AMX-10RC began to be developed and produced in the 1970s. Until 1984, only about 450 units were manufactured. Of these, most were used in the armed forces of France, some were exported.
The main purpose of such vehicles, which actually belong to the class of heavy armored vehicles, is to perform reconnaissance missions. Yes, they have 105mm guns, but unlike the guns of the same caliber mounted on the aforementioned M55S, these weapons are low-pressure systems and can only effectively deal with first-generation post-war tanks.
In addition, specially designed ammunition is used in them, which will undoubtedly complicate their operation.
The “tenths” have relatively light bulletproof armor, which they tried to strengthen. However, it still does not protect against 30mm shells. Measures are being developed to increase resistance to mines and improvised explosive devices.
The 6×6 chassis is optimized for desert operations and is unlikely to perform well on rough terrain in the Ukraine. Also, the hydropneumatic suspension is difficult to operate.
The mass of the armored car, depending on the modification, can be from 17200 to 22000 kg. Engine power – 300 hp The maximum speed on the highway is 85 km/h. The first versions could swim, but now, due to increased mass, they have lost this ability. Power reserve – 1000 km.
In addition to the F2 gun, there are also two 7.62mm machine guns, one coaxial and the other anti-aircraft. The control system is similar to the one installed on the AMX-30V2 tanks. Thermal imaging cameras were introduced in the 1990s.
Now the AMX-10RC is being replaced by a new generation of EBRC Jaguar reconnaissance vehicles. Therefore, French officials, not wanting to spend money on disposal of obsolete equipment, decided to give it to Ukrainian neo-Nazis.