M48 Chaparral

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40 years and roofs haven't been invented: see Hellcat.

In Team Yankee[edit]

The Stats

The Chaparral is the only long-range anti-air missile system available to the United States in Team Yankee.

While worse than the other two SAM units in NATO, the Tracked Rapier and the Roland Flak Batterie, at least its better than nothing right? The MIM 72 Sidewinder missile has a range of 72 inches which enough to cover your entire force, your friends force, and the force of the player on the next table over. .

One down side is that, despite having IRL armor comparable to the other NATO anti-air missile carriers, the chaparral lacks an armor value, instead relying on the standard save. Maybe the crew just likes rolling around with the ragtop down, who the heck knows. This means that the M48 is very vulnerable to enemy machine guns and small arms fire. A squad with FALs or AKs have a very real chance of blowing your Chapperals off the board in one turn. To make matters worse, the Chaparral lacks the .50 cal that practically every other US vehicle has, so the M48 cant even defend itself against infantry attacks.

Nevertheless, the Chaparral serves a key role in the US air defense net. With abundant access to anti-helicopter weapons in your list, the Chaparral could be seen as the last line of defense for filling any holes left unguarded by a Vulcan or a York.

At 2 points per vehicle in a platoon of 2 or 4.

IRL[edit]

Now availible with both hard and soft tops.

The Chaparral was the only truly mobile weapon of this class ever fielded by the US military. It was meant as a stop gap after the cancellation of MIM 46 Mauler SAM forcing the rush development of the Chaparral and M163 VADS to cover the gap. All units were removed from service in 1994 and the unit never saw combat service.

US Forces in Team Yankee
Tanks: M1 Abrams - M60 Patton - M551 Sheridan
Transports: M113 Armored Personnel Carrier - UH-1 Huey - AAVP7
Troops: US Mech Platoon - Marine Rifle Platoon - Huey Rifle Platoon
Artillery: M106 Heavy Mortar Carrier - M109 Howitzer - LAV-M
Anti-Aircraft: M163 VADS - M48 Chaparral - M247 Sergeant York - HMMWV SAM
Tank Hunters: M901 ITV - HMMWV-TOW - LAV-AT
Recon: M113 FIST - HMMWV Scout Section - LAV-25
Aircraft: A-10 Warthog - AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter - AV-8 Harrier