Autoloaders




 
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December 2nd, 2008  
Cdt Matteo
 
 

Topic: Autoloaders


Many tanks such as the T-90, Type 99 and many others have autoloaders in their vehicles which removes the Loader and adds a mechanic autoloading system.

Personally, I don't like the idea of an Autoloader, loosing the Loader as a back up would be terrible in case of an emergency when he could take over other positions.

However, you can send more rounds down range due to your faster loading.

Thoughts?
December 2nd, 2008  
Wallabies
 
If he's needed in other positions who's going to be doing the loading?
December 2nd, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
Good question!! ZZZZIIIINNNGG!!!
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December 2nd, 2008  
blackeagle
 
i prefer autoloading system because it is faster and provides an additional space in the tank.
December 2nd, 2008  
Lunatik
 
 
I also prefer the autoloader. But I read somewhere that Turkey is developing a new national tank (dubbed "Altay" project) based on the Korean XK-2, but WITHOUT the autoloader! They're actually receiving tech-transfer from Korea's ADD/Rotem. Anyway, is there an intelligent (maybe tactical?) reason to develop a 4-person crew tank while the original tank already has a very nice interrior design and autoloading mechanism?

December 2nd, 2008  
Lunatik
 
 
Nevermind, just checked it. According to a more 'official' source (Military Procurement International Vol. 18, No. 16, August 15, 2008 ) it IS going to have an autoloader. Good!
December 2nd, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
I guess the whole idea of not having an autoloader is that although a human loader may pull a muscle, chances are he's not going to suddenly jam and take forever to fix. But if the tech is good enough...
December 2nd, 2008  
HokieMSG
 
 

Topic: Autoloaders Faster?


I was a loader on an M1 back in 1990 and 1991. (3/70th Armor, 5th ID, Fort Polk, LA). We used to run a live fire exercise we called a PKB (Platoon Kills Battalion) and it was a training exercise designed to represent a passage of lines. Long story even longer but, it was a mad minute and a half with a tank platoon. My assigned tank fired all 22 rounds from our ready rack and the 3 rounds from our floor rack in less than 90 seconds. That is an AVERAGE of 3.6 seconds per round. With a good crew you can fire quickly. The only plus side with an autoloader is that you have a loader that never gets tired. Having the loader is better because the 4th crewman can help with maintenance. Anyone who has served on a tank will understand what I mean.
December 3rd, 2008  
A Can of Man
 
 
I haven't served with any tank (yet) but yeah I know what you mean. If you have any piece of equipment, it'll need to be checked, repaired and cleaned several fold more than the amount of time you'll spend in it with th engines running.
Hmm... if there's only 3 people to maintain that thing, there really ought to be a support crew. Heck, it's practically a jet fighter that doesn't fly.
December 3rd, 2008  
johnnyQAMR
 
 

Topic: Sabot to HE


If your tgt moves or a ATGW team come into view, you may need to change natures. You can not do this with an auto-loader.

P.S In my challenger 1 crew, our loader was faster than auto-loader on an M-84.