AMX-50 Surbaisse

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This page is about the heavy tank AMX-50 Surbaisse. For other uses, see AMX-50 (Family).
AMX-50 Surbaissé
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AMX-50 Surbaissé
AB RB SB
7.7 7.7 7.7
Class:
Research:170 000 Specs-Card-Exp.png
Purchase:440 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The AMX-50 Surbaissé is a rank V French heavy tank with a battle rating of 7.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance". On the battlefield, the vehicle is very easy to recognize due to its shape which simply cannot be mistaken for another French tank.

The AMX-50 Surbaissé differs from every heavy tank in its general playstyle, since it has rather thin armour which will not protect it against incoming enemy fire, you have to use its medium tank like mobility to perform deadly flank attacks which will often prove very catastrophic for the enemy team. Indeed, since you can keep up with most medium tanks and even outpace some, especially the British medium tanks, many enemies will find themselves completely caught off guard and at the mercy of your autoloading 120 mm gun which will allow you to kill one tank every 6 seconds. The tank is also a great long-range sniper (1,500 meters and beyond) as it comes equipped with a rangefinder that will allow you to range very quickly distant targets and deliver accurate shots upon them, also at such distances, your armour will start to be difficult to penetrate for most lower rank gun you'll encounter. Overall this tank, while being a heavy tank, is not meant to be played as such since it does not behave as such. You must use your mobility and your accurate fast-firing armament to prove effective against the enemies you'll come across

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull60 / 30 / 30
Turret90 / 60 / 40
Crew4 people
Visibility167 %

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (Hull sides, Hull rear, Hull roof)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 60 mm (30-85°) Front glacis
100 mm (8-57°) Joint plate
60 mm (21-74°) Bottom glacis
30-60 mm (0-23°) Top
30 mm Bottom
30 mm (0-50°) 20 mm
Turret - 60 mm Turret
40-60 mm (0-12°) Turret base
40 mm (0-30°) Turret bustle
20 mm (21-31°) Pivot ball
10 mm (69-76°) Turret underside
20 mm
Armour Sides Roof
Cupola 60 mm 20 mm

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 30 mm thick.
  • Wheels are interleaved to offer stacked protection values.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB55 / 7 km/h
RB and SB52 / 6 km/h
Number of gears5 forward
1 back
Weight57.8 t
Engine power
AB1 622 hp
RB and SB850 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB28.1 hp/t
RB and SB14.7 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 55 7 57.8 1,097 1622 18.98 28.06
Realistic 52 6 752 850 13.01 14.71

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 600 → 7 408 Sl icon.png
RB6 720 → 8 890 Sl icon.png
SB7 850 → 10 385 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications132 700 Rp icon.png
211 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training130 000 Sl icon.png
Experts440 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 400 Ge icon.png
Research Aces830 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 190 / 220 % Sl icon.png
208 / 208 / 208 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
Mods new tank traks.png
Tracks
Research:
9 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
7 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
7 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
6 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
5 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods tank reinforcement fr.png
Crew Replenishment
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank horizontal aiming.png
Horizontal Drive
Research:
9 200 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
230 Ge icon.png
Mods tank cannon.png
Adjustment of Fire
Research:
7 800 Rp icon.png
Cost:
12 000 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
8 700 Rp icon.png
Cost:
13 000 Sl icon.png
220 Ge icon.png
Mods tank rangefinder.png
Rangefinder
Research:
15 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Main armament

Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition38 rounds
First-order19 rounds
Reload6.0 s
Vertical guidance-8° / 14°
Main article: SA46 (120 mm)
120 mm SA46 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 38 -8°/+14° ±180° N/A __._ __._ __._ __._ __._ 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00
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
120 mm Obus explosif HE 39 39 39 39 39 39
120 mm Obus de rupture APBC 301 298 286 272 258 245
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%
120 mm Obus explosif HE 762 22.84 0 0.1 4,650 79° 80° 81°
120 mm Obus de rupture APBC 1,067 23.1 N/A N/A N/A 47° 60° 65°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the AMX-50 Surbaisse
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
3rd
rack empty
4th
rack empty
5th
rack empty
6th
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
38 __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __ (+__) __

Machine guns

Ammunition3 000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reload5.0 s
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: AAT-52 (7.5 mm)
7.5 mm AAT-52
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 3,000 (200) 900 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

Playing the AMX 50 Surbaissé requires 2 things :

  • Good map knowledge
  • Gunnery discipline

As mentioned previously, the AMX 50 Surbaissé is not heavy, that probably is something you'll learn the hard way while playing your first matches in this tank. You have to play it like a medium tank and you always should try to look for a good flanking route that will eventually get you to a spot where you'll be able to decimate several tanks of the enemy team from the side of from behind. As a result, this tank requires a lot of forethinking before deciding which way to go and this decision must be taken in accordance with the map but also in accordance with what nation you face. The tank can also be used as a very effective long-range sniper especially in down tiers. The combination of fast-firing 120 mm gun and rangefinder can prove very effective especially at a range over 1,500 meters where your armour will start to matter especially against a lower-ranked opponent such as Tiger II's. To turn this vehicle into a deadly sniping machine, it is very much advised to bind rangefinding keys and sight adjustment that are intuitive to you. In this way you will be able to range targets and adjust the gun very accurately in such a way that, with practice and discipline will grant you the ability to deliver shots in a "Point aimed, Point hit" fashion.

Every enemy you can encounter which do not result from deliberate up tiers from the enemy can and will easily get through your armour. The tank's armour cannot withstand guns that are more powerful than the German 7.5 cm KwK 42 or the US 90 mm M3 gun

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful 120 mm SA46 (M58) Gun
  • Reload of just 6 seconds
  • Large ammo count per magazine (19 shots)
  • Very good AP round with 301 mm penetration (90 degrees, 10 metres)
  • Extremely fast turret rotation speed when upgraded, especially for a heavy tank (characteristic of oscillating turrets)
  • Good acceleration
  • Average Topspeed of about 48 kph
  • 4 Smoke Grenades

Cons:

  • Gun elevation & depression angles are poor (-8/+14 degrees)
  • Armour values are inadequate against expected opponents (90 mm max)

History

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Media

See also

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  • reference to the series of the vehicles;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


France heavy tanks
ARL  ARL-44 (ACL-1)
AMX  AMX-50 Surbaissé · AMX-50 Surblindé
B1  B1 bis · B1 ter
Somua  Somua SM
USA  ▄M4A3E2