|This page is about the French medium tank Leclerc S2. For other versions, see Leclerc (Family).|
The Leclerc Serie 2 is a rank VII French medium tank with a battle rating of 11.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".
Survivability and armour
The Leclerc S2 is virtually the same inside as the S1, excluding a few upgrades not functional in-game, such as a new NBC protection system and air conditioner. The turret cheeks (>600 mm KE) are well protected, with the middle glacis plate providing 720 mm chemical and 550 mm kinetic protection. The flat plate below the gunner's thermal optic provides 500 mm of protection against KE.
|Hull||Upper Glacis: 140-300 mm APFSDS sloped at 77 degrees|| 30-65 mm Front
20-55 mm Back
|Turret|| 600-800 mm APFSDS Turret cheeks
500 mm APFSDS / 570 mm HEAT Gunner's optic
|180+mm APFSDS, 230+mm HEAT|| Ammo storage: 45mm APFSDS, 270 mm HEAT (with integrated ERA blocks)
Turret back: 20 mm
|Cannon||90-460 mm against APFSDS||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The Leclerc S2 is powered by the same engine as the S1, the Wärtsilä V8X-1500. Outputting 1,475 hp and using a special gas turbine turbocharger (which can also act as the vehicle's APU, and eliminating turbo lag), the Leclerc S2 has great mobility for its class at 26.25 hp/ton. However, it weighs 2.5t more than the S1, which makes for noticeable sluggishness without engine upgrades.
Modifications and economy
Like its predecessor, the Leclerc S2 is equipped with the CN120-26 F1 L/52 cannon. It can fire three shells: a stock HEATFS round, and two APFSDS shells. The OFL 120 F1, which shares the same penetrator as the DM43, slices through over 550 mm of armour past 1 km. Although this isn't as competitive as some contemporaries, it still performs very well against enemy MBTs. The 120 F1 shell also has a velocity of 1,790 m/s which makes for very good ballistics and low bullet drop. Although powerful, the 120 F1 round is a Tier IV modification; like most other MBTs, the Leclerc starts out with a stock HEATFS shell. Although powerful against light vehicles and SPAA, the HEATFS is redundant against your opponents. You have an APFSDS shell as a Tier I modification, however, one must note that it penetrates only 425 mm of armour even at close range.
Unlike most of its Western contemporaries (excluding the Type 90 and the CV 90120), the Leclerc S2 is equipped with an autoloader. This gives it a steady rate of fire of 6 seconds, tied with an aced crew level of the M1A2 Abrams and the Leopard 2. This gives it great follow-up shot potential out of the box without the need for crew upgrading. Also equipped with powerful thermals for the gunner, the Leclerc can pick off unsuspecting targets with great efficiency.
|120 mm GIAT CN120-26 F1||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|OCC 120 G1||HEATFS||480||480||480||480||480||480|
|OFL 120 G1||APFSDS||425||423||417||410||404||396|
|OFL 120 F1||APFSDS||575||573||565||557||547||537|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|OCC 120 G1||HEATFS||1,100||14.4||0.05||0.1||2.15||65°||72°||77°|
|OFL 120 G1||APFSDS||1,780||3.8||-||-||-||78°||80°||81°|
|OFL 120 F1||APFSDS||1,790||3.8||-||-||-||78°||80°||81°|
|40||23 (+17)||1 (+39)||No|
- Hull stowage empty: 23 (+17) shells.
|12.7 mm M2HB|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
With great mobility and an autoloading 120 mm cannon, the Leclerc can be exploited to fulfil a number of roles on the battlefield. Mobility enables it to get into competitive spots for sniping or ambushing, and the gun's performance enables quick response and follow-up shots to any enemy that appears. Its survivability is best while hull down or poking out from a hill, as most of its vulnerable areas excluding the cannon breech (and sometimes the LFP when poking out from cover) are hidden well enough. Try to avoid close quarters combat (CQC) as the Leclerc's numerous hull weak spots can be easily seen and targeted in urban environments. If CQC is inevitable (i.e. Rhine, Sweden, Novorossiysk), then the Leclerc can be used to ambush distracted tanks and poke out of cover. When shot at or damaged, use your smoke grenades to retreat into cover. 14 smoke grenades give two separate discharges, or if discharged all at once, provide 360 degrees of smoke for you to retreat behind.
Pros and cons
- The OFL 120 F1 APFSDS round is effective
- Autoloader allows for consistent reloads
- Competitive mobility and great reverse speed
- Has 2nd generation thermals for the gunner
- Large first-stage ammo stowage
- Lower profile compared to its contemporaries
- Relatively fast gun elevation/depression speeds
- No thermal optics for commander
- Noticeable weak spots at close range or when not hull down
- Cannon breech is easy to hit at any range
- 10 mm armour protection for the engine: 12.7 mm rounds can set afire and immobilize you
- Only three crew members
- Abysmal performance when stock
- Heavier than the Leclerc S1 - slightly reduced mobility and acceleration
- The mantlet can easily be penetrated, even by lower tier guns and at distance - the mantlet is hard to hide
- Lower frontal plate does not have any composites, meaning a penetration on the front is mostly incapacitating or downright lethal
- Slower than average turret traverse rate
The Leclerc Série 2 Tranche 6 was the 9th version of the Leclerc (counting prototypes) which had minor improvements compared to the previous Leclerc Série 1 Tranche 2-5. It featured an increase on the commander's optic periscope armour to STANAG 3. An air conditioner was added, as well as lockable baskets and boxes on the turret's bustle. A wave deflector was added at the frontal plate, as well as addition of one piece rubber plating on side skirts. Later models of the S2, more specifically the Leclerc S2T9, were retrofitted with V5 tracks instead of V2 tracks as well as a new General Purpose Sight (gunner's optics) at the end of their life service in order to standardise them for further Leclerc Série 3 also known as SXXI.
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|MBTs||Leclerc · Leclerc S2 · Leclerc SXXI|
|*GIAT Industries became Nexter Systems in 2006|
|France medium tanks|
|M4 Derivatives||M4A1 (FL10) · M4A4 (SA50)|
|AMX-50||AMX M4 · AMX-50 (TOA100) · AMX-50 (TO90/930)|
|AMX-30||AMX-30 · AMX-30 (1972) · AMX-30B2 · AMX-30B2 BRENUS · AMX-30 ACRA · AMX-30 Super|
|AMX-32/40||AMX-32 · AMX-32 (105) · AMX-40|
|Leclerc||Leclerc · Leclerc S2 · Leclerc SXXI|
|Other||D2 · S.35 · Lorraine 40t|
|USA||▄M4A1 · ▄M4A3 (105) · ▄M4A4|