Top Ten Main Battle Tanks #7

     AMX Leclerc (France)

The AMX Leclerc, is a main battle tank (MBT) built by GIAT, now Nexter of France. It was named in honour of General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque who led the French element of the drive towards Paris while in command of the Free French 2nd Armoured Division (2ème DB) in World War II.


Type Main battle tank
Place of origin  France
Service history
In service 1993–present
Used by  France
 United Arab Emirates
Production history
Designed 1983–1989
Manufacturer GIAT Industries (now Nexter)
Unit cost ₣rs104,304,000 in 1993, €6,549,486.47 in 2001
Produced 1990–2008 (The last unit was produced in 2007, and the production line was closed, although Nexter still retains the capability to build more if there is a need)
Number built ~862
Weight series 1: 54.5 tonnes
series 2: 56.3 tonnes
series XXI : 57.4 tonnes
Length 9.87 m (6.88 without gun)
Width 3.60 m
Height 2.53 m
Crew 3 (Commander, gunner, driver)
Armour modular composite armor
SXXI version include titanium, tungsten and semi-reactive layers.
GIAT CN120-26/52 120mm tank gun
40 rounds (1 round ready to fire in the chamber, 22 rounds inside the autoloader magazine with additional 18 rounds cylinder in the hull)
  • 12.7 mm coaxial M2HB machine gun (1,100 rounds)
  • 7.62mm machine gun (3,000 rounds)
Engine 8-cylinder diesel SACM (Wärtsilä)
1,100 kW (1,500 hp)
Power/weight 27.52 hp/tonne
Transmission Automatic SESM ESM500
Suspension hydropneumatic
Fuel capacity 1300 liters (1700 ℓ with fuel drums)
550 km, 650 km (400 mi) with external fuel
Speed 72 km/h (45 mph)