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?|The Renault FT AC is a very good tier 2 tank and excels at the stationary tank destroyer role. It offers great gun choices that can make short work of anything it comes across. Having the chassis of the FT, it is also quite slow and, being heavier, has noticeably worse maneuverability. It also has very limited gun elevation and traverse, and its armor is quite bad, comparable to the Panzerjager I. Overall its best feature is its guns, and it is a very good starter tank destroyer.+
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?* Fast reload times.+
?* Good view range.+
?* Excellent guns with good aim times and penetration.+
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?* Very poor top speed.+
?* Very weak armor.+
?* Fairly big target thanks to the thin gun shield.+
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?Yet another spinoff of the ubiquitous Renault FT light tank, the Renault FT AC ('AC' stands for 'AntiChar', 'anti-tank' in French) can be very fun to play with. It has an interesting gun selection, it is fairly maneuverable, and the top gun is accurate, and has excellent ammo capacity. The top speed and handling are pretty much identical to the Renault FT, with the downside of not being able to use the Franklin engine.+
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?There are three 25 mm guns to choose from, each an improved version of the one before. All three use the same ammunition, with the same damage and penetration. None can use HE shells. The first upgrade is very minor, providing a small increase in accuracy. The 25 mm automatique mle. 1936 turns the gun into an autocannon capable of firing five bursts of two rounds each. Keep in mind this is firing the same shells you were firing one at a time before. It is unique to the FT AC; no other tank gets it. All the 25 mm guns have a significant weakness in the fact that they lose penetration at ranges over 395 m.+
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?The 47 mm SA-L Mle.37 tops it off with more penetration, damage, and accuracy. This is generally a better weapon for long range shots. It is easily capable of penetrating any tier 2 or 3 tank.+
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?The FT has VERY light armor, and will be destroyed with incredible ease by almost every tank tier 2 and up, and cannot go toe-to-toe with any of the other tier 2 tank destroyers. Because of this, this tank MUST be used as a sniper tank and nothing else. It's high damage, high pen, and high rate-of-fire gun make it extremely fun and easy-to-play when used correctly, and its small frame makes it easy to hide. Always be aware of your surroundings and be careful, since any arty can one-shot you.+
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?* The Renault M26/27 engine and the ER 52 radio carry over from the [[RenaultFT]], so equip those immediately.+
?* Start by researching the first gun upgrade, as the stock gun is pretty underwhelming.+
?* The 47 mm SA-L mle. 1937 is required to unlock the Renault UE 57. The 25 mm automatique mle. 1936 can be skipped if so desired.+
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?[[image:Renault FT AC.jpg|thumb|200px|left|Renault FT AC]]+
?Immediately after Germany invaded Poland, whole France was in Panic. Years of cutting army budget left France unprepared for the inevitable war. At the time France suffered from chronicle lack of armor. One of the obvious choices was to improve the existing stack of Renault FT tanks, French tanks from the First World War. Although existing in large numbers, FT was the completely obsolete at the beginning of World War II. +
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?The original Renault FT 17 tanks were armed with either a 37 mm cannon Puteaux, 18 or 8 mm machine gun Hotchkiss model 1914. Performance cannon SA18 were hopelessly inadequate in anti-tank combat, so French army had the idea to modify the existing vehicles with a modern 47 mm antichar model 1939 anti-tank gun. At the time there was around 1580 FT tanks in service, and as much as 1300 of them in reserve, so the idea of converting obsolete tanks into capable tank destroyer was in a sense logical step considering the situation France was facing. Newly installed gun would have an elevation + / - 15 ° lateral and 6 ° on either side, while crew was to consist of three men. Considering that there was around 300 FT tanks conserved with their armament removed, the plan also included a series of completely new, factory rebuild vehicles. +
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?The biggest problem was the speed. While 7,5 km/h while driving off-road was considered enough for World War I infantry support role, it was totally unsuitable for modern combat maneuvering mechanized divisions. Although the idea of conversion was not without grounds, it should have been implemented at least five years earlier. Considering that at the time France had a number of much more promising vehicles in development, like Laffly W 15 TCC, Lorraine 39 chars du Chasseur, or Panhard Tourelle 178 modification of the existing stack of FT tanks was canceled, as it was considered to be waste of already very limited resources.+
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?* https://en.valka.cz/viewtopic.php/title/FRA-47-mm-Antichar-sur-Char-Renault-FT-17/t/87855+
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