A Ukrainian navy official has claimed that the AMX-10RC mild tanks equipped by France had been unsuitable for fight operations on the frontline.
Utilizing the pseudonym “Main Spartanets,” the thirty seventh Naval Infantry Brigade battalion commander stated the armored automobiles had been ineffective for frontline assaults as a consequence of their skinny armor.
He additional said that the tanks had been simply penetrated by artillery shells fired by Russian forces.
“They’re used for supporting hearth due to their mild armor. Their armament is sweet, and their remark devices are superb. However sadly, it’s mild armor, which makes them unsuitable,” Spartanets defined.
The commander’s open criticism got here after a video exhibiting an deserted AMX-10RC struck by Russian forces went viral on social media.
The footage reportedly uncovered the vulnerability of the French mild tank.
Russian troops captured a French wheeled tank AMX-10RC, deserted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine within the Ugledar route with full ammunition. pic.twitter.com/Oa68J8yRdo
— Milopotamus (@Xifidion) July 2, 2023
In January this 12 months, French President Emmanuel Macron introduced plans to ship an unspecified variety of AMX-10 RCs to the Ukrainian navy to assist fight Russian aggression.
Nevertheless, the sunshine tanks apparently didn’t dwell as much as the hype as their skinny armor is proving to be a serious weak spot in a “high-intensity” battle.
Main Spartanets revealed that there have been some instances the place a 152-millimeter shell exploded close by the tank and the shrapnel pierced its armor.
“A shell exploded subsequent to the automobile, the fragments pierced the armor and the inventory of ammunition (on board) was detonated,” he said. “The crew of 4, sadly, remained inside; they had been killed within the armored automobile.”
Moreover, some AMX-10 RCs additionally had issues with their gearboxes – an issue attributed to the automobile being unsuitable on filth roads.
“Sending these automobiles to be destroyed is pointless as a result of it’s a threat primarily for the crew,” the commander stated.