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eagle from davao

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Re: PA Light Tank Acquisition Programme
« Reply #15 on: November 21, 2020, 12:49:01 PM »
In case of comparison between Mk 19 40mm x53mm grenade round to 60 mm mortar round;

40x53mm round limitations and capabilities;

fix round means , propellant charge are fixed. only the elevation can be adjusted for hit desired range. explosive charge is between 38 grams to 40 grams. but can be fired successively to compensate for its limited killing radius. the common setup for mk 19 maximum elevation is 45 deg. but if engineers can modify mk 19 to elevate to 85 deg. this is an added capability.

60mm mortar round limitations and capabilities;

two factors to hit desired range- by increasing charge propellant and adjusting elevation. it is more flexible compared to mk 19. the common explosive charge between 170 grams to 250 grams for long range series. killing radius between 10 meters to 12 meters.

If PA can install mk 19 and at the same time 60mm mortar , this is a great combination. one can bridge the limits of the other , to create an overlapping field of fire and can engage different targets both direct and indirect fire , these complements the 105mm main gun with  0.50 cal HMG and 7.62mm GPMG.  with these combinations, sabra is a formidable platform .
If it can add sniper detection system and  hopefully active protection system . it can handle MOUT, open ,forested and anti-amphibious battlefield conditions.
I know this is a stretch on what AFP have in mind. Desiring these  weapon add-ons step-up the sabra capabilities.


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Re: PA Light Tank Acquisition Programme
« Reply #16 on: November 27, 2020, 04:22:37 PM »
There is a term you would do well to learn: feature creep.

Adding more features to a system originally designed to do a particular task is not necessarily a good thing. Especially if it detracts from its intended doctrinal and practical use.

Sometimes even if it seems like a logical upgrade, there are such things as unintended consequences. Case in point: The Belgian military's mid-life upgrade of their Pandur APCs. After the addition of several seemingly logical features to their existing fleet (new armor, air conditioning, etc.), it turned out that the upgrades made the vehicles more difficult for the crews to use or even get in or out of.

The PA's light tanks/tank destroyers have a job: provide direct fire support in case it is needed. If there is a target that needs to be hit by indirect fire, then that's a job for the grenadiers, mortars, artillery or even air support. That's what the networked communications systems included are for: proper coordination of combined arms. The tankers don't need to be distracted from their main job.
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