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AMX-PRAT



Overview


AMX-PRAT

Dutch army AMX-PRAT tank destroyer.

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Origin
Netherlands
France
Type
Tank destroyer
Entered service
1970's
Status
Out of service
Production
1970's
Producer
Netherlands
Number produced
26 vehicles converted from AMX-PRI
Designations
PRAT / Pantserrups Anti-Tank
Acronym, Dutch for "tracked vehicle anti-tank".
Notable users
Netherlands - Army

Description


Introduction

The AMX-PRAT is a Cold War era tank destroyer of Dutch origin. These vehicles were converted in the Netherlands from existing AMX-VCI armored personnel carriers. In support of Dutch mechanized infantry the AMX-PRAT was used alongside the AMX-13 light tank. In Dutch service it was later replaced by the more capable YPR-765 PRAT. The AMX-PRAT is not to be confused with the AMX-PRA. The latter is a 105mm self-propelled howitzer, also based on the AMX chassis.

Layout

The AMX-PRAT is a conversion of a number of French built AMX-VCI armored personnel carriers to a tank destroyer by fitting a pedestal mounted TOW launcher. The rear crew compartment that previously seated the infantry section was refitted with ammunition racks.

Details


Facts AMX-PRAT
General
Origin
Netherlands
Type
Tank destroyer
Crew
3 or 4
Dimensions
Weight
13.3 t combat load (estimate)
Length
5.7 m
Width
2.5 m
Height
2.5 m roofline
3.5 m overall (estimate)
Main armament
Type
TOW anti-tank missile
Mount
Single tube M151 launcher on cupola
Ammunition
1 missile ready to fire
Additional missiles carried in vehicle
Elevation
Manual
Traverse
360 degrees, manual
Stabilizer
No
Chassis
Chassis type
Tracked chassis, 5 roadwheels
Layout
Drive sprocket front, idler rear
Ground pressure
0.7 kg/cm²
Suspension
Torsion bar
Automotive
Engine model
SOFAM
Engine type
8-cylinder petrol
Power output
250 hp
Mobility
Speed
60 km/h
Range
350 km
Power to weight ratio
18.8 hp/t
Obstacle crossing
Ground clearance
0.48 m
Wall
0.65 m
Trench
1.9 m
Gradient
60 %
Fording
0.6 m
Protection
Armor type
Steel
Armor thickness
10 to 25 mm
NBC system
No
Smoke system
No