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posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 10:59 AM
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Originally posted by Kozzy

Originally posted by spacemunkey
has the Leopard 2 had any combat experience?


I believe it was deployed in Eastern Europe somewhere. It may have shot at some guys but nothing on the scale of the Challenger, Abrams, or Merkava.


Leopards were deployed in the Balkan years ago. Currently, the only Leopards deployed abroad are those from the Canadian army, in Afghanistan. The Dutch decided not to deploy any Leopard 2 A6 tanks in Uruzgan.

I've no problems with people being nationalistic, but please be realistic, which particularly applies to our British friends.

Often I see people saying ''Abrams are combat proven''. They surely did experience combat, but what kind of enemy? Old fashioned Iraqi T-72 tanks, not really a worthy enemy, is it?

While the Abrams M1A2 has been the number one MBT for a pretty long time, it's time to accept an other tank has taken over the leading position.

Prime factors supporting my conclusion that Abrams is not the best MBT anymore are:
-Consumption of fuel in contrast to Diesel tanks
-L44 120 Rheinmetall smoothbore

But what MBT is currently the number one?

The Leopard 2 A6.

Technical evaluation scores after 2 months field tests by the Greek army:


Leo2 GR (in field tests the A6 version): 86.72%
M1A2 : 84.55%
Leclerc : 84.11%
Challenger : 83.70%
Russian T-80U: results not disclosed
Ukrainian T-84: results not disclosed
Merkava 3: not given for test
Ariete: not given for test

(Source : Ptisi defense magazine March 2002)


The Challenger doesn't even receive consideration to be entitled as number one MBT of the moment, because it is technically not comparable to the Abrams and Leopard.

The Leopard 2 A6 has upgraded armor (said to be equal to the British Cobham armour) and in contrast to the Abrams, a L55 barrel, a longer range, slightly faster, and far less fuel consuming than the Abrams.Probably also the only MBT capable of driving under water to a depth of 4 meters.




Supporting videos, please watch prior to replying on my statements:

Why the Leopard 2 A6 is superior
Discovery's greatest tank ever





[edit on 28-10-2006 by Mdv2]




posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 11:24 AM
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Challenger 2 is in my opinion the best tank in the world bar none the only thing people nitpick ussually
is the speed which is a flawed arguement the reason being the suspension on the challenger 2 lets it travel faster than any other tank over rough terrain while the rest have to slow down for certain obstacles the challenger can keep on full throttle. It is true on normal flat ground the other tanks will mostly beat it on top speed but I think for a tank tackling the rough terrain is more important.

I think C2 basicly got everything just right in armour weaponry and mobility yeah maybe they could fit an engine with a higher max speed I don't think it really needs it though.



posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 12:00 PM
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Mdv2, a very simple question for you.

Why would you want a submersible tank that can move under 4 metres of water? That is very deep, especially for a modern MBT.

Have you not heard about the American Shermans on D-Day. Most of the tanks failled to get ashore and almost all of the crews were drowned.

I'm not suggesting that technology has not improved since 1944 but by God, what on earth are you expected to do underwater?

You can't fight, so what's the point? A surprise underwater attack? From the sea?



posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 12:09 PM
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Got no bridges, might as well travel a deep underwater river to get to the other side. Its not like we expect them to shoot from underwater.



posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 12:15 PM
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Why should the Abrams be knocked from top of the list? Because of the old gun its carrying? How about the new ammo the MRM-KE that can hit a tank from miles away. Far superior to the German's gun L55 unless the Germans got their own version of the ammo, or they decided to buy it from us.



posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 01:09 PM
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Peeps, let's try to knock this Leopard is best rubbish for 6!

1. Leopards are deployed to Afghanistan! With all due respect to our Canadian friends - Big Deal!

Thus far, the Taliban have not launched an all out armoured assult on the Canadian Leopards, so not battle proven there.

2. Chally 1 and Chally 2 have, respectively, gone head to head with Iraqi armour and come off best! Guess they are battle proven.

3. Hell, Warrior ICV's and Scimitar CVR[T]'s have come off best against Iraqi armour. Guess you could say they're battle proven too!

4. US M1A1 and M1A2s have also gone head to head with Iraqi armour and they too, came off best. I would say they're battle proven.

5. Even Bradley ICV's have gone up against Iraqi armour and come off best. I would say they are also battle proven.

6. Israeli Merkarva [Mk 1] Golani Brigade went head to head against Syrian and Lebanese tanks during the 1st invasion of Lebanon. Guess what? They too came off best! IMHO they are battle proven too.

That of course leaves the French LeClerc and I don't think that Chad or Djibouti have armour so, like the Leopard 2, it aint battle proven.

Say what you like peeps but, unless a tank goes head to head against an enemy tank, and comes out best, then it aint worth a damn!



posted on Oct, 28 2006 @ 01:41 PM
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www.youtube.com...

Heres a video of the Challenger 2 tank in Iraq and titled most powerful tank in the world.

www.youtube.com...

Adding another video of the C2.

[edit on 28-10-2006 by deltaboy]



posted on Oct, 29 2006 @ 04:28 AM
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Originally posted by fritz

Originally posted by wildcat
The US is already replacing the M1A1 and we have a working prototype already. Its a 2 manned stealth tank which auto loads and you sit in it on the front of the tank, not in the turret.


According to all the websites I have seen, and a couple of Forums like this site, the US/UK joint venture has been dead for over a year, with the US leaving about $4.5M for the research to be continued by the UK.

I did see a short film of a futuristic polycarbonate 135mm armed tank, whilst on a course at the Royal Armoured Corps Training Centre at Bovington in Dorset. But whether it is this vehicle you refer to, I have no idea.

It was indeed a two man tank that sat very low on the ground, giving it a silhouette similar to, or lower than modern Russian MBTs, looked to be quite wide, was manufactured with sloping sides to the turret and gun barrel too, was of a diamond sleeved construction, with the fume extractor and MRS at the muzzle.

It was manufactured in a very dark green/black camouflage pattern, with the green highlighting the naturally darkened areas such as road wheels, underneath the turret and bustle.

I'm not too sure what the powerpack was, but this tank was very, very quiet. The exhaust vents were [surprisingly] on top of what appeared to be the engine deck, rather than being mounted on the side and rear of the fuselage.

That's all I can remember about this vehicle and to be honest, I cannot even remember it's name.


I remember from some years back (mid-90's) of talk of a tank with some sort of plastic armour, with an engine that ran on hydrogen. It could draw the hydrogen from the atmosphere if needed.... Heard nothing of it since, mind you..



posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 01:21 AM
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They're both great tanks. However, it's not like they're ever going to verse eachother sooo......



posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 04:13 AM
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Originally posted by deltaboy
Why should the Abrams be knocked from top of the list? Because of the old gun its carrying? How about the new ammo the MRM-KE that can hit a tank from miles away. Far superior to the German's gun L55 unless the Germans got their own version of the ammo, or they decided to buy it from us.


Because of its extremely high fuel consumption and old-fashioned L44 main gun.

The difference between the L44 and L55:


By lengthening the barrel from 44 to 55 calibre lengths (i.e. an extension of 1.30 metres) a greater proportion of the energy remaining in the barrel during firing can be transformed into higher projectile velocity. The new weapon endows the tank with superior firepower even at long ranges of engagement.

Designed for total system compatibility, the L55 can be integrated into the Leopard 2 without significant alterations. Apart from being 1,300 mm longer than the standard 120mm L44 gun, the external geometry of the L55’s barrel has been optimized, as have the production sequences. Moreover, it creates excellent potential for future developments in ammunition that rely on higher gas pressure.

Other improvements in the weapon’s design include an optimized barrel cover, aiming mirror mounting and metal aiming mirror, as well as the use of a steel case base box with reinforcing elements, balancing mass and various other new components.

The L55 gun can fire any standard 120mm round. Especially with the sixth generation of KE ammunition – the DM 53/DM 63 – the L55 results in substantially improved KE performance. Thanks to the longer barrel, it attains a muzzle velocity of over 1,750 m/s with the DM 53/DM 63; this ensures that the Leopard 2 will remain effective against future tanks.

Rheinmetall


Of course the Leopard has similar Kinetic ammunition, also developed by Rheinmetall, as a matter of fact, Rheinmetall does also produce ammunition for the US Abrams.
To see the kind of ammunition they produce, click here


Newest creation:

Leopard 2 PSO (Peace Support Operations), which is designed for MOUT (Military Operations in Urban Terrain)









posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 06:40 AM
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Well, I for one, am impressed.

Those pics of Leo 2, are very pretty.

However, as I stated earlier, Chally 1 & 2, Abrams A1 & A2 together with Warrior, Scimitar and Bradley, have all been tested in battle against enemy armour who, I presume, was shooting back.

Whilst I do not denegrate the Leo 2 and the men who serve on them, it is still unproven in combat, peacekeeping duties notwithstanding.



posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 07:02 AM
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Originally posted by fritz
However, as I stated earlier, Chally 1 & 2, Abrams A1 & A2 together with Warrior, Scimitar and Bradley, have all been tested in battle against enemy armour who, I presume, was shooting back.

Whilst I do not denegrate the Leo 2 and the men who serve on them, it is still unproven in combat, peacekeeping duties notwithstanding.


The question whether fighting T-72s and T55s could be defined as 'battle proven'. The US and British crews are likely too have more experience, but we're talking from a purely technical perspective.





posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 08:38 AM
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You guys are splitting hairs with this number one, two, and three crap. The Abrams, Challenger II and Leopard all are great tanks. They have some advantages and disadvantages over one other, but over all I believe they share well trained crews and similar technology. Not is it only pointless to argue about which is "best" (because you cannot possibly make such a decision) but IMO it's irrelevant too. Even if these tanks face each other on the battlefield the level of performance would probably be so close that tactics and numbers, among other factors, would make it hard to distinguish who was "better" from who actually won.



posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 10:06 AM
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Originally posted by WestPoint23
You guys are splitting hairs with this number one, two, and three crap.


It's great to discuss about it



posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 02:37 PM
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Oh come on, WestPoint!

For once I am sticking up for something that's made in America! For once, I'm saying that your tanks and crews are battle proven.

It is, in my experience, irrelevant to nit-pick about the calibre of the enemy troops facing you, their tanks and crews the allied forces faced.

Even the most poorly trained gunner in obsolete tanks such as T-55 or the semi-modern T-72s, can get lucky and score a direct hit.

To those who say that Chally 2 or Abrams 2 would be even in a face to face stand off well, you could say that, but I prefer to believe it would come down to the training and individual skill of the crews.

I think that is a reasonable assumption to make and one I firmly believe, has stood the test of time.



posted on Oct, 30 2006 @ 04:32 PM
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Originally posted by fritz
Oh come on, WestPoint!

For once I am sticking up for something that's made in America! For once, I'm saying that your tanks and crews are battle proven.


You have my thanks, and I do recognize that the Abrams and Challenger family have faced combat and have performed well under those combat conditions/threats. No doubt this is an important fact but I still feel the A6 is a good tank, as for who is the "best", well, I'm not debating it.



posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 09:52 AM
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Its a tough call...

Discovery channel have their Top Ten show which rates the M1 higher, but they have the silly "fear factor" category and their methods of figuring out whats better seem a little dodgy.

The challenger's rifled guns seems to have a greater range the the saboted fin stabilised rounds fired out of the m1's smooth bore...

I reckon the M1A2's software suite would probably make it more lethal, i imagine it would probably see a target before the Challeger, and be ready to attack the next target first as well.

On armour, i found this little scrap of info...

...in the 1991 Gulf War it was shown that a U.S. Hellfire anti-tank missile could destroy an M1 Abrams and during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a Challenger 2 was fired upon by another, destroying it and killing two of its crew...



posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 12:11 PM
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Originally posted by BrAinOfJ76
Its a tough call...

Discovery channel have their Top Ten show which rates the M1 higher, but they have the silly "fear factor" category and their methods of figuring out whats better seem a little dodgy.

The challenger's rifled guns seems to have a greater range the the saboted fin stabilised rounds fired out of the m1's smooth bore...

I reckon the M1A2's software suite would probably make it more lethal, i imagine it would probably see a target before the Challeger, and be ready to attack the next target first as well.

On armour, i found this little scrap of info...

...in the 1991 Gulf War it was shown that a U.S. Hellfire anti-tank missile could destroy an M1 Abrams and during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a Challenger 2 was fired upon by another, destroying it and killing two of its crew...


I'd forget all about what the Discovery Channel says if I were you! I made an earlier thread post about the best fighters and tanks in the world, as told by Discovery and boy! Was I hounded to hell or what


As to your asumption that smoothbore is better then rifled, well I'm afraid not! A rifled barrel gives you a higher muzzle velocity, gives you greater range and is ideal for firing APFSDB-T. It also gives HESH or HEP rounds greater range and does improve accuracy.

Because of the rifling, these barrels tend to wear out quicker and need replacing after 400 odd warshots.

Smoothbore on the other hand, are ideal for firing fire and forget ATMs, are best suited for an autoloader and of course wears out much more slowly.



posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 12:11 PM
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^^^^
i agree

i was watching disc-wings the other week and the f-22 ended up finishing 10th out of the best fighters produced due to the fact its not battle proven.


[edit on 13-11-2006 by st3ve_o]



posted on Nov, 13 2006 @ 12:32 PM
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Originally posted by BrAinOfJ76
Discovery channel have their Top Ten show which rates the M1 higher, but they have the silly "fear factor" category...


Silly? Well, yes and no, psychology is an import aspect of war. If you're facing a high moral, well trained and disciplined military with similar systems then the "fear factor" will not be a major influence. However, if you're facing an enemy like Iraq in ODS then an overwhelming display of firepower can, and probably will, cause them to surrender in droves.





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