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3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

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KillHour posted:

This made sense when our "enemies" were superpowers with massive standing armies and R&D budgets. Now they're some just some random dudes with cold war leftovers. I'm not saying stop all military R&D, I'm saying "Why the gently caress do we need ICBM interceptors and billion-dollar air superiority fighters?"

As for your second point, it's not like we have to burn the money if it's not being used for bigger explosions. We can fund non-military R&D directly.

The US is totally going to war with Russia and/or China within the next 30 years over Arctic regions.

e: not that it matters of course, since most R&D is for poo poo designed to spy on and kill civilians.

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3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

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Sentmassen posted:




MBT-70, A joint research project Between the USA and Germany to develop the modern battle tank, project was cancelled but lead Directly to the creation of the Abrams and Leopard 2.
Look at other pictures of it, i think it looks rad from every angle. Thing was only 6 feet tall, which is shorter than my car. The driver sat in the turret on a rotating seat that allowed him to always face forward (or backward if needed) which seems like an awkward position to drive from.

Assuming the turret rotates, wouldn't the driver have to sit on a fixed (fixed to the body, not the turret) seat to always remain facing forward?

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

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ChogsEnhour posted:

Didn't Captain Scarlet drive a tank like that? He had to drive it sideways or something mad.

Yes but he's much easier to fit inside a turret since it doesn't matter if he gets mangled by the workings because you know he'll return.

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