Tanks make good targets. They are large, heavy, slow, and hard to maneuver. They have to monitor their surroundings night and day to lumber through the terrain and engage or avoid their adversaries, as the situation warrants. In the urban battlefield so common in today's asymmetrical conflicts, these vehicles also need to deal with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), snipers, and suicide bombers and must distinguish between hostile civilians and innocent bystanders.
WASHINGTON. Funding slated for major ground systems totals $9.8 billion under the Department of Defense Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 acquisition funding request, which totals $183.9 billion.