Video: The M2A2 Mae West, circa 1936

The 102d Public Affairs Detachment has released a video about the M2A2 light tank on display at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum.  The video features Staff Sgt. Mike Needham explaining the significance of this vehicle as the first American designed tank to be accepted and put into production by the US Army.  We would add one point of clarification.  The Mark VIII Liberty tank was partially designed by the US and 100 were assembled at Rock Island Arsenal.  However, the hull components were manufactured in the UK and then shipped to the US.  The M2A2 represents the first tank solely designed and built in the US and adopted into service.

Video: M8 Armored Gun System

This video from DefenseWebTV appeared on youtube today.  The video features a BAE rep explaining the upgrades of their improved version of the M8 Armored Gun System.  The M8, also known as the  Buford, was originally selected as the US Army’s replacement for the M551 Sheridan light tank back in the 1990’s.  Unfortunately, the M8 program never received funding, thus preventing it from entering production.  Originally produced by FMC, the M8 is now owned by BAE who brought it back into the spotlight by featuring it at the 2015 AUSA expo.