David Knights' Weblog

August 24, 2019

More Russian vaporware

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:53 am
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Story here.  As usual, I don’t believe we will ever see this, thought I do ultimately think this is the wave of the future.  I also think robotic vehicles, UAVs and soldiers will make war more likely, not less likely.


  1. While that would certainly be useful in some situations, one critique of the T-72 is that the three man crew were insufficient to keep up with routine maintenance tasks in the field and that reliability suffered. Would you now need a four or five man maintenance crew for each robot tank to also service the automation equipment? Would the maintenance crew be used as tank riders to provide infantry support during the assault? The end result in practice might well be to put a larger tank crew on the wrong side of the armor of a less capable automated tank.

    Comment by Jeff Groves — August 24, 2019 @ 8:14 am

  2. Not to mention that Iraqi T-72s got shredded by even the 25mm Bushmaster on the M2 and M3. Not sure that the 72 would survive the modern battlefield, but at least with robot tanks you wouldn’t lose a crew when the tank brews up, though your point about maintenance crews is well taken.

    Comment by dknights — August 26, 2019 @ 4:37 pm

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