|Panhard AML 90|
|Armor||Front 1 / Side 0 / Rear 0 / Top 0|
|Fuel Capacity||150 L|
|Operational Range||600 km|
The AML 90 Lynx is a French anti-tank vehicle and a light armored car. It is a variant of the Panhard AML 60/90.
The AML 90 Lynx's saving grace is it's cheap deployment cost and it's speed. The 90mm main gun can deliver both AP and HE damage, making it quite versatile and able to deal effective damage to both Armour and Infantry.
- The main role of the Tank Destroyer is to support a main assault by Main Battle Tanks or other heavily armored vehicles.
- Tank Destroyers are also a good ambush unit, unfortunately the AML90 Lynx has poor range compared to the more advanced missile carrying Tank Destroyers in the game.
History (Panhard AML 60/90)Edit
During the 1950s, the French Army used the Daimler Ferret in large numbers but decided to build their own armored car and Panhard started the production of the AML in 1960. Since then over 4000 vehicles have been completed and manufacture continues for the export market. The AML 60/90 have been sold to over 30 countries. In addition to the French production, 1300 AML 60/90 were built under license by South Africa under the name of Eland 60/90.
An armored personnel carrier version was also developed, the Panhard M3. The M3 and the AML share 95% of working parts, encouraging many countries to employ both the M3 and the AML in order to reduce operational costs.
All Irish Army versions have been re-engined with diesel engines.
Fitted with coil spring suspension and drum brakes, the AML lacks hydraulic assist on either brakes or steering; only front wheels steer. It also uses nitrogen-filled inner tubes (in this case Hutchinson V.P.-P.V.s), similar to the EBR, providing run-flat capability, on 16 inch-diameter wheels; these its 11 inch-wide Michelin tires can be deflated to reduce ground pressure to as low as 70 to 110 kPa.
At least 52 AML-90s were delivered to the Lebanese Army in 1970-72, and saw considerable action during the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990).
In the Falklands War, the Argentines deployed 12 AML-90s from Escuadron de Exploracion Caballeria Blindada 181 (181st Armored Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron) and an unknown additional number from Escuadron de Exploracion Caballeria Blindada 10 near Port Stanley. During the Battle of Wireless Ridge the only armor versus armor engagement of the war was fought when these units encountered FV101 Scorpions and FV107 Scimitars of the Blues and Royals. The AML-90s were abandoned in Stanley after the conflict ended.
AML 90s where used in by El Salvadoran Army against communist insurgents during the 80s and early 90s.