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U.S. M247 Sergeant York by benracer U.S. M247 Sergeant York by benracer
At the Danville AAF museum.
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daveofold Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
The M-247, also called DIVAD, was actually a good idea originally - to use a bunch of reliable, readily available surplus(meaning cheap) hardware to replace the aging Vulcan and Chapparal systems(both of which were supposed to be just 'temporary fixes'). The chassis was the venerable M-48, which was heavy but reliable, the gun was an improved version of the venerable 40mm Swedish Bofors, and the radar was to be formed from the modular system used successfully in the USAF F-16 Falcon fighter. 
Putting these separate components together successfully proved impossible, though - today the Sgt. York is used as an example of "How NOT to produce a useful weapon system".
There was difficulty getting ammunition fed to the guns adequately; the radar, designed for chasing fast-moving targets from a fast-moving interceptor, had trouble sorting out targets from the ground, and the M-48 chassis, robust as it was, could never have kept up with the M-1 Abrams tanks and M-2 Bradley AFVs it was supposed to protect. 
By the mid 1980s the USSR's AA systems had surpassed in performance the specs the DIVAD couldn't meet, and it was scrapped(to loud fanfare, while other bad or mediocre Military Contractors(that Tom Clancey famously named the "Beltway Bandits") kept their contracts, and the Pentagon crowed, "See how we're saving you money!") 
The DIVAD debacle cost the American Taxpayer more than 6 Billion dollars, and it never saw action against an enemy.
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tanker22052 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
Nice!
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914four Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Probably the most unfortunately named tank since the German Maus! :-)
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benracer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Yeah. Bad way to honor an amazing WWI marksman and war hero
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914four Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think they intended it to be such a disaster, but it certainly teaches us something about counting our chickens before they hatch.
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benracer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Yeah
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DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks...weird. preffer the zsu! XD
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benracer Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
It is worse than the zsu! It was a failed AA
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If it entered service, would it have performed well?
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benracer Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Not sure, I know they had a faulty radar system.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would have been upgraded if it entered service though.
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ShawnSkunk Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
awsome.
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Marzipanzers Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this an AA platform?  It looks so hilariously weird!
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benracer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
It is AA, but not a good one.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like it was built on M60 chassis.
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benracer Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
It is actually the M48.
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RTJDudek Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for explanation.
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benracer Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
It is one of the Pattons
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