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Is the Main Battle Tank Obsolete?
The main battle tank is obsolete.
Logistics burden of MBT increases with weight, which increases with capability of anti-tank weapons, which increases with time - at some point (perhaps now) the capability will not justify the burden.
High intensity war between two nuclear powers could not conceivably include tanks.
Attack helicopters have assumed the role of tanks in modern warfare.
The cost of a tank makes it worth hitting with a long range precision missile.
The shape of war has changed and it is less and less played on ground.
Tanks are easy to see with modern surveillance technologies from hundreds of kilometers away.
Unmanned vehicles (ground and air) will replace all the benefits of the MBT.
It is impossible to predict the future of warfare with enough certainty to declare any one weapon obsolete.
Tanks can cause fear in the enemy foot soldiers as they are big, durable, and powerful machines.
Tanks protect dismounted infantry.
Tanks are a critical communications node.
Tanks can dominate ground like no other asset.
Tanks are required to destroy other tanks.
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