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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2017 10:22 p.m. PST

"The main battle tank is not likely to disappear into the history books as the horse cavalry units of old did during the early part of the 20th Century, but technological advancements might fundamentally change the nature of future armored vehicles. The U.S. Army is currently conducting an analysis of alternatives on what a future family of armored vehicles might look like.

"Are we sort of at that point in history where armored mechanized vehicles are going the way of horse cavalry?" U.S. Army chief of staff Gen. Mark A. Milley told an audience at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

"I don't think so, but I'm skeptical, so I'm going to continue to ask that."

The 40-year-old M1 Abrams main battle tank remains a capable tank, but it is starting to show its age. As Milley noted, the long-serving vehicles have been extensively upgraded over the years and bears little resemblance to their original configurations under their skins. Almost everything on the vehicles have been completely revamped.

But the Abrams is likely at the very limits of its capabilities—the service needs a new tank.

"We do need a new ground armored platform for our mechanized infantry and our tanks," Milley said…."
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Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member29 Jul 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Is this because soldiers are getting too fat to fit inside? (See parallel thread!)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Jul 2017 11:04 p.m. PST



williamb30 Jul 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

The Germans and the French are also working together on a new tank and a possibly a 130mm gun.

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