Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

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Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by randy » Wed Dec 30, 2015 3:40 pm

Just thought this was interesting:

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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by g-man » Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:29 pm

Looking around on teh intarwebz a bit, it appears these are pretty much the extent of their armor capabilities. So, if you've got a spare $250k lying around, you could pick up the Chieftain that's available and then take over Paraguay. Just sayin'...
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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by PawPaw » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:27 pm

That's cool, although I can't imagine why they would need tanks, but I admit I'm ignorant of Paraguay's military posture or threats.
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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by MiddleAgedKen » Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:48 pm

g-man wrote:Looking around on teh intarwebz a bit, it appears these are pretty much the extent of their armor capabilities. So, if you've got a spare $250k lying around, you could pick up the Chieftain that's available and then take over Paraguay. Just sayin'...
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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by Jered » Thu Dec 31, 2015 12:26 am

The French upgunned some Shermans with a 105mm cannon.
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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by NVGdude » Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:28 am

They appear to be using them as trainers,

People use all sorts of old crap as trainers, the USAF still uses H model Hueys for their primary rotorwing trainer after all. When did those start coming off the assembly line? 1966?

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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by g-man » Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:08 am

Their entire army is smaller than the average U.S. division, and have only a handful of armored vehicles, all of which could be driven through by the Chieftain, much less an Abrams. I think it was mentioned when the Chieftain was previously for sale that with that one tank you could take on pretty much any 3rd world Army and fare pretty well. Still, I think it's pretty cool that they're still rolling get the Shermans.
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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by Jericho941 » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:49 am

Uruguay's still using the M24 Chaffee.

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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by Greg » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:03 am

g-man wrote:Their entire army is smaller than the average U.S. division, and have only a handful of armored vehicles, all of which could be driven through by the Chieftain, much less an Abrams. I think it was mentioned when the Chieftain was previously for sale that with that one tank you could take on pretty much any 3rd world Army and fare pretty well. Still, I think it's pretty cool that they're still rolling get the Shermans.
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Re: Paraguay keeping M3 Stuart, M4 Sherman tanks in service

Post by D5CAV » Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:25 am

g-man wrote:Looking around on teh intarwebz a bit, it appears these are pretty much the extent of their armor capabilities. So, if you've got a spare $250k lying around, you could pick up the Chieftain that's available and then take over Paraguay. Just sayin'...
I was at the auction when the hammer came down on that very same Chieftain for a little over $100k.

The real deal, if I had the money, was the Leopard 2 with live gun and two power packs that sold for about $200k.

At that very same auction, the Sherman tanks sold for between $500k and $1 million.

Paraguay should sell their WW2 era tanks for big $$$s to collectors and buy some of the surplus Leopard 2's floating around the global arms market.
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