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M551A1 Sheridan
Image M551A1
Info
Nation Flag United States United States
Class Cavalry Tank
Variant(s) M8 AGS
Cost 35 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 2 / Side 2 / Rear 2 / Top 1
Icon WALB Strength 10
Size Medium
Optics

Medium

Speed 70 km/h
Road Speed 110 km/h
Icon WRD Amphibious 35 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Poor
Fuel Capacity 600 L
Icon WALB Autonomy 560 km
Icon WALB Year 1965
Icon WALB Type Airborne, Mechanized, Armored, Motorized
Weapons
Main Gun M81 (152mm HEAT)
ATGM Shillelagh-C (SACLOS)
MMG M2 Browning (12.7mm)

The M551A1 Sheridan is the upgraded American version of the M551 Sheridan.

Initially produced in 1966, the M551 was fielded in 1968. 1,562 M551s were built between 1966 and 1970. The Sheridan saw limited action in Vietnam, where many deficiencies were revealed. The missile system was useless against an enemy that barely employed any tanks, though the Sheridan saw a lot of use towards the end of the war because of its mobility.

HistoryEdit

The Army began to phase out the Sheridan in 1978, although at the time there was no real replacement. Nevertheless the 82nd Airborne were able to keep them on until 1996. The Sheridan was the only air-deployable tank in the inventory. Their units were later upgraded to the M551A1 model, including a thermal sighting system for the commander and gunner.

In the early 1980s the M551A1 was fitted with a visual modification kit to resemble Warsaw Pact vehicles at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California. These modified vehicles no longer fulfill that role, having been retired at the end of 2003 and subsequently scrapped or made available as "hard targets" or, in a few cases, as museum pieces. Many were dumped to create artificial reefs.

WeaponsEdit

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Weapons WRD Icon M81 WRD Icon Shillelagh-C WRD Icon M2 Browning
Type Main Gun ATGM MMG
Name M81 Shillelagh-C M2 Browning
Caliber 152mm HEAT SACLOS 12.7mm
Ammo x 15 x 6 x 1000
Range Ground = 1925 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = 2625 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Ground = 1050 m
Helicopters = 875 m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 30% 40% 15%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 15% N/A 5%
AP Power 11 16 N/A
HE Power 4 N/A .75
Icon WALB Suppression 175 150 90
Rate of fire 8 r/min 8 s r/min 652 r/min

See AlsoEdit

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