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Panhard AML 20
Panhard AML 20
Copyright M. McNamara/Curragh Local History Group
Background
The so-called Panhard AML 20, is a conversion of the AML 60 CS/AML 127, and like the AML 127 is unique to the Irish Army (though LIW continue their sales efforts). The turret and main armament is of South African design and is similar to that used on the Ratel 20.

The Irish Army decided to upgrade the original AML 60 CS armoured cars that were delivered in 1964.

The first upgrade consisted of the fitting of a Peugeot Diesel engine to replace the Panhard HD petrol engine, a direct fire weapon, a Browning 12.7 mm MG, to replace, the obsolete and dangerous 60 mm CS mortar, originally fitted to these armoured cars.

The second, and more successful part of the upgrade, consisted of redesigning the turret, fitting the aforementioned 20 mm cannon, and a Fire Control System, consisting of a laser range finder and  targeting unit.
Vehicle Specification
Crew 3 Driver, Commander and Gunner
Armament 20 mm Cannon .
Unladen Weight . Kgs .
Combat Weight 5,500 Kgs .
Length 3,790 mm Hull
Width 1,970 mm .
Height 2,070 mm Overall
Max. Speed 90 kph Open road
Max. Speed in Water . kph .
Cruise Speed . kph .
Range 800 Kms Open road
Max. Vertical Step 300mm .
Max. Trench 800mm with one channel
Armour 8 to 12 mm welded steel
Ballistic Protection 7.62 mm AP All Round
Ballistic Protection . .
Ballistic Protection . .
Engine Peugot XD 3T liquid cooled Diesel engine 75 Kw/101 bhp
Transmission . Manual
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