AMX 38

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AMX 38

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France Light Tank Tier III
Battle Tiers
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Totals
Cost 41,000  Credits
Hit Points 220220 HP
Weight Limit 16/1616.05/18 t
Crew
Commander (Radio Operator, Gunner, Loader)
Driver
Mobility
Engine Power 150160 hp
Speed Limit 25 km/h
Traverse 3032 deg/s
Power/Wt Ratio 9.389.97 hp/t
Pivot NoNo
Armor
Hull Armor 60/40/40 mm
Turret Armor60/40/4060/40/40 mm
Armament
Damage 30-5041.3-68.8 HP
Penetration 26-4334-56 mm
Rate of Fire
25100% crew: 26.07 rpm
+ Vents: 26.66 rpm
+ BiA : 27.25 rpm
+ Food: 28.43 rpm
18.75100% crew: 19.55 rpm
+ Vents: 20 rpm
+ BiA : 20.44 rpm
+ Food: 21.32 rpm
r/m
Accuracy
0.48100% crew: 0.46 m
+ Vents: 0.45 m
+ BiA : 0.44 m
+ Food: 0.42 m
0.47100% crew: 0.45 m
+ Vents: 0.44 m
+ BiA : 0.43 m
+ Food: 0.41 m
m
Aim time
2100% crew: 1.92 s
+ Vents: 1.88 s
+ BiA : 1.83 s
+ Food: 1.76 s
2.5100% crew: 2.4 s
+ Vents: 2.34 s
+ BiA : 2.29 s
+ Food: 2.2 s
s
Turret Traverse
28100% crew: 29.2 deg/s
+ Vents: 29.86 deg/s
+ BiA : 30.52 deg/s
+ Food: 31.84 deg/s
28100% crew: 29.2 deg/s
+ Vents: 29.86 deg/s
+ BiA : 30.52 deg/s
+ Food: 31.84 deg/s
deg/s
Gun Arc 360°
Elevation Arc -6°/+17°-6°/+20°
Ammo Capacity 162120 rounds
General
Chance of Fire 1515 %
View Range
310100% crew: 310 m
+ Vents: 316.64 m
+ BiA : 323.29 m
+ Food: 336.57 m
310100% crew: 310 m
+ Vents: 316.64 m
+ BiA : 323.29 m
+ Food: 336.57 m
m
Signal Range
300100% crew: 312.86 m
+ Vents: 319.93 m
+ BiA : 327 m
+ Food: 341.14 m
360100% crew: 375.43 m
+ Vents: 383.91 m
+ BiA : 392.4 m
+ Food: 409.37 m
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The AMX 38 is a French tier 3 light tank.

Developed in 1937 by Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (AMX) on the basis of the Renault R-40. The vehicle had a larger turret than comparable vehicles and was equipped with a diesel engine. By 1940 two vehicles were ready for trials.

It has excellent armor for its tier and the sloped turret is effective in causing shots to bounce. Like early French low tier tanks, it is very slow and has poor turning characteristics. The upgraded engine only adds 10 additional horsepower and does little to mitigate the problem.

It starts with the 37 mm SA38 which has decent penetration but poor accuracy. It can be upgraded to the 47mm SA34 short barrel which offers worse penetration and accuracy for a small increase in damage. It it best to upgrade the gun to the high penetration 25mm cannon or spend experience on the 47mm SA35 as it's an essential module in the AMX 40 tree.

The AMX 38 leads to the AMX 40.


















Modules

Turret
TierNameArmorTraverse SpeedTraverse ArcView RangeXP CostPriceWeight
02II AMX 38 0060 60/40/40 mm
28100% crew: 29.2 deg/s
+ Vents: 29.86 deg/s
+ BiA : 30.52 deg/s
+ Food: 31.84 deg/s
28100% crew: 29.2 deg/s
+ Vents: 29.86 deg/s
+ BiA : 30.52 deg/s
+ Food: 31.84 deg/s
d/s
360°
310100% crew: 310 m
+ Vents: 316.64 m
+ BiA : 323.29 m
+ Food: 336.57 m
310100% crew: 310 m
+ Vents: 316.64 m
+ BiA : 323.29 m
+ Food: 336.57 m
m
0------ 0--- 2,500 2,500 kg
Guns compatible with this Turret:
Gun
TierNameAmmoDamagePenetrationShell PriceRate of FireAccuracyAim TimeElevationXP CostPriceWeight
02II 37 mm SA38 162 40/40/45 HP 34/67/24 mm 14 Credits/2 Gold/10 Credits
25100% crew: 26.07 rpm
+ Vents: 26.66 rpm
+ BiA : 27.25 rpm
+ Food: 28.43 rpm
r/m
0.48100% crew: 0.46 m
+ Vents: 0.45 m
+ BiA : 0.44 m
+ Food: 0.42 m
m
2100% crew: 1.92 s
+ Vents: 1.88 s
+ BiA : 1.83 s
+ Food: 1.76 s
s
-6°/+17° --- 1,8901,890 Credits 0070 70 kg
02II 25 mm Canon Raccourci Mle. 1934 258 27/27 HP 46/68 mm 5 Credits/2 Gold
33.33100% crew: 34.76 rpm
+ Vents: 35.55 rpm
+ BiA : 36.33 rpm
+ Food: 37.9 rpm
r/m
0.45100% crew: 0.43 m
+ Vents: 0.42 m
+ BiA : 0.41 m
+ Food: 0.4 m
m
1.7100% crew: 1.63 s
+ Vents: 1.59 s
+ BiA : 1.56 s
+ Food: 1.49 s
s
-2°/+25° 150 2,3202,320 Credits 0071 71 kg
02II 47 mm SA34 148 50/50/62 HP 25/46/24 mm 10 Credits/2 Gold/13 Credits
18.75100% crew: 19.55 rpm
+ Vents: 20 rpm
+ BiA : 20.44 rpm
+ Food: 21.32 rpm
r/m
0.53100% crew: 0.51 m
+ Vents: 0.5 m
+ BiA : 0.49 m
+ Food: 0.47 m
m
2.3100% crew: 2.21 s
+ Vents: 2.16 s
+ BiA : 2.11 s
+ Food: 2.02 s
s
-6°/+20° 95 2,4002,400 Credits 0090 90 kg
03III 47 mm SA35 120 55/55/70 HP 45/79/24 mm 20 Credits/3 Gold/13 Credits
18.75100% crew: 19.55 rpm
+ Vents: 20 rpm
+ BiA : 20.44 rpm
+ Food: 21.32 rpm
r/m
0.47100% crew: 0.45 m
+ Vents: 0.44 m
+ BiA : 0.43 m
+ Food: 0.41 m
m
2.5100% crew: 2.4 s
+ Vents: 2.34 s
+ BiA : 2.29 s
+ Food: 2.2 s
s
-6°/+20° 265 3,2503,250 Credits 0100 100 kg

Engine
TierNamePowerFire ChanceTypeXP CostPriceWeight
02II Aster 0150 150 hp 015 15 % Diesel --- 000000750750 Credits 0540 540 kg
03III Aster M 0160 160 hp 015 15 % Diesel 340 4,5004,500 Credits 0600 600 kg

Suspension
TierNameLoad LimitTraverse SpeedXP CostPriceWeight
02II AMX 38 1er prototype 001616 t 03030 d/s ------ 000000500500 Credits 3,000 3,000 kg
03III AMX 38 série 001818 t 03232 d/s 315315 1,8501,850 Credits 3,000 3,000 kg

Radio
TierNameRangeXP CostPriceWeight
03III ER 52
300100% crew: 312.86 m
+ Vents: 319.93 m
+ BiA : 327 m
+ Food: 341.14 m
300100% crew: 312.86 m
+ Vents: 319.93 m
+ BiA : 327 m
+ Food: 341.14 m
m
0--- --- 000000600600 Credits 0100 100 kg
05V ER 53
360100% crew: 375.43 m
+ Vents: 383.91 m
+ BiA : 392.4 m
+ Food: 409.37 m
360100% crew: 375.43 m
+ Vents: 383.91 m
+ BiA : 392.4 m
+ Food: 409.37 m
m
0610 610 3,6503,650 Credits 0100 100 kg

Historical Info

The "Light Tank" AMX is a project of 1937 (draft July 1937). It does not seem to insert it in the 20t Tank Program. It's more renewed in heavier, R 35 which attempts to improve the short run. It can also be seen as a successor of lighter D2. According to "Chariots of France", it was a competitor of the Renault DAC 1. It was adopted in 1938 under the name AMX 38 and there where built, it seems, only 2 copies.

The tank had a crew of two, a tank commander / gunner / radioman and a driver.

It can be estimated, the tank had a design weight of 18 tons. So in fact, it would be more a medium tank then a true light tank.

The dimensions are, length: 5280 mm Overall width: 1930 mm Overall height: 2227 mm (box height: 1427 mm).

Apart from the top turret (as FCM), it has a modern form (i.e. like a Pz III). It is characterized by a flat plate hull, probably screwed as was the D2. Only the front was molded/welded. The base has a prismatic shape characteristic. The tank is armed with a 47 SA 35 turret (37 SA 38 on the first prototype). Some designs include a 37 SA 18 turret. The turret is molded and mounted in the center axis on double ball path. It looks like the turret Batignolles studied for the Light Infantry Tank.

The tracks and suspensions are technical AMX (Engineer Molina) very similar to those of R 40: many small road wheels, vertical pendulum springs. Each train has 16 four-wheel drive and support rollers. The wheels are protected by a metal sheet, similar as the D2.

Although the drawings where ready, the tank was not manufactured in series.
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