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History

The 155 mm self-propelled gun Mk F3, or the Canon de 155 mm Mle F3 Automoteur (Cn-155-F3-Am), was developed in the early 1950's by the French Army to replace their American M41 Gorilla 155 mm self-propelled guns. The Mk F3 is the smallest and lightest 155 mm motorized gun carriage ever produced, and because of its size and low cost it has found considerable success on the export market. Constructed on a modified AMX-13 light tank chassis, the Mk F3 is novel in incorporating room inside for only two of the eight required crewmen (the others riding in support vehicles). This allows the 155 mm gun to be placed on a smaller chassis than that employed by other armies, but exposes the outside crew members to arms fire.

In Game

The AMX-13 F3 AM was mistakenly implemented into the game as a tank destroyer, rather than an artillery unit. The vehicle does not use the artillery view, and is incapable of indirect fire. It is the epitome of a glass cannon, it both looks and plays like one. The barrel's rotation is limited to 5° to the left, and 30° to the right. This makes close quarters combat with the Mk3 very difficult.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High health for its level.
  • High damage. At stock, it can kill many tanks within its level range in one or two shots.
  • High elevation arc. It can easily shoot down helicopters, while regular artillery have to rely on their teammates.
  • It can turn very quickly, counteracting the limited barrel rotation in some cases.
  • Low profile

Cons

  • It has very little armor.
  • Limited barrel rotation makes it very easy to get killed by faster, close-range tanks.
  • No gun depression when pointing down,mainly relies on downward slopes and has a risk of being spotted.
  • Only has AP and HE ammo, and the stock gun is extremely inaccurate.
  • Reloading is as slow as the Maus.

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