1/600 Scale Modern M551 Sheridan Light Tank.
Contains 10 highly detailed tanks.
M551 Sheridan Light Tank
- 10x M551 Sheridan Light Tanks
The M551 "Sheridan" AR/AAV
(Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle) was a light tank
developed by the United States and named after Civil War
General Philip Sheridan
. It was designed to be landed by parachute and to swim across rivers. It was armed with the technically advanced but troublesome M81/M81 Modified/M81E1 152mm gun/launcher, which fired conventional ammunition and the MGM-51 Shillelagh
guided anti-tank missile.
The M551 Sheridan entered service with the United States Army
in 1967. At the urging of General Creighton Abrams
, the U.S. Commander of Military Forces in Vietnam
at the time, the M551 was rushed into combat service in Vietnam in January 1969. In April and August 1969, M551s were deployed to units in Europe and Korea, respectively. Now retired from service, it saw extensive combat in Vietnam
, and limited service in Operation Just Cause
), and the Gulf War
). The Australian Army
also trialled two Sheridans during 1967 and 1968, but judged that the type did not meet its requirements.
At the time of the M551's acceptance into service production in 1966, the United States Army no longer used the heavy, medium, and light tank classifications. In 1960, with the deactivation of its last (M103
) heavy tank battalion, and the fielding of the new M60
series tank, the U.S. Army had adopted a main battle tank
(MBT) doctrine; a single tank filling all combat roles. The U.S. Army still retained the M41 Walker Bulldog
light tank in the Army National Guard, but other than the units undergoing the transitional process, the regular army consisted of MBTs. Partly because of this policy, the new M551 could not be classified as a light tank, and was officially classified as an "Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle".
The Sheridan was retired without replacement officially in 1996. A large bulk of Sheridans were retained into service at the National Training Center (NTC) at Fort Irwin
, California and as AOB officer training at Fort Knox Armor Training Center
, Kentucky. They worked as simulated Soviet armored opposition force (OPFOR
) to train U.S. military units on simulated tank on tank armored combat to test on combat effectiveness in a desert environment. They were finally retired from the NTC in 2003.
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