- Jul 11, 2011
No it is not what I meant.Your POV is based on tank on tank battles. And this may be the case in a border war.
But if you are holding territory or you are in maneuver, then ATGM threat is far more important.
I said before and I repeat, light tanks having 35-40 ton weight may be ideal for India. But these tanks need active protection systems.
The history of Mechanised warfare is the history of fierce competition between two technologies - Tank technology Vs Missile technology - both gaining upper hand now and then. The primary tank technologies have remained directed to defeat missile attacks whereas the focus of Missile technologies had been to defeat any form of armour Developments in tank technologies like, spaced armour, reinforced armour, reactive armour, angeled armour, fibre coated plates, design of tank, turret thickness, shape, front arc etc have all but one aim - to defeat enemy Atk weapons attacks of which missile forms almost 80 per cent part.
Similarly, missiles have developed in their technologies of of missiles - warheads, propulsion, range,chemical used, guidance and ECM measures. The sole aim - how to defeat the armour.
That is what has dominated the Mechanise warfare though the best weapon to defeat a tank remains a tank only.