Armored Tracked Vehicles - "Tanks, "SPH", "APCs, "IFVs"?

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  1. Cossack25A1

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    The question is, can IFVs, APCs, and SPHs can be considered "tanks" in the same way as "MBTs", or are tanks, IFVs, APCs, SPHs and vehicles are all "armored fighting vehicles" designed specifically for certain missions?

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    APC/Tank: What’s the Difference?
    May 15, 2011

    An APC is an Armoured Personnel Carrier, employed to transport infantry into battle.

    A tank is an older, larger, more heavily armoured fighting vehicle than the APC.

    Both APCs and tanks are examples of “Armoured Fighting Vehicles” (AFVs), military vehicles that transport soldiers and weapons.


    “Tanks” for the Memories

    Leonardo da Vinci developed a tank prototype. But the British are credited with the first use of a “tank,” during the Battle of the Somme, in the First World War.

    Tanks, APCs and their ilk share the ability to cover different types of terrain. This was critical in the “trench warfare” that characterized the First World War, as both sides had to carry men and arms across muddy battlefields.

    Early tanks signalled a new era in armament. By using a sort of conveyor-belt track, they covered rough terrain, while thick metal protected the soldiers inside.

    It wasn’t long after the first tank hit the battlefield before manufacturers modified the technology. Hundreds of makes and models have been designed for increasingly specific uses, separately and in conjunction with one another.


    A New Generation of Acronyms

    Under the general category of Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs), variations include: tank; Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV); Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV); Armoured Personnel Vehicle (APC); armoured car; self-propelled artillery; tank destroyer; gun-armed wheeled vehicle; light tank; cruiser tank; Main Battle Tank (MBT); super heavy tank; tankette.

    Differences among Armoured Fighting Vehicles include: how heavy the outer armour is; the type and number of weapons they carry; whether they use a track or wheels to move; whether they are forward-battle or rear support; and the terrain where they are deployed.

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    More -> https://elizabethirreverent.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/apctank/
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    Is the meaning described in the top picture accurate?

    A more detailed and comprehensive information is found here -> http://www.inetres.com/gp/military/cv/
     
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    Strv103 - tank without turret (some "experts" call it "tank destroyer", but Swedens call it MBT).
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    I always cringe when I hear an armored vehicle with tracks being called a tank.|Facepalm| Anytime you say tank everyone things Abrams, T-72, or Tiger Tank. A bradley IFV or a BMP down't come to mind. Its best to keep it simple and call things by their specific name even though military acronyms continue to get more complex as the years go by.
     
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    The problem with some people is that if the see this
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    and this
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    They see it as tanks...and I mean tanks in the sense we define MBTs like M1 Abrams, T-90, T-14, Leopard 2, etc., despite that the top is more of a light tank that is only suitable for fire support and not advisable against MBTs while the bottom is an APC.
     
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    Some men (especially women) see all this objects as "small screws", but if you work with it, you understand difference between bolts and screws.
     
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