AMX 30 B

The AMX 30 B is a French tier 10 medium tank.

Developed in 1966. The vehicle had maneuverability, engine power, and effective anti-tank engagement distance superior to all other vehicles except the Leopard 1. Great view range allowed the vehicle’s commander to coordinate the actions of the crew and to maintain situational awareness, greatly increasing the vehicle’s effectiveness. The armor of the vehicle was quite thin, but it was decided that technological advances in anti-tank shells had essentially rendered armor obsolete: survivability would depend on mobility and firepower. A total of 2,800 vehicles were manufactured.

The AMX 30 B marks the end of its French medium line.

Pros and Cons


Very high damage per minute
Better camo than the Leopard 1
Better turret armor than the Leopard 1, can absorb poorly aimed shots into the gun mantlet with some degree of reliability
Almost no aim-spread during turret rotation
Second highest viewrange of any Tier X (410m)

- Inferior to the Leopard 1 in almost every other aspect, especially mediocre accuracy

- Worst penetration of all Tier X mediums, has serious difficulty engaging the superheavies even with HEAT

- One of the worst premium shell velocities among all Tier X vehicles excluding short barreled 15cm guns

- Very poor hull armor, HE can deal you serious damage

- Even buffed, huge cupola still offers easy target

- Somewhat sluggish

Historical Info

De Gaulle decided that France, though formally remaining a member, would no longer participate in the NATO military organization. This caused a rift between France and West Germany, which then started to emphasize standardization with American equipment, especially in armament, and to follow the new NATO policy to use multifuel diesel engines.German defence minister Franz Josef Strauss began to oppose the common tank project. In July 1963, the defence committee of the German Bundesrat decided to procure a purely national tank. In response, the same month the French government decided likewise
Comparative trials were nevertheless held at Mailly-le-Camp, Meppen, Bourges and Satory between five French and five German prototypes between August and October 1963, under Italian, Dutch, Belgian and American supervision. The French type had received a separate national designation: AMX 30. The trials indicated that the German type, on 1 October also getting its own name Leopard, had a better mobility and acceleration. The French government decided that it could not procure a new tank until 1965, while the Germans refused to adopt the Franco-German 105-millimeter (4.1 in) tank gun, in lieu of the British Royal Ordnance L7, of which they had already ordered 1,500 in the autumn of 1962 their plan having failed for Rheinmetall to produce in Germany a common type of munition of sufficient quality. Suggestions to save the project by combining the French turret with the German chassis failed. As a result, the program was cancelled and the French and Germans definitely decided to adopt their two separate tanks. One of the two 1965 pre-production vehicles.