AMX 13 90
AMX 13 90
|France||Light Tank||Tier VIII|
Development was started in 1946. Mass production was launched in 1952. The first 2000 vehicles were equipped with the 75 mm gun. However, later versions had the 90 mm gun, giving much greater firepower.
It comes with a 6 round autoloader. It combines outstanding firepower, due to the high rate of fire, with high mobility. However, it has very poor armor for its tier. This combination requires an unusual way of fighting.
As with the the AMX 13 75, it works best waiting for engagements to occur and then flanking the enemies, firing on their sides and rear rapidly, and then fleeing to reload. It is also fairly good at scouting and artillery killing, although it doesn't accelerate as fast as some other lights, so it should avoid stopping or slowing down when performing these roles.
The AMX 13 90 leads to the Lorraine 40 t.
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Pros and Cons
- Good speed agility
- Great turret traverse
- Autoloader with great burst damage that can cripple any tank it comes across
- Higher drum capacity than its counterpart the T69
- Low profile
- Surprisingly decent health, just enough to survive 3 hits, give or take
- Carries a good amount of ammo
- Very weak armor; takes full damage from artillery
- Very long reload time
- Slow track traverse, not good at circling the enemy
- Very weak to ramming
- 2 crewmen are loaders
- Long aim time and subpar accuracy on the 90mm
- Poor elevation and depression
- Sluggish traverse on high speed (clutch braking wil be handy)
Coupled with the right mindset and determination, the 13 90 can be both a rewarding tank to play, and deadly on the battlefield. The first thing to understand about the 13 90 is that it is not a medium; it never was, and never will be. If you play it like one you will die quite rapidly. The 13 90 is a flanker, but more to the point it is a scout flanker. It has the speed, and coupled with clutch braking, can rival even the t-50-2 in the amount of damage it can do to enemies behind their lines, and on it. The 13 90 also possesses an advantage unique to light tanks: it retains the same camo value when moving as when it is sitting still. This makes the 13 90 superb for sneaking behind enemies and launch surprise attacks from behind. If you make good use of cover and and foliage you can pop up from the most unexpected places.
The key to survival in the 13 90 is mobility. If you're not moving you're dead. The best course of action is to play the 13 90 as a scout, and use your speed to fill in gaps in the line your allies have created. If you see someone in trouble, go help them, run distraction and shoot the enemy in his rear a few times. And while he's looking at you, get under cover and let your friend do the rest. Or even better, do a drive by and shoot him again and take another pass. Keep the enemy guessing and off guard.
The 13 90 is a true Hit & Run tank. It has the firepower to truly cause some damage, it has the mobility and speed to go where needed, and what's more a well driven 13 90 can sow discord amidst the enemy. If the enemy is focusing on you, and shooting at you, then they're not shooting at your teammates.
Use elevation to its fullest potential. Climb the slopes of hills where the enemy can't see you and then swoop down at high speed through gaps in the enemy's line.
Another important point is that auto-loaders in general are both a bane and a boon. They provide serious burst damage, but while they're reloading you're completely vulnerable. Always remember when playing the 13 90 that mobility is the key to your survival and success.
- Suspension and engines - mobility is key to survival
- Gun is secondary because you can pen from the rear
- Research the 90mm - much needed increase in burst damage total
- Research the last Engine and suspension - they will help you fight, but they won't win the fight for you.
The AMX 13 90 is a version of the AMX-13 French light tank that was produced from 1966 to 1985.
Design and Features
From 1966 on, the 75mm high-velocity gun was replaced by a 90 mm (the AMX-13/90) medium velocity gun firing more effective HEAT ammunition, with the French upgrading all existing base models to this specification. By the early 1970s export models were available with an even more potent 105mm gun. Although there were many variants on the turret the basic chassis was almost unchanged until 1985 when changes including a new diesel engine, fully automatic transmission and new hydro-pneumatic suspension were introduced. Production halted with the Model 1987. After sales support and upgrades are still offered through GIAT Industries (now Nexter). The AMX-13 tank was phased out of service with the French Army in the 1980s. Current French armoured vehicles with a similar role are the ERC 90 Sagaie and the AMX 10 RC.
- Ground clearance: 370 mm (15 in)
- Fording: 600 mm (24 in)
- Vertical obstacle 650 mm (26 in)
- Trench: 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
- Gradient 60%
- Side slope: 60%
- NBC system: None
- Night vision: Optional
History Article (from Design and Features on): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMX-13