Developed in the middle of the 1980's, at the height of US defense spending to battle Reagan's "Evil Empire", the Cadillac Gage Stingray Light Tank was expected by many to be chosen as the light tank to replace the inherently defective M551 Sheridan in service with the Airborne Divisions.
Fast, lightly armored, and well armored with a 105mm cannon and two machine guns, this low profile tank could be hauled and air dropped by a C-130 Hercules transport.
Unfortunately, the US Army moved away from light tanks, choosing instead to develop the M8 Buford Armored Gun System, which was expected to replace the Sheridan in 1997. Unfortunately, the M551's were retired to the National Training Center for conversion into mock Soviet era vehicles, while the purchase of the M8 was cancelled, leaving the Airborne divisions with no AFVs capable of providing the heavy firepower necessary to protect themselves. Eight years later, politics are still holding up the deployment of AFVs for the Airborne, leaving them with one final hope, the inadequate Stryker Mobile Gun System, which suffers from technical issues which the manufacturer may not be capable of overcoming.