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The Leclerc Serie 1 is a rank VII French medium tank with a battle rating of 10.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".
Survivability and armour
The Leclerc MBT offers its most-protected areas in the face of the turret. While not as armoured in the turret as Challenger 2, this makes it a considerable threat when used as a hull-down vehicle at long ranges. It is most vulnerable in the box-shaped gun mantlet, making it an easy target for destroying the cannon breach.
While effective as a hull-down vehicle, the Leclerc's mobility should be noted. Along with good traversability, It will effectively deliver forward speeds of up to ~50 km/h, and reverse of almost 40 km/h in off-road scenarios.
The stock round for the Leclerc is standard 600 mm HEATFS. However, as a tier 4 modification, you can acquire the second highest penetrating APFSDS in the game. The OFL 120 F1's penetration values in mm at 10 m are 528/457/305. Accompanied by high turret rotation speeds and gun elevation/depression, this makes for a high chance of penetration against any of its opponents.
Equipped with an M2HB 12.7mm (.50 calibre) coaxial machine gun.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Has an autoloader
- Possess advanced protection of composite armour in turret and hull
- Perfect dynamics of armour, firepower, and mobility
- Small crew of three
Development of the Leclerc main battle tank dates back to 1964, when the French military initiated a study on possible replacements for the AMX-30 tank, about to be introduced into service at the time. By the early ‘70s, the inferiority of the AMX-30 compared to more modern Soviet T-series MBTs had become obvious. As a result, work on developing a replacement officially began, with first specifications being drawn up by 1977.
In 1980, France and Germany began joint development of a new main battle tank. However, similarly to the previous Europanzer development decades ago, the joint effort quickly came to an end shortly afterwards due to various disagreements, with France continuing work on its own.
The new main battle tank was intended to offer cutting-edge performance by making use of the latest equipment available. However, as the per unit price was projected to be substantial, France sought partnership with another state to reduce these costs. Eventually, a partnership was established with the UAE, who would be the second and only other primary operator of the new tank, other than France itself.
Thus, in 1986 the tank received its name “Leclerc”, with six initial prototypes being produced. Mass production subsequently started in 1990 and went on until 2007. During production, the Leclerc was built in various batches and series, each introducing various tweaks and changes to the design, while some also incorporated major upgrades.
The Leclerc saw service as part of a number of UN peacekeeping missions, primarily in Kosovo and Lebanon, with reported favourable performance. Most recently, the UAE deployed a number of its Leclercs to Yemen, with some vehicles getting damaged. As of the end of production in 2007, a total of around 860 Leclercs were built for both French and UAE forces combined.
- From Devblog
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|France medium tanks|
|S.35 · Lorraine 40t|
|AMX||AMX M4 · AMX-50|
|AMX-30||AMX-30 · AMX-30 (1972) · AMX-30B2 · AMX-30B2 BRENUS · AMX-40 · AMX-30 Super|
|Leclerc||Leclerc Serie 1|
|Based on M4||▄M4A1 Sherman · Sherman M4A1 tourelle FL10 · M4A4 (SA50)|