Bryan wrote:People expect too much from LAWs....
The new 'Matador' LAW Singaporean troops train with are taught to hit from the rears or turret ring, side shots aim for the tracks because it cant penetrate the tank even in the side armour. If a new LAW cant penetrate the side armour of tanks then what do you expect a 1980s LAW to do? I honestly expect it to ping off a tank.
LAWs are usually for killing IFVs, light armour and fortifications. You want to kill a tank? Call in CAS, another tank or ATGMs.
An RPG used by insurgents in Afghanistan can knock out a modern Abrams (I have no idea where the shots are aimed at so forgive the lack of detail). There is a reason the US use the Striker more often in urban environments.
You assume that armor has progressed steadily from the 1980s onward it might have had increased progression at some points and be a steeper line than you think. I don't know. It's an interesting line of discussion though.