chester267 wrote:Kovlovsky wrote:
The AMX-40 was a private venture and was an export product. The French Army wasn't interested in it at all. The AMX-32 was directly proposed to the French Army contrary to the AMX-40, but it was rejected for cost reason. It's quite different to me. The AMX-40 is very beautiful though and it seems to be a good design.
That is true, but the French Government rejected the AMX-32 because they would rather wait for the AMX-56, now known as the Leclerc. In the case of World War 3 though, the Government would probably decide not to wait and order both designs, as their armor was severly lacking in the 1980's.
The French army did not selected AMX32 as an AMX30B successor because of the cost and the fact it was not an upgrade of the already built AMX30B, but a new tank. They chose instead to select some part of it and create AMX30B2.
The AMX 40 was proposed to the French army, at least to have a first buyer, and at last to prepare the arrived of the next tank ~8 years later.
The french gov rejected the AMX40 because they were waiting for the EPC (engin principal de combat) which was latter named Leclerc (It has never been named AMX56, it's a wikipedia error...), and did not want to have an other tank model (there was already AMX30B and AMX30B2). But the Army tested many times the AMX40.