Member of the Year 2011
- May 26, 2010
Damn, 11 million USD?! This thing is overexpensive for such a small tank, that is not better protected than modern NATO or Russian/Ukrainian equivalents that are also sufficent enough in electronics.11 million USD beast...
Thesy should allow for exports, I suspect that at least in that region, there would be possible to sell their weapon systems.It's a government doll out to its defense contractors to keep their know-hows and technological expertise alive (or improve them), for employment and of course national prestige.
As for the armor protection I did not have in mind quality of armor itself. This tank definetly have high tech armor. Problematic is it's placement. What I mean by this is that front armor might be very weight and space efficent, thus with less weight allows at least to achieve protection similiar to that of heavier vehicles. Another weight reduction comes with use of nano technology in materials manufacturing.Regarding the armor protection of the tank, historically defense has never been the forte of the Japanese military. Their's is offence centered and their soldiers are supposed to win or if they can't then die trying. That's why firepower, targeting systems and speed are favored over armor. They're suppose to hit hard and fast. I think, at least in their MBTs, this is still true now.
|Thread starter||Similar threads||Forum||Replies||Date|
|S||U.S. Navy, Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Conduct Exercise PASSEX||Americas||1|
|1||Japan Self Defence Forces||Military Multimedia||210|
|W||Tokyo’s first V-22 Ospreys reach Japan||Military Aviation||0|
|Japan lifts ban on arms export - will help create a balance of power in the region||Opinion & Analysis||0|