US seeks response against Russian T-14 with lighter and faster next-generation tanks
WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States is seriously lagging behind in the competitive next-generation tank race. There are currently only four fourth-generation tanks on the world market for heavy armored vehicles. These are the Russian T-14 Armata, the Japanese Type 10, the South Korean K2 Black Panther and the Turkish Altai, which is a joint development with Seoul.
BulgarianMilitary.com has learned that the US military has already begun a procedure to develop a new battle tank to replace the current third-generation Abrams tank.
According to Defense-Blog, Washington wants the future armored vehicle to be fast, maneuverable and, of course, more deadly than its competitors.
The U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) already begins a study on the main battle tank of the next generation under the Future Decisive Lethality program.
The Next Generation Combat Vehicle – Future Decisive Lethality (NGCV-FDL) will have capabilities that are enabled by assured position, navigation and timing and resilient networks that will enable future maneuver formations to execute semi-independent operations while conducting cross-domain maneuver against a peer adversary.
Washington wants the future new American tank to be very well protected from anti-tank missiles, hand grenade launchers and TOP cartridges. This will most likely lead to the development of new strategies in the toolkit of modern armor and capabilities.
We remind you that last year, again in August, the information came out that American military engineers were developing new hydrogen war machines, including tanks and infantry fighting vehicles.
According to scientists from the Center for Land Vehicles and the research laboratory of the US Army, the prospect of introducing energy production using fuel cells and ancillary equipment will provide a tactical advantage to ground systems.
Hydrogen is the most abundant substance in the universe and is suitable for replacing any type of carbon fuel, and fuel cells produce electricity quietly and efficiently. However, any water-based liquid can be used to feed them, including alcohol and urine. In addition, hydrogen can be recovered from existing fuels such as petrol, propane and natural gas.
According to popular information, the military was then more interested in the peculiarities of the functioning of fuel cells: the lack of noise, smoke, odor and excess heat.
According to analysts, such a platform will provide a number of advantages, including high torque, silent movement; lack of thermal signatures; reducing the weight of the combat vehicle, as well as the possibility of using fuel from several sources.
It is possible that the development of new tanks for the US Army will be based on this principle and the announcement of the official launch of a new development is proof that, nevertheless, engineers in the US Army have managed to achieve the desired “hydrogen advantage“.
In June this year, US received the latest version of the M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams
However, the US military seeks to maintain its military armored equipment at a high level. Expectations of a new tank are no reason for US experts to stop improving existing Abrams tanks.
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In June this year the US Ground Forces received the first mass-produced modernized tanks M1A2 SEP V3 Abrams. These machines are distinguished from earlier versions, in particular, by an increased level of protection and improved electronics.
The third Greywolf armored brigade of the first cavalry division received the upgraded Abrams main battle tanks (MBT). One of the main features of the M1A2 SEP V3 is the Israeli Trophy active defense complex, which can effectively intercept enemy ammunition with radar and striking elements.
Previously, the effectiveness of this system was confirmed in real combat operations when Israeli Merkava tanks equipped with Trophy fell under the fire of grenade launchers and anti-tank missile systems. At the same time, according to some experts, the complex will experience great difficulties if it is necessary to deal with modern shells flying at a speed of 1500-1700 m/s.
In addition to the Trophy, the upgraded tank received a JTRS radio communications system, an upgraded fire control system, an improved technology for structurally replaceable units, a new version of the remote control improvised explosive defense system, and a number of other important improvements.
Does the Russian T-14 tank really pose a threat to the United States?
In reality, no direct clash between the two largest powers in the world is expected in the near future. However, there is a daily one between countries that support them.
The Russian T-14 Armata tank has already passed state tests, meeting all requirements. In addition, the tank was tested in real combat conditions in Syria.
The results are really impressive, so the Americans should focus their efforts on developing and developing a competitor to the Russian T-14.
What we know so far, albeit a little worrying about the United States. The T-14 can operate in unmanned mode, the fastest and most maneuverable tank at the moment, it has a well-built and constructed armor. In fact, the armor is so well made that perhaps the most modern anti-tank system at the moment – Javelin can not destroy it.
If it eventually manages to seriously hit and damage the T-14, the crew of the Russian tank will remain unharmed, as it is located in an “isolated cocoon” from the main body of the tank, which is up to three times more armored than the tank itself. .
Finally, the possibility of arming the Armata tank with atomic shells was discussed on July 9 in an article by The National Interest.
“Since Armata is designed to equip a 152 mm gun, we can soon see the return of a nuclear tank to the battlefield,” wrote Charlie Gao, an expert on defense and national security.
According to the publication, the Armata tank has the potential to build up firepower through the use of nuclear shells. A new modification of the tank can get a 152-mm gun, and with it the ability to use shells with a nuclear warhead of low power.
It is emphasized that the predecessor of the Armata tank, Object 195, the Black Eagle, had a theoretical possibility of using tactical nuclear shells.
It should be noted that according to open sources, the platform of the T-14 Armata tank was developed taking into account the possibility of installing a 152 mm gun. In Russia, two 152-mm tank guns were developed: the LP-83 and the more modern 2A83.
Nuclear ammunition for the 152-mm guns was developed and adopted in 1981 under the index 3BV3. Ammunition power reached 2.5 kilotons of TNT.
NATO allies are also modernizing their tanks
The United States is far from the only country that in recent years has thought about a radical increase in the combat capabilities of its tanks. In Europe, the Germans are considered leaders in this area.
Last year, the German army received the first Leopard 2A7V tank, which differs from earlier versions by a number of important improvements, in particular – the most advanced electronics today. In total, the German Ministry of Defense should receive 104 tanks in the 2A7V variant with the delivery of the last of these vehicles in 2023.
In addition, now Germany and France are actively working on a new generation tank, which should replace the Leopard and the French Leclerc in the future. The contract for the creation of the tank was signed in April this year. One of the features of the MBT can be a fundamentally new, more powerful gun caliber 130-140 mm.
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