So GarryB, you think in modern warfare were we have drones for scaning the fields when fight is going,
I don't think recon drones stop operating when your forces are moving forward or are attacking a position.
Where are these videos of Russian tanks being used coming from if not from drones?
you say APS and his radar is problem because enemy will known were are your tanks and what they are doing, because of radar signiture. Well they already know they are because of drones, so why is radar problem then.
APS systems with operating MMW radar signals would allow real time remote passive tracking of Russian armoured forces that would allow ambushes to be planned in advance... even for long range artillery rockets to lay minefields rapidly and for enemy ambush formations that operate all over the place pretending to be civilians to be directed to attack soft targets without tanks attached.
The only reason for them to not widely deploy APS systems is because of the emissions from the detection systems, the cost of the system would be recovered very quickly by defeating incoming threats that would otherwise require tanks to be abandoned and later recovered or lost... saving a dozen tanks would easily cover the cost of the system being fitted to all the tanks.
Let them use new tactics, still you will have advantage ower them, because ATGM will be uselles against tanks because aps will kill it. Mines, you can always put on tanks mine diggers or how you call it and with them mines will be digg and move on side.
ATGM can still be used against other vehicle types and of course against helicopters.
I don't know why they are not deploying them widely... what I am doing is speculating as to why that might be.
They do not fear failure of equipment... it would be better for it to fail in Syria or Ukraine than in Poland or Lithuania... the equipment and weapons are for war, not just parades so getting them battle tested and any problems or issues fixed or solved is important for the Russian military moving forward.
I would think experience probing enemy positions with tanks will have highlighted that BMPTs are useful vehicles because a BMPT and a tank would compliment each other... perhaps eventually a BMPT vehicle and a remote controlled T-72 could be used... when the technology is refined.
APS is future on any combat vechicle, not just on tanks...APS with 360° protection...
I agree, but they need to get them right before they spend big money on them and deploy them everywhere on everything and it wont be until they are widely deployed that their costs will come down and new features added and performance improves even further.
Do I need to be academic to see other than a bad pattern of tank usage? Check videos available from both sides. What I am missing by seeing visual evidence of multiple identical situations that you can see?
Do you glance once at something and then decide its future, or do you bother to gather evidence and find out as much as you can before casting your expert judgement?
See one video and you can fix everything...
Impressive... when you don't even know if anything is even wrong yet.
and yet, multiple footage and interviews state how it is.
The Russian military controls what is released and what is not... do you think you have the full picture, or just what you are allowed to see?
Also, how many times tanks can get shot by ATGMs until APS gives up? What about triggering APS laser detection and not actually engaging? There are so many ways how to defeat APS, it sucks against top attack munitions due to angle.
Love how you talk about APS like it is one system... APS is Drozd or Arena or Afghanits or Standard on Russian vehicles, Shtora is not active, it is passive and tries to blind or jam or hide the tank with lasers or dazzlers or smoke respectively.
First model Drozd and second model Drozd II and Arena could not intercept diving weapons because they were mainly intended for use against RPGs which are the most widely deployed conventional threat to tanks on a modern battlefield... later models of ARENA could intercept diving top attack missiles but the original could always defeat top attack missiles like BILL 2 which overflew tanks and fired warheads down at the roof of the target. That is why the ARENA munitions were fired high up into the air, so they could defeat such missiles as they approached too. (also it meant fragments from the intercept munitions could be fired down into the ground reducing the danger zone for friendly troops... no point in launching munitions that kill 50 friendly soldiers standing near your tank to shoot down an ancient RPG that wouldn't penetrate your vehicles armour even with a direct hit).
Ukraine's not getting anymore stronger than they were at the start of this conflict while Russia's only became even more powerful than they were ever.
Indeed... when the amazing Challenger IIs arrive... a flight of four Hokums with 12 Vikhrs each should be able to deal with them from 8km away...
It is amusing that so many were claiming Russia was open and vulnerable to drones... well everyone is... that is the whole point of drones, but ironically Russia is rather better off than most.
Well when it comes to tanks no other country on the planet has the array of anti tank weapons that the Russians deploy... and they are all modern and very capable... in fact like their land attack precision guided missiles they are actually spoiled for choice.
There are gaps in their range of murder bots, but they are filling those gaps too.