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AMX Leclerc

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An AMX-56 Leclerc MBT on maneuvers during an exercise on June 14th, 2005.

The AMX-56 Char Leclerc is a main battle tank (MBT) built by GIAT, now Nexter of France. It was named in honor of General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque who led the French element of the drive towards Paris while in command of the Free French 2nd Armoured Division (2e DB) in World War II.

The Leclerc is in service with the French Army and the army of the United Arab Emirates. In production since 1991, the Leclerc entered French service in 1992, replacing the AMX-30 as the country's main armored platform. With production now complete, the French Army has a total of 406 Leclerc and the United Arab Emirates Army has 388. The price in 2011 was €9.3 million, which made it the most expensive tank in history at the time. Following the devaluation of the Euro its price fell dramatically, and in 2014 the K2 Black Panther surpassed the Leclerc's price record.


  • France
    • French Army x 406 tanks + 20 armored recovery vehicles
  • United Arab Emirates
    • United Arab Emirates Army x 338 tanks + 46 armored recovery vehicles
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