VladimirSahin wrote:Regular, It was early reactive armor and it was a old tank, it was a tank not scrapped we used it as training anyways
I always thought ERA blocks are empty in a peace time.
Don't You take important bits out of tank before You actually take to "polygon". I have family member who served with tanks and he said that even cables were strapped out by mechanics and only husk were left out of them. Tracks, cables, everything. That person served in Soviet Union and tanks were then relative new T-72. So I assume Russian military became wasteful as there thousands of tanks:D
But lucky You, my only targets were BTR-60 and BRDM. And they were all hollow
Rpg-7 can destroy an m1 abrams but can not destroy a old t-72 with old reactive armor.
Abrams tank family is known to be able survive multiple hits as well. There are records of tanks getting hit more than 20 times by RPG and still be operational. And there other instances where single RPG knocks them out cold. Russian tanks in first Chechen war was same too. Some of them survived many hits and some of them were destroyed by one hit. There are so many factors involved so I wouldn't be too quick to judge.
I've heard about T-90 used in Dagestan, but never heard about it being hit from roof top. With 7 hits from above You could even take best tank out of action. Multiple hits from above means ERA layer can be compromised.
armor it has isn't made as good as t-90
We don't know much about it's composition of armor as like with T-90 tanks - it's a secret. We know it's not same armor as chobham and it went through couple modifications already so tanks who were rolling in Iraq might not have same armor as they used to.
In general Abrams aren't bad tanks, their TUSK kits are not bad too. We will see if they will get new diesel engine and later probably new gun, auto-loader. Who knows, maybe they will bring ATGMs back.There are only few countries in the world who can actually design and produce (!!!) good tanks. Russia, USA, Germany are the ones who are on the frontier, technological edge and bring new technologies in field. Those countries make tanks who can technically match each other. Interesting times are coming as Russia is about to do big step forward.
Bad tanks(IMHO) still used today are some of those below -
Zulfiqar III, Arjun, AMX-30, Panzer 68, Pokpung-ho, "Brave Tiger", All Chinese knock-off tanks in service and so on.
Not to mention new tanks who look good on paper but how good they are in steel?
GarryB wrote:They didn't shoot at a perfectly good T-72... he said it rolled down a hill and was not recoverable...
I was talking about donor not repairable tank. I've seen some tanks who rolled down the hill in Georgian war. I hope the crew survived.
Human body is weaker than tank itself. I've heard stories of crew men actually getting killed by mistakes of driver-mechanics while tanks suffer no damage.