I really dislike articles that give a vibe of more questions. It is insightful though, about how tanks are a niche capability, not the one stop shop for all your maneuver needs.This article is a discussion about considerations for the future use of tanks. As the authors mention it is UK-centric but can be applicable to other armies.
This article explores the utility of the tank in contemporary defence with consideration for the battlefield, technology and society.wavellroom.com
Here's the same article but G-rated this time:
Tanks of the 4th generation are not going to be the main element of maneuver, but an essential part of the land battlegroup. Tank and infantry brigades will now be brigade combat teams.
Kudos, by the way, to the Americans for pioneering this.
Soviets, you were way too early and couldn't really enjoy the true benefit of independent brigades, but nice try.
The technological advancements that are now being carefully tested and matured to enable the 4th generation MBT, are actually breeding the next generation battle group.
They're not trying to make only a tank, but develop these core capabilities to be the COMMON denominator of all maneuvering elements.
All elements on the frontline will be actively protected (APS).
All elements will actively monitor their surroundings and feed and be fed information to and from other elements, including the EM spectrum.
All elements will be transmission nodes to create a distributed, user-enabled network.
And as many elements as possible will be armed for urgent response.
So every tank, every artillery piece, heavy UGV, infantryman, will have a datalink to a grand BMS, will have early warning to threats, shared protection, and an enhanced ability to plan missions.
The tank's uniqueness will be reduced to the fact that it is manned and can control other UGVs. However, that does not detract from its usefulness.