An Era Passes

European nations, which invented and perfected the main battle tank (MBT) a century ago, are rapidly shedding their heavily armed and armored behemoths. Two decades ago, there were over 80,000 MBTs in Europe (most in Russia and Eastern Europe). By the end of the decade, over 80 percent of those will be gone. Most died of old age, replaced by cheaper MRAPs (bomb-proof trucks) and wheeled combat vehicles like the U.S. Stryker. European nations no longer see much possibility of large armor battles, but do perceive a need for armored vehicles suitable for peacekeeping. That’s where MRAPs and Stryker type vehicles come in.


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