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Originally posted by ShadowXIX
I think new MBT tanks will come to use Auto loaders. Its only a matter of time before they are faster and more reliable then a human loader. Also I I think a whole new redesign is in the future.
Originally posted by drfunk
while the M1A2's abilities on the battlefield is impressive the notion of the MBT in todays battle environment is a little dated.
Originally posted by psteel
The logistics requirements are obsene on such monster tanks. I read that the amount of logistics in 5 years of peace time is equal to the cost of buying the tank in the first place. Since 6 years of peace time = 1 year of war.... the logistics are far more the limiting step than the tank.
IE some one has pay for and supply the logistics and transport all this to any foreign parts. When you factor in shipping cost [airfrieght is right out due to the massive scale envolved], the cost is staggering. One of the reasons for Stryker brigades over conventional mech brigades was that the logistics tail is an order of magnitude lower than the mech brigades...or so I've heard.
One of the reason for the massive weight and theirfore cost of modern tanks was the Eurobattlfield requirement. But unless USA is planning to invade Germany or France anytime soon their is not such a need any more.
The growth of modern armors and soft recoil , is such that the gun & protection level of a 60ton M-1A1HA is already available for a 35-40 ton conventional tank.If one was to revert to a unconventional [overhead auto loaded gun with 3 crew etc], this weight could be reduced to 25-30 tons.
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
To expand the topic, what will the U.S. Army of 2020 look like? Shadow XIX, this one's for you friend.
Originally posted by Flyboy211
Wasn't there a specific reason why the M1 has a manual loader? Also due to the extra man in the tank there's 2 AA coaxial machine guns instead of just the one.
I do believe there is a place for the M1 on the modern tank, i don't like the idea of moving to lighter potentially less armoured vehicles like the Stryker.