Max_Damage wrote:If you ask a tanker what would he prefer: t55, t62, t72, t80 or t90 he would without a doubt say t80. Its a fluent tank: turbines allow for a smooth ride and more accuracy on the move, more fuel economy, speed, acceleration, better maneuverability and turning etc etc. Its called a flying tank for a reason: the acceleration allows to dodge or deflect incoming rounds jumping to the side all thx to the engine. Also the sound is not as loud. The modern Russia is behind the ancient USSR in many ways. Maybe thats why turbines for tanks arent produced but without a doubt they rule. USSR could produce first turbine tank - Russia cant. USSR could launch space drones - Russia cant ect. It probably has to do with it. T80 U M1 is the best tank ever. USSR was best at tanks stereotypically its because of quantity to put it simple. But in fact its exactly because of the quality of the takns such as t64 and t80 which for the first time could easily defeat much much heavier opposition.
I would prefer T64 (which is not in the list for some reason).
- Turbines to not affect fluent movement and accuracy on the move, chassis does. T80 chassis was very expensive, when compared to T64 and T72 chassis.
- Speed/Aceleration, turning and manueverability is provided by HP/mass ratio and other such characteristics (including chassis and transmition). With 6TD around turbine does not have any real advantages here.
- Fuel economy is much worse for turbine engines, only on T80U it was fixed but by using an APU to reduce the use of engine while idle. Diezel has much better fuel economy.
T80UM1 lacked the welded turret, T84 is better here by a large margine.