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Russians: Attack when cloudy

Why? Because NATO is planning on building solar powered tanks. I shit you not, this is fucking ridiculous. Do I really need to explain why?

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Lessee here. Wiki says the M1A1 Abrams tank has a Honeywell AGT1500C multi-fuel turbine engine, 1,500 shp (1,120 kW) 1500 HP and 1.12 Megawatts.

Solar energy delivers roughly 1300 Watts per square yard. Because solar panels are never better than about 25% efficient, divide that by four to 325 Watts per square yard. That engine produces the equivalent of 3,446 sq. yds of solar panel. Turn that into feet and it’s a square 176 feet on a side.

Wiki says the body of the Abrams is 26 feet long by 12 feet wide.

Long story shortened somewhat, there isn’t a chance in hell that solar panels could power a tank. To figure out if the Abrams could be made an electric vehicle, using a square mile of solar panels (easy bomb target) to charge batteries, and how big the batteries would have to be to get 8 hours of use out of the tank requires too many assumptions.

There is simply no alternative to the energy density of fossil fuels other than nuclear.

The article says that using solar panels to reduce the load on the engine will help reduce the CO2 emissions. An errant rock or bullet will seriously degrade the output. I also imagine that they’ll push the UN for an international treaty that wars only be fought during sunny days.

China and Russia must be laughing their asses off.

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