AMX-30 ACRA

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RANK 4 FRANCE
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AMX-30 ACRA
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AMX-30 ACRA
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8.3 8.3 8.3
Class:
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Description

The AMX-30 ACRA is a rank VI French medium tank with a battle rating of 8.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.93 "Shark Attack".

In the 1960s, a proposal was made to mount a 142 mm gun system firing the ACRA (Anti-Char Rapide Autopropulsé), English: Anti-Tank Rapid Self-guided Missile. A single prototype was finished in 1967 with a unique cast turret built around the gun, but due to the unreasonably high cost of the missiles, the project was scrapped. However, in War Thunder, it is a formidable tank to play with play styles similar to the M60A2.

General info

Survivability and armour

Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull76 / 30 / 30
Turret60 / 41 / 30
Crew4 people
Visibility36 %

Armour type:

  • Cast homogeneous armour (front glacis, turret, cupola)
  • Rolled homogeneous armour (hull sides, rear & roof)
Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull 50 mm (76-79°) Upper glacis - Top
79 mm (68°) Upper glacis - Bottom
79 mm (45°) Lower glacis - Top
30 mm (75°) Lower glacis - Bottom
57 mm (35°) Hull over the tracks
35 mm Top - Front
57 mm (35°) Top - Hull widening
35 mm (35°) Top - Centre
35 mm Top - Rear
30 mm Bottom
25 mm (70°) Belly
30 mm (10°) Upper plate
30 mm Hull over the tracks
30 mm Lower plate
25 mm (70°) Belly
79 mm (22°) Front glacis - Front
50 mm (11-14°) Front glacis - Rear
15 mm Rear
8 mm Radiator vents
Turret 57-79 + 60 mm (19°) Gun mantlet
60 mm (19-24°) Turret front
30 mm (cylindrical) Telemeter
41.5 mm (19-47°)
30 mm Telemeter
41.5 mm Cupola well
30 mm (spherical)
20 mm (54-64°) Turret underside
30 mm (2-20°) Gun mantlet
20 mm (2-21°) Turret
Cupola 60 mm (cylindrical) 60 mm Outer ring
20 mm Centre

Notes:

  • Suspension wheels are 15 mm thick while tracks are 20 mm thick.

Mobility

Reverse gearbox
Forward and backward movement is possible at the same maximum speed
Speedforward / back
AB0 / 0 km/h
RB and SB0 / 0 km/h
Number of gears0 forward
0 back
Weight0.0 t
Engine power
AB0 hp
RB and SB0 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB0.0 hp/t
RB and SB0.0 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 0 0 0 1,085 0 Division by zero. Division by zero.
Realistic 0 0 619 0 Division by zero. Division by zero.

The gun is mounted on the well-proven AMX-30 chassis, providing adequate mobility slightly slower than the Leopard 1.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB3 100 → 4 612 Sl icon.png
RB3 920 → 5 832 Sl icon.png
SB6 600 → 9 820 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications174 200 Rp icon.png
299 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 600 Ge icon.png
Crew training170 000 Sl icon.png
Experts580 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces950 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 180 / 220 % Sl icon.png
220 / 220 / 220 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Suspension
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Brake System
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Filters
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Transmission
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Parts
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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FPE
Research:
3 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
13 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
20 000 Sl icon.png
410 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
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Elevation Mechanism
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Rangefinder
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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NVD
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
19 000 Sl icon.png
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Armaments

Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

The AMX-30 ACRA mount as we saw before a 142mm laser guided gun, capable of launching ACRA missile and High Explosive round. It can carry 36 rounds, 16 in the turret and 20 in the hull, next to the driver, so you have the possibility to get a higher survivability from hull shots by removing these 20 rounds. The gun reload is 15.6 seconds with a level 1 crew and can be upgraded to 12 seconds with a max crew.

The ACRA missile is pretty fast, making the tank very useful on large maps and sits at a battle rating where nothing will be able to resist the missile. Be careful when shooting at the sides of enemy tanks, the missiles function like a HEAT round and tends to be absorbed by the tracks if hit directly. Also like a HEAT round, don't try to shoot missiles through walls, fences, big bushes, or trees.

Another good point with the gun is that you don't need to stop the tank to fire. However, the missile is guided with a laser mounted with the gun, which is not stabilized. This means your missiles will bounce up and down as you guide them if you are moving. This also means you cannot fire over obstacles like you can with wire guided missiles, as the laser needs constant line-of-sight to the back of the missile.

142 mm ACRA Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 36 -8°/+20° ±180° N/A 28.6 39.5 48.0 53.1 56.5 15.60 13.80 12.72 12.00
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
MP ACRA ATGM 700 700 700 700 700 700
MUC HE 38 38 38 38 38 38
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%
MP ACRA ATGM 500 24 0.05 0.1 3,280 80° 82° 90°
MUC HE 550 20 0 0.01 4,310 79° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
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rack empty
2nd
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3rd
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Machine guns

12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 700 (200) 577 -10°/+20° N/A

The M2HB coaxial heavy machine gun is a good anti-aircraft asset, it will shred any low-flying aircraft thanks to the extra 20 degrees of elevation. The only drawback is that the MG is coaxial, meaning the turret must rotate to track the targets. The .50 cal can also deal with armoured cars and SPAA vehicles when they're up close.

7.62 mm A-A-F1N
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 2,050 (100) 900 -10°/+45° ±120°

The small calibre of the A-A-F1N machine gun makes it largely ineffective against all armoured vehicles but the ones with an open compartment. It still can be used to ping targets as a rangefinding help or to mow down minor obstacles blocking your line of sight.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The maximum speed of this tank's ATGM eclipses even the TOW's - if ACRA fires first and enemy tank does not use cover, then it is next to impossible to just dodge it
  • Can fire ATGM on the move
  • Mobility is equal to most medium tanks of other factions
  • Decent survivability with 4 crew members
  • Can use HE shells, if necessary

Cons:

  • Unlike M60A2, does not have heavy frontal armour nor adequate side hull armour, so most medium tanks will penetrate it in single shot and it will not scare away light tanks
  • Gun scope is not stabilized, bumps on a road if firing on the move may ruin the ATGM guidance in realistic game modes (in AB it is less of a problem and can be automatically compensated with aim assist)
  • No access to kinetic-energy AP shell
  • While ACRA ATGM is unquestionable the one of the fastest missiles available, but this also means that guiding it into targets over a hill at close to medium range is next to impossible, requiring the user to use HE or to move around the map a lot
  • No heavy secondary weapons like with the light tanks or secondary launchers like with specialized ATGM tanks
  • Reload is around twice as long as most tanks of this battle rating, so it is recommended to retreat into cover for the duration of your reload after firing

History

The sole AMX-30 ACRA prototype.

The AMX-30 ACRA was a prototype modification of the AMX-30 main battle tank developed in the late 1960s for the French army. Similar to the American M551 Sheridan, the prototypes were fitted with a 142 mm cannon to fire the prototype missile "Anti-Char Rapide Autopropulsé" (Self-Propelled Rapid Anti-Tank Missile), or ACRA in short. The vehicle was also fitted with an enlarged turret capable of fitting larger-calibre cannons of 120 mm. The prototypes were cancelled in 1972 due to rising development costs for the ACRA missile, which was later replaced by the HOT ATGM.

The AMX-30 was a highly successful French main battle tank (MBT) of the 1960s and 1970s with over 3,000 vehicles built in total. The AMX-30 family served as the main French MBT until the introduction of the Leopard 1 MBT in the 1980s; as well, a myriad of variants were created including anti-tank and anti-aircraft versions (such as the AMX-30R Roland missile battery). One of the most unique anti-tank variants was the AMX-30 ACRA, centered around the ACRA ATGM.

The ACRA, or Anti-Char Rapide Autopropulsé (Self-Propelled Rapid Anti-Tank Missile) was a prototype French anti-tank missile system designed to destroy enemy tanks. The missile was fired from a 142 mm smoothbore gun and accelerated to a speed of over 2520 km/h during flight. The weapon could be fitted with a 2 kg shaped charge warhead or a similar high-explosive warhead for use against personnel.

An AMX-30 was specially-modified with an enlarged turret to fire the ACRA missile, along with a 142 mm smoothbore cannon that could also fire HE ammunition. The vehicle’s enlarged turret could’ve also accommodated larger cannons such as a 120 mm cannon. Despite this, the weapon system had key limitations - primarily, the cost of the ACRA missile had skyrocketed to over 1 million francs per shot. As well, the missile could not be fired from helicopters, further limiting its effectiveness in battle. As a result, the ACRA missile system was cancelled in 1972, marking the demise of the AMX-30 ACRA. The role of the ACRA missile system would be fulfilled by the HOT, a more versatile ATGM fired from both ground vehicles and helicopters.

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See also

Other comparable gun/launcher tanks

External links


France medium tanks
  D2 · S.35 · Lorraine 40t
AMX  AMX M4 · AMX-32 · AMX-40 · AMX-50
AMX-30  AMX-30 · AMX-30 (1972) · AMX-30B2 · AMX-30B2 BRENUS · AMX-30 ACRA · AMX-30 Super
Leclerc  Leclerc · Leclerc S2
Based on M4  ▄M4A1 · M4A1 (FL10) · ▄M4A3 (105) · ▄M4A4 · M4A4 (SA50)
Foreign  Panther "Dauphiné" (Germany)