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An Ineffective System: The M247 Sergeant York Russell Phillips

An Ineffective System: The M247 Sergeant York

Russell Phillips

Published July 6th 2011
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In the 1970s, the US Army decided that it needed a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, similar to the West German Gepard or Soviet ZSU-23-4. The result was the M247 Sergeant York.This article describes the M247 itself, the procurement process, and allMoreIn the 1970s, the US Army decided that it needed a self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, similar to the West German Gepard or Soviet ZSU-23-4. The result was the M247 Sergeant York.This article describes the M247 itself, the procurement process, and all the problems that eventually led to Caspar Weinberger describing it as basically an ineffective system when he announced its cancellation in 1985.