And I answered all your theories, but it looks like nobody read them...
Morpheus Eberhardt wrote:T-14 doesn't seem to have a coaxial MG. I think here are some of the possible rationals.
Those are some pretty shitty rationales that aren't grounded in reality or any past war experience.
Let's hope today's russian engineers haven't fallen to this level of design lazyness.
When designing an AFV the word "enough" shouldn't exist, every AFV should BE CRAMMED THE LARGEST FIREPOWER TECHNOLOGICALLY POSSIBLE until there's a threat of degrading performance in other categories.
1- The remotely controlled MG has probably enough stowage of ammunition to perform the role of a coax. Especially that it's controllable by any of the crew-members and also automatically. It can even follow the main gun if it is so wished. I think this is the primary explanation.
This also explains the choice of a 7.62 mm MG over a 12.7 mm one.
What if an AMR destroys the RWS? WHat if the circuitry malfunctions? Do you truly think its a great idea to waste precious tank rounds for something an MG can do? What if the TC is wounded and can't operate the RWS? What if the RWS jams? Why do russian engineers suddenly start hating backups?
Also an RWS has far less ammo load than a coaxial MG. While this doesn't mean the RWS shouldn't exist, this proves the coax also can make a huge difference and is, has been and will be the deadliest and most indispensable MG mount for a massive variety of combat situations. The RWS, like the hull MG will always have an assisting or equal role no matter how many gadgets you cram it with.
2- The various main gun rounds that have anti-personnel capabilities, in conjunction with remote fusing and sensor fusing, also in conjunction to the main gun's large ammunition stowage, can cover a lot of the coax roles.
Why waste an HE-FRAG shell when an enemy can be killed by exponentially cheaper coaxial 7,62mm burst? WHat if there are civilians around the enemy than can be minced as well?
The 12,7 will forever be more useful than a rifle calibre gun for an RWS because:
Can completely pierce body armor
Has far better range making it easier to take out ATGM operators, snipers or HMG operators
Can penetrate light armored vehicles or act far better as a last resort AA weapon when wasting an expensive ATGM isn't worth it
Can penetrate cover
3- The tank's various defensive subsystems can also have general and specialized anti-personnel capabilities that can satisfy part of the requirements for a coax.
And what exactly are those subsystems. And since when did APS or ECM systems= machine guns?
PS:These IMO are the best armaments for the finished T-14:
1x12,7mm commander sights kord
1x 57mm AGL
1x12,7mm coaxial kord
1x23mm coaxial AC
1x commander's sights 57mm AGL
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