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BAE Expeditionary Light Tank / M8 Armored Gun System
« on: January 24, 2018, 09:14:39 PM »
Here's BAE Systems' Proposal for a New Light Army Tank
The M8 Armored Gun System is back.

By Kyle Mizokami
Oct 19, 2016

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a23455/bae-us-armys-light-tank-program/
 
BAE Systems, responding to the US Army's call for a new light tank, has brought back a vehicle that was scheduled to go into service in the 1990s.

The M8 Armored Gun System is meant to provide a firepower boost to light infantry forces, particularly paratroopers. It was originally set to go into service in the 1990s after the retirement of the U.S. Army's M551 Sheridan.

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The M8 was a tracked vehicle with a 105-millimeter gun and a crew of three. It did away with the traditional fourth crew member—the gun loader—by incorporating an automatic loader. It has a modular armor system that allows the crew to adjust the level of protection—and correspondingly the vehicle weight from 19 tons to 24 tons. This allows the vehicle to get down to a more airdrop-friendly weight and then bolt on extra armor once it's landed in enemy territory.

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BAE Systems proposes its Expeditionary Light Tank for the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) US Army program.