Stratfor called Russia’s new Armata tank “groundbreaking.” But should you fear it? The reality is more likely that in a war of two super powers, tanks of any kind are simply moving targets for laser guided munitions dropped from aircraft. The Joint Direct Attack Munition, aka JDAM, has turned America’s dumb bombs into 2,000 pound guided packages of pure destruction. Watch the annihilation of a tank in this video after hit by a JDAM guided bomb. What can slow, heavy, expensive tanks do against inexpensive and speedy drones armed with JDAMs?
Meanwhile, in Russia, the Armata is showing some signs of growing pains.
Across an ocean, and in the face of laser guided bomb technology, mountainous tanks like the Abrams and Russia’s new Armata are about as effective as the Conestoga Wagon in modern warfare.