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The M8 gentle armored motor vehicle used to be the single major wheeled strive against car utilized by the U.S. military in international conflict II. at the side of the frivolously armed software model, the M20, it used to be the staple of the army's cavalry squadrons to be used in reconnaissance and scouting. First coming into wrestle in Italy in 1943, it used to be prevalent in the course of the crusade in northwest Europe, even though its off-road functionality used to be chanced on to be in need of.
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The Army’s Future Combat Systems (FCS) is also exploring a variety of light armored vehicles, but the program has faltered in recent years and may be at risk of cancellation or restructuring. In recent decades, airborne tanks have been viewed by the US Army as too specialized to justify the cost. FURTHER READING The history of the M22 Locust has been obscure, though the recent book by Keith Flint provides a thorough examination of British use; I used the official M22 development history from the Ordnance files at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in College Park, Maryland, for this account.
To minimize weight and size, the AGS used a two-man turret crew and autoloader. In its basic “level 1” configuration, the design was intended to provide armor against heavy machine-gun fire; level 2 and level 3 added progressively greater levels of appliqué armor to offer better protection against common battlefield threats, such as the ubiquitous RPG. The idea behind this was that the AGS could be deployed by air in its light, level 1 configuration, and the appliqué armor shipped separately if needed and mounted in theater; the vehicle weighed between 19 and 25 tons in combat-loaded configuration depending on the armor package.
There were a number of attempts to improve the Shillelagh and the M81 gun/launcher. The MGM-51B extended-range Shillelagh was developed, which increased the maximum range from 2,000 to 3,000m. During initial service, the gun tube was found to have a service life of only 100 rounds due to structural cracks at the muzzle end. Although the M81 used a smoothbore gun tube, it had a shallow groove that fitted a “key” on the missile that kept the missile in a fixed vertical orientation prior to launch to establish its proper flight regime.