In your opinion what is the best tank.
The German Wiesel.
Light Enough to RORO off the back ramp of a CH-47 or 53, thus able to be air transported around chokepoints faster than any conventional armor force
can keep pace driving thru them. Sufficiently protected to actively engage light infantry, depots and CS/CSS logistics which are the rightful primary
targets of tanks. Highly Mobile compared to the grunt in a Humvee it would replace. Cheap Enough (15 for 11.8 million USD or 780 grande each) to be
/lost/ at a ratio of 6:1 with each worthless MBT that they swarm over to destroy.
Equippable with a range of prepalletized roof mount turrets and sensors that allows for C2, ADV, ATGW, CASEVAC and Tankette models all in one basic
It also has greatly superior mechanical reliability and fuel economies compared to the gas sucking pigs that the U.S. Army Drives.
With CKEM/Javelin and strapon Urban Armor packages, it could easily be the best tank we've ever not owned, simply because it is THERE where the
infantry need it at the time of first attack.
About the only thing 'not missing' are the men at the controls. Dump them (thereby TRIPLING the internal volume available for frontal slope armor,
fuel and reloads) and you have yourself the potential of a fine weapons platform.
I also like the MULE as being in the same basic system class (potential UGV) with an even lower laden weight and footprint issues (you can literally
fold them up on their aft tires and stack them like Pringles inside a Stallion) but alas, you wanted a 'tank'.
Our view of warfare is so incredibly antiquated that it's a wonder we haven't had our heads handed to us long before now. If we keep up the stupid
notion of riding armored dinosaurs into battle that situation is bound to correct itself Real Soon Now.
ALL wars are won by ambush and deep maneuver beyond fixed defenses. Just as all are LOST by standup fights engaged in by John Wayne mentalities
fighting vicious animalistic instinct.
Once you accept that fact, there is no functional need for armor heavier than what is required to protect you from what you cannot see on a first-shot
basis of engagement.
As a starting point to designing **REAL AFV** systems platforms instead of crude, bulky, toys for over aggressive, mentally challenged, old boys,
there is no better starting point than tankettes as a lesson in how EASY the overly huge may fall.
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