Tanks are tanks. they are the main battle force of any army for quick assaults on enemy
formations. Javelins or lets say Spike missiles can definitively destroy a t-72standard tank and so
Kornets missiles too. But a lot of this will depend on situations . How the tank is used ,what tactics? and where?
if for example you do a duel between a T-72 vs a Javelin.. in flat terrain and both
start the fight at same time..and both sides aware of each one position? then Who wants to be in the side of the javelin?
The tank will wipe the javelin or kornet operator in 2 seconds before the javelin is fired.
This is because is a hypersonic projectile what the javelin operator will be facing. vs their slow rocket that he needs to stand still and aim in a tank until it reach the tank 10 seconds later.
thats an eternity.
So always the T-72 will win ,if manage to catch a javelin operator position before he fire his missile , or even if the missile is fired first. The javeling go first up ,and then down. while the Sabot Round goes in a straight line and will wipe the javelin missile reach the tank. so the path of the javelin will be lost after the operator killed.
A tank can also be repaired, with a hammer many times and some welding ,the javelin not so easily. and the javelin will not give you transportation or protection against fire arms ,contrary to the tank. So a T-72 will always be superior to any anti tank missile. it all depends on how
the tank is used ,when ,where. and what electronic equipment the tank have.
a T-72 armed with Arena or afganit could defeat a javeling even if taken by surprise.
while the javelin cannot stop a sabot round. T-72 = Armor+ fast transportation+ fast gun.
if you have 1 T-72 , you could over run a 10 x terrorist positions with 10 javelins at night for example and not even firing a shot ,just driving the T-72 tanks over them.
Javelin or kornets are only effective if you take by surprise the tank. but if the tank operators
see you first , you will be wiped by a tank. So even outdated tanks ,like T-72 or T-80
can be lethal weapons , they can be used as direct fire artillery. and hit and hide tactics.
This is the way they used by ukraine army ,T-80s are used as direct artillery for hit and run
tactics . because Kornets are too slow their speed ,they cannot catch a fast moving tank
that hides behind any cover.
any NATO modern tank facing 2x or 3x T-72 can be defeated. if the t-72s ambush it ,and start the fight,Because just one hit on the tank,
even if not penetrated ,the concussion will light wound the soldiers and damage the external sensors and optics.NATO operators will lose some valuable time ,that can be used to finish the tank. by a hit from the sides.
THis is why i think Russia should never get rid of its T-72 tanks. they can operate for another
20 years at least. or more in case of fighting terrorism or soft targets. All Russia needs to do
is upgrade their T-72s to B3 , add active protection arena ,and shtora and you will have a tank
that will be very useful for many more decades if used in combination with an Armata tank.
So you can have for example a T-14 +T-15 working together and all of them escorted by
4-6 upgraded T-72b3 tanks. The T-72s job will be to direct assault to overwhelm and distract the enemy away them from the armata. So armata fire from behind positions of T-72s. or can be used in the front line too ,with T-72s in the back used to overwhelm Trophy defenses.
So you will have 2-3 tanks firing at same time on same target.
on Urban warfare a javelin or TOW missile could have an edge over the t-72 that is not properly
protected to counter javelins ,but even if that was the case, the tank can be used to
encircle a city ,and lock and starve the terrorist inside a town. and force the terrorist to fire away of its hiding places ,in the open exposing its position for an easy kill of them,this however in the case no civilians taken hostages inside.