The Panhard AML
(called the AML 245 by Panhard
) 60/90 is a light armoured car
with permanent 4×4 drive for mobility. It can carry either a 90 mm quick firing low pressure gun, or a 60 mm breech loading mortar
as main weapons. Night vision
equipment enables night time operations, and it is provided with a modern telecommunications system.
During the 1950s, the French Army
used the Daimler Ferret
in large numbers but decided to build their own armoured 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 licence by South Africa
under the name of Eland 60/90
An armoured personnel carrier
(APC) 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 -diameter wheels; these its -wide Michelin
tires can be deflated to... Read More