Why does Japan portray giant robots to be better than tanks when in reality tanks are better than giant robots?
While i agree that humanoid robots are dumb when put on a real life battlefield (stability issues, tall frame making an easy target ect.) legged tanks might actually be superior to treaded ones. Pic related.
More mobile, able to scale obstacles that would stop treaded tanks, similar frame height when crouching. The only reason we do not have them yet is that treaded tanks obviously are easier to construct.
The other line of thought i could see replacing tanks is exoskeletons, since they are not much larger than the average human while greatly enhancing his carrying capabilities and possibly adding quite a bit of sturdiness.
Humanoid robots are just an extension of an artist's feelings of inferiority, feeling the need of a powerful exterior shell to compensate. It's also a lot easier to express intent with a human shape.
They're also cool.
>not being a Gundam
Congrats, you managed to find the one thing that combines all the negative points of mechas and tanks into one neat package. Tall frame, low mobility with treads, looks fucking retarded.
Why are some of the people here so autistic?
People like giant robots because they're cool as hell, not because of their real life practicality.
Legged tanks would be a maintenance nightmare, and unless you've got extremely powerful servo motors in the legs, they'll be even slower than normal tanks. Add to that that the feet of the tank will have a significantly higher ground pressure than treads, and you run into the same reason we don't have wheeled vehicles with heavy armor- they're more likely to sink into the mud than anything else.
Watch the intro portion to Gundam The Origin or MS Igloo. Really anything that contains the early one year war period. Mobile Suits are just really versatile.
In short though they're decently armored, large and well equipped with weaponry but not so large as to hamper mobility and make them an easy target for battleship cannons. They have arms and legs for maneuvering and operating in a variety of environments and can just pull up right beside a battleship, fire a bazooka into it and jet off before the crew even has much of a chance to react. This is why you always see ships scrambling mobile suit teams to intercept other approaching mobile suit teams and hanging back to provide covering fire. If a mobile suit gets up next to a battleship it's essentially game over.
Also tanks can't jump ridiculous fucking high like most mobile suits can which is more handy than one might think on the ground when you need to escape a bad situation.
Unlike humanoid mechas and the problems that come with that, all those points can probably be solved by superior tech. Ground pressure could be solved by having 6-8 legs as well as lighter materials, wear and tear through use of hightech materials like carbon nanotubes or frictionless bearings, same with servos.
Just because its not feasible with our current technology it does not mean it would not be feasible 50 years from now.
Still, my money is on exoskeletons, since the US army is actively researching in that direction already and since tanks are less and less important in the asymetric battlefields we are currently facing. Exoskeletons on the other hand would excel in urban battlefields, since they couple a small frame that is able to enter most houses with potentially a sensor suite and heavy weaponry.