AMX 50 Foch (155)
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AMX 50 Foch (155)
In 1952, with the launch of the AMX-50-120 tank project, the French discontinued development of the AMX-50 Foch tank destroyer. A tank destroyer having the same 120-mm gun armament as the tank was thought to be unnecessary. There were attempts to upgrade the main gun to 155 mm, but these efforts were abandoned as France made moves to adopt standardized NATO equipment.
The AMX 50 Foch (155) marks the end of the French tank destroyer line.
Pros and Cons
- Mounts an auto-loader drum with 3 rounds
- Can deal an astounding massive damage of 2,550 in 10 seconds (1914 damage minimum)
- Fantastic sloped frontal armor
- Good camo value
- Great power to weight ratio
- Can easily get multiple kills in short period because of its autoloader combined with high alpha
- Really intimidate your opponents especially with other tanks covering your sides and rear
- Very long auto-loader drum reload
- Long aim time
- Ammo Rack is knocked out easily if flanked
The AMX-50 Foch (155), mainly a gun and engine upgrade from the tier 9 AMX 50 Foch. The Foch features a 3 round 155mm auto-loader with the ability to do an average burst damage of 2,550. In turn this tank can bring down any tier X heavy short of the Maus if all 3 shots penetrate. However the clip reload is terribly long so the player is defenseless if it happens to get ambushed by the enemy while it is reloading its magazine. The armor remains the same with decent frontal armor and weak side armor, so be sure to keep your front towards the enemy at all times. The large sides and profile of the Foch can make this tank easy prey for artillery so stay in cover as much as possible to stay alive. The powerful engine also makes this TD the quickest of all tier X tank destroyers, allowing the player to get into position quickly and help with defending or making a push.
Based on the M 4 chassis in 1950, AMX presented a prototype of a heavy tank destroyer in the form of a 120 mm self-propelled gun, the Canon Automoteur AMX 50 Foch, named after Marshal Ferdinand Foch. It was intended to give long range fire support to the medium/heavy AMX 50 100 mm model. The design had a lot of similarities with German Jagdpanther tank destroyer. It had a long bareled 120 mm gun with a muzzle break attached to a well sloped and heavily armored flat profile vehicle. Remotely controlled anti-aircraft machinegun was placed on the right side of the roof, while commander’s cupola with the range finder was pushed to the left.
Unlike previous post war concepts like the Mle. 1948, several AMX 50 TDs were built, the first in 1950. Field tests were promising, and army started to prepare to adopt AMX 50 Foch in small numbers. When AMX engineers managed to install a 120 mm gun into an oscillating turret of the AMX 50 120 tank, Foch immediately become obsolete and all further development and production were stopped. In order to try to sve the project, several proposals which incorporated installation of a much more powerful 155 mm gun were given to the army, but all efforts were abandoned when France made moves to adopt standardized NATO equipment and ammunitionThere were attempts to upgrade the main gun to 155 mm, but these efforts were abandoned as France made moves to adopt standardized NATO equipment.