posted on Sep, 4 2008 @ 01:59 PM
I only read the first page, and i wanna say some thing here; whatta-heck are u people talking about?!!!!
the armour the abrams first used was british, the gun almost every single western tank used at a time -the L7- is british, the tank the made the first
attempt to the MBT concept is british....the british are the ones who actually invented tanks for god's sake, and by the way the "angled deck"
concept is a british innovation that allowed old american aircraft carriesr to get upgraded to serve jet aircrafts; without it perhapt the US navy
would have been forced to replace it's carriers fleet.
In the other hand, the germans are the ones who invented the very widely used Rhinmantal 120mm gun, and the abrams is the successor of the MBT-70
their joint program with the americans that never reached mass production.
That's the point here, all of the western tanks share the main characters, and concepts, and many times share each other components; but each one of
them serves a certain concept in a better way, some times in the expense of neglecting other concepts.
the germans choose what can be called "the perfect tank", but they are not even close to the american mass production capability. I mean...the Leo
is some how better than the Abrams, but count how many abrams are there, and compare them to the leos numbers , and u get the point.
The Challenger is "The Big Boy", massive armour protection, god-damn huge hull, long gun that can be called "the multi-purpose tank gun"
The Leopard is the "State-of-Art". Besides it's many innovative components, most notably is it's gun which i think is the best anti-tank gun in
The Abrams in taking the best of all. vital parts heavily armored like the Challenger, the same horse power as the Leopard, main gun that was proved
to be very efficient, and it's own advantages; lowest western tank profile, excellent mobility, best acceleration amongst perhaps all the tanks in
So, in short words;
If u want perfectness, cooperate with the germans.
If u want Innovations, steal if from the british.
And, if u want the best of every thing, buy it from the americans.