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== General info ==
 
== General info ==
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== 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 (>600mm KE) are well protected, with the middle glacis plate providing 720mm chemical and 550mm kinetic protection. The flat plate below the gunner's thermal optic provides 500mm of protection against KE, and 
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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.
  
 
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| Hull || Upper Glacis: 140-300mm APFSDS sloped at 77 degrees || 30-65 mm ''Front''<br> 20-55 mm ''Back'' || 10-20mm || 5-25mm
 
| Hull || Upper Glacis: 140-300mm APFSDS sloped at 77 degrees || 30-65 mm ''Front''<br> 20-55 mm ''Back'' || 10-20mm || 5-25mm
 
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|-
| Turret || 600-800mm APFSDS ''Turret cheeks''<br> 500mm APFSDS / 570mm HEAT ''Gunner's optic''
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| Turret || 600-800mm APFSDS ''Turret cheeks''<br> 500mm APFSDS / 570mm HEAT ''Gunner's optic''
| 180+mm APFSDS, 230+mm HEAT || Ammo storage: 45mm APFSDS, 270mm HEAT (with integrated ERA blocks)  
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| 180+mm APFSDS, 230+mm HEAT || Ammo storage: 45mm APFSDS, 270mm HEAT (with integrated ERA blocks)
Turret back: 20mm  
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Turret back: 20mm
 
| 20-40mm
 
| 20-40mm
 
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'''Notes:''' <!-- Any additional notes which the user needs to be aware of -->
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=== Mobility ===
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{{tankMobility|abMinHp=2,285|rbMinHp=1,304}}
  
=== Mobility ===
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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.
The Leclerc S2 is powered by the same engine as the S1, the Wärtsilä V8X-1500. Outputting 1475hp 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 26.25hp/ton. However, it weighs 2.5t more than the S1 which makes for noticable sluggishness without engine upgrades. {{tankMobility|abMinHp=2285|rbMinHp=1304}}
 
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Main armament ===
 
=== Main armament ===
Like its predecessor, the Leclerc S2 is equipped with the CN120-26 F1 L/52 cannon. It can fire three shells: a stock HEAT-FS round, and two APFSDS shells. The OFL 120 F1, which shares the same penetrator as the DM43, slices through over 550mm of armor past 1km. Although this isn't as competitive as the new DM53 round that the [[Leopard 2A6]] fires (which penetrates 10mm more than CL3143), it still performs very well against enemy MBT's. The 120 F1 shell also has a velocity of 1790m/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 MBT's, the Leclerc starts out with a stock HEAT-FS shell. Although powerful against light vehicles and SPAA, the HEAT-FS is redundant against your opponents. You have an APFSDS shell as a Tier I modification, however, one must note that it penetrates only 390mm of armor even at close range.
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{{main|GIAT CN120-26 F1 (120 mm)}}
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Like its predecessor, the Leclerc S2 is equipped with the CN120-26 F1 L/52 cannon. It can fire three shells: a stock HEAT-FS 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 MBT's. 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 HEAT-FS shell. Although powerful against light vehicles and SPAA, the HEAT-FS is redundant against your opponents. You have an APFSDS shell as a Tier I modification, however, one must note that it penetrates only 390 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 flat firing rate 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 gunner and commander, the Leclerc can pick off unsuspecting targets with great efficiency.
 
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 flat firing rate 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 gunner and commander, the Leclerc can pick off unsuspecting targets with great efficiency.
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="100%"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="5" | [[GIAT CN120-26 F1 (120 mm)|120 mm GIAT CN120-26 F1]] || colspan="5" | Turret rotation speed (°/s) || Reloading rate (seconds)
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! colspan="5" | [[GIAT CN120-26 F1 (120 mm)|120 mm GIAT CN120-26 F1]] || colspan="5" | Turret rotation speed (°/s) || colspan="4" | Reloading rate (seconds)
 
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|-
 
! Mode !! Capacity !! Vertical !! Horizontal !! Stabilizer
 
! Mode !! Capacity !! Vertical !! Horizontal !! Stabilizer
 
! Stock !! Upgraded !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
 
! Stock !! Upgraded !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
! Autoloader (crew skill redundant)
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! Stock !! Full !! Expert !! Aced
 
|-
 
|-
 
! ''Arcade''
 
! ''Arcade''
| rowspan="2" | 40 || rowspan="2" | -8°/+20° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | Two-plane || 28.6 || 39.5 || __._ || __._ || __._ || rowspan="2" | 6.00, 22+1 rounds in autoloader
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| rowspan="2" | 40 || rowspan="2" | -8°/+20° || rowspan="2" | ±180° || rowspan="2" | Two-plane || 28.6 || 39.5 || 48.0 || 53.1 || 56.5 || rowspan="2" | 6.00 || rowspan="2" | 6.00 || rowspan="2" | 6.00 || rowspan="2" | 6.00
 
|-
 
|-
 
! ''Realistic''
 
! ''Realistic''
| 17.9 || 21.0 || __._ || __._ || __._
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| 17.9 || 21.0 || 25.5 || 28.2 || 30.0
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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! 10 m !! 100 m !! 500 m !! 1,000 m !! 1,500 m !! 2,000 m
 
! 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
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| OCC 120 G1 || HEATFS || 480 || 480 || 480 || 480 || 480 || 480
 
|-
 
|-
|OFL 120 G1||APFSDS||394||393||388||382||376||370
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| OFL 120 G1 || APFSDS || 394 || 393 || 388 || 382 || 376 || 370
 
|-
 
|-
|OFL 120 F1||APFSDS||575||573||565||557||547||537
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| OFL 120 F1 || APFSDS || 575 || 573 || 565 || 557 || 547 || 537
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
 
! 0% !! 50% !! 100%
 
|-
 
|-
|OCC 120 G1||HEATFS||1,100||14.4||0.0||0.1||2,148||65°||72°||77°
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| OCC 120 G1 || HEATFS || 1,100 || 14.4 || 0.05 || 0.1 || 2,150 || 65° || 72° || 77°
 
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|-
|OFL 120 G1||APFSDS||1,650||3.8||N/A||N/A||N/A||78°||80°||81°
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| OFL 120 G1 || APFSDS || 1,650 || 3.8 || N/A || N/A || N/A || 78° || 80° || 81°
 
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|-
|OFL 120 F1||APFSDS||1,790||3.8||N/A||N/A||N/A||78°||80°||81°
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| OFL 120 F1 || APFSDS || 1,790 || 3.8 || N/A || N/A || N/A || 78° || 80° || 81°
 
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|-
 
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! 1st<br>rack empty
 
! 1st<br>rack empty
 
! 2nd<br>rack empty
 
! 2nd<br>rack empty
!Reccomended
 
 
! Visual<br>discrepancy
 
! Visual<br>discrepancy
 
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|-
| '''40''' || 23 ''(+17)'' || 1 ''(+39)''
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| '''40''' || 23 ''(+17)'' || 1 ''(+39)'' || No
|Hull stowage empty: 23 ''(+17)''|| No
 
 
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|-
 
|}
 
|}
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Hull stowage empty: 23 ''(+17)''
  
 
=== Machine guns ===
 
=== Machine guns ===
 
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{{main|M2HB (12.7 mm)}}
 
{{main|M2HB (12.7 mm)}}
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! Mount !! Capacity (Belt) !! Fire rate !! Vertical !! Horizontal
 
! Mount !! Capacity (Belt) !! Fire rate !! Vertical !! Horizontal
 
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|Coaxial||800 (200)||576||-8 / +20||±180
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| Coaxial || 800 (200) || 577 || N/A || N/A
 
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== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
With great mobility and an autoloading 120mm cannon, the Leclerc can be exploited to fulfill 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 CQC as the Leclerc's numerous hull weak spots can be easily seen and targeted in urban environments. However, at longer ranges, the commander's thermal sight allows for "leap frog" tactics — acquiring a target, poking out of cover to take a shot, and retreating back into cover. 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 from.
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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. However, at longer ranges, the commander's thermal sight allows for "leap frog" tactics — acquiring a target, poking out of cover to take a shot, and retreating back into cover. 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.
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=== Modules ===
 
=== Modules ===
 
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! colspan="2" | Mobility
 
! colspan="2" | Mobility
 
! Protection
 
! Protection
! colspan="2" | Firepower
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! colspan="3" | Firepower
!
 
 
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|I
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| I
|Tracks
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| Tracks
 
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|Parts
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| Parts
|Horizontal Drive
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| Horizontal Drive
|OFL 120 G1
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| OFL 120 G1
 
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|
 
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|-
|II
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| II
|Suspension
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| Suspension
|Brake System
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| Brake System
|FPE
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| FPE
|Adjustment of Fire
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| Adjustment of Fire
 
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|
 
|
 
|
 
|-
 
|-
|III
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| III
|Filters
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| Filters
 
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|
|Crew Replenishment
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| Crew Replenishment
|Elevation Mechanism
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| Elevation Mechanism
|Laser rangefinder
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| Laser rangefinder
|Smoke grenade
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| Smoke grenade
 
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|-
|IV
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| IV
|Transmission
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| Transmission
|Engine
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| Engine
 
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|Artillery Support
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| Artillery Support
|OFL 120 F1
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| OFL 120 F1
|NVD
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| NVD
 
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|}
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
 
* Excellent gun performance, handling, and reload
 
* Excellent gun performance, handling, and reload
 
* Competitive mobility and great reverse speed
 
* Competitive mobility and great reverse speed
* Thermal optics (Gen2) for both gunner and commander
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* Thermal optics (Gen 2) for both gunner and commander
 
* 22 rounds in first-stage ammo stowage — highest of any Western MBT
 
* 22 rounds in first-stage ammo stowage — highest of any Western MBT
 
* Lower profile compared to its contemporaries
 
* Lower profile compared to its contemporaries
 
*
 
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
 
* Noticeable weakspots at close range or when not hull down
 
* Noticeable weakspots at close range or when not hull down
* Cannon breech is easy to hit at any range\
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* Cannon breech is easy to hit at any range
* 10mm armor protection for the engine; 12.7mm rounds can set afire and immobilize you
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* 10 mm armour protection for the engine; 12.7 mm rounds can set afire and immobilize you
 
* Three crew members like the Type 90; their survivability is worse than other tanks at its BR (excluding Russian MBT) when shot in weakspots
 
* Three crew members like the Type 90; their survivability is worse than other tanks at its BR (excluding Russian MBT) when shot in weakspots
 
* Abysmal performance when stock — researching critical modifications such as APFSDS rounds, engine upgrades and NVD/rangefinder is a priority.
 
* Abysmal performance when stock — researching critical modifications such as APFSDS rounds, engine upgrades and NVD/rangefinder is a priority.
 
*
 
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
The Leclerc S2 was the first upgrade of the Leclerc by the French Army. Upgrades included:
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* new NBC system with hybrid air conditioning
 
* Independent air conditioning unit installed on the back roof behind the gunner's hatch.
 
* In order to balance the turret since the adding of the air conditioner, the turret frontal armor is thickened a few centimeters ahead of the commander's station.
 
* Revised sprocket cooling fins.
 
* Splash guard added to the front hull.
 
* Remote operated hydraulic track tensioner.
 
* Bolt-on appliqué armor on hull sponsons. ''Modeled on the Leclerc in-game, not functional.''
 
* ''Athos'' thermal camera on the gunner's sight is replaced by the new ''Iris'' thermal camera since production block 9. ''Not on the Leclerc in-game.''
 
* SIT ICONE battlefield management system added in 2009
 
 
 
Data from ''Wikipedia''
 
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==

Revision as of 21:27, 25 November 2020

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Leclerc S2
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Leclerc S2
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Description

GarageImage Leclerc S2.jpg


The Leclerc Serie 2 is a rank VII French medium tank with a battle rating of 11.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".

General info

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.

Armour Front Sides Rear Roof
Hull Upper Glacis: 140-300mm APFSDS sloped at 77 degrees 30-65 mm Front
20-55 mm Back
10-20mm 5-25mm
Turret 600-800mm APFSDS Turret cheeks
500mm APFSDS / 570mm HEAT Gunner's optic
180+mm APFSDS, 230+mm HEAT Ammo storage: 45mm APFSDS, 270mm HEAT (with integrated ERA blocks)

Turret back: 20mm

20-40mm
Cannon 90-460mm against APFSDS N/A N/A N/A

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 79 43 55.6 2,285 2812 41.1 50.58
Realistic 71 39 1,304 1474 23.45 26.51

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.

Armaments

Main armament

Like its predecessor, the Leclerc S2 is equipped with the CN120-26 F1 L/52 cannon. It can fire three shells: a stock HEAT-FS 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 MBT's. 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 HEAT-FS shell. Although powerful against light vehicles and SPAA, the HEAT-FS is redundant against your opponents. You have an APFSDS shell as a Tier I modification, however, one must note that it penetrates only 390 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 flat firing rate 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 gunner and commander, the Leclerc can pick off unsuspecting targets with great efficiency.

120 mm GIAT CN120-26 F1 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 40 -8°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 28.6 39.5 48.0 53.1 56.5 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00
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
OCC 120 G1 HEATFS 480 480 480 480 480 480
OFL 120 G1 APFSDS 394 393 388 382 376 370
OFL 120 F1 APFSDS 575 573 565 557 547 537
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 1,100 14.4 0.05 0.1 2,150 65° 72° 77°
OFL 120 G1 APFSDS 1,650 3.8 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°
OFL 120 F1 APFSDS 1,790 3.8 N/A N/A N/A 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
40 23 (+17) 1 (+39) No

Hull stowage empty: 23 (+17)

Machine guns

Main article: M2HB (12.7 mm)
12.7 mm M2HB
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 800 (200) 577 N/A N/A

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. However, at longer ranges, the commander's thermal sight allows for "leap frog" tactics — acquiring a target, poking out of cover to take a shot, and retreating back into cover. 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.

Modules

Tier Mobility Protection Firepower
I Tracks Parts Horizontal Drive OFL 120 G1
II Suspension Brake System FPE Adjustment of Fire
III Filters Crew Replenishment Elevation Mechanism Laser rangefinder Smoke grenade
IV Transmission Engine Artillery Support OFL 120 F1 NVD

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent gun performance, handling, and reload
  • Competitive mobility and great reverse speed
  • Thermal optics (Gen 2) for both gunner and commander
  • 22 rounds in first-stage ammo stowage — highest of any Western MBT
  • Lower profile compared to its contemporaries

Cons:

  • Noticeable weakspots 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
  • Three crew members like the Type 90; their survivability is worse than other tanks at its BR (excluding Russian MBT) when shot in weakspots
  • Abysmal performance when stock — researching critical modifications such as APFSDS rounds, engine upgrades and NVD/rangefinder is a priority.

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Media

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See also

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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)