1) We aren't realistically looking at two modern armies clashing for the foreseeable future, nor are we concerned with missile tech of the far (>20 years) future at this time. Maybe missiles will win out. Maybe the countermeasures will. Don't know.
2) A TOW launcher can be destroyed by a tank's shell well before the missile arrives; tactically, they're surprisingly slow. With no guidance it hits sand.
3) Shaped charge and missile countermeasures are a very interesting field! Take another look; some of the really cool stuff uses a missile (faster than the eye can follow) to kill another missile. The Brits IIRC are planning to use a shotgun-like blast to hit inbound missiles. If you reckon it stops there, think again... electric reactive armour's
the coolest i've found yet.
^Electric armour in testing. Stops repeated hits pretty cleverly; warhead impacts, molten copper shape charge burns through first layer then touches second. Causes short circuit between these highly conductive & highly charged layers. The electrical discharge vapourizes the (already near-plasma hot) copper.
Neat, eh? It's only one of many systems under development to make tanks lighter. Just happens to be specifically for beating shaped charges, as used by missiles (and some IEDs).
I have another system i'd love to show, involving radar and a missile that zips up, goes all of 3 yards then frags the inbound missile. But on short notice i'll show this new Iron Fist one instead:
Iron Fist (Israel again!). I recall you said ask the Israelis? Yes, they are big players in regards to active countermeasures. LIke this one. Use radar to see the missile, use a shrapnel blast to kill the missile. Straightforward to say but quite clever in it's fashion.
4) (this one's important!) This is a tank pics thread! Post more tank pics!
I don't mind a chat but put some more pictures up for ficus's sake.
Edit: As an addendum, i'm looking forward to what Hilscher posts next. But it better include some pics with tanks in 'em!