According to Armyrecognition, France will provide a new military aid package to Ukraine, including 25 AMX-10P tracked IFVs.
The West is rushing to plan to supply Ukraine with new combat vehicles. The first units are expected to arrive in the coming months, as the Ukraine-Russia conflict enters its second year. According to Armyrecognition, France will provide a new military aid package to Ukraine, including 25 AMX-10P tracked IFVs.
The AMX-10P is an amphibious infantry fighting vehicle developed by France after 1965 to replace the AMX-VCI serving in motorized regiments of the French Army. The first prototype was completed in 1968, and mass production took place from 1972 to 1973. A total of 1,750 units were produced. AMX-10Ps were popular with a number of Arab armies and have been operated by Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Since the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, France has been one of the main military suppliers to Ukraine. Previously, France delivered to Ukraine various combat vehicles and air defense systems including VAB APCs, AMX-10RC reconnaissance anti-tank wheeled armored vehicles as well as Mistral portable air defense missile systems, and Crotale NG air defense systems. And the AMX-10P will be the next combat vehicles to be delivered to the battlefield.
AMX-10Ps share a number of common transmission and chassis components with their armoured car counterpart, the AMX-10 RC. This will be convenient for Ukraine in maintenance and spare parts. The hull of the AMX-10P is made of all-welded aluminum armor with the driver’s compartment at the front of the vehicle on the left, the engine compartment to the right and the troop compartment at the rear of the hull. The armor provides protection against the firing of small arms and artillery shell splinters. The AMX-10P has a crew of three including a driver, gunner, and commander. The rear part of the vehicle can accommodate eight infantrymen.
Standard AMX-10P turrets are equipped with a GIAT M693 automatic cannon firing two different types of both high explosive ammunition and armour-piercing ammunition. More than one ammunition type may be loaded at once and fired alternatively. The autocannon has a cyclic rate of fire of 740 rounds per minute, with the gunner being able to switch between semiautomatic, limited burst, or fully automatic fire as necessary. The auxiliary weapon is a 7.62mm coaxial machine gun mounted to the right of the main weapon.
Maneuverability is provided by a Hispano-Suiza HS 115 V-8 supercharged diesel engine, producing 260 hp at 3,000 rpm, coupled to a preselective transmission with 4 forward and 1 reverse gears. It can run at a maximum road speed of 65 km/h with a maximum road range of 500 km. The AMX-10P utilises a torsion bar suspension, which supports five road wheels with the drive sprocket at the front and idler near the rear.
Several variants of the AMX-10P have been produced over the years, including a command vehicle, a recovery vehicle, and a mortar carrier. The vehicle has been involved in numerous conflicts around the world, including the Gulf War and the Bosnian War. Approximately 108 AMX-10Ps remaining in service with the French Army underwent extensive overhauls to improve their armour and mobility between 2006 and 2008, including new gearboxes and suspension systems. They are gradually being retired and replaced by the wheeled VBCI IFV.