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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 armor giving additional protection and advantages on the battlefield.
Survivability and armour
The AMX-32 is protected by spaced armor on the lower glacis (50mm RHA, 100mm air, 79mm RHA) and the mantlet (25mm RHA, 140mm air, 35mm RHA), respectively. An improved version of the AMX-30, the tank was built for mobility, not armor. The spaced armor 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 armor, the AMX-32 has enough armor to absorb at most 2-4 shots before being knocked out. The spaced armor is useful in countering HESH and some HEAT shells, but its armor should never be relied on or overestimated.
- Belly armor is 25mm thick.
- Side armor is 35mm thick, with composite screens (25mm) on the sides
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 65kph/40mph forward, but the AMX-32 goes 3.9kph/2.4mph 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.
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Main armament (CN-120-25 G1)
The AMX-32 is armed with the GIAT CN-120-25 G1, the same 120mm 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 480mm 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 394mm 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, uptiers 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 armor layout.
Additional armament (20F2/M693 automatic cannon)
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 Tier V will already know the capabilities of this weapon. Similarly to the Rh202 cannon found on the MBT/KPz-70, it exceeds 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 20mm, and safely engage the tank with your 120mm. Lightly armored tanks, IFV's, and anti-aircraft vehicles will be quickly taken care of by the 20F2.
Machine gun (A-A-F1N)
The 7.62mm A-A-F1N cannon is mounted on the commander's fully traversable hatch. It is helpful in engaging helicopters which are too high for the 20mm 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.
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 "leap frog" 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 20mm cannon to destroy their cannon barrel. Do not rely on your armor 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 auto cannon 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
Pros and cons
- 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
- Lackluster armor protection, especially against kinetic shells
- Longer reload than other tanks at its BR
- The tank's mobility can and will be outmatched, especially in an uptier
During the late 1970's, an improved version of the AMX-30 designated AMX-32 was developed. With a new fire control system, welded turret, and composite armor, the AMX-32 was to be a private export tank affordable and fitting for nations with small defense budgets. It was to be armed with either a 105mm or 120mm gun, and have either a 720hp or 800 hp engine, interchangeable to fit various budgets. No production orders were made; as a result, the AMX-32 project ultimately failed.
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|France medium tanks|
|S.35 · Lorraine 40t · Leclerc|
|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|
|Based on M4||▄M4A1 · M4A1 (FL10) · ▄M4A3 (105) · M4A4 (SA50)|