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Originally posted by Netchicken
How do the reactive tiles operate?
Are they explosives?
as posted by GrOuNd_ZeRo
ERA is something pioneered by the Russians I believe
The idea behind "reactive armor" is to blow up a roadside bomb or rocket propelled grenade just before it reaches the vehicle. The Israeli military pioneered the concept in the 1970's.
1) The machine guns dont look they can be operated from inside the vehicle.
2) There is open space below the tank turret. It should be seamless. "put a firecracker in your hand". Any decent round that gets in between there and goes off is going to blow that turret right off the tank (At least a round that a tank would normally be able to survive with it flush).
3) Not enough sloped edges ( especially in the front).
) Tracks are explosed, should have hinged armor covering them, so if rounds do penetrate it and explode, the armor hinges up to vent the explosion. Should maybe stop an RPG or small rocket from knocking a wheel all wacky or knocking off a track( at least more then the current design).
5) Not very ergonomic. Tons of things a rocket can sheer things right off it. I think a more ergonomic upper hull would go a long ways in making it less prone to losing functionality in an attack. Like the thing housing the visual system looks flimsy, the targeting system and everything else needs to be seamless with the hull more so.
6) Looks seriously light in the front end.
7) By the description it doesnt look like the machine guns can be reloaded from the inside of the tank. That is not good.
Boys Mk 1
The Boys was the only anti tank rifle used by the British during World war 2, it was introduced in 1937 and remained in production until 1942 when the PIAT was introduced. The Boys was originally to be named the Stanchion but the rifles designer Captain Boys died shortly before production was to begin and the rifle was renamed in his honor. The Boys was moderately successful during 1940 against the early German tanks but remained useful against the thin armor on most Japanese and Italian tanks. It remained in service through the war but was gradually phased out by the PIAT after 1942. The Boys was one of the most successful anti-tank rifles ever designed with more than 60,000 produced, it was also used by the U.S. Marine Corps and has the distinction of being the only anti-tank rifle officially adopted by the U.S. military. A large muzzle brake is fitted and a bipod is included.
Originally posted by rapier28
What about modern rifles & tanks?
I mean if a sniper can take out a tank, why bother with RPG's?
Originally posted by Ritual
It doesnt have any short range ballistic defense. Maybe it doesnt come "advertised".
I think if this is WYSIWYG as far as the US's main battle tank, it doesnt belong on the front line. I think wars should be fought by airplanes and surface missiles until we figure out how to 1)detect all mines and planted explosives 2) perfect ballistic defense 3) perfect xray and other visual equipment to indentify targets.
Else riding a tank down the road is just asking for a ton of dynamite up your ass. Or an artillery round to slice through the tank. Or rocket.
Thanks but no thanks as far as me joining the Military. I wouldnt want to be ordered into an APC or Tank to make my way into Iraq. Bad mojo, murphy will kick me in the ass for being so illprepared.
Im better building ICBM's in my basement.