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Defining stealth

Posted by picard578 on March 1, 2017

Introduction

Word “stealth” has lately become a catchword used to define the weapon – mostly aircraft – as “superior”, with little or no thought as to what the term actually means. Stealth fighters, stealth bombers, stealth ships… even stealth tanks, the craze is in full swing. But how much do these weapons deserve the label? What is stealth? Is merely having low radar cross section enough – as commonly held – to define the weapon as “stealth”? Is USAF stuck on denial that no military advantage lasts forever, or even on denial that it never understood the true meaning of stealth? Every successful use of stealth aircraft had seen them acting as a support of, and being supported by, an array of nonstealthy aircraft – AWACS, standoff jammers etc. Yet USAF is now aiming for an all-stealth tactical fighter force, even though it will make the force less flexible and arguably less capable as well. How stealthy these aircraft really are, and what are their vulnerabilities? Read the rest of this entry »

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NATO main battle tanks comparison

Posted by picard578 on September 21, 2015

Intruduction

Article purpose

This article will compare NATO tanks according to characteristics actually required of battle tanks. These are likely to be different from typical focus on armor and firepower above all else. Consequently, first thing that has to be established is actual usage of tanks; all necessary characteristics stem from that.

Historical overview

“The tank’s purpose is to bring machine-guns to bear on the enemy’s unprotected rear, using speed and surprise.”

– General George S. Patton

“Logistics is the ball and chain of armored warfare.”

– Heinz Guderian

George Patton also wrote that it would have been impossible for him to achieve the successes of the Third army if he had been forced to use German tanks. He was entirely correct, as will be seen from the following. Read the rest of this entry »

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