Waroch, on 31 December 2011 - 05:21 PM, said:
Yet in Afghanistan the trend was more about remotely controlled MG, well that sort of thing.
If a new generation of MBT was to be develloped (so that's a big "if"
) wouldn't they try to build a completely automated pseudo-turret, and have all the crew inside the hull? Ambitious, but it doesn't seem impossible... And it would make it much easier to protect the tank imo
As was said in another thread, several countries experimented with this but found the downsides too much to be worth it. The only country still experimenting with it is Jordan.
-Slimmer profile turret
-Crew not situated in vulnerable area
-Loss of situational awareness
-If auto-loader becomes jammed or damaged, then there is no way to access it and repair it or feed the gun
-Crew evacuation; if the tank is hit the turret can block the escape hatches and prevent the crew escaping a burning tank
-Limited ammo load
-Now the crew is further down in the hull, the biggest threat these days to modern MBT's is IED's, putting the crew inside the hull increases the chances of an IED injuring or killing them.
-Disorientation; this is a big one as you no longer rotate with the turret. Same thing was found on most people operating RCWS's
All in all, the disadvantages outweigh the advantages in modern warfare, especially with the introduction of APS systems.