, they often saw service in foreign theaters of operation due to their relative inexpensiveness. The AMX-13s were decommissioned and put into reserve starting in 1985.

HOT variant

The AMX-13 HOT was a prototype made by AMX featuring HOT launchers and ATGM as an intent to upgrade the AMX-13 SS.11

Media

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See also

Vehicles equipped with the same missile

External links


France light tanks
  AMD.35 · FCM.36 · R.35 (SA38) · Char 25t · AML-90 · SK-105A2
AMC  AMC.34 YR · AMC.35 (ACG.1)
AMX  AMX-10RC · AMX-13 · AMX-13 (FL11) · AMX-13-90 · AMX-13 (HOT) · AMX-13 (SS.11) · AMX-13-M24
Creusot-Loire Industrie  MARS 15
Hotchkiss  H.35 · H.39 · H.39 "Cambronne"
Panhard  E.B.R. (1954) · E.B.R. (1963)
Foreign  ▄Crusader Mk.II · ▄M3A3 Stuart