The ELC project was a prototype Tank Destroyer project launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 1955. The purpose of the ELC (Engin Léger de Combat en:Light combat vehicle) project was to develop a lightly armoured, heavily armed fighting vehicle capable of being transported by airlift for rapid deployment. Prototypes of the AMX ELC were manufactured by GIAT Industries under the AMX (Ateliers de construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux) designation, however the vehicle was not mass-produced and did not formally enter military service. Designer Snowleopard101