TR Altay Main Battle Tank & Related Programs

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Caliber, armor, E/O suits …
120mm is a perfectly fine caliber. I don't think a move to 130 or even 140 is worth the hassle.
We don't know much about new armor specifics so I can't comment on that.
Re EOs tho, M60TM have a more comprehensive EO suit than any other tank on the market today, we know that right? Re AR with helmets, I can see that being worked at for the second iteration. Doubt the tech is really ready for this just yet.
LAHAT like missiles are an addition, not a requirement. And for any potential export, it's the trusty L55, plenty of matching missiles on the market.

Only actual upgrade I can think of for Altay for 2023 is an RF jammer for FPV drones at the moment.

I'm more interested in things Altay lacks and will continue to lack in following iterations, stuff that can't be changed or updated. Like for example you can slap as much armor as you like on M60 but when hit, crew's survival rate is higher in a barebones Leo2a4 because M60 is still a generation older. For unmanned turret, we know that it is planned so I'm assuming they have a basic plan ready to implement it.
due to smooth bore guns’ inferior accuracy.
I think that might be the Brit in you talking lol. Difference between rifled and smoothbore guns re accuracy is almost negligible. There's no round without fin stabilization anyhow. Is there even a gun launched missile that can be fired from rifled guns?
 

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Great! Örümcek is the way forward. But it is still in development stage and not integrated in to the tank’s systems yet.

Israeli gun launched missiles Lahat can reach 8000m with anti tank or anti personnel rounds. No sabot round can have effective range half of that. HE rounds are not that great either due to smooth bore guns’ inferior accuracy.
It is integrated into Altay, and it's other systems
 

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Only actual upgrade I can think of for Altay for 2023 is an RF jammer for FPV drones at the moment.
I'm asking out of curiosity. Could it be more logical to use RF jammer only on certain tanks in a tank battalion instead of applying RF jammer to each tank? Of course, by determining an appropriate conops. Just like the idea of using certain Akıncı's as UAV SOJ.
 

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I'm asking out of curiosity. Could it be more logical to use RF jammer only on certain tanks in a tank battalion instead of applying RF jammer to each tank? Of course, by determining an appropriate conops. Just like the idea of using certain Akıncı's as UAV SOJ.

Good idea. Because as much as you want to jam drones, you don’t want to give up your position through powerful emitting against a peer enemy who is equipped with his own sophisticated EW hardwares. Which then can be used for precise targeting. (USMC has a saying, if you emit you will be killed. And as Ukraine war shows, it is very much true)

On the other Hand, in Urbanised terrain due to buildings and synthetic obstacles, one jammer cannot provide for other vehicles in the formation.

Hence, ultimately it is good idea to have jammers on each tank. (If economically feasible) Because, in open terrain you can always use one tank to provide jamming for its platoon while others in the formation can maintain their stealth.

For example, very recently commissioned Israeli Merkava IV Barak is coming equipped with EW system. (Each tank)
 
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One of the best usage case for Örümcek is its ability to detect objects, classify them and transfer it to the central computer unit, which then both commander and other systems can access the collected information from that unit. Kinda like a F-35 on ground.

As you can see Örümcek has both see-through armour feature either using the LCD screen or AR helmet and ability to share it's data with other systems.

Essentially an IR MWS for APS, enemy warning system for FCS, SA system for the crew etc. etc.
 

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We need to look at NOT what it’s competitors have; but what it’s competitors WILL have when it is fully in TSK inventory in meaningful numbers. And better that.

Most importantly the crew quarters will have to be changed so that no matter what happens to the tank, the crew must survive. There will always be new technologies that will be able to destroy a tank no matter how well it is protected.

AI usage and virtual reality helmets need to be introduced to give 360 degree visibility with aerial drone help.

Self preservation technology need to be applied more profusely. Armour and AKKOR application must be improved further against multiple attacks.

Use of long range gun launched anti tank and anti personnel missiles will have to be adopted.

These are just a few points that need to be addressed. Feel free to add!
What do you think about a mini surveillance drone, who can start and land from the tank?
 

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Good idea. Because as much as you want to jam drones, you don’t want to give up your position through powerful emitting. Which can used for precise targeting. (USMC has a saying, if you emit you will be killed. And as Ukraine war shows, it is very much true)

On the other Hand, in Urbanised terrain due to buildings and synthetic obstacles, one jammer cannot provide for other vehicles in the formation.

Hence, ultimately it is good idea to have jammers on each tank. (If economically feasible) Because, in open terrain you can always use one tank to provide jamming for its platoon while others in the formation can maintain their stealth.

For example, very recently commissioned each of Israeli Markava 4 Barack is coming equipped with EW systems.


The Örümcek & RFJ synergy could handle this detection-via-emitting problem.
 

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Here is a video demonstration of what @Radonsider meant.
Very helpful in restricted terrain or urban areas.
 

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One of the best usage case for Örümcek is its ability to detect objects, classify them and transfer it to the central computer unit, which then both commander and other systems can access the collected information from that unit. Kinda like a F-35 on ground.

As you can see Örümcek has both see-through armour feature either using the LCD screen or AR helmet and ability to share it's data with other systems.

Essentially an IR MWS for APS, enemy warning system for FCS, SA system for the crew etc. etc.
"Motion Detection " which is cool.
Tank crew don't have to always search and check around.
 

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Less than 5% of tanks destroyed since the start of the war had been taken out by other tanks, Ukrainian officials said in the Journal report, with the rest falling to mines, artillery, antitank missiles, and drones. This means the relative sophistication of a tank is no longer as important, the paper says.


I hope our military is closely following lessons Ukraine is learning right now.
 

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Well, for militaries it is important not to learn the wrong lesson based on a single conflict.

To understand how this works is, Let's examine the scenarios that we observed in Ukraine campaign.

when a Tank thrusting thoward a well prepared defensive position-

1. first, it has to go through minefield, it is likely there will be some losses from the mines unless you have combat engineering capability.

2. Even if combat engineers succesfully curves out a clear route through the minefield, it would be slim and restricted. And when advancing through it, you can garunteee that you will be spotted by enemy ISTAR, (UAS and forward observers)

And that will immediately bring artillery, which we saw countless times in this conflict. Today's Artillery equipped with digital fire control system has become like a giant sniper gun. (Accuracy is unprecedented)

3. Of course, with artillery there is that deadly loitering ammunition that is loitering around the battlefield.

4. And let us not forget about the army aviation. (Systems like Male UCAVs like TB-2 and Attack helicopters)

5. After that there is mounted and dismounted ATGMs waiting for you down the line.

Finally, if you can survive every other onslaught, then you might meet your actual nemesis. (Another enemy tank)

Here is a perfect example of how Russian army puts an entire highly capable Ukrainian Mech/armor company (mostly composed of western vehicles) out of commission without even engaging in tank to tank battle.



Here is an excellent article adequately addressing the whole debate.

 
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Hence freedom is in the skies. Ruling the sky would enable you to by pass pretty much many stationary hindrances
 

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