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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse10 Oct 2018 8:35 p.m. PST

"WASHINGTON — The Army's future tank may not be a tank, Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, who is in charge of combat vehicle modernization, told Defense News in an interview at the Association of the U.S. Army's annual show.

While the M1 Abrams tank still has life in it yet, the Army is starting to begin the thinking and planning process for a future tank, "which is really exciting because it might not be a tank," Coffman said. "It is decisive lethality and what that decisive lethality is will be determined by academia, our science and technology community within the Army and industry."

The Army will choose a path in 2023 on how it plans to replace the Abrams and some of the ideas cropping up in discussions have been "everything from a ray gun to a Star Wars-like four-legged creature that shoots lasers," Coffman said, "but the reality is that everything is on the table…."
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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 10:42 p.m. PST

Hmmmmm, I suspect this may not end well…….AND, will cost tens of Billions in wasted research, too.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse11 Oct 2018 10:30 a.m. PST

(smile)

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Waco Joe11 Oct 2018 12:03 p.m. PST

and it was out of such an inoffensive committee that the OGRE Mk I was born…

Space Ghost11 Oct 2018 5:06 p.m. PST

I feel like they have this before, more than once….

Generalstoner49 Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2018 3:14 p.m. PST

No one wants a tank until they need a tank to do the job.

Lion in the Stars13 Oct 2018 6:54 a.m. PST

The Army has long thought that the Abrams is too dang heavy.

The old Future Combat System program was intended to be C130-transportable, which means 18 ton vehicles. And they did make a few (I think the artillery version was the first variant actually built. 155mm on an 18-ton vehicle is pretty impressive!)

Israelis are thinking the same, that their Merkava 4s are too heavy for urban combat.

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