HELLER 1/35 AMX 30 B2 'OPERATION DAGUET' 'UPGRADED KIT'
Following an agreement signed in 1956 between Germany, Italy and France, a work group proceeded to elaborate the specifications of a medium tank. Germany and France collaborated on the same project, but the agreement failed after a series of three-part trials involving 10 tanks, and each country proceeded to manufacture its own material. While Germany manufactured the Leopard 1, France manufactured its own AMX30. The first vehicles emerged from the Roanne Manufacturing Workshops in 1963 and were commissioned in the following year to replace the American M47 progressively. The AMX 30 models are assemblies of cast and shear steel; their turret is a single cast piece. They are equipped with a 720 hp Hispano-Suiza engine. Their main armament is a 105mm tank gun, a 20 mm autocannon and a 7.62 mm machine gun mounted on the commander’s turret. They also come equipped with NBC (Nuclear, Bacteriological and Chemical) protection. In 1979, an upgrading program was implemented at the Roanne arsenal. It was aimed at developing the AMX 30 with consideration of the recent technological improvements in tanks. The AMX 30 B2, originally commissioned in 1982, was used to a considerable extent in 1991 during operation DAGUET in the Gulf War. It features major firing operation improvements, with a laser rangefinder, electronic calculating equipment and low-light TV. Important mechanical improvements were also made in the field of transmission, among others. Another difference between the AMX 30 B2 and the AMX 30 are the numerous smoke grenade launcher tubes. The crew consists of four men: the tank commander, 1 gunner, 1 loader and the driver.
Total weight (in combat order): 36 tons.
Length: 9.50 m.
Size: 3.10 m.
Height: 2.80 m.
Maximum speed: 65 km/h.
Operational range: 500 km.