posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 08:32 PM
You're describing a big, highly breakable tank.
Current tanks weight 50-70 tons. The soviets once designed but never produced one that weighed over 100 tons if I remember correctly. Tanks can move
upwards of 60mph on road surfaces and at variable speeds far beyond what you have described for Mechs over rough terrain.
The design of a tank presents minimal target surface and minimal 90-degree surfaces which creates maximum resistance to impact, not to mention
improving the armor-coverage to weight ratio.
Tanks can be equipped with any number of weapons in any number of schemes. Innovations past and projected include side gunports, flame throwers,
anti-aircraft guns, multiple cannons, mortars, missiles, troop carrying compartments, blinding lasers for use on aircraft or on thermal targeting
systems, explosive reactive armor and other counter measures, and more. The only thing mechs would do that a tank currently wont is preform complex
arm movements which would be useful primarily in non-combat roles.
Tanks are becoming, and mechs already would be, nearly obsolete as aircraft, artillery, and infantry firepower and targeting abilities improve. A
single man can carry a rocket system that will destroy any tank currently in service on this planet from over 1km away. Even less well equipped
militaries such as North Korea and most Arab nations can equip their infantry with AT-4 and equivalent weapons, which in volley-firing can also
disable any tank currently in service. Mechs would be even more vulnerable to this because of their low speed and vulnerable limbs.
Tank designs are going for lighter and faster platforms, so something as heavy and slow as a mech would almost certainly not be considered useful in
modern or future warfare.