The Third and Fourth Generation Tanks And Their Role In Modern Warfare (2)


Tanks and anti-tank weapons in modernized and innovated forms will still appear on battlefields in the next 20 years to eliminate armoured targets and personnel with the usage of precision-guided munition. The progress of electronation and digitalization of tanks allows better situation awareness on the battlefield and cooperation with other military assets. An active protection measures were introduced to protect the crew such as reactive armour, active defence weapon systems and composite armour. By establishing a safe perimeter with active defence systems, tanks can sustain the incoming anti-tank weapons. Hence is the U.S. Army currently looking for a replacement of 3rd generation Abrams tanks. The U.S. Army is considering in this case unmanned vehicle as well. The Russian Federation on the other hand enhances conventional tank scheme with modern technologies. Far too much electronation does not have to be necessarily due to the automatic loading mechanism always a step forward.

Jan Kleiner, born in 1995, graduated in 2018 from International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies at the Masaryk University in Brno. He is currently a student of the master programme of Security and Strategic Studies. His main focus lies on cybersecurity issues, military strategy and technology and crisis management. He is an author of four academic papers published on the Security Outlines website. 

Country: Czech Republic


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