the_M6D_legendim not sure yet but the styker may be a big mistake....
the main problem with the bradley,but im not sure if it still does it, is how it flames very easily, having a light aluminium construction isnt the wisest thing againt rpg's ever.....
The Bradley sucks so bad that the US Army has brought back the M113A3 Gavin APC. The Stryker is not a bad vehicle, its just set up and organized by a bunch of monkeys. Roof mounted MG's are cool but oh wait your out of ammo SO YOU HAVE TO LEAVE THE TURRET WHILE UNDERFIRE AND GRAB THE MG AMMO STORED OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE TO RELOAD.
I have seen where some troops are calling the Strykers "Winnebago's". Its as big as a mobile home and armored like one.
What were they expecting? Its a APC. There is no such thing as a safe vehicle in urban combat. About teh only good vehicle good for Urban combat IMHO would be a vehicle armed wirth multiple HMG's and a smallish caliber howitzer or low impulse gun around 75mm to 95mm, mostly to blow holes in walls and to supress enemy positions. The old M551 Sheridan performed the job very well and combined with M113's was a very capable force.
it also seems a lot of lessons learned in vietnam such as gunshields and sand bagging of vehicles were recently forgotten and these tactics were not held on to by unit commanders which is quite ....well stupid, because humvees until recently when you got these upgrade kits arriving had a MG gunner open to sniper fire at the top of the vehicle without any form of protection!
I dont care how much armor you add to a HumVee, its not a armored car. The US Army needs to get a clue and bring back armored cars like the Textron Commando V-150. The USAF uses them in combat zones as airfield security vehicles and they are pretty decent.
Wasnt the Sheridan made out of aluminium too? I heard it was hard to use because when the 150mm gun fired the whole tank would rock and move about because its base was so light.
NoCoolOnesLeftWasnt the Sheridan made out of aluminium too? I heard it was hard to use because when the 150mm gun fired the whole tank would rock and move about because its base was so light.
Yes it was made of aluminum armor, bullet proof to small arms but not something you would want to get hit by a tank round. In Vietnam they were vulnerable to RPG's but that never seemed to be a big problem.
In Desert Storm the M551's were often used in scout groups of 1 or 2 M551's, 2 M113's, and 1 or 2 jeeps. The M551's were used for fire support.
And yes when the M551 fired its 152mm howitzer it sometimes lookd like the front of the tracks came off the ground.
But it was a very useful and capable vehicle that was air droppable and at 16 tons weight was light enought o be slung under a CH-53E heavy lift helicopter.
The M551 was only retired because most of them were so old they were breaking down more often than they were running. And someone decided that since the Bradley carries 2 TOW missles a replacement vehicle was not needed.
I say they are wrong and the US Army needs a vehicle to replace the M551 and have the same capabilities with the same weight and have btter protection using modern applque armor panels.
lets put it this way, the US army hasnt exactly got the smartest geniuses in charge right now....