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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 9:08 p.m. PST

"Tanks are back in vogue. Russia unveiled its new T-14 Armata tank in 2014, the first new tank-type produced since the fall of the Soviet Union. It's set to enter service in 2020, but production issues mean that Russia will still rely on its older T-90 tanks for now. Meanwhile, China continues to modernise its huge 7,000-tank fleet (of which only around 2,000 are modern) with the introduction of the latest version of its ZTZ-96 main battle tank (MBT), the ZTZ-96B, last year. Those modernisation efforts now render the US Army's M1 Abrams MBT, introduced in 1980, the oldest modern MBT in service in a major power. With other militaries' tanks reaching ‘parity' with the Abrams, the US has now begun the process of designing its replacement.

Having suffered more than a decade of financial and political turbulence, Russia is now embarking on a major revitalisation of its land forces. The T-14 is just one of the projects it's developing as it aims to replace all of its armoured fighting vehicle types with completely new, modern forms. The T-14 continues to use Russia's standard 125 mm gun but the turret design seems capable of accommodating a gun of up to 152 mm. Notably, its main weapon is fed by an auto-loader in the turret, which is uniquely completely crewless. Protecting the tank is the new ‘Afghanit' active protection system, which, aside from defending against missiles and rocket-propelled grenades, is allegedly able to protect against modern kinetic rounds such as the latest M829A4 depleted uranium sabots used by the US Army…"
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Oldgrumbler Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2017 11:11 a.m. PST

Be nice if someone made theses & the Chinese Type 99 in 15 mm.


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