AuF1

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AuF1
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Description

The AMX-30 AuF1 Canon Automoteur de 155 GCT is the first variant of the AMX-30 AuF1 self-propelled guns family. Although it is an entirely new family, it is closely related to the AMX-30 main battle tank family, particularly the AMX-30B and AMX-30B2 variants. The vehicle was built on the AMX-30 main battle tank chassis to offer tactical artillery support to units in the French Army, who designated it the AMX-30 AuF1. The vehicle is mounted with a 155 mm CN 155 AuF1 howitzer and an autoloader, with a maximum range of 30 kilometres and a rate of fire of eight rounds per minute. The vehicle is equipped with 42 rounds of ammunition in combustible cartridge casings. The decision to develop a self-propelled howitzer dates back to 1969, with the first prototype produced in 1972. By 1979, seven prototypes and six pre-series vehicles had been built, followed by the manufacture of 110 vehicles. This order was later raised to a total of 190 units.

Introduced in Update "La Royale", the AMX-30 AuF1 is a robust and powerful vehicle with extremely effective shells, but it is not without cost. Owing to its low muzzle velocity, this vehicle excels in close and medium-range engagements but struggles with long-range targets. Furthermore, due to its incredibly thin armour, even heavy machine guns can destroy it, thus it is important that players have keen tactical awareness when playing such a vehicle. When utilized appropriately, this vehicle can instantly knock out even the most strongly armoured targets, and its proximity fuse shell has the potential to take out a lightly armoured vehicle even behind the cover.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull30 / 30 / 30
Turret20 / 20 / 20
Crew4 people
Visibility115 %

The AMX-30 AuF1 has very thin armour that offers little protection against anti-tank weapons. It can only resist small arms fire such as 7.62 mm machine guns and shrapnel. The turret armour is only 20 mm thick, which makes it vulnerable to heavy machine gun fire that can easily knock out the gunner and other crew members. The engine in the rear of the hull may sometimes absorb some shots, but it is not a reliable defence.

On the other hand, the AuF1's weak armour may sometimes survive solid shot shells such as AP, APCR and APDS, but be careful - these shells may damage the vertical aiming drive even if they don't knock out the gunner, making the tank unable to fire back. Therefore, avoid getting hit and use the tank's excellent mobility to disengage.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 30+8 mm (68°-76°) Upper
30 mm (45°) Lower
20-24 mm Top
30 mm Bottom
30 mm 10 - 15 mm
Turret 20 mm (35°) Turret front
20-30 mm Gun mantlet
20 mm 20 mm 20 mm (79°-90°)
Cupola 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm 20 mm

Notes:

Mobility

Reverse gearbox
Forward and backward movement is possible at the same maximum speed
Speedforward / back
AB71 / 71 km/h
RB and SB66 / 66 km/h
Number of gears10 forward
10 back
Weight43.5 t
Engine power
AB1 297 hp
RB and SB680 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB29.8 hp/t
RB and SB15.6 hp/t

The AuF1 is a fast tank for its battle rating, based on the AMX-30 chassis. It has a great reverse gearbox that helps it escape from danger, and it can use smoke grenades to cover its retreat. However, it is not as fast as light tanks, and it does not accelerate as well as a Leopard I or STB-1. Therefore, it is not a good idea to rush to capture points at the beginning of the map.

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 71 71 43.5 1,022 1,297 23.49 29.82
Realistic 66 66 637 680 14.64 15.63

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 343 → 5 637 Sl icon.png
RB4 836 → 6 277 Sl icon.png
SB7 157 → 9 289 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications70 000 Rp icon.png
118 800 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training68 000 Sl icon.png
Experts240 000 Sl icon.png
Aces990 Ge icon.png
Research Aces620 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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184 / 184 / 184 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
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Suspension
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Brake System
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Filters
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Transmission
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Engine
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Cost:
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Improved Parts
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved FPE
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
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Cost:
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
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Cost:
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Adjustment of Fire
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Elevation Mechanism
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Smoke grenade
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Armaments

Main armament

155 mm GCT F1 howitzer
Autoloader
Automatically feeds projectiles into the breech. The speed does not depend on the skills of the loader
Ammunition42 rounds
Reload7.5 s
Vertical guidance-5° / 66°
Main article: GCT F1 (155 mm)

The AMX-30 AuF1 is a self-propelled howitzer that features the 155 mm CN 155 AUF1 gun, which has a high rate of fire and a long range, but lacks some options. The gun can fire three types of rounds in-game, namely:

  • OE 155 56 - A standard high-explosive shell
  • M107 (PF) - A high-explosive shell with a proximity fuse
  • M110 - A smoke shell

The gun is mounted on a fully traversable turret with an autoloader, which enables the AMX-30 AuF1 to fire 8 rounds per minute.

The howitzer performs well, with the second fastest reload time among the cannons of its calibre and a decent muzzle velocity, faster than both the Type 75 SPH and the 2S3M. However, the main HE shell is slower than both the G6 'Rhino' and Bkan 1C, and also has less explosive filler. It can still destroy any lightly armoured vehicle with a direct hit and severely damage or destroy heavily armoured vehicles with proper aiming. For heavy targets, remember to aim at exposed positions such as the cupola or the turret cheek to destroy the tank, and if at the side, aim at the roadwheels of a the tank to finish it off.

The AuF1 also has access to the M107 (PF) shell, which is a high-explosive shell that detonates automatically when it gets close to a tank or plane, creating an explosion above the roof of the enemy vehicle, similar to a top attack missile. However, it will also detonate on any terrain feature, such as a rock, a hill, or even the ground. This, along with its 3 m trigger radius, makes it ineffective against vehicles hiding behind cover, but effective against planes. The proximity fuse only works past 300 m, so against closer targets, the shell acts like a standard HE shell, but with more explosives and a lower velocity. In these situations, it might be better to use the HE-VT shells to ensure destruction.

155 mm GCT F1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Autoloader
Arcade 42 -4°/+66° ±180° - 8.8 12.2 14.8 16.4 17.4 7.50
Realistic 6.0 7.0 8.5 9.4 10.0

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
OE 155 56 HE 54 54 54 54 54 54
M107 (PF) HE-VT 61 61 61 61 61 61
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
OE 155 56 HE 810 43.75 0.3 0.1 6.8 79° 80° 81°
Proximity-fused shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Arming
distance (m)
Trigger
radius (m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
M107 (PF) HE-VT 580 43.1 0 0 300 3 9.14 79° 80° 81°
Smoke shell characteristics
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Screen radius
(m)
Screen deploy
time (s)
Screen hold
time (s)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
M110 563 40.8 25 5 30 50

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
42 (+41) No

Machine guns

Ammunition800 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reload8.0 s
Fire rate575 shots/min
Vertical guidance-10° / 45°
Horizontal guidance-41° / 41°
Main article: M2HB (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 800 (200) 575 -10°/+45° ±41°

Usage in battles

This vehicle is quite versatile and powerful with its high explosive and fuze shells, however it comes at a cost. The AuF1 is the very definition of a glass cannon: this vehicle is incredible at close and medium range engagements, but has troubles sniping long distances on account for its subpar muzzle velocity. Awareness of the battlefield is required while playing this vehicle, as it has such little armour that heavy machine guns can easily penetrate. Used right, this vehicle can be a significant asset to the battlefield as a well aimed shot can instantly take down even the most armoured of targets, and its proximity fuze shell has a chance of taking out a lightly armoured vehicle even behind cover.

On the chance that its HE shell does not incapacitate the enemy target, the fast reload speed of 7.5 seconds allows you to lob another shell to finish them off, and your speedy reverse allows you to disengage if the enemy tank starts to target you.

It is highly recommended to become familiar with large maps, as at this tank's battle rating they become far more common. Experiment on large maps using some landmarks to help with long distance aiming, and do not forget to make use of your rangefinder. However, remember that the tank possesses a subpar depression of -4 degrees, which reduces your capability to fight in hilly maps and means that you will have to expose a significant portion of your tank before you can engage an enemy.

The AuF1 has an almost unique ability to annihilate lightly armoured tanks that are hiding behind cover completely, which is usually something only an ATGM carrier can do. The HE-VT can explode over the light vehicle thanks to its proximity fuze, if it is more than 3 m above the ground and it does not detonate on a rock or other feature of the map. Additionally, the shell must still fly at least 300 m away from your tank to activate, so it will not work at close range. Additionally, these proximity fuze shells can also be used to take down aircraft in conjunction with your 12.7 mm machine gun, meaning you are not helpless against aerial threats.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Speedy 7.5 s auto-loader, reloads faster than all Soviet that you will encounter such as the T-44-100 and T-54 and most other tanks
  • Unlimited ready rack, the total ammo load (42 shells) is part of the first-stage auto-loaded ammo stowage
  • Relatively great mobility for an SPH with the same forward and reverse speed, thanks to a reversible gearbox
  • Possess modern smoke grenades that explode in the air, allowing to disengage a sticky situation quickly
  • Crew is relatively spaced out
  • High-explosive shell usually one shots any tank regardless of armour, and HE-VT shell can kill planes relatively easily

Cons:

  • Very large target, you will likely be targeted first
  • The whole back end of the turret is an ammo rack
  • Horizontal and vertical drives are very often knocked out
  • Slow targeting speeds for the turret/gun
  • High-explosive shell can be sometimes inconsistent, careful aiming is required at weak spots such as cupola

History

The AMX-30 AuF1 is a French self-propelled gun that was developed in 1969 by Giat Industries (now Nexter) and entered service in the late 1970s. It is based on the AMX-30 main battle tank chassis, and was originally designed as a replacement for the ageing Mk F3 155 mm, which lacked features such as a traversable turret and NBC protection for its crew. Additionally, the Mk F3 155 mm could also carry only two of the four crew members needed to operate it, while the other two had to be transported in support vehicles, qualities the French Government deemed unsuitable by the 1960s.

After a 9-year development period, the AMX-30 AuF1 was first delivered to the Saudi Arabian Army in 1978, which used it in the Iran–Iraq War. The French Army received its first units later, in 1980, and deployed them in regiments of 18 guns each. The AMX-30 AuF1 also saw combat with the Iraqi Army, which acquired some variants from France in July 1979.

The AMX-30 AuF1 has been upgraded several times, with improvements such as a new engine, a new transmission, and a new kinetic energy penetrator. The latest version, the AuF2, has a longer 52-calibre gun and a thermal sight.

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France tank destroyers
Lorraine 40t derivatives  CA Lorraine · Lorraine 155 Mle.50
ATGM  MEPHISTO · AMX-10M
Other  AMR.35 ZT3 · Lorraine 37L · SAu 40 · ARL-44 · ELC bis · AMX-50 Foch · AuF1
USA  ▄M10 GMC · ▄M36B2