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Subject: Best Main Battle Tank in the World?
human7    5/25/2003 2:18:18 PM
Which of the following Tanks is considered the best in the world: American M1A2, Israel Merkava Mk 4, United Kingdom Challenger 2, or the Russian T-90S?
 
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Final Historian    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   5/25/2003 3:54:45 PM
Yeah, there is the LeClerc as well. Each tank has its own mission. The Merkava is designed for defense, as in fighting in the Golan Heights or in Gaza. The Leopard II, Challenger II, M1 and LeClerc were all designed for fighting in a small part of Germany known as the Fulda Gap. Same with the earlier Russian T-72/80s. Russian tanks are evident of different philosophies involving modern warfare and armored tactics. Perhaps the best way to judge the "best" MBT would be the tank that is the best at its job, or the most versatile.
 
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PaulG    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   5/25/2003 11:55:46 PM
Final Historian, >>The Leopard II, Challenger II, M1 and LeClerc were all designed for fighting in a small part of Germany known as the Fulda Gap. Same with the earlier Russian T-72/80s. Russian tanks are evident of different philosophies involving modern warfare and armored tactics. Perhaps the best way to judge the "best" MBT would be the tank that is the best at its job, or the most versatile. << Or the networks could do a "Survivor" type reality show in which one example of each, complete with crew, gets dropped on a desert island, and they "vote" each other off by scoring hits with their main guns...
 
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Thomas    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   5/26/2003 1:29:55 AM
That's an idea: "Reality test" on reality TV.
 
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Raff    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   5/26/2003 10:10:13 AM
I would say that the polish PT-91M is the best tank in the world.
 
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Raff    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   5/27/2003 11:14:52 AM
We got them for a symbolic 24 mln zl for compatibility in NATO forces
 
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Kodiak    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   6/4/2003 1:39:06 PM
Abrams, no question, and there is not one russian T-series tanks that can compete with an M1-A2
 
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MikkoL    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   6/4/2003 2:53:52 PM
Well this is again a thread which leads in arguments of style 'which is a better gun, automatic pistol or machine gun'. Developed for completely different purposes, sharing very little common, how can we compare them? They both kill, but do it in such a differing fashion and under such differing circumstances that they never can be truly compared.
 
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Tommy Atkins    RE:Best Main Battle Tank in the World?   6/8/2003 1:38:12 PM
The Eytie Tankette of WW2 rocked bells. Failing that the polish TK. Way to go Idaho!
 
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Horse Soldier    How Many Angels can Dance on the Head of a Pin   6/8/2003 7:17:28 PM
I have to agree with MikkoL and everyone else who pointed out the fact that this topic is utterly apples and oranges. In my opinion, the differences between the top 4-5 designs out there are vanishingly remote, in any case.
 
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Thomas    RE:How Many Angels can Dance on the Head of a Pin   6/10/2003 2:56:21 AM
To Horse Soldier: I agree: The ad substance to my claim, that technological development (made elsewhere) is levelling off.
 
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