Air Power. The Coalition and Iraqi Air Forces by Roy Braybrook

By Roy Braybrook

Whilst Iraq invaded the sovereign kingdom of Kuwait within the early hours of two August 1990 the United countries instantly condemned the invasion and sanctioned using strength to take away the Iraquis from Kuwait. on the time of the invasion the Iraqui Air strength used to be a wide strength, notwithstanding with out the tactical features possessed by way of the Western forces. On 17 January 1991 Operation wasteland defend was once initiated, focusing on enemy airfields and air defence. the specter of the IAF used to be mostly negated within the face of the overpowering air superiority supplied by way of the coalition forces.

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Both the M1921 and M1922 prototypes were built at the American government-owned and government-operated Rock Island Arsenal. S. Army Ordnance Department to re-engine the M1921 with a specially designed and built gasoline-powered engine from the Packard Motor Company in 1925. Reflecting the new engine and some other minor changes, the vehicle was re-designated as the medium tank T1. The prefix “T” indicated a test vehicle or weapon. The medium tank T1 was the follow-on to the medium tanks M1921 and M1922.

This particular vehicle was armed with twin 37mm guns. A curious feature of the T5 and later M2 series medium tanks was the installation of bullet deflectors on the rear corners of the hull. Presumably, the fire of the rear sponson machine guns could be deflected down and into any enemy trenches the tank might cross. 30 caliber machine gun. In this revised configuration the vehicle was designated the medium tank T5E2. Testing proved that it was a workable arrangement for a medium tank. The designation medium tank T5E3 was reserved for a proposed mounting of a diesel engine in the vehicle.

The improved M2 was fitted with a more powerful nine-cylinder Wright Aeronautical-designed, gasoline-powered, air-cooled radial engine designated the R975 EC2 that produced 400hp at 2,400rpm. The R975 EC2 engine was actually built by Continental Motors under license from Wright Aeronautical. Reflecting these changes and many others to the vehicle’s configuration, the vehicle was re-designated as the medium tank M2A1. It was at this time that events in Europe would begin to influence the continued series production of the M2A1.

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