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the Japanese have unveiled their new 44 ton tank
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLnjfYKhcU4
 

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Hmmm, the announcer guy seems to be implying it's meant specifically for defensive urban fighting, which I guess makes sense, but 44 tons seems awfully light.
 

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Early indications of the programme was that the tank would have to be able to operate on the northern islaand of Hokkaido - numerous rivers and the bridges are not able to support the 55t T-90. Hakkaido also lies just to the south of islands occupied by Russia so it is an important strategic location.

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Early indications of the programme was that the tank would have to be able to operate on the northern islaand of Hokkaido - numerous rivers and the bridges are not able to support the 55t T-90.

The T-90 is only 55t? I imagined it as being as heavy as a Leopard II or an Abrams.
 

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JAZZ said:
Early indications of the programme was that the tank would have to be able to operate on the northern islaand of Hokkaido - numerous rivers and the bridges are not able to support the 55t T-90. Hakkaido also lies just to the south of islands occupied by Russia so it is an important strategic location.

The other consideration is that most of the Japanese archipelago is mountainous. These tanks have to be able to cover the numerous mountain roads in Japan - some of which are pretty small by western standards.

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this whole make the tank lighter should not come at the cost of armour protection . Something which this tank will validate only when it faces RPG-29s and shaped charges in an Iraq type scenario. The mobility argument is now more than a decade old in the Indian context (vis a vis the Arjun) and now it also includes air mobility - so that a tank can be airlifted by a C-17/IL-76/ whatever.
 
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and this has been validated by .. let me guess T-90 .. hardly ... or maybe that low profile tank shown on discovery not so long ago or maybe the plastic tank shown in the same program. Look RPGs have penetrated the Challenger 2 in Iraq. A lighter tank unless it has some pretty revolutionary armour which is probably what you are referring to will fare no better in counter-insurgency operations. Please give an instance of a lighter tank (sub 45 ton) expected in the near future which will fare better against the threats faced in an Iraq type situation.
 

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It is difficult to make any assumptions about tank weight and size, tank designers always have to make trade-offs between mobility, firepower, armour and size. The operational requirements drive the outcome, if protection is paramount - then armour becomes more important e.g. Israel - UK long held bias. Soviet approach was keep target small and firepower.

But - technology drivers all are working to create greater power out of smaller engine/transmission packs, lighter armour more effective than before, more potent firepower - driven to be lighter with more compact ammunition with greater lethality - finally all in a small more stealthy ddesign.

How is it working out well lets look at the facts.

UK Challenger - increased in weight and bulk over time (grown to 63,000kg)
Germany Leopard 2 - increased in weight and bulk over time (to 59,500kg)
M1 - increased in weight and bulk over time (to 61,690kg)
Italy - Ariete 54,000kg both interms of bulk and weight it is a substatial jump on the OF-40
Japan - Type 90 50,000kg
Russia - T-80 - increased bulk and weight from 42,000 to 45,000 and now at 46,000kg.

Russia - T-72 increased bulk and weight - 41,000 to 44,500 - 46,000kg
Korea - Type 88 increased from 51,000kg to 54,400kg
China - Type 80 - 38,000 to Type-85 41,000kg and to Type 90 48,000 and Type-98/99 50-51,000kg an increased in bulk
Isreal- Merkava grown from 60,000kg to 64,000kg and increased in bulk

And even the new Japanese tank is not a direct replacement for the type-90 but is rather replacing the Type-61 which is still in service and Type 74's both of these are lighter.

The latest S.Korean KX-2 tank is also just as heavy 55,000kg as KX-1 and of comparable size. But it will have better armour and better firepower, speed etc.
 
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SLL - I was not on about the armament .... all these guys have have 120/125 mm etc
I am talking about armour/ protection . jazz has actually made the case in point . If the Japanese tank proves itself in an Iraq like situation ... case closed - better technology- lower weight- yet better protection. time will tell.
 

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SLL - I was not on about the armament .... all these guys have have 120/125 mm etc
I am talking about armour/ protection . jazz has actually made the case in point . If the Japanese tank proves itself in an Iraq like situation ... case closed - better technology- lower weight- yet better protection. time will tell.

It's extremely doubtful that any Japanese tank will ever find itself in an Iraq-like situation. I doubt they will ever be deployed outside of Japan. There is an entrenched pacifist streak in Japanese society now - one that would take an extraordinary situation to turn-around (or a good few generations!).

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One must take into consideration, that the average tank crews of the Japanese, Korean and Chinese MBT’s are shorter than that of their European brothers in arms.
This automatically allows for the design of a lower profile tank, which again equates to a saving in mass-weight for the same level of protection and firepower.
Also added to this is in the case of Japan and South Korea, export is either of a low priority (Sth Korea), or not allowed at all - full stop (Japan), so their MBT / AFV design can be totally 100% indigenes in its design parameters.
Where as in the case of the French - for example, their military equipment is often designed with high export in mind from day one, sometimes even over that of the benefit of its National military’s needs.

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SLL, the japanese tank does have slat armour at the back .. not that it means much. Moreover before asking me to look up stuff I suggest you post in detail to make your point , which is just going around in circles anyway. Also take a look at Jazz's figures . The Leclerc is over 50 tonnes and not an example of tanks getting lighter. Please substantiate your point , before asking others to look up stuff. Moreover as far as fitting a 1500 pack is concerned its no biggie. Moreover your new generation lighter tanks will have to be validated in combat first.
 

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Pioneer said:
One must take into consideration, that the average tank crews of the Japanese, Korean and Chinese MBT’s are shorter than that of their European brothers in arms.
This automatically allows for the design of a lower profile tank, which again equates to a saving in mass-weight for the same level of protection and firepower.

Hi Pioneer,

I think the height issue was in the past, at least for Japan. Probably caused by poor nutrition. I've taught in Japanese Junior High Schools for almost 5 years now. Lots of 6-foot high kids in the 3rd year classes.

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forget it man, as you said they are not your tanks either... neither are they mine .... let's leave it at that.
 
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in any case people, here's that discovery show
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AZe8jOuGpo
 

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If japan wants to design a tank against guerilla warfare they should take pointers from israelis
 
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yeah and even those heavily armoured Merkava 4's did not fare too well against the Hezbollah .. so unless the Japanese engineers have come up with something truly good (better lighter armour) .. I do not see how this new Type 10 qualifies to be a "COIN" tank.

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yeah and even those heavily armoured Merkava 4's did not fare too well against the Hezbollah .. so unless the Japanese engineers have come up with something truly good (better lighter armour) .. I do not see how this new Type 10 qualifies to be a "COIN" tank.

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i don't think hezzbollah used the standard rpg 4 and 7 rounds against merks, didn't they use russian cornets?
 
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hey mod .. i was in two minds about that myself .. anyway never meant it as anything . .. apologies to my Japanese friends out there
 
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hey vlad .. they used RPG-29 and the kornet. Merkava's were penetrated at short range.


sort of related to this ... the much maligned Arjun tank's Kanchan armour has withstood Israeli AFSPDS rounds at point blank range .. of course this is a very different threat from a top attack , HE missile .


but , regardless of what you may read in the Indian media , the Kanchan armour impressed the Israelis and one tank was in all probability shipped to Israel for tests. Do not ask me to give links, because I can't.

the next gen FMBT for the Indian Army may just be developed in collaboration with our Israeli chariot (merkava) making friends


also note that the Arjun was scheduled for comparitive trials with the T-90 and T-72 UPG ... these were suddenly cancelled .. and it was later acknowledged in parliamentary committee reports that the Arjun had superior fire power , armour protection and individual mobility


the Indian Arny was of course always more concerned about "strategic mobility" :D
 

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