It seem that, not only KBM has not abandoned the goal to offer abroad mass production of the modernized Arena-E ,but has also significantly improved its defeating capability against the most modern AT elements (top attack included) and the adaptability to different platforms.
That should have been obvious for anyone in this discussion when it was posted their promotional Arena material.
Those promotional posters ,(its content) are not created by secretaries or janitors ,that do not know anything about Arena_E ,but usually by its own designers or technical people close to the developers.
According to KBM promotional material,Arena-E can defeat (clock wise) hellfire missiles fired from an Apache , Javelin missiles fire from foot ,hellfires from vehicle? and no idea what AT weapon is the top left one. This means that KBM developers feels confident enough to promote Arena-E active defenses against top attack missiles to dedicate a poster for it. It clearly doesn't means that it will be immune 100% of the time ,against any scenario ,that doesn't exist.. but that is good enough to defeat them in majority of times.
And looking more at the poster it appears that they do not promote 360 coverage but more like 320.. appears to be a small side in the back of turret not covered ,but that might be just an artistic thing.. But if thats is the case.. i do not see a single problem with that. Any army with a Tank that allows the enemy to fire anti tank missiles from behind their lines ,is doing something terribly wrong and don't deserve to be leading there..
There is a lot of misconceptions in this Discussion about how tanks operate in Urban warfare , and it had to do with not seeing them in real combat how they operate. The Syrian army (who is trained by Russia and have advisors too) use T-72M tanks with reactive armor in Rebels controlled zones ,and the fights are not 2km away , but as close as 50 meters away at times ,when they need to enter deep inside urban zones to destroy a fortification. Hit and move tactics is what they do ,they use tanks to force militants leave their positions and infantry finish them.. i have yet to see a Tank being fired a rocket grenade or AT missile from behind in Syria that never happens. All the attacks on tanks are always at the sides 80% of the times and 20% from near front.. The rear line is where is always backed by many soldiers and a command post.. Major problem for operations in Urban zones have not been Rocket grenades or AT missiles.. but mines and IED ,they delay a lot of operations in Urban zones. Rocket Grenades are next to useless against reactive armor.. unless you do a lucky shot or use a Kornet or a heavy anti tank weapons.
Arena-E will definitively have no problem weather it can engage the rear or not ,because those are very rare shots and can only happen if there is incompetence in the mobilization of armor.. Neither see a problem with Arena and soldier safety , the only times you will need to cover behind a tank in urban zones is when there are big open spaces..and no building to use as cover..Is there an option to disable arena temporarily that will be good enough. .Subscribe to Anna News youtube channel ,and you will some real tank operations in Urban warfare.
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