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The AMX-40 is a rank VI French medium tank with a battle rating of 9.7 (AB/RB/SB). This tank was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X".
The AMX 40 represents a massive shift in the French tank tree, with the addition of a stabilizer, whereas all other vehicles, with the exception of the American vehicles (Sherman M4A1, Jumbo.) have no actual stabilizer. Many players might find themselves hesitating to fire a shot as soon as a target is seen because there is usually time to think before the gun is stabilized, but at this rank, French players might find themselves having a hard time shooting before their enemy.
Survivability and armour
The frontal armour of the AMX-40 consists mainly of a composite armour section at the front of the hull with a 35 mm thick (Rolled Homogeneous Armor) upper glacis plate and spaced turret armour. Despite the presence of both spaced and composite armour throughout the front of the vehicle, the vehicle struggles to resist the ammunition fired at it from its BR contemporaries save for the occasional bounce from the steep armour angles present on the upper glacis plate and the roof of the turret. The AMX-40 contains 4 crew members where half are seated on the left half of the vehicle and the other two are situated on the right half. This provides a moderate level of survivability since shots that connect too far left or right of the centre of the tank will likely only knock out two of the four crew, potentially granting the driver another opportunity. The vehicle's cannon breech is also quite large which grants it more survivability in its ability to absorb shrapnel. In addition to this, the AMX-40 features a blow-out panel for the rear turret ammunition, which is capable of storing up to 19 rounds. This grants the tank increased survivability, as side shots that explode the blow-out ammunition generally do not destroy the vehicle upon detonation.
Overall the armour of the AMX-40 is for the most part, sufficient at protecting it from auto-cannon and SPAAG fire. Besides that, drivers of the AMX-40 will quickly find that its armour is inadequate at protecting it from its contemporaries and it is suggested that drivers instead make use of the above average mobility of the vehicle to ensure a degree of survivability.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
This tank has very good speed, both forward and reverse with all options.
|120 mm GIAT CN120-25 G1|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack|
|OCC 120 G1||HEATFS||480||480||480||480||480||480|
|OFL 120 G1||APFSDS||394||393||388||382||376||370|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|OCC 120 G1||HEATFS||1,050||14||0.0||0.1||1,640||°||65°||72°||75°|
|OFL 120 G1||APFSDS||1,650||3.8||N/A||N/A||N/A||°||78°||80°||81°|
Optics and night vision
|Type of optic||Magnification||Night Vision Devices|
|Gunner's Sight||X8.9 - X10.1||-||-||-||500 x 300||Thermal imager unlocked by "NVD" modification (tier 4)|
|Commander's View||X6||1600 x 1200||9.0||High||Not Fitted||Image intensifier unlocked by "NVD" modification (tier 4)|
|Driver's View||X1||800 x 600||5.0||High||Not Fitted||Image intensifier unlocked by "NVD" modification (tier 4)|
|20 mm M693|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
|7.62 mm AAN-F1|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
Usage in battles
Mobility is your advantage during battle as you can turn yourself easily with this tank's powerful engine during close combat. It is important to utilise this vehicle's smoke screens and its ability to snipe from just about any place on a map.
|I||Tracks||Parts||Horizontal Drive||Laser rangefinder|
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Adjustment of Fire|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||Elevation Mechanism||Smoke grenade|
|IV||Transmission||Engine||Artillery Support||OFL 120 G1||NVD|
Pros and cons
- GIAT 120 mm gun is a big improvement over the AMX-30's 105 mm gun
- Good mobility; about the same as on the AMX-30, with great forward and reverse acceleration and speed
- Sports a 20 mm coaxial cannon for use against lightly armoured targets
- Decent frontal armour
- Composite armour allows for a more balanced survivability
- Overall armour can still be penetrated by the majority of the guns at its rank
- Turret turn speed is slower than most of the top rank VI tanks, close combat can turn deadly quickly for the AMX-40
Development of the AMX-40 began as a private venture of the French GIAT company in the early 1980s, with the aim to create a new export vehicle, in anticipation of increased demand for military equipment from middle eastern countries. GIAT engineers decided to base the new vehicle off the AMX-32, which itself was an improved export version of the successful AMX-30 main battle tank. However, compared to his predecessors, the AMX-40 was to feature vastly improved firepower, mobility and protection. As a true first in the French postwar tank development history, the AMX-40 would receive a two-plane stabilizer for its 120mm smoothbore cannon. Although the tank’s turret and cannon were mostly adopted from the AMX-32, increases in weight from new components led to the fact that the hull of the vehicle had to be redesigned from scratch.
The work on the first prototype was nearing completion in 1983 and the vehicle was first shown off at the Eurosatory exhibition in the same year. Following testing in 1984, two further prototypes were constructed, featuring a number of improvements over the first one. By now, the French Ministry of Defense had started to back the promising project and GIAT soon afterwards transferred all three prototypes for comprehensive troop assessments. A final, fourth prototype was constructed in 1985. Each prototype was unique, featuring a number of external and internal differences with the main one usually concerning powerplant options.
In the late 1980s, the vehicle’s development stagnated as active development was largely replaced with an active marketing campaign, in an effort to find a potential buyer for the new vehicle. Despite France’s best efforts to market the vehicle, even going as far as showing off some of the prototypes in a competition in summer of 1986 in Saudi Arabia, a buyer couldn’t be found. Spain was the only country showing some interest in potentially buying the AMX-40, but in the end, nothing came out of it either. By failing to find a buyer, domestic interest in the AMX-40 also faded and eventually resulted in the project being closed in 1990. Ultimately, the four constructed prototypes of the AMX-40 can only be considered as transitional designs, bridging the gap between the old second generation French MBTs, like the AMX-30 and the upcoming modern designs, such as the Leclerc.
- From Devblog
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|France medium tanks|
|D2 · 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 · M4A4 (SA50)|
|Foreign||Panther "Dauphiné" (Germany)|