Mihir wrote:chola wrote:No, no, no, no. Let’s be realistic here. If superior armor could be lighter then the world’s heaviest tanks would not all be in the West where technology levels are the highest.
What makes you think that technology levels were highest in the West? Until the M1A1 entered service, Soviet tanks were by-and-large more advanced than Western ones.chola wrote:The Abrams, Leopard, Challenger, LeClerc and Merkava are all around 60 tons and they are the main battle tanks of countries who put a premium on protecting their servicemen. The T-72/T-90 and Type 96 are around 42 tons are designed by countries who historically do not put that same premium on lives.
The Leclerc, Type 10, and K2 are fielded by "countries who put a premium on protecting their servicemen". They all weigh-in at less than 60 tons.
The Centurion was the best tank of the Cold War until Leopard I which in turn was the best until Abrams and Merkava. I don’t see Soviet tanks being better one-on-one in any period after WWII. They could be better as a strategy. Their tanks were good enough and numerous enough to overwhelm obviously superior German AFVs in WWII.
The LeClerc and K2 Black Panther at 56 tons are a hell of a lot closer to a Challenger or Leopard (or Arjun) than a T-90. The Type 10’s size is restricted by the fact that Japan is a maritime power that doesn’t see itself engaging in mass armored clashes and needs AFVs that can be transported easily by ship or aircraft. I would put it at a major disadvantage in a slugfest with the other Western heavyweights in a straight up fight. A middle-weight boxer no matter how good is at a disadvantage to a heavyweight one.