Ukrainian naval infantry receives AMX-10RC armored anti-tank vehicles from France.

The first French-donated AMX-10RC 6×6 armored anti-tank and reconnaissance vehicles were delivered to the Ukrainian naval infantry unit on April 18, according to a video uploaded on the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Twitter account.

Experts agree that the AMX-10RC model France sold to Ukraine is an improved variant known as the AMX-10RCR.

French AMX-10RC / AMX-10RCR 6×6 armored anti-tank reconnaissance vehicles were reportedly sent to Ukraine on February 15. Our information suggests that Ukraine will receive thirty AMX-10RCs.

In an attempt to improve the operational capacity of the Ukrainian armed forces, France has launched a comprehensive transfer strategy, focusing on strategic areas such as artillery, armored mobility, and surface-to-air defense. As a direct outcome of the plan, a wide variety of equipment suited to the requirements of the Ukrainian troops has been delivered.

Some of the items that Ukraine has received are helmets, bulletproof vests, night vision binoculars, battle rations, NBC suits, and medical supplies.

Defense systems against the air have also been delivered, with a promise to resupply as needed. Among these are a Ground Master 200 (GM200) radar and two MLRS rocket launchers, both of which were delivered in November.

Artillery support has been reinforced with the delivery of 18 Caesar howitzers, another 12 on the way, and six TRF1 155mm howitzers. Ukraine’s armored troops have been given a jolt of energy after President Macron announced the transfer of AMX10-RC combat vehicles to bolster their capabilities.

Other equipment supplied includes Vanguard Armored Vehicles (VAB), ammunition of all calibers, and fuel. The Ukrainian military will benefit from this strategic backing so that they can effectively respond to attacks and uphold national security.

Ukrainian naval infantry receives AMX-10RC armored anti-tank vehicles from France.
The AMX-10RCR is an armored anti-tank vehicle armed with a 105mm gun capable of engaging tanks and armored vehicles with a maximum firing range of 2km.

The AMX-10RC is a French reconnaissance and fire support wheeled vehicle designed for various military operations. It is a 6×6 armored vehicle, offering both mobility and protection for its crew. Its main function is conducting reconnaissance missions, providing fire support to infantry units, and engaging enemy armor when necessary.

Equipped with a 105mm F2 gun, the AMX-10RC has a range of approximately 2,000 meters with direct fire and up to 8,000 meters with indirect fire. This powerful gun and its advanced fire control system allow the vehicle to engage enemy targets effectively, even on the move.

The AMX-10RC has a diesel engine with a top speed of around 85 km/h and a range of 800 km. Its amphibious capabilities allow it to wade through aquatic obstacles without any additional preparation. The vehicle’s small weight and 6×6 configuration help it maneuver quickly and easily over different terrain types.

Since the 1980s, the AMX-10RC has served with the French Army. It has seen action in the Gulf War, the Afghan War, and the intervention in Mali, among other wars. It was recently sent to the Ukrainian military with the goal of giving them a more capable reconnaissance and fire support platform.

The AMX-10RCR is an upgraded version of the AMX-10RC incorporating various enhancements to enhance its capabilities and extend its operational life. It features increased armor protection, including modular armor kits that increase resistance to threats such as IEDs, mines, and small arms fire.

Thanks to a new sophisticated fire control system, the AMX-10RCR’s 105mm cannon is more precise and quick to respond. This improves the vehicle’s ability to engage moving targets. 

Improved situational awareness and inter-unit communication are two benefits of the improved vehicle’s cutting-edge battlefield management system.

 This approach makes improved communication and cooperation with coalition forces during operations possible. Its usefulness in low-light and nighttime operations has been enhanced with the addition of improved night vision and thermal imaging capabilities.

Alain Henry de Frahan