AMX-56 Leclerc

Operator: United Arab Emirates
Status: In Service
Number: 388
Cost: Part of $3.4 billion deal
Acquired: 1994-2006
General Specs
Country of origin: France
Manufacturer: Nexter (formerly Giat Industries)
Introduced: 1992
Combat Weight: 54 tons
Length: 22.6 ft (6.88 m)
Width: 12.2 ft (3.71 m)
Height: 8.3 ft (2.53 m)
Range: 341.8 miles (550 km)
Engine: MTU 883 Diesel (1,500 hp)
Road Speed: 44.1 mph (71 km/h)
Offroad Speed: 31.1 mph (50 km/h)
Loader: Auto
Crew: 3
Armor Non-Energetic Reactive Armor
NBC Protection Yes
Nightvision Passive
Laser detection
Main Armament 120mm GIAT CN120-26/52 Smoothbore (40 rounds)
Ammunition Carried Armor-Piercing Fin-Stablized Discarding-Sabot (APFSDS), High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT), smoke, anti-personnel
Secondary Armament 1 x 7.62mm NFI
1 x 12.7mm GIAT M693 (F2) Co-axial
Countermeasures/Defenses: 9 x Smoke grenade dischargers


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