Azaz3l wrote:Don't lose faith in ikalugin.
I have limited faith in anyone's ability to bring glorious super-tanks about.
Azaz3l wrote:I honestly doubt about the M829A2 entrace date. I know that M829A1 entered slightly before Gulf War (end 1990 I think). M829A2 was developped because M829A1 couldn't penetrate soviet tanks equiped with Kontakt-5. So if it took 2 years to develop a new sabot then Americans are damn fast.
More like five years, really. M829A1 first came along in 1988, M829A2 came along in '93 (my mistake, not '92) as a result of a drive to help the M1 Block II (the M1A2, basically) counter expected Soviet/Russian advances in armor design. The US acquisition of T-80Us post-'89 helped move the project along, but it happened independently of Kontakt-5.
Azaz3l wrote:Object 187 would have M1A2/Challenger 2 protection level. Also the gun could accept more powerful rounds.
That's why I like it. It would still give the USSR the top-tier tank advantage- none of the type-classified Soviet tanks were that much better than the T-80U- without throwing us headlong into FST-2 territory. People around here don't like Objects, though...