Friday, November 20, 2015
M1A2 Sepv2 Abrams Main Battle Tank @ Combined Resolve V in Grafenwoehr, Germany...photos by Markus Rauchenberger
Why that ungainly and tall RWS? I really wish the Army had found a better solution. Regardless the USMC is approaching crunch time when it comes to its own Tank Battalions. Will they workout some upgrade path piggybacking off the US Army or will they allow this much needed form of all weather direct fire, that's at the beck and call of the Ground Combat Element and it alone to fade away? I don't know if its fair to compare the German solution because it can be argued that it too is tall but it passes the eyeball test...
The Russian example can also be considered tall but again, it passes the eyeball test and appears more compact. Is this another example of budget constraints dictating weapons fit or is it a difference in operating philosophy? I guess it doesn't matter. We have the most experienced tankers in the world thanks to Afghanistan and Iraq (arguably)....maybe the upgrade path is the correct one.