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How can half tracks be kept in development by major militaries after 1945?

During WW2 half tracked APCs were practically the only kind of APC present, immediately after the war they almost entirely dropped out of production and development outside of a few exceptions such as ...
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Extrapolating a culture from its use of armored fighting vehicles? [closed]

Ok, rewriting this one, so some of the answers and comments are from a simpler version: Let's say, in an alternate timeline, or on another world, we discover the equivalent of mechanized warfare -- ...
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What is the easiest fuel a blockaded, sanctioned nation can procure/synthesize during a war?

In my world, which is partially based on a WW2-style environment, there are two large countries, namely A and B, that are fighting each other. A is a Nazi Germany-type country with fine revised ...
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Why don't my hover tanks fly?

I have a setting where the surface of a planet is slowly being terraformed by a hostile force. The ground is slowly changing into a swampy/sludgy liquid like consistency. Stepping or driving through ...
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Would a ferro fluid cloud work as a "force" field for space combat?

Bit of a weird question, but lemme explain. I want to make shields that block lasers but don't block projectiles, As lasers in my world are very powerful. I heard that military grade lasers can be ...
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An RV that can survive a Nuclear Bomb. Basically a mobile fallout shelter

I have this idea for a post-apocalyptic setting where my characters live in these RVs made during the pre-war era. That are basically mobile fallout shelters. Also, the setting takes place in my world'...
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Should a fast shooting tankette bother with using APFSDS against frontal armor of main battle tank? [closed]

I'm thinking about something loosely resemble RDF/LT: So the whole idea is a vehicle much lighter than a main battle tank, with gun of caliber 75 mm but able to shoot six rounds in very short ...
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Why would airplanes become common when there is dragon-riding?

In my world, during their equivalent to the age of absolutism, dragon riding becomes very common. They can be too expensive to personally own, so they are mostly used in general warfare and ...
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Design considerations for living inside of a tank/apc in extended combat and travel operations

In my setting armies are extremely mobile for a multitude of reasons. Pure static defensive lines are just asking to be completely destroyed by smart and devastating weapons, the light particle ...
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Why would a tank have multiple main weapons or a main weapon with multiple barrels?

Fiction is filled with examples of tanks with multiple main weapons, from Command and Conquer's Mammoth to Warhammer 40,000's Baneblade to World of Tanks's IS-2-II (although the IS-2-II was based on a ...
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With modern-day/near-future (i.e. potentially realizable within 20 years) technology, can a nuclear reactor with these characteristics be built?

I'm writing about a nuclear-powered tank. Yes, I know about what the problems associated with it are. No, the people in the setting don't care about radioactive contamination of their environment, or ...
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What could a 4th crew member do in a tank with an autoloader?

The tanks are normal tanks. Big gun, lot of armour, very fast, tracks, etc. It can't just be a dedicated drone operator. (It can be part of the role but not the whole thing) You can add whatever you ...
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How do examples of Power Armor stack against that of tankettes, and other small vehicles?

Many a time I've seen someone try to see how Power Armor could be used well, (in combat) they act like tanks on a smaller scale. It got me thinking "If these PA users can take small arms fire, ...
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ATGMs firing smaller missiles to trick active protection system, could it work?

I have a military that needs to get around tanks Active Protection System. (APS). The idea is to have a anti-tank guided missile fire smaller missiles when the big missile gets close to a target. So ...
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What could make armoured trains viable in a near future setting?

The armoured trains need to be made viable without just removing other aspects of warfare. Tactical pure fusion nukes with a yield of under 75kt are common. The environment of the planet is earth like....
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What would a one-crew armored fighting vehicle look like with a modern level of technology?

Imagine something like the M2 Bradley, except with no passenger capabilities and a single crew member. I recognize that having one crew member is rather harmful redundancy-wise, but that's not ...
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What conditions could make an army have its Main Battle Tank (MBT) be amphibious with all the tradeoffs that they have?

What conditions could make an army have its MBT be amphibious with all the tradeoffs that has? While many nations have made amphibious tanks, none (other than sweden that one time) have done it for ...
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Which of these would be a better way to organise these airborne IFVs? [closed]

I have a nation with 4 airborne divisions, each made up of 3 regiments, each made up of 2 infantry battalions, with each infantry battalion made up of 4 infantry companies. (Not including support ...
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What kind of war would lead to Ultra-Heavy tanks being useful?

Ultra-Heavy tanks are a fun concept. Simply scale up a tank to weigh 1000+ tonnes, add a stupid amount of guns and armour, and you end up with something like the image below. Of course, this monster ...
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Would Armoured Trains be effective in a city with a extremely well developed rail network?

Would Armoured Trains be effective for direct combat in a city with a extremely well developed rail network? This city has a rail a mostly above ground network built around the concept that there ...
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Would large power armour or tankettes be superior for "medium/line infantry" support? [closed]

Would large power armour or tankettes be superior for "medium/line infantry" support? The power armour is 10-12ft tall & weighs about 3-5 tonnes & has all round protection at STANAG ...
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Would there be a use for armoured vehicles on dwarf planets?

Would there be a use for armoured vehicles on planets between the size of Ganymede (~2634 km radius) & 120347 Salacia(~423 km radius)? While these bodies are small would they still be large enough ...
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I want to design a realistic Anti-gravity tank, how do I go about this?

In one of my stories, some guys form the 22nd century introduce a gravity or magnetic based hover tank. The problem is I am limited to real world Armour technology and KE and CE type weapons. the KE ...
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How to justify the rediversification of tracked cannon armed vehicles

While there are currently many frontline combat vehicles. (MBTs, IFVs, ATGM Carriers, etc.) Out of all of them the MBT (Main Battle Tank) is the only tracked cannon armed vehicle that remains, ...
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Could (reasonably sized) walkers be used on Mars?

Could walkers be used on Mars? These walkers would range from 20 ton 2 legged machines to 110 ton 12 legged machines with the most common ones ones being 60 tonnes with 8 legs. These mechs are low to ...
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