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Has Poland's OBRUM and its partners designed the tank of the future? The PL-01 does pack some incredibly valuable features into a fairly compact and modular concept, and yes, it also looks cool as hell!
The idea of the PL-01 is to all but eliminate the infrared, radar and visual signature of the traditional tank, while also relying on guile to take identity masking a step further. In addition, the PL-01 concept aims at brining to market a tank packed with relevant modern features, many of which already exist off the shelf, while others are still on the developmental horizon.
reply to post by Sammamishman
I recently finished a book on Nazi Secret Weapons of WWII. As part of that book the author briefly discussed the declining utility of tanks. Tanks worked wonderfully in their limited use in WWI and in major advancements in WWII into thinly or not at all defended areas, but he reasons that the ability of ground attack a/c and various compact guided missiles in the hands of ground troops these days leave tanks in the position of sitting ducks in modern warfare. The same is true of fleets of bombers, seagoing fleets and even large bodies of troops. Those days have strong memories that linger on, but will not be the tactics of a genuine world war these days.
Take for example the supposed troops, and we must assume armor, that Russia has massed along the Ukraine border. By now, virtually every one of those pieces of heavy equipment has been fingerprinted by NATO and plotted for destruction by any one of half a dozen different methods. A tank has little business getting very far ahead of his backup forces which is men on foot. So by that standard, against a decent army, the tanks are very limited to how quickly/far they can with reasonable safety penetrate into enemy territory. But regardless of where they are, scrimmaged for attack behind the line of battle, on the attack beyond the line of battle or in retreat away from it, they are at the mercy of various kind of tank-killing weapons these days.
Fast, deadly, sexy, but can it perform? I would love to see some trials for this thing!
I can remember reading a report years ago thats basically saying tanks are on the way out and haven't really done much since the early 1970's and with modern satellite and now drone tech they're as vulnerable as anything once they're spotted, they have their uses but no where as many as they was 40+ years ago
It's unlikely that Abrams will be updated any more than it already has. It is a 34 year old design. I'm sure it will be shelved in favor of newer technology, and it may be possible that tanks will be seeing less and less action with coming conflicts.
Military theorists suggest coming wars to be mainly aerial and covert cyber operations.