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  M551 Sheridan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The M551 Sheridan is a light tank and armoured reconnaissance vehicle, developed by the United States, and named after Civil War General Philip Sheridan.
The Sheridan was the only air-deployable tank in the inventory, and as an elite force they had considerably more "pull" than general infantry and armor units who were forced to get rid of them.
Sheridans were used Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989, and were again lauded by their operators as providing firepower in needed situations to destroy hard targets.
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 M551 Sheridan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The first Armored Recon Airborne Assault Vehicle M551 Sheridan tanks rolled off the assembly line in 1965, with many changes from the 12 original prototypes; the most noticeable was the far more angular, welded aluminum, hull shape for better ballistic protection, new road wheels and floatation gear.
The M551 Sheridan saw limited action towards the end of the Vietnam War, saw action in Operation Just Cause in Panama (1989), and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield.
Currently, 300 Sheridan's are used by the Opposing Forces Regiment at the National Training Center as "enemy" tanks in combat training.
www.falconbbs.com /m551.htm   (290 words)

  
 Science Fair Projects - M551 Sheridan
The M551 Sheridan is a light tank and armoured reconnaissance vehicle developed by the United States.
Sheridans were used Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989, and were again lauded by their operators as providing firepower in needed situations.
Today the Stryker is intended to replace the Sheridan at long last, but many have commented that the Stryker's APC-based hull is even less capable than the Sheridan.
www.all-science-fair-projects.com /science_fair_projects_encyclopedia/M551_Sheridan   (1368 words)

  
 M551 Sheridan Tank - K Troop - 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment - Hosted By Bob Hersey
The M-551A1 Sheridan is a lightly armored, tracked, air droppable, direct fire tank used in airdrop missions by the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., and by the Opposing Forces Regiment, National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. It uses a Laser Range Finder and Tank Thermal Sight.
The M551 Sheridan was developed to provide the US Army with a light armored reconnaissance vehicle with heavy firepower.
In addition to the main gun/missile launcher, the M551 is armed with a 7.62mm M240 machine gun and a 12.7mm M2 HB antiaircraft machine gun.
www.ktroop.com /m551.htm   (516 words)

  
 US Armor in Vietnam - the M551 Sheridan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Developed in 1959 as a replacement for the M41 light tank and the airborne M56 Scorpion self propelled antitank gun, the Sheridan was intended as an airborne reconnaissance and assault vehicle.
The Sheridan was armed with a 152-mm main gun (vehicles dispatched to Vietnam had the guidance system for their ATGW missiles removed) which fired a selection of combustible-case antitank rounds and also the 'beehive' round.
In particular the M551 had a thin underbelly which, unlike the heavy steel belly armor of the M48A3, was very susceptible to damage from mines.
www.gruntonline.com /US_Forces/US_Armor/armour11.htm   (981 words)

  
 M551 Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle
The hull, suspension, and miscellaneous hull components of the M551A1 and M551 NTC are identical.
The Sheridan was a very effective gun system in the support of light infantry, providing direct fire support from overwatch positions and blowing entry holes in buildings for infantry assaults.
M551 vehicles equipped with the M81 gun/launcher employ a CO2 bore and breech scavenging system to clear the gun/launcher of residue and/or gases resulting from firing.
www.inetres.com /gp/military/cv/tank/M551.html   (2397 words)

  
 152mm Gun-launcher AR/AAV M551 Sheridan
The original M81 152mm gun-launcher on the M551 was equipped with a bore evacuator and an open breech carbon dioxide scavenging system, which was composed of two jets that blew CO into the open breech after firing to get rid of any remnants of the combustible case ammunition.
Sheridans 140 through 223 and 740 through 885 were produced without the missile guidance hardware.
The rest of the laser rangefinder was mounted behind the commander, and a cable cover ran around the right side of the cupola from the transceiver to the rear of the TC's position.
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 Hexapedia - M551 Sheridan (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In the immediate post-WWII era the US Army introduced the M41 tank into service to fill their light tank role, armed with the war-era British designed 76mm gun.
The Sheridan was the only air-deloyable tank in the inventory, and as an elite force they had considerably more "pull" than general infantry and armor units who were forced to get rid of them.
Several experimental versions of the Sheridan mounting a new turret carrying the NATO-standard 105mm gun were made, but the recoil was so great as to make it almost unusable.
www.hexafind.com.cob-web.org:8888 /encyclopedia/M551_Sheridan   (1220 words)

  
 A Troop 4th Squadron, 12th US Cavalry, 1st Brigade 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized)
Even with these problems M551 Sheridans were sent to all of the divisional cavalry squadrons and the rest of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Vietnam.
It wasn't uncommon to see an M551 with dual.50 caliber machine guns mounted in front of the tank commander's position, an M60 machine gun with butterfly grips or another.50 caliber machine gun mounted in front of the loader's hatch or even a 40mm Hughes grenade launcher mounted somewhere on top of the turret.
A frontal view of a Sheridan, showing how the external spaces on the turret were used to carry extra ammunition, food, and other essentials for extended stays in the field.
www.atroop412cav.com /tools/sheridan   (1005 words)

  
 M551 Sheridan
The M551 was first fielded in 1966 as a recon vehicle for armored, infantry and airborne operations.
The hull of the M551 is welded aluminum and the vehicles basic layout is the same as other U.S. tanks.
The M551 has been retired from service with combat units but is still in use with the OPFOR at the National Training Center (NTC) at Ft. Irwin, CA.
members.aol.com /panzersgt/armor/m551.html   (575 words)

  
 US ARMY M-551 SHERIDAN LIGHT TANK
The M-551 Sheridan Light Tank was adopted in 1965-66, served a three-year combat tour in Vietnam, and was employed by U.S. Cavalry units in Germany and Korea for nine years, remaining in Army inventory for a total of 27 years.
The Sheridan had a spotty development history, characterized by difficulties with the complex electronics gear associated with its antitank missile system and problems with the combustible cases for its main gun rounds.
This M551 Sheridan from C Company 3/73rd Armor, 82nd AB Div, was dropped by parachute into Panama on 20 Dec 1989 during Operation Just Cause.
www.olive-drab.com /idphoto/id_photos_m551_sheridan.php   (282 words)

  
 Sheridan Page 1
The M551 Sheridan is the last member of the American Light Tank family started with the M3 Stuart 37mm Gun Tank of pre-WW II vintage.
For a modeler wishing to add the Sheridan to their miniature collection, the uphill battle would be a laborious one.
One model is intended to be the M551 as fielded in the Vietnam War.
www.guntruck.com /M551Sheridan.html   (732 words)

  
 Sheridan Air portable & air droppable tank
The M-551A1 Sheridan is a lightly armoured, tracked, air droppable, direct fire tank used in airdrop missions by the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., and by the Opposing Forces Regiment, National Training Centre at Fort Irwin, Calif. It uses a Laser Range Finder and Tank Thermal Sight.
The M551 Sheridan was developed to provide the US Army with a light armoured reconnaissance vehicle with heavy firepower.
The missile system was useless against an enemy that employed tanks, though the Sheridan saw a lot of use towards the end of the war because of its mobility.
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-armour/allied/sheridan.htm   (544 words)

  
 M551 Sheridan
The M551 Sheridan is a light battle tank developed by the United States.
The M551 Sheridan light tank was one of the first pieces of equipment rushed into Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield.
Unlike main battle tanks, the Sheridan can be dropped by parachute, making it an important part of the combat power of the 82d Airborne Division[?].
www.dataindex.info /m5/m551-sheridan.html   (298 words)

  
 combatindex.com - M551 Sheridan
Features: The M-551A1 Sheridan is a lightly armored, tracked, air droppable, direct fire tank used in airdrop missions by the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., and by the Opposing Forces Regiment, National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. It uses a Laser Range Finder and Tank Thermal Sight.
Background: The Army received the Sheridan in 1967.
300 Sheridans are used by the Opposing Forces Regiment at the National Training Center as "enemy" tanks in combat training.
www.combatindex.com /hardware/detail/land/m551.html   (146 words)

  
 Tanknet > M551 Sheridan Derivatives.
I always thought that the Sheridan chassis was a good starting point for a whole bunch of vehicles for rapid-deployment forces.
With reference to the 76mm armed version of the Sheridan, is this the same gun as that used by the M41 "Bulldog" light tanks or a different weapon?
All in all, I don't really think all those Sheridan versions were justified, having in mind the presence of perfectly suitable M113 chassis.
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 Armorama.co.uk :: Review: M551 Sheridan Airborne Tank by Pawel Krupowicz
In a few words - M551 Sheridan was a light tank (although it was never called that officially - it was known as Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle), designed to be air-transportable and air-droppable, could float after raising swim screens and was armed with 152mm gun/missile launcher.
Squadron/Signal "M551 Sheridan in action" book by Jim Mesko shows the "Canary Cage" and "Hard Core 7" on color plates and the former is identified as belonging to 2nd Platoon, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, while the latter was from B Troop, 3/4 Cavalry assigned to 25th Infantry Division.
To build fully accurate M551 Sheridan model we now only need aftermarket companies to provide as with replacement tracks, road wheels, drive sprockets, idler wheels, lower hull with suspension parts, upper hull, turret, main gun with mantlet, searchlight, commander's cupola, armor "birdcage" shields and standard type turret rack.
www.armorama.co.uk /modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=875   (5411 words)

  
 Cybermodeler Online - Academy 1/35 M551 Sheridan
The cast aluminum hull was coated with styrofoam for buoyancy and all of that was sheathed in riveted aluminum sheeting.
Originally the Sheridan came with a rather wimpy "luggage rack" on the back of the turret, but most units in Vietnam soon modified it to suit themselves.
Overall this kit IS a Sheridan and I don't doubt that the after-market boys will jump at the chance to provide better marking options (with bumper codes, something chronically missing from Academy kits) and metal details for purists such as the wheel rim lips.
www.cybermodeler.com /hobby/kits/aca/kit_aca_m551.shtml   (1424 words)

  
 Sheridan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Philip Henry Sheridan (1831–1888), United States Army General and the M551 Sheridan tank, named after him
Sheridan Circle, Washington, D.C. Military M551 Sheridan, light tank
'Sheridan's' is also an alcoholic drink (coffee layered liqueur) from Tomas Sheridan and Sons, Dublin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sheridan   (181 words)

  
 M551 Sheridan - Free net encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planet03.csc.ncsu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The M551 became the M551NTC when configured for use in training at the National Training Center (NTC) in Fort Irwin, California and the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.
The Sheridan was also deployed in Operation Desert Shield in 1991 as the first tanks to be deployed, though they would have been of dubious value in staving off an attack by main battle tanks, and there is not much record of their combat exploits there.
The Sheridan has appeared in die cast, 1/35 plastic, and Micro Machines models, with and without the additional commander's shield.
www.netipedia.com.cob-web.org:8888 /index.php/M551_Sheridan   (1779 words)

  
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The M551 Sheridan light tank parachute airdropped into combat by the 3/73d Armor BN attached to the 82d Airborne Division for Panama in 1989.
The Sheridan's last battle action was with the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 73rd Armor of the 82nd Airborne Division during the Gulf War.
The M551 Sheridan was developed to provide the US Army with a light armored vehicle with heavy firepower.
www.strategypage.com /messageboards/messages/2-13499.asp   (1858 words)

  
 The FReeper Foxhole's TreadHead Tuesday - M551 Sheridan Light Tank - Jul. 20th, 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The original M81 152mm gun-launcher on the M551 was equipped with a bore evacuator and an open breech carbon dioxide scavenging system, which was composed of two jets that blew CO2 into the open breech after firing to get rid of any remnants of the combustible case ammunition.
The M551 Sheridan tank was designed in the early 1960's, as a need arose for U.S. forces needing a light tank.
Although the Sheridan is no longer in service as a battle vehicle, the complicated story of its design and service is another interesting lesson in AFV planning and design.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-vetscor/1174627/posts   (7748 words)

  
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But the question was whether the Sheridan had seen combat and how it had done.
Horsesoldier RE:M551 Sheridan 4/18/2004 1:08:54 PM But revamping it with a lighter gun would not be a workable plan, I don't think -- 1) It's out of service, and surviving vehicles are in route to Anniston Army Depot for conversion into reefs.
Anyhow, I would guess that it might be possible to retrofit the Sheridan with a low recoil high velocity gun.
www.strategypage.com /messageboards/messages/2-7048.asp   (425 words)

  
 M551A1 Sheridan   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Vietnam-Germany-Fort Irwin: the Eaglehorse and the M551 Sheridan
Most of the Sheridans could run all day, many could fire the main gun and hit, the missile launch was a big thrill at Level 1 gunnery for a lucky crew, SSG Pharris and crew of Troop G 2/11 ACR got to do it all.
Long after the M551 had been largely withdrawn from active combat units, the memories of the program had a lasting effect on the design and procurement of future Army tanks.
www.eaglehorse.org /4_ftx_gunnery/equipment/m551_sheridan/sheridan_intro.htm   (665 words)

  
 Airborne Armor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
This site is about remembering the Sheridan, the Airborne, 3/73rd Armor and a few guys I'm calling the "Dirty Dozen" (you know who you are).
The last of the active Sheridans are gone, after 3/73rd Armor was disbanded from the 82nd Airborne Division in 1997.
Currently the M551A1 Sheridan's are only being used at the National Training Center.
82ndarmor.ieasysite.com /sheridan_002.htm   (508 words)

  
 Wargaming Vietnam - Review of M551 Sheridan model released by Britannia Miniatures.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The M551 Sheridan (catalogue# VEH 2) is the second US armored vehicle from Britannia Miniatures 20mm Vietnam range.
One striking feature of the model is the amount of stowage that has been sculpted on to both the top deck of the hull as well as around the turret.
The vehicle driver is part of the casting and can be seen in the picture above with just his head visible in the hatch at the mid-front of the vehicle.
www.gruntonline.com /Wargaming/FigureReviews/britannia8.htm   (1085 words)

  
 M551 Sheridan
Doch der M551 litt wie schon erwähnt unter vielen Mängel, die meist erst beim Einsatz in Vietnam in Erscheinung traten.
Berichten zufolge kann sich der Sheridan dabei bis zur zweiten Laufrolle aufbäumen, was dann nicht selten zu Beschädigungen an der Ausrüstung führt.
Ein M551 steht auf einem "K-Loader" bereit um in eine C-5B Galaxy verladen zu werden.
www.waffenhq.de /panzer/m551sheridan.html   (1652 words)

  
 Opposing Forces Surrogate Training Systems (OSTS)
The purpose of the program is to replace the currently employed Opposing Forces (OPFOR) M551 Sheridan Tank and unmodified M113 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) surrogate vehicles with a more realistic threat representation that costs less to operate and maintain.
The M551 Sheridan Tank, fielded in the early 1960's, is no longer in production and the total density of M551 vehicles in use throughout the U.S. has declined dramatically.
Second, the M551 is being phased out and Soviet BMPs are not in the active Army inventory, therefore, OPFOR BMP crewman must currently receive specialized training.
www.peostri.army.mil /PRODUCTS/OSTS/ostsart3a.jsp   (3016 words)

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