The „Leclerc“, main vehicle of the battlefields has been designed around three basic principles: mobility, firepower and protection, with added communication. Served by a crew of three men (commander, gunner, driver) and able to stand up to the most intensive assaults during heavy battle, as well as deal with the toughest of targets, it can take on all the missions usually allotted to armored units, whatever the surroundings (Nuclear, Bacteriological and Chemical protection) or the kind and form of engagement. It‘s very compact size certainly contributes towards its safety. It is protected by a very hard armor plating structure, by components which are added according to needs (evolutional protection) and by electronic countermeasures. The 1500 HP of its power unit ensures it great mobility on cross-country (an average of 40 to 50 km/h) and a maximum speed of 70 km/h. It has a range of 500 to 650 km thanks to its 1300 l fuel tanks and to its 400 l disposable supplementary fuel tanks.