On 2002-06-06 07:35, Balthagor wrote:
How far away do you believe unmanned tanks to be? We generally assume that such equipment would be impossible in the timeline we use
How far out does the timeline go? I think a remotely piloted tank would be as similar to an MBT as an RPV with hellfires is to a Recon Fighter, ie; similar capabilites, but cheaper, smaller, lighter, and more capable of taking risks.
It could be made with todays technology quite easily. The weak link would be the communications. I imagine the 'crew' may want to stay close by, with the possibility of operating the vehicle via Line-of-site IR.
This is all just speculation, but it is the way large, crew operated weapons will go. Whether this is in your timeline, i don't know. However, one has to assume that world conflict would rapidly increase military technology. Not having to risk trained crew would be a real advantage.