Following the end of the Cold War some theorists believed that the existing suite of U.S. armored vehicles, designed largely to fight Soviet mechanized forces in Europe, were not well suited to the lower-intensity missions U.S. armed forces would be tasked with. This led to the development of a new armored fighting vehicle designed for lower-intensity combat, rather than large-scale battle. However, vehicles derived from the LAV III and its predecessor the MOWAG Piranha have been found to be vulnerable to weapons such as the RPG-7, requiring the improvisation of slat armor to defeat anti-tank rockets, while main battle tanks have proven to be invulnerable to all but one rare type of RPG-7 rocket (the PG-7VR). Canada had liquidated about half of its fleet of Leopard 1s in the early 2000s, with the intention of replacing them with the airmobile Mobile Gun System. The decision was reversed. In fall of 2006 a squadron of Leopards were sent to Afghanistan, and in 2007, the Canadian Army acquired 100 surplus Leopard 2 main battle tanks from the Netherlands for quick deployment.
Full-rate production has been indefinitely deferred as of 2012.
The U.S. Army allocated nine Mobile Gun Systems to a battalion. There were 27 Mobile Gun Systems per Stryker Brigade in 2013, but the Army is cutting the number per brigade to 10. The Army bought 142 Mobile Gun Systems in total three were lost in combat. A three-vehicle MGS platoon operates organic to a Stryker infantry company, with one MGS in support of a Stryker infantry platoon or operate as a platoon or allocated to rifle platoons as necessary
Battlefield is a series of first-person shooter video games that started out on Microsoft Windows and OS X with its debut video game, Battlefield 1942, which was released in 2002. The series is developed by Swedish company EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and is published by American company Electronic Arts. The series features a bigger focus on large maps, teamwork and vehicle warfare than most traditional first-person shooters.
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