On Land Warfare and Motor Vehicles: From Biblical Times, Through TomorrowMordechai Ben-Menachem*
Faculty of Engineering, Formerly of Ben Gurion University, Israel
- *Corresponding Author:
- Mordechai Ben-Menachem
Faculty of Engineering, Formerly of Ben Gurion
University Kolel Bnei Rahel, Beit Lehem, Israel
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: November 04, 2016; Accepted date: December 30, 2016; Published date: January 03, 2016
Citation: Ben-Menachem M (2017) On Land Warfare and Motor Vehicles: From Biblical Times, Through Tomorrow. J Def Manag 7:156. doi: 10.4172/2167-0374.1000156
Copyright: © 2017 Ben-Menachem M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
For the past three millennia or so, land warfare has been based upon three types of fighting forces, infantry, rapid deploy forces (such as horse-based cavalry) and armoured vehicular forces. This article discusses aspects of the latter. We examine a bit of the history and attempt some extrapolation to conceive where this force may be headed. In that sense, the article is also speculative.
Basically, where are armoured fighting vehicles going (pardon the pun)? At present, it appears that they may have reached a technological impasse, as motor technology has not advanced significantly for the past century-fuel use today is remarkably similar to that of the original Ford Model T.
We begin the discussion with historical aspects emphasising the difficulty of powering mechanisms, continue with electronic vulnerabilities that are not well-known and then finish with powering issue for the future. Tanks historical success has been firstly based upon their power-source, with vulnerabilities coming into play primarily when the issue is tank-to-tank; this may change. Today’s vulnerabilities may be more profound than is generally perceived.