Accession Number : ADA309075

Title :   Future Utility of the Heavy Tank on the Twenty First Century Battlefield in Mid-to-High Intensity Conflict.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Berry, Reginald R.

PDF Url : ADA309075

Report Date : FEB 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : Evolving anti-tank technologies seen by many military experts as making armor obsolete in future wars-will not displace tanks from the battlefield. The main baffle tank will remain a crucial component of the ground force mix in foreseeable future conflicts. Some critics predict that such advancements in new technologies as precision-guided munitions, smart munitions, and other sophisticated weapon systems will indeed prove decisive on the next battlefield. However, experts in the armor community are convinced that the tank will again be the pivotal land weapon of choice in the years ahead. This essay explores the advancements in technology and the utility of heavy tanks as a decisive combat element in maneuver warfare in the year 2000 to 2010. It will specifically focus on the need to maintain the heavy main baffle tank as part of the Army of the Twenty first Century for mid-to- high intensity conflict. This analysis is based on current material and my own speculations to draw conclusions about the future utility of the heavy tank.

Descriptors :   *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES), ARMOR, MILITARY PERSONNEL, WARFARE, INFANTRY, BATTLEFIELDS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, MATERIALS, INTENSITY, PRECISION, AMMUNITION, MANEUVERS, HIGH INTENSITY, SPECIALISTS, GUIDED WEAPONS, LAND AREAS, BAFFLES.

Subject Categories : Combat Vehicles
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE