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The CN120-25 G1 cannon fires single-piece ammunition from two stowages, the first order rack found in the rear of the turret, and the rack located in the hull front to the right of the driver. It takes the loader about 13 seconds to restock a round into the ready rack from the hull rack.
 
The CN120-25 G1 cannon fires single-piece ammunition from two stowages, the first order rack found in the rear of the turret, and the rack located in the hull front to the right of the driver. It takes the loader about 13 seconds to restock a round into the ready rack from the hull rack.
  
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Revision as of 15:10, 20 October 2020

RANK VI USSR
T-72AV (TURMS-T) PACK
AMX-32
fr_amx_32.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
9.3/9.3/9.3BR
4 peopleCrew
121 %Visibility
front / side / backArmour
129 / 35 / 30Hull
70 / 41 / 25Turret
Mobility
40 tWeight
1526 hp800 hpEngine power
38.2 hp/t20 hp/tPower-to-weight ratio
73 km/h forward
31 km/h back
65 km/h forward
28 km/h back
Speed
Armament
120 mm GIAT CN120-25 G1 cannonMain weapon
38 roundsAmmunition
17 roundsFirst-order
6.7 / 8.7 sReload
-8° / 20°Vertical guidance
two-planeStabilizer
20 mm 20F2 automatic cannonCoaxial weapon
480 roundsAmmunition
10 / 13 sReload
500 roundsBelt capacity
740 shots/minFire rate
0° / 20°Vertical guidance
2170 roundsAmmunition
8 / 10.4 sReload
100 roundsBelt capacity
900 shots/minFire rate
Economy
220000 Rp icon.pngResearch
580000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2210 / 3489/4100 / 6473/3900 / 6158Repair
170000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
580000 Sl icon.pngExperts
2100 Ge icon.pngAces
220 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
120 % Sl icon.png150 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png

Description

GarageImage AMX-32.jpg


The AMX-32 is a rank VI French medium tank with a battle rating of 9.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury". An improved version of the AMX-30, it gets an upgraded gun, an upgraded engine, and spaced armour giving additional protection and advantages on the battlefield. There were several versions of the AMX-32 developed. This version represents the 1981 120 mm armed version with the retrofit of thermal imagery equipment which was proposed in 1985.

General info

Survivability and armour

The AMX-32 is protected by spaced armour on the lower glacis (50 mm RHA, 100 mm air, 79 mm RHA) and the mantlet (25mm RHA, 140 mm air, 35 mm RHA), respectively. An improved version of the AMX-30, the tank was built for mobility, not armour. The spaced armour will prevent some spalling of HEAT shells and will nullify any HESH shells. The upper glacis plate is sloped at 81 degrees, meaning almost all incoming rounds will ricochet, often into the turret and damaging the breech and even the turret crew. Overall, in terms of armour, the AMX-32 has enough armour to absorb at most 2-4 shots before being knocked out. The spaced armour is useful in countering HESH and some HEAT shells, but its armour should never be relied on or overestimated.

Additional note:

  • Belly armour is 25 mm thick
  • Side armour is 35 mm thick, with composite screens (25 mm) on the sides

Mobility

Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 73 31 40 1,240 1526 31 38.15
Realistic 65 28 708 800 17.7 20

The AMX-32 is powered by a Hispano-Suiza HS-110-2-SR engine rated at 800hp @ 2500RPM, with a transmission providing seven forward gears and two reverse gears, similar to the transmission from the AMX-30. Like the AMX-30, the AMX-32's top speed is 65 km/h (40 mph) forward, but the AMX-32 goes 3.9 km/h (2.4 mph) faster in reverse thanks to its upgraded engine. The AMX-32 was designed with mobility in mind, and it does just that. It is slower than the AMX-40, but still holds its ground against more sluggish tanks, especially British and Russian vehicles at its BR. However, it should not be overestimated, as tanks such as the KPz-70 will outmatch your mobility anywhere. In an uptier, even more if not all tanks will outperform you in terms of mobility.

Armaments

Main armament

The AMX-32 is armed with the GIAT CN120-25 G1, the same 120 mm smoothbore gun found on the AMX-40. It also shares the same ammunition. The stock OCC 120 G1 is a HEAT warhead capable of penetrating 480 mm of non-angled RHA at any distance. At modification tier 4, the option to research the OFL 120 G1 becomes available. It is an APFSDS shell with 394 mm of penetration, giving plenty of kinetic power for its BR. The HEAT shell also holds its ground, and nearly always one-shots any vehicles that hull break, but be wary of your battle rating, as, at 9.3, up-tiers facing the top dogs at 10.3 are imminent. All tanks at that battle rating have excellent chemical protection, so side and gun breech shots may be your only option. The CN-120 is a great weapon for its BR, and its APFSDS can penetrate any tank in the game frontally if you have enough knowledge of weak spots and armour layout.

120 mm GIAT CN120-25 G1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 38 -8°/+20° ±180° Two-plane __.__ __.__ 40.0 __.__ __.__ 8.7 7.7 7.1 6.7
Realistic __.__ __.__ 21.3 __.__ __.__

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
OCC 120 G1 HEATFS 480 480 480 480 480 480
OFL 120 G1 APFSDS 394 393 388 382 376 370
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%
OCC 120 G1 HEATFS 1,050 14.3 0.05 1 2,150 65° 72° 77°
OFL 120 G1 APFSDS 1,650 3.8 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the AMX-32
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
38 18 (+20) (+37) No

Notes:

  • Recommended ammo load is 18 (+20) shells. This will leave the hull rack empty and the ready rack filled.
  • Rack 2 is a ready rack, and takes priority in being filled at the beginning of the battle. It is also emptied first.
  • Full reload speed will be realized as long as ammo exists in the ready rack. If the ready rack is empty, a penalty to reload speed will occur.
  • Simply not firing when the main gun is loaded will load ammo from rack 1 into rack 2 as long as there is ammo in rack 1. Firing the main gun will interrupt the reloading of the ready rack.

The CN120-25 G1 cannon fires single-piece ammunition from two stowages, the first order rack found in the rear of the turret, and the rack located in the hull front to the right of the driver. It takes the loader about 13 seconds to restock a round into the ready rack from the hull rack.


Machine guns

The 20F2 (French designation of M693) automatic cannon is mounted in tandem with the CN-120 in the turret mantlet. Players who have played the AMX-30 (1972) in Rank V will already know the capabilities of this weapon. Similarly to the Rh202 cannon found on the MBT/KPz-70, it excels at quickly taking out not only light tanks and SPAA, but also cannon barrels, a vital ability that gives the AMX-32 the upper hand in one-on-one combat. If the enemy tank fires at you and hits or misses, you are able to overextend, destroy the cannon barrel with the 20 mm, and safely engage the tank with your 120 mm. Lightly armoured tanks, IFV's, and anti-aircraft vehicles will be quickly taken care of by the 20F2.

20 mm 20F2
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 480 (500) 740 0°/+20° N/A

The 7.62 mm AAN-F1 machine gun is mounted on the commander's fully traversable hatch. It is helpful in engaging helicopters which are too high for the 20 mm cannon's elevation limits. It is overshadowed by the 20F2, but is useful nonetheless, especially for taking out those pesky Balloons on the Normandy tank map.

7.62 mm A-A-F1N
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 2,170 (100) 900 -10°/+40° ±120°

Usage in battles

The AMX-32 plays similarly to the AMX-30 in battles. It can be played effectively in ambushes, as a sniper (with its rangefinder and thermal optics), and use cover to the utmost advantage. With the gun stabilizer, you are able to poke out of cover, shoot, and retreat. This is especially useful when sniping, and using "leapfrog" tactics with a friendly vehicle. In the latter case, when the enemy shoots, move out of cover and take a shot, and if you want, use your 20 mm cannon to destroy their cannon barrel. Do not rely on your armour though, as most if not all shots WILL penetrate and make quick work of you. Players must make sure that they either make the enemy shoot and miss or get the first shot off on said enemy. This applies only in one-on-one combat if both the enemy and the AMX-32 see each other. If more than one tank is waiting for you, either retreat and make them come to you, try baiting or flanking, or get a friend to help. On the other hand, being able to shoot and then remove their main means of retaliating via the autocannon proves extremely useful, especially in an ambush. All in all, the AMX-32 is a very capable tank that can quickly return several enemies to the hangar without receiving major damage, if played right.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive Laser rangefinder
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism OFL 120 G1 Smoke grenade
IV Transmission Engine ESS Artillery Support NVD

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great firepower and secondary armament
  • Excels with ambush tactics and can destroy tanks before they even know your position
  • Good mobility and reverse speed
  • The gun has a two-plane stabilizer, thermal optics, and a laser rangefinder

Cons:

  • Lacklustre armour protection, especially against kinetic shells
  • Longer reload than other tanks at its battle rating
  • The tank's mobility can and will be outmatched, especially in an up-tier

History

As soon as the AMX-30B entered service in 1966 it was clear that it would not be able to face the newly introduced Soviet T-64 tank and as a result would need to be replaced or dramatically improved over the course of its serviceable life. Therefore improvements had to be incorporated into the design to keep it competitive. Various development programs saw the light at the end of the 60's and all were ultimately meant to be incorporated into the AMX-30. These improvements had to improve the characteristics of the tank in the three main defining MBT traits: firepower, mobility, and armour, with the company GIAT being the project manager of all studies that were to be undertaken.

  • The EFAB (Etablissement de la fabrique d'arme de Bourges/Weapon manufacturing facility of Bourges) were to improve the firepower of the tank.
  • AMX-APX were to improve the armour of the tank.
  • Hispano-Suiza and SESM (today RENK France) company were to improve the mobility of the tank.
  • SFIM were to improve the optic/optronic suite of the tank.

In the meantime, AMX-APX started a private project whose goal was to develop a new tank based on the AMX-30 to replace it until a French 3rd generation tank would be available. This tank was named AMX-32 and its development started in 1975 with the first prototype being ready in 1977. The tank at this time featured a rebuilt AMX-30 hull with spaced high hardness RHA armour at the front of the hull as well as new FCS control system named COTAC introduced 2 years earlier on the AMX-10RC coupled to a new electrohydraulic turret powering unit called ATS GS 32, a fully rotating stabilized panoramicsight with a 2nd generation light intensifier at the disposal of the commander called M527 designed by the SFIM, a semi automatic gearbox ENC200 minerva with torque converter, and a DI VT 13 2nd generation light intensifying camera. The new tank was also capable of firing on the move thanks to the M527 commander panoramic sights whose stabilized mirror gyroscopes were able to send inputs to the tank gun servos thus stabilizing it on both axis when the commander used its priority controls over the turret.

AMX-APX tried to sell this new tank to the French Army but the price was found to be prohibitive for what was thought to be replaced in less than 10 years... Therefore it was decided that the project should be solely dedicated to the export market. GIAT was not satisfied with the first version of the tank. If it had to attract foreign customers, this tank could not afford to be just a more expensive French Leopard 1A4 clone which already had a very good reputation and could be acquired for a fairly low price. It was decided that the AMX-32 had to become the best 2.5 generation MBT if it was to have a chance to be sold.

Therefore GIAT ordered that new improvements had to be made, especially in the protection and firepower department, so they assigned the EFAB to the design of a larger, better protected turret capable of housing the soon to become CN120-25 L/52 120 mm smoothbore cannon originally intended for the EPC program (Engin Principal de Combat/Main Combat Vehicle program eventually resulting in the AMX Leclerc). In less than 2 years the turret was ready as well as a new turret for the more basic 105 mm gun. These two turrets had similar layouts and protection levels, only the gun mantlet as well as the position of the night vision device were different, and were both showcased at SATORY 1981, the 120 mm version was also proposed with a boosted HS 110-2-SR developping 800 HP in order to keep the HP/ton ratio around 20. The two versions of the tank attracted a lot of interest but ultimately, no orders were ever placed. Despite probably being the best modernized second generation tank of its time, the niche market of modernized 2nd generation MBT was simply too tight for this tank to fit with modernized Leopard 1's and M60's monopolizing said market. GIAT tried once again with the AMX-40, this time being a completely new tank which was better protected and much more mobile, rivaling M1's and Leopard 2's in mobility and firepower. However it encountered no more success than the AMX-32. The AMX-32 was proposed for the last time on the export market in 1985 before being replaced by the AMX-40 until 1990.

Despite the tank failing to attract customers, a lot of what was put into it was used to modernize the AMX-30 which would become the AMX-30B2 as well as in the EPC program, most notably in the FCS department.

Retrospectively, the French Army made a mistake by not buying this tank at all as well as the AMX-40. The EPC program came much later than expected, leaving them with totally obsolete tanks in the late 80's, and it is possible that the refusal to adopt the tank domestically further harmed the little chance it had of appealing to foreign customers. That being said, this tank represents a real milestone in French tank development history.

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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)