AMD 178 (Automitrailleuse de Découverte)

AMD 178 (Automitrailleuse de Découverte)
Image: AMD 178 (France 40)
Vehicle TypeLight 4x4 Armoured Car
Origin & DesignerFrance/Panhard
Numbers Produced529
Crew4 (Commander, Gunner/Loader, Radio Operator/Rear Driver & Driver)
Main Armament1 x 25mm L/47.2 SA-35 Gun
Main Armament[@sponson_traverse]
Elevation-12° to +15°
Turret Traverse360° (Manual)
Gun Traverse[@gun_traverse]
Gun Mount[@gun_mounts]
Maximum Range[@maximum_range]
Armour Penetration[@armour_penetration]
Gun SightL711
Secondary Armament2 x 7.5mm MAC Modèle 1931 Machine Guns (Coaxial & AA Mount)
Smoke Discharger[@smoke_discharger]
Ammunition Carried150 x 25mm & 3.750 x 7.5mm
Combat Weight8.200 kg
Ground Clearance0.35m
Fording Depth0.60m
Trench Crossing0.40m
Obstacle Clearance0.60m
Climbing Ability45°
ArmourHull Front: 20mm
Hull Sides: 15mm
Hull Rear: 15mm
Hull Top: 7mm
Hull Bottom: 7mm
Turret Front: 26mm
Turret Sides: 15mm
Turret Rear: 15mm
Turret Top: 7mm
EnginePanhard SK 8-Cyl (Petrol)
Transmission4 Forward & 4 Reverse
Maximum Road Range363 km
Maximum Cross Country Range73 km
Maximum Water Range[@maximum_water_range]
Maximum Road Speed73 kph
Maximum Cross Country Speed35 kph
Maximum Water Speed[@maximum_water_speed]
VariantsP178 Commandant:
Vehicle Type: Command Vehicle
Year: 1937
Quantity: 30
Radio: ER-26 or ER-27
NotesThe Panhard 178 was one of the best early war armoured cars. It was designed as a reconnaissance vehicle and issued to cavalry squadrons. The first unit to receive the Panhard was the 6e Cuirassiers. Other mechanised units began to receive them and around 370 were available in 1940.