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Cuddles the Warmonger

M1A2 vs Latest T-90

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*Before any starts, lets keep the Armata and its potential out of the discussion*  ;) 

 

So I've been having this civil debate with this person over which tank, in general, is superior. I know that there are quite a few tankers and tank enthusiasts here, and to be completely honest, my knowledge of armored warfare probably isn't entirely up to snuff. I'd also encourage the uses of sources, complete sentences, and historical examples and precedents (like the 1st and 2nd Iraq and Chechen wars, testing, etc.) And remember, we all love Russia and America equally, save any jingoism for later... :P 

 

Some sources so far (I know many of these are probably biased for or against whatever tanks, because of sources of origin, but whatevs):

* http://www.armyrecognition.com/russia_russian_army_tank_heavy_armoured_vehicles_u/t-90_mbt_main_battle_tank_technical_data_sheet_specifications_information_description_pictures.html

* http://www.armyrecognition.com/russia_russian_army_tank_heavy_armoured_vehicles_u/t-90ms_main_battle_tank_data_sheet_specifications_information_specifications_pictures.html

* http://fofanov.armor.kiev.ua/Tanks/ARM/apfsds/ammo.html

* http://dokwar.ru/publ/vooruzhenie/bronetekhnika/sravnenie_tankov_altay_leopard_2a_t_90/13-1-0-45  

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pdffiles/PUB1069.pdf

http://mdb.cast.ru/mdb/3-2002/ac/raowdsmcc/

 

 

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The M1 is better than the late model T90s but not by a wide margin. Both stand a good chance at a first shot kill at normal CMBS ranges, however the Abrams commands a sensor advantage and a better first shot to kill ratio.

Which is to say the Abrams is more likely to get the first shot and kill on that first shot but the T90 stands a good chance of winning if it gets the first round off, although not to the degree of the Abrams.

It's not really tiger vs sherman in that the tactics are very similar just the Abrams has a higher chance of success at those tactics.

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T-90 is lighter so it can cross some bridges the Abrams can't. Based on how much fuel the Abram's turbine engine burns I would also bet the T-90 has a shorter logistical tail.

 

But those factors are mostly irrelevant in tactical war games, which by their nature tend to emphasize the gun and armor above other factors.

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