AMX-50 Surblindé

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AMX-50 Surblindé
General characteristics
4 peopleCrew
214 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
110 / 60 / 60Hull
85 / 60 / 20Turret
70 tWeight
1908 hp1000 hpEngine power
27.3 hp/t14.3 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
55 km/h forward
7 km/h back
52 km/h forward
6 km/h back
120 mm SA46 cannonMain weapon
50 roundsAmmunition
18 roundsFirst-order
6 sReload
-6° / 10°Vertical guidance
20 mm MG151/20 cannonMachinegun
500 roundsAmmunition
10 / 13 sReload
250 roundsBelt capacity
701 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 80°Vertical guidance
3000 roundsAmmunition
5 / 6.5 sReload
150 roundsBelt capacity
1350 shots/minFire rate
Sl icon.png11000 / 13882/7300 / 9212/3200 / 4038Repair
130000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
440000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1400 Ge icon.pngAces
208 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
180 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage AMX-50 Surblinde.jpg

The AMX-50 Surblindé is a gift rank V French heavy tank with a battle rating of 8.0 (AB/RB/SB). The tank was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy" and has the distinction of being the first gift vehicle of the French tech trees. Member of the French AMX-50 tanks family, it is very similar to the AMX-50 Surbaissé. Compared to it, it is lower, has a more protected turret armour and has a 20mm MG 151 canon at the top, which is very efficient against aircraft and lightly armoured targets. Anyway, it is also heavier and hasn't smoke grenades launchers compared to the Surbaissé.

It could be obtained as the highest reward of the first season "Recon under Fire" of the World War mode, but can also be bought on the War Thunder Market.

General info

Survivability and armour

Describe armour protection. Note the most well protected and key weak areas. Appreciate the layout of modules as well as the number and location of crew members. Is the level of armour protection sufficient, is the placement of modules helpful for survival in combat?-

If necessary use a visual template to indicate the most secure and weak zones of the armour.


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 70 1291 1908 18.44 27.26
Realistic 52 6 884 1000 12.63 14.29

The AMX-50 Surblinde has a very good speed (around 40 km/h on flat land when fully upgraded) for a super heavy tank, which allows a fast deployment on the battlefield aside medium and modern tanks. The manoeuvrability is also good and allows the player to drive easily in an urban environment.


Main armament

Main article: SA46 (120 mm)
Canon SA46 (120 mm)
Capacity Vertical
50 -6°/+10° 360° N/A
Turret rotation speed (°/s)
Mode Stock Upgraded Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
Arcade 19.4 26.9 __.__ __.__ __.__
Realistic 14.3 16.8 __.__ __.__ __.__
Reloading rate (seconds)
Stock Prior + Full crew Prior + Expert qualif. Prior + Ace qualif.
6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
Penetration Statistics
Ammunition Type of Warhead Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack
10m 100m 500m 1000m 1500m 2000m
120 mm Obus de rupture APBC 301 298 286 272 258 245
120 mm Obus explosif HE 39 39 39 39 39 39
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
in m/s
Mass in kg
Fuse delay

in m:

Fuse sensitivity

in mm:

Explosive Mass in g
(TNT equivalent):
Normalization At 30°
from horizontal:
0% 50% 100%
120mm Obus de rupture AP 1067 23.1 N/A N/A N/A N/A 48° 63° 71°
120mm Obus explosif HE 762 22.84 0.1 0.1 4.65 N/A 79° 80° 81°

Additional armament

Main article: MG 151/20 (20 mm)
MG 151/20 (20 mm)
Pintle mount
Capacity (Belt capacity) Fire rate
500 N/A N/A 360°

Machine guns

Main article: MAC 31 (7.5 mm)

Offensive and anti-aircraft machine guns not only allow you to fight some aircraft but also are effective against lightly armoured vehicles. Evaluate machine guns and give recommendations on its use.

Usage in battles

The AMX-50 Surblindé is a fast and very mobile super-heavy tank.


Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism
IV Transmission Engine Rangefinder

Pros and cons


  • Powerful 120mm gun, a shot can pen a target protected with an armour of about 300 mm
  • Loading time is very short (6.0s), thanks to the autoloader
  • Probably the most mobile super-heavy tank of the game, a careful commander can perform
  • Very fast, can reach to 51 km/h on flat terrain


  • One shot in the turret can make the tank explode: up to 18 shells are stored at the back of the turret


Start of the project

In July 1945, in the aftermath of liberation, the general staff of the French armed forces expressed the need for a heavy tank of national design. In view of the rise of tensions with the USSR and with the balance sheets drawn from the last world conflict, the French Army presented a precise specification of what was to be the future main tank of the army. The tank was to be comparable on several points to already existing machines. Indeed, it was requested armament of a minimum power equivalent to the gun of 88 mm German Tiger II. It was also asked for a shield equivalent to that of the Panther and mobility close to that of the T-34.

The AMX-50 Surblindé

In 1955, an AMX 50 Surblindé (over-armoured) is produced, able to measure itself against the most powerful machines then in service. A variant of the AMX-50 Surbaissé with a reinforced armour, the front armour shape is inspired by Russian tanks IS-3 or T10. The weight of this prototype reached about 60 tons.

Abandonment of the project

The tests carried out indicated a tank superior to its American and Soviet counterparts that were M26 Pershing and IS-3 respectively. But the Americans did not want to finance a project that would not be adopted. It was, therefore, necessary that the two countries, France and West Germany, adopt the tank so that its development continues. If France seemed ready to accept the project, it was not the case of West Germany which was inspired by the doctrines of the former general Heinz Guderian, a supporter of lighter and faster tanks. In addition, the development of new technologies and capabilities in the field of missiles and hollow-shell shells would render the massive tank armour obsolete and unsuitable for future large-scale conflict.


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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