BLUFMichael Shoebridge writing for the Strategist, argues that recent conflicts in the Ukraine and Azerbaijan has demonstrated that cheap drones can sometimes stop expensive tanks.
- In the current Russo-Ukraine conflict, the Ukrainian forces have managed to destroy Russian tanks using lightweight missiles and the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 UAV.
- In 2020 Azerbaijan used drones to stop an Armenian armoured vehicle attack.
- Israel has reevaluated the role of tanks in manoeuvre warfare.
- Shoebridge suggests that the Australian Government might need to reevaluate the role of tanks in the ADF.
The magazine Interesting Engineering suggests that:
- The Russian are losing mainly older armoured vehicles such as the fifty-year-old tank the T-72.
- When reporting Russian armoured losses, Ukraine uses the term tank to cover different types of armoured vehicles.
- Russia's real problem is its inability to supply and maintain its stockpile of military hardware.
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- Only paying attention to news stories that confirm your opinions
- Assuming that everyone else shares your opinions or beliefs
- Learning a little about a topic and then assuming you know all there is to know about it
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- OCT 2020 Cheap drones versus expensive tanks: a battlefield game-changer? | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)
- Mar 2022 Russia is losing a lot of tanks in Ukraine, but why? (interestingengineering.com)
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