AMX-13/75 mle 51
AMX-13: Light Tank
Main Gun: 75mm high-velocity 75/SA 50
Ammunition Stowage: 12 ready/22 stowed
Default Ammunition 'A': 7/13 75mm PCOT-51P APCBC-T, 5/9 OE HEF-T
Coaxial machine gun: 7.62mm AAT-NF1
Ammunition Stowage: 2100 ready/3600 stowed
Default Ammunition: 2100/3600 7.62mm AP
Grenade Dischargers: Grenades
Ammunition Stowage: 1 ready/3 stowed
Default Ammunition: 1/3 Smoke
Frontal Turret Armor: Light, Steel. Protected vs. HMG.
Frontal Hull Armor: Light, Steel. Protected vs. HMG.
Combat Weight: 14.5 tonnes
Length: 4.88m (hull)
Engine Power: 250 hp SOFAM Model 8Gxb petrol
Top Speed: 60kph
Designed in 1946 an an air-portable tank destroyer/reconnaissance vehicle to support paratroopers, the AMX-13 is a French light tank that entered formal service in 1953.
Initially armed with a short-barreled, high-velocity 75mm cannon mated to a Fives-Gail Babcock two-part oscillating turret, later versions would carry 90mm and 105mm guns. Use of the oscillating turret, where the main gun is fixed in the upper half of the turret and pivots on the lower half to elevate or depress the gun, allows the tank to mount an (semi)automatic loader, with dual six-round rotary magazines. This allows the AMX-13 to engage multiple targets rapidly, but the small amount of ready ammunition quickly forces the vehicle to disengage for manual reloading.
The AMX-13 carries a crew of 3: driver, gunner, and commander. Except for very recent upgrades, most AMX-13s lack advanced fire control systems or night-vision capability, and all versions are unable to operate in a nuclear-biological-chemical environment.
The modeled version is the AMX-13/75 mle (Modèle) 51, armed with the aforementioned 75mm high-velocity gun, a 7,62mm coaxial machine gun, and two banks of two smoke-grenade launchers. Upgraded in 1966 to a F3 90mm high-velocity gun, the AMX-13 in Steel Beasts Professional may be equipped with 90mm ammunition to simulate this version, although there is no physical difference in the model.
Manufactured until 1987, in fifteen production variants, with numerous local modifications and modernizations, the AMX-13 series has seen service with nearly thirty nations, and may be found thinly spread throughout Africa, the Middle East, and South-East Asia.