AMX ELC Bis. 🇫🇷
Super light tank/destroyer.
Not my photo.
Developed by the French company ELC, the project was to develop a lightly armoured, heavily armed light tank come tank destroyer capable of rapid deployment from airlift operations. The project was launched in 1955, with a total of 10 vehicles built by GIAT.
The vehicle is very light, weighing in at only six tons, it is very small for a tank but a small size means less weight of armour to lug around. In order to accommodate the two crewmen, the driver had to use a reclined position inside the hull, and the commander/gunner had to sit half in the turret and hill, as a result the turret traverse was limited when on the move, although complete traverse was capable when stationary.
Several versions were built, the AMX ELC Bis was the result of a new chassis development in 1957, with a new turret added in 1961. The new hull had a shorter length with only five roadwheels per side on torsion bars. All versions built carried the same 90mm D915 gun, very powerful for such a small light vehicle.
The AMX ELC was never accept for service and only 10 were built across the range of testing versions.
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