Tanks should get bigger?




View Poll Results :Will tanks get bigger?
Tanks will get bigger 3 12.50%
Tanks will stay about the same 7 29.17%
They'll get smaller with improved technology 14 58.33%
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April 3rd, 2005  
WarMachine
 
 

Topic: Tanks should get bigger?


Ever since tanks were first made they've kept on getting bigger and more powerful. The king tiger in ww2 was the largest used during the war, but now all MBTs are about the tiger's size if not larger, are tanks going to continue to grow, or will they downsize?
April 3rd, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
More powerful yes, but bigger? Tanks have pretty much stayed the same general dimensions for the last 50 years or so. I don't see that part changing any time soon. They will get more powerful though.
April 3rd, 2005  
Gunner13
 
 
I think they will get a smaller, not larger. We've done large and larger (can anyone spell M103, Conqueror or T10?).

Even with turbine engines, there is a practical limit to the size and weight of any piece of equipment, particularly on the battlefield and big stuff draws fire - bad news
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April 4th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
I think you're correct, Sir, that there will be a greater demand for smaller tank-like vehicles in today's combat situations though I see that role as more likely taken by such vehicles as the gun mounted Stryker and the like. Tracked tanks will likely stay the same dimensions. There will indeed be more of a mix than there currently is to be sure, but I don't see the MBT going away.
April 4th, 2005  
Sea_Cadet
 
They will get smaller, but there will be a huge gun though. Althought I'd like to see a schematic for a two barrelled Abrams tank.
April 4th, 2005  
Kilgore
 
Tanks are good as they are. Just make them faster, better armoured and pack alot of firepower. We dont need a 'maus tank'. Surely it will make it a bigger target for aircraft.
April 4th, 2005  
SHERMAN
 
 
I think we will see a deduction in MBT noumbers, but those that will remain in service will be the same size as today. They will be more advanced tech wise, naturaly.

We will also, as Charge 7 said, see many countrys buyibg lighter armored vehiceles like the Stryer and other wheeld gun systems.
April 4th, 2005  
behemoth79
 
 
with the military turning towards a more urban battlefield, there will be a greater demand for smaller, more manuverable tanks... even if it means losing some firepower.

the days of and open field army vs army melee has gone. todays battles are won with technology, comm, and recon. i doubt the military will need anything bigger than our current M1-A1,A2s.
April 4th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
80 tons is pretty damned big and is outstripping the means for them to be effectively delivered to a battlefield. So tanks will get smaller for ease of mobility.
April 4th, 2005  
A Can of Man
 
 
There's a lot of demand for smaller tanks, so we're going to see those come along in future.