A formidable vehicle comes to the game: meet the AMX-10M, a French SPG that was specifically designed to fire anti-tank guided missiles!
AMX-10M: SPG, France, rank V
- A gun that is capable of firing ATGMs!
- An auxiliary 20mm gun, good against light tanks and aircraft.
- Decent mobility — able to get to cover quickly.
- Capability to be amphibious.
The AMX-10M SPG originated from the Anti-Char Rapide Autopropulsé (ACRA) project that started in 1970 in France. The AMX-10M is based on the AMX-10 series of infantry fighting vehicles, which were converted to accommodate a 142mm smoothbore gun capable of firing ACRA anti-tank guided missiles. 3 prototype SPGs were prepared for testing, and by 1974, the ACRA gun was fully tested and prepared for adoption. However, due to high costs and the inability to use the gun on a light vehicle, the project was shut down. As a result of this, the 3 prototypes that were built were transferred to the Museum of Armored Vehicles in Saumur, France.
With the arrival of the next major update, the AMX-10M will help bolster the French ground force lineup in and around rank V, thanks to its decent mobility, 20mm autocannon and 142mm gun that is capable of firing anti-tank guided missiles. Let’s take a detailed look at what this SPG can offer!
Experimental guns that were capable of firing anti-tank guided missiles were developed as part of the ACRA anti-tank project in France. French ground force players and their enemies may already be familiar with one particular vehicle that derived from this project: the AMX-30 ACRA, which has already been in the game for some time now, and has the same gun as the AMX-10M! Moving onto the nitty-gritty parts of this tank, the missiles fired from the 142mm ACRA gun have great velocity and a range of nearly 4km — which is even enough to scare and take out enemies that are flying a helicopter within this range. We’re also going to mention the missile’s penetration: these missiles can pierce through 700mm of armor, which is enough to defeat most homogeneous armor and even early ERA!
The AMX-10M can also carry conventional high-explosive shells, which will certainly help in sticky situations at closer ranges where the use of an anti-tank guided missile just doesn’t quite cut it. The AMX-10M’s turret also includes a handy auxiliary 20mm autocannon, which is useful against lightly armored vehicles as well as low flying planes and helicopters that you may encounter.
Moving on to an important part of any tank: armor. The AMX-10M’s armor is cast light alloy, which is enough to keep out light machine guns and nearby artillery strikes that it may face. However, this does mean that it will struggle to protect against conventional anti-tank shells and larger machine guns that are fired from enemy tanks. Be sure to utilize the gun from longer distances!
The quirky, but nonetheless interesting AMX-10M tank will be an exciting addition to the French ground tree, and will be coming in the next major War Thunder update. That’s this dev blog wrapped up — be sure to stay tuned to our website and social media, where we’ll be announcing other dev blogs soon!