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[[File:C-130 airdrop.jpg|thumb|right|A [[C-130]] delivering an M551 Sheridan tank using LAPES ([[Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System]]).]]
 
[[File:C-130 airdrop.jpg|thumb|right|A [[C-130]] delivering an M551 Sheridan tank using LAPES ([[Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System]]).]]
   
The Sheridan's only air drop in [[combat]] occurred during [[Operation Just Cause]] in Panama in 1989, when fourteen M551's were deployed; four were transported by C-5 Galaxies and ten were dropped by air, but two Sheridans were destroyed upon landing.<ref>Doyle, p. 44, 46</ref> The Sheridans' performance received mixed reviews. They were lauded by their operators and some commanders as providing firepower in needed situations to destroy hard targets. However, the Sheridans' employment of only HEAT rounds limited their effectiveness against reinforced concrete construction.
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The Sheridan's only air drop in [[combat]] occurred during [[Operation Just Cause]] in [[Panama]] in 1989, when fourteen M551's were deployed; four were transported by C-5 Galaxies and ten were dropped by air, but two Sheridans were destroyed upon landing.<ref>Doyle, p. 44, 46</ref> The Sheridans' performance received mixed reviews. They were lauded by their operators and some commanders as providing firepower in needed situations to destroy hard targets. However, the Sheridans' employment of only HEAT rounds limited their effectiveness against reinforced concrete construction.
   
 
Fifty-one Sheridans were deployed in the [[Gulf War]] as some of the first tanks sent. They would not be very effective against the Russian-built [[T-72]]s. Their role was limited by age and light armor to reconnaissance duties, possibly 6 or less Shillelagh missiles were fired<ref>Doyle, p. 4</ref> at Iraqi bunkers, these fewer than a half-dozen missiles, were the only time that the Shillelagh had been fired in a combat environment, from the inventory of the aforementioned 88,000 missiles produced.
 
Fifty-one Sheridans were deployed in the [[Gulf War]] as some of the first tanks sent. They would not be very effective against the Russian-built [[T-72]]s. Their role was limited by age and light armor to reconnaissance duties, possibly 6 or less Shillelagh missiles were fired<ref>Doyle, p. 4</ref> at Iraqi bunkers, these fewer than a half-dozen missiles, were the only time that the Shillelagh had been fired in a combat environment, from the inventory of the aforementioned 88,000 missiles produced.
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{{DEFAULTSORT:Tanks In The Cold War}}
 
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[[Category:Tanks of the Cold War|Tanks of the Cold War]]
 
[[Category:Tanks of the Cold War|Tanks of the Cold War]]

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