posted on Dec, 14 2006 @ 10:11 AM
A- if you're gonna build 100,000+ of something, you want to make sure it's gonna meet certain requirements/specs(why not faster implementation)
B- no vehicle including MBTs are IED proof. You can minimize their effectiveness, and increase crew protection, but there are tradeoffs
- what is the mission
- how many troops per vehicle
- how much room for gear and ammo
- ease of exit/entry
The more armor you add the fewer troops, gear, ammo, and vehicle range you have. Additionally, there is the cost factor. More armor drives up
All these things have to be weighed(no pun intended) in whatever decision is made.
Whether or not the vehicle looks futuristic is immaterial. Does it work is the more important thing to worry about.