Will the battle tank become obsolete? - Page 9




 
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December 22nd, 2007  
Pale Rider
 
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Originally Posted by SHERMAN
people who blow up 400kg IEDs arnt concerned about colleterall damage
True - but we have to be concerned, we are the ones who more than likely will end up repairing what we destroy, plus it is not good for relations because of a few sh_t birds. We are even eliminating heavy armor out of cities due to the wideness of the streets because of potential damage and speed to get to trouble spots. The Stryker is the perfect vehicle for this.
December 22nd, 2007  
SHERMAN
 
 
which somehow returns us to the original point of this thread... can the stryker do what a tank dose...i believe it cant...
December 22nd, 2007  
Pale Rider
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHERMAN
which somehow returns us to the original point of this thread... can the stryker do what a tank dose...i believe it cant...
For the role that a tank is playing in Iraq, why can`t the Stryker assume that role with a proper weapons system.
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December 22nd, 2007  
SHERMAN
 
 
becuase iraq is not the only, and certinly not the last conflict the USA or other nations will fight. you cant have 8000 M1s and 8000 Strykers. At least my country cant. The tank is a very flexible AFV. Its uses are numerous in high, medium, and low intensity conflicts. The Stryker is almost useless as far as i know, when it comes to fighting in a real two sided armoured batlle. If Israel can only have one tool, id rather struggle to kill ants with a hamer than try to fight tigers with twizers.
December 22nd, 2007  
Pale Rider
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHERMAN
becuase iraq is not the only, and certinly not the last conflict the USA or other nations will fight. you cant have 8000 M1s and 8000 Strykers. At least my country cant. The tank is a very flexible AFV. Its uses are numerous in high, medium, and low intensity conflicts. The Stryker is almost useless as far as i know, when it comes to fighting in a real two sided armoured batlle. If Israel can only have one tool, id rather struggle to kill ants with a hamer than try to fight tigers with twizers.
Sherman - your country has alot of experience when it comes to fighting in this type of environment thus the reason for the designing factors inregards to the Merkava series. The cold war era armies are set up for eating up alot of territories with lightning speeds, they were not intended to fight in this type of environment, my country has learned this the hard way again for the second time. Yes - the IDF is lean and mean and doesn`t have alot of territory to play with and tanks serve the pinnacle of your defense and offensive tactics, people wonder why you guys do not bother to go to a auto cannon mounted on a IFV and I can understand why, it is not needed. With us you are going to see two different types of units that will consist of light versus heavy, we have come to the conclusion that heavy armor still is needed on the battlefield for the initial destruction of a major army, after that has been achieved then you can go to a lighter faster vehicle to maintain control. lighter vehicles will also play a factor in quick reactionary type engagements also for the lesser trouble spots that are out there. The IDF has recently purchased Strykers that you intend on adding your version of RA, what is the mission that these vehicles will be used for. Our tank and Bradley losses are down in a big way since we have gone to the Stryker type vehicle, also think of all the logistical costs that we can save along with vehicle overhauls. Technology can be placed on a lighter vehicle that makes it effective in getting the job done in a urbanized setting and the U.S thanks Israel for working with us to make this a viable solution. I threw in some photos of the Stryker to show some of the weapons systems potential that are out there, if you look at the vehicles in the convoy road march you will notice Reactive armor on them, this will be mounted soon on all Strykers.
December 22nd, 2007  
SHERMAN
 
 
I think the stryker, if at all fielded here, wil be fielded as an IFV. tis is no problem seeing as its far better by any measure when compared to the M-113. We have thousends of the M-113 APCs and frankly they are junk. No protection, no real armament, and not too great on speed. But replacing Merkavas with strykers or anything lighter than a main battle tank is crazy. look good at IDF OBs and try to see by what you know what size is our tank fleet....all comes at a price. most countries cant have vast fleets of IFVs and vast fleets of MBTs. Israel cant manouver, at least not on our main fron(IE the Golan). We have to breakthrough by assaulting. Wouldent want to assault with anything thinner than a tank, considering the ammounts of threats in the Golan-
RPG-7v, RPG-29
ATGMs(Including Milans and AT-14)
T-55AMV(AT-10),T-62(115mm) T-72AV(125mm)
Mi-25, Gazelle(HOT)
artilelry rangng from 81mm to 160mm.....

Try to push through that with a stryker and you end up as dead as you can get.

Its clear to me that this is a very specific situation, but i firmly believe Israel needs an IFV that can keep in advance with the Merkava, and this means either Achzarit or Namer, because no one is selling this type of vehicle, apart from mayb some rusky new APCs(BMP-T, i think its called)
December 22nd, 2007  
Pale Rider
 
As my prior post stated I do understand the importance of the IDFs battle doctrine and how the tank plays a important factor into that, I am not stating that the Stryker should be in the initial phase of a fight due to limitations of the vehicle, but it does work well in urbanized and quick reactionary forces, it is not designed to take on a major blunt punch from a sizable force, that is why we are keeping our heavies around for a few more decades. The Namer will be a good companion to travel along with your tanks even though it is only equipped with a 50 cal MG with some of them set up with ATGM platform. Yes the Russians are trying this approach also which isn`t needed for their battle doctrine and where they will be fighting, the Ukrainians have some even wilder examples that are out there built on T-55,T-64.T-72 and T-80 hulls. Russian BMP-T is specifically designed for urbanized warfare and really doesn`t serve any other purpose, and it is based on T-90 hull armor protection levels. They also have one called BTRT which is more of a infantry hauler where the BMP-T doesn`t carry infantry, time will tell on what they actually will build in numbers. IDF is supposingly getting at least a battalions worth of the Strykers and it will be of interest on what role they will play. The U.S can afford to offer both light and heavy armored units, and this was long in coming with the responsibilities and obligations that my country must uphold to. Here is some photos of Russian infantry haulers made out of tank hulls.
December 22nd, 2007  
SHERMAN
 
 
naturally the needs of usa armed forces are greatly diffrent than the IDFs. either way it seems to me that neither can afford to let go of its MBTs for now.

I wonder if those rusian ICVs are as mean as they look...Israel dosent add cannons or atgms to APCs because its not part of our doctorine. the IFV carries IDF troops to combat but dosent charge the enemy. fire support is given by Merkavas. In urban areas like gaza battle teams of tanks, heavy APCs and D-9s operate togather and compliment each other.
December 22nd, 2007  
Pale Rider
 
Here is some photos of vehicles being offered by Ukrainian defense firms for export.
December 22nd, 2007  
Pale Rider
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SHERMAN
naturally the needs of usa armed forces are greatly diffrent than the IDFs. either way it seems to me that neither can afford to let go of its MBTs for now.

I wonder if those rusian ICVs are as mean as they look...Israel dosent add cannons or atgms to APCs because its not part of our doctorine. the IFV carries IDF troops to combat but dosent charge the enemy. fire support is given by Merkavas. In urban areas like gaza battle teams of tanks, heavy APCs and D-9s operate togather and compliment each other.
Bmp-T is kinda of a neat concept:

Twin 30mm offers high angle firpower when shooting into buildings and roof tops.
Kornet ATGM launchers that can fire a thermaboric warhead, nasty buggers.

We will need heavies for a long time in coming, you will see a M1A3 here in the near future with all kinds of goodies being offered.
 


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