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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2019 12:50 p.m. PST

"To dismiss the T-14 main battle tank (MBT) as a capable piece of hardware by claiming high cost prohibits widespread deployment is risky. My previous article ‘Has the T-14 Changed the Game?' did not seek to provide an in-depth comparison of how the T-14 outmatched contemporary NATO tanks detail for detail, nor did it seek to advertise the T-14 as the modern-day Tiger1. This article will not be an evaluation of NATO or Russian doctrine, but an explanation of how the T-14 represents a technical progression in armoured warfare which NATO is currently lagging behind in. Much of the criticism of the article came from the conclusion that a lack of credible information and statistics on the cost and numbers of T-14s in Russian service reduced the aim of the article to fearmongering and misinformation. The cost and manufacturing factors are both valid but did not fall within the scope of the article. Rather, the aim was to provide an example of how NATO is losing ground to those willing to innovate, regardless of whether such innovations, like the T-14, are widely adopted. This viewpoint is not limited to just to the T-14, moreover it can be applied to armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) as a whole. As Alaric Searle notes in his 2017 work, Armoured Warfare, continue Russian emphasis on the development of armoured forces is well founded:…."
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JMcCarroll20 Feb 2019 3:53 p.m. PST

Read like a sales pitch.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Feb 2019 8:13 p.m. PST

The modern equivalent of the King Tiger?

Lion in the Stars21 Feb 2019 1:04 p.m. PST

The modern equivalent of the King Tiger?

Looks intimidating as hell, but never enough of them in one place to make a difference?

You bet!

UshCha22 Feb 2019 3:20 a.m. PST

The piont is the Tiger like the T-14 is by definition a failure. Yes its unfortunate that by attacking it with lesset tanks they will lose more lessetr tanks. HOWEVER losing a few more lesset tanks will actualy save lives.

The guys who die most are infantry by a long margin. There lives are saved by armoured supports. You can afford more lesser tanks so actually you could affoed to lose several Shermans for the cost of a Tiger. Those shermans would have spent some time helping infantry on average before they met the Tiger so will have already saved lives. However the Tiger being being only one tank will not have contributed to saving German infantry lives to anything like the same extent.

EGO – stupid expensive tanks are a war loser EVEN IF THEY WORK. As they say Quantity has a quality of its own.

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