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"Their light tanks were retired": Malaysia did not appreciate the purchase of Israeli Sabrah

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"Their light tanks were retired": Malaysia did not appreciate the purchase of Israeli Sabrah

There is an increasing demand for lightweight modifications in the world tanks... However, the justification of the growing applications for this type of armored vehicles is under a big question.


At least experts from the Malaysia Flying Herald are questioning the procurement policy of the military departments of a number of countries, which have decided to rely on lighter versions of tanks. In particular, the Indonesian army intends to replenish its fleet by 2024 with the Harimau MT vehicle, created jointly with Turkey.

Sadly, a shocking decision was made last year when the [Israeli-developed] Sabrah light tank was chosen to meet the needs of the Philippine army.

- the observer assessed another "breakthrough" of light tanks on the world market.

As noted in the publication, the experience of the past operation of such machines in Malaysia was a failure. Since 1983, more than 20 Alvis Scorpion light tanks have been purchased for the 11th regiment of the Royal Armored Corps, based in Sabah. Unlike most Scorpion tanks in service around the world, the Malaysian variant was equipped with the 90mm Cockerell gun. At that time, studies analyzing the conflict in Angola and the Bush war in Africa showed that 90mm guns were more than enough to destroy armored vehicles.

Given Malaysia's predilection for light armored vehicles, the British tank Vickers Mk 1 [weight 38,1 tons] was strongly offered to her.

Fortunately, rational thinking prevailed when the army acquired 48 PT-91M Pendekar MBTs [a Malaysian version of the Polish PT-91Z tank based on the T-72M1]

- writes the edition.

Immediately after the arrival of the PT-91M, the British Scorpions were redeployed to the "less hot" parts of the theater of operations, and in 2018, "Malaysia sent its light tanks into retirement," deciding to decommission the Scorpions.
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https://www.malaysiandefence.com/
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  1. Profiler
    Profiler 12 February 2021 06: 17
    +7
    "Their light tanks were retired": Malaysia did not appreciate the purchase of Israeli Sabrah

    This is the second publication about an Israeli light tank.

    The first was the article - "Replacing the outdated Soviet T-72": the Czech press praised the Israeli light tank Sabrah

    And specifically in the comments to this article, the user
    sen (sen) pointed out (quote):

    In fact, "Sabra", Sabrah - this is how it is written in English and we are talking about a tower that can be installed on various tracked and wheeled platforms ...........
    As a tracked base for the Philippine contract, the ASCOD 2 armored personnel carrier of General Dynamics European Land Systems (joint production in Austria and Spain) was used. As a wheel - Czech Excalibur Group Pandur II (respectively, production in the Czech Republic).


    That is, "Sabra" - Sabrah, this is a kind of "Lego constructor", from the elements of which are assembled machines of a certain kind and purpose.

    In fact, the Israeli manufacturer has just developed a turret combat module and is integrating it on different platforms, repeating a similar Chinese experience.
    But what happens in the end what - "centaur" or mutant, can only show long-term military operation and / or combat operations.
    1. Dodikson
      Dodikson 12 February 2021 08: 42
      +2
      Why is the world not paying attention not to the combat module, but to the full-fledged T-64 tank?
      its weight is the same as that of "light" tanks, a full-fledged 125mm cannon and anti-cannon armor.
      and these castrates are in everything, the weight is the same, the gun is smaller, the armor is weaker, and at the same time 10 times more expensive.
      1. CastroRuiz
        CastroRuiz 12 February 2021 14: 27
        +1
        A on plavaet? Ochen somnevaius.
        1. Dodikson
          Dodikson 12 February 2021 14: 54
          -1
          he does not swim, but he knows how to overcome rivers up to 5m deep.
          these Israeli "tanks" cannot swim or cross rivers.
          and at the same time with a weak cannon, cardboard armor and a price 10 times higher.
  2. Coconut
    Coconut 12 February 2021 06: 29
    +4
    There is an increasing demand in the world for lightweight modifications of tanks

    In my humble opinion ... this is a very controversial statement ... in the world dozens (hundreds) of ATGMs .. to disperse the demonstrators? drive the Papuans across the desert ..? ... well, seriously .. a light tank lives off its low weight and .. high speed ... it is effective against infantry and cavalry ... in the coming war there will be no cavalry and the infantry will go there where the city will look like a desert of molten concrete ... something like this No.
    1. Revolver
      Revolver 12 February 2021 11: 57
      +3
      Quote: Coco
      to disperse the demonstrators? drive the Papuans across the desert ..?.

      Exactly. Not in the desert, but in the jungle. The Philippines just need to have a nightmare like the Papuans. They have a Muslim minority that has staged a jihad for separating Muslim-dominated territories from the Philippines, their armed wing is called Abu Sayyaf, and seems to be a branch of either Al-Qaeda or ISIS. Recognized as a terrorist organization by most civilized countries. Basically, they terrorize the Filipinos, and the funds for terror are obtained by piracy in the surrounding seas.
  3. svp67
    svp67 12 February 2021 06: 29
    +11
    Each army has its own combat experience and needs. One thing I want to note is that the "Scorpion", unlike our PT-76, is not floating, and hence its scope is still limited. And it turns out that as a reconnaissance vehicle it is inferior, as well as a battlefield vehicle.
    1. loki565
      loki565 12 February 2021 07: 22
      +3
      Maybe the Octopus will suit them better, it will be exported
    2. Private-K
      Private-K 12 February 2021 09: 05
      +2
      Quote: svp67
      Each army has its own combat experience and needs.

      Exactly.
      The local soils of Southeast Asia are soft and moist. And if you drive off roads with asphalt, then the cross-country ability becomes critically important.
      It is only doubtful that the 38-ton vehicle can be considered "lightweight" - except perhaps in comparison with the 55-68-ton monsters of the current MBT standard.
      Well, and if you choose the 38-ton, then it is better to take the T-64 (with modernization) or the T-72 (where there is 38 and 42 tons). All the same, with the reservation of these Soviet tanks of 300-400 mm, yes + NDZ, it will be somehow quieter; as opposed to 100-150 as offered.
      But in general, the locals need a really light and amphibious tank weighing up to 20 tons.
  4. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 12 February 2021 06: 45
    0
    There is an increasing demand in the world for lightweight modifications of tanks
    Well, if they think so in Malaysia, then the flag is in their hands. But while talking about the Indonesian army, the same observer (as I understand it) suddenly starts talking
    a shocking decision was made (about Israeli technology) ...
    , but about Malaysia
    Fortunately, rational thinking prevailed (about the Polish tank variant) ...
    To solve certain problems, of course, light and amphibious tanks are needed, but it is not reasonable to give preference to them exclusively. Although in Malaysia they think differently.
    1. Old tanker
      Old tanker 12 February 2021 07: 04
      +9
      Do not forget that Malaysia is a state divided into 2 islands, and even with a bunch of smaller islands. So it is possible that the choice was also influenced by the possibility of transporting cars on sea transports and landing ships.
  5. Alien From
    Alien From 12 February 2021 08: 12
    +1
    Jewish Thai is not a comrade, but a friend lol
  6. Konnick
    Konnick 12 February 2021 09: 41
    +3
    Interest in lightweight tanks arises from the improvement of active protection systems. Passive armor can no longer help against modern means of destruction, and a further increase in armor leads to a too large increase in the mass of the tank, the more necessary protection from all angles. It is enough for a modern tank to have a good KAZ and armor from small-caliber rapid-fire cannons, such as 57mm and protection of observation and aiming equipment from large-caliber small arms, as well as to withstand the shock wave of a nuclear explosion within reasonable limits. Better than a cannon with a caliber of more than 100mm to destroy tanks to have ATGMs, and for the destruction of long-term ones, the accuracy of direct fire is no longer required, modern artillery has such accuracy.
    1. Quadro
      Quadro 12 February 2021 11: 08
      +3
      Yes, that's why "light tanks" have the weight of a full-fledged T-64, a defective 105mm cannon in the modern world, and approximately zero protection. Yes, yes, there are all myths and fictions - the guns can easily intercept the Kaz, and the "incredibly high-precision artillery" should not shoot at any dugouts and windows of houses.
  7. Growlers
    Growlers 12 February 2021 09: 46
    +10
    What a strange article. the impression that I blinded you from what happened. Without any connection and meaning. And where is the conclusion?
  8. Revolver
    Revolver 12 February 2021 11: 46
    +2
    light tank Sabrah [Israeli design]

    Actually, the Sabra is never a light tank, it is an MBT, a development of the Magach 7, which in turn is based on the American M60 Patton. And his cannon is 120 mm, standard NATO caliber.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabra_(tank)
    1. Professor
      Professor 12 February 2021 16: 49
      0
      Quote: Nagan
      light tank Sabrah [Israeli design]

      Actually, the Sabra is never a light tank, it is an MBT, a development of the Magach 7, which in turn is based on the American M60 Patton. And his cannon is 120 mm, standard NATO caliber.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabra_(tank)

      https://elbitsystems.com/media/Sabrah-Light-Tank.pdf
      1. Revolver
        Revolver 12 February 2021 19: 48
        +1
        Quote: Professor
        https://elbitsystems.com/media/Sabrah-Light-Tank.pdf

        So trust google and wiki. sad
        In general, it is so indecent to call two tanks by the same name. Have you got there, completely strained with fantasy? wassat Well, at least they used alphanumeric indexes.
        1. Professor
          Professor 12 February 2021 20: 09
          +1
          Quote: Nagan
          Quote: Professor
          https://elbitsystems.com/media/Sabrah-Light-Tank.pdf

          So trust google and wiki. sad
          In general, it is so indecent to call two tanks by the same name. Have you got there, completely strained with fantasy? wassat Well, at least they used alphanumeric indexes.

          Duc and you have falcones there, too, like on a copier. wink
  9. Ugochaves
    Ugochaves 12 February 2021 13: 17
    +1
    Quote: Konnick
    good KAZ and armor from small-caliber rapid-fire guns, such as 57mm

    And how long will the KAZ last from a dozen shots of a 57-caliber rapid-fire cannon? And will he have time to intercept them all?
  10. CastroRuiz
    CastroRuiz 12 February 2021 14: 23
    0
    MY dolzhna imet i plavayushchie tanki, ez legkie no obyazatelno s KAZ.